Reaching Young Voters
Young people represent enough votes to tilt the outcome in a close race, says Peter Levine, director of Tisch College’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).
In the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama’s campaign made it a priority to reach out to people between the ages of 18 and 29. Those young people made a big difference, as Obama garnered 66 percent of the youth vote, while John McCain got 32 percent, the lowest in U.S. presidential election history. This time around, both parties are competing for the youth vote. more
Doctor Prescribes Democracy, Lots of Active Citizenship
“Civic participation is a determinant of health – and health is a resource for civic participation,” says Dr. Rishi Manchanda, A97, M03. The founder of RxDemocracy, a national nonpartisan network of health professionals and civic allies, Manchanda has a vision to unite health care systems and civic engagement.
Last week, Manchanda spoke to dozens of students, staff, and faculty from the medical and dental schools, describing the wider social and political contexts of health and civic participation. more
Jumbos in the House
Amongst the roar and rumpus of the presidential horse race, state governance and local issues are too often overlooked. But two Tufts alumni, Dan Winslow, A80, and Carl Sciortino, Jr., A00, are upholding the traditions of active citizenship in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. more
The Story of Bananas
Inspired by this year’s undergraduate common reading book, Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff, Tufts students have been thinking a lot about “stuff” recently. In a world where items are acquired, consumed, and disposed of every day, questions of where all that stuff comes from and where it all goes cannot be avoided. more
Active Citizenship for Active Bodies
Jennifer Sacheck, N01, sees an essential connection between nutrition research, changing policy, and improving lives. Currently leading multiple community-based studies to better understand and reverse the causes of childhood obesity, Sacheck’s work partners with schools to study obesity while implementing interventions around school lunches, PE time, and other issues of school policy. more
Learning and Literacy for Life
As a Jumpstart corps member, Kelsey Howe, A15, connects Tufts students with children in local community preschools to develop critical language, literacy, and social skills. A national organization focused on childhood literacy, Jumpstart at Tufts is hosted by Tisch College. more
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