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**MEDIA AVAILABILITY** Director of Tufts University Research Center on Youth Voting & Political Engagement in Chicago Next Week (3/63/7) for Keynote Address
Peter Levine, Dir. Of Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, Available for Interviews on Youth Turnout in 2012
Medford, MA - Next week, the Director of the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, Peter Levine, will keynote a forum in Chicago, "Engage to the Nth Degree: Community Engagement 2012," to bring a research-based perspective of community involvement. While in Chicago, Levine will be available for interviews on Tuesday, March 6 and the morning of Wednesday, March 7, 2012 to discuss the civic engagement of youth in the 2012 election cycle. Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy and continued to study philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. Levine is the author of six books including We are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Philosophy and Practice of Civic Renewal, which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2012, and The Future of Democracy: Developing the Next Generation of American Citizens (2007). He has been a board member or trustee of the Newspaper Association of America, the American Bar Association’s Division of Public Education, Street Law, Inc., the Charles Kettering Foundation, Everyday Democracy, AmericaSPEAKS, and other organizations devoted to nonpartisan civic renewal. Already this presidential election cycle, Levine has been quoted in numerous national, top-tier publications and is viewed as an expert by political press covering the 2012 presidential campaign. View previous stories quoting Levine and CIRCLE’s research by going here: Levine has authored several op-eds on the engagement of young voters in 2012 that have received significant attention. Levine's most recent op-ed on former Sen. Rick Santorum's youth problem, published in the Daily Caller earlier this week, is available online here: Read Levine’s additional op-eds on Huffington Post, The Root and Politico. To book Levine to discuss youth involvement in 2012, please contact Brad Luna at or 202-812-8140. CIRCLE remains a clearing house for data and analysis of youth participation on elections and will release proprietary data on Super Tuesday youth turnout next Wednesday morning, March 7.

Chicago's local NPR affiliate WBEZ will air Levine's keynote from "Engage to the Nth Degree: Community Engagement 2012." ###

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