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What should citizens know, believe, and do?

That's one topic of a two-week intensive Institute of Civic Studies to be held at Tufts University near Boston this summer.

Planned by a diverse group of scholars from around the country, other topics include "what kinds of citizens (if any) do good regimes need?," "what institutional structures promote the right kinds of citizenship?," and "how do individuals learn civic skills, habits, values, dispositions, and knowledge?" The institute will conclude with a public conference on the Obama civic agenda.

The institute is aimed mainly at PhD students from all disciplines and universities. Anyone who wishes to apply should visit this page for instructions. Tuition is free. Students are responsible for their own housing. (One option is to rent a Tufts University dormitory room for $230-$280 per week.)

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs