Tisch College hosts first ever gathering of active citizen Tufts alumni

Alumni from all Tufts schools are making remarkable contributions as active citizens. To celebrate and build upon their work, as part of its 10th anniversary celebration Tisch College brought together 150 alumni, faculty and students for a day of exchange and networking.

Jonathan Tisch, A76
, kicked off the day with the keynote address, “So much citizens can achieve.” Tisch reflected on the growing importance of active citizenship in and the need for institutions like Tisch College to educate the next generation of civic leaders.

The morning continued with a series of “Brain Food” panelists – faculty and alumni who shared their breakthrough ideas in bite-sized talks. Featured speakers were:

Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, School of Arts and Sciences


Gretchen Kaufman, J76, V86
, Assistant Professor & Director, Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine


Sheril Kirshenbaum, A02
, Research Scientist, University of Texas at Austin & Author, The Science of Kissing


Peter Levine
, Director, CIRCLE & Director of Research, Tisch College


Fiorenzo Omenetto
, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering


Chris Rogers
, Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Director, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, School of Engineering


Simon Rosenberg, A85
, Founder and President, New Democrat Network (NDN)


Maryanne Wolf
, Professor of Child Development & Director, Center for Reading and Language Research, School of Arts and Sciences

Pamela Yelick, G89, Professor & Director, Division of Craniofacial & Molecular Genetics, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences

The afternoon featured two engaging panel discussions. The first, focused on social entrepreneurship was moderated by Tisch College board member Steven R. Koltai, A76, A77, FG78, A12P, who serves as the senior advisor for global entrepreneurship at the U.S. Department of State.  Koltai spoke with Robin Smalley, J77, International Director and Co-Founder, mothers2mothers; and Amos G. Winter, E03, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, SUTD-MIT International Design Center.

The second panel on Policy & Advocacy was moderated by Tisch College board member Greg Propper, A01, who works as Managing Director, Be the Change, Inc & Executive Director, ServiceNation. Propper discussed the broad ways active citizens can affect policy with panelists Christina Economos, N96, Associate Professor & New Balance Chair, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; Rachel Hoff, A04, Director of External Affairs, The Foreign Policy Initiative; Mitchell Robinson, A07; Student, Northwestern University School of Law; and Carl Sciortino, A00, Massachusetts State Representative, 34th Middlesex District.