Tisch College is pleased to present an exciting lineup of events with distinguished guests who will share their knowledge, insights, and experience with the Tufts University community.

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Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series

One of our signature programs, the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series brings leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss public issues. During their visits, our guests connect with students and faculty for informative roundtable discussions and deliver public remarks. Through the Speaker Series, we strive to educate, enlighten, and provoke students and the entire University community, in the hopes that they will be inspired by the leaders they meet. All Distinguished Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.

12th Annual Murrow Forum, featuring Lester Holt

Wednesday, April 12 | Noon
Cohen Auditorium, Tufts Medford Campus

Lester Holt, award-winning journalist and anchor of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Dateline NBC, will discuss contemporary media issues at the 12th annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism at Tufts University. Holt’s nightly news broadcast regularly ranks as the most-watched evening news program in the United States, and he also moderated the first presidential debate last year between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The Murrow Forum is sponsored by Tisch College, as part of our Distinguished Speaker Series, as well as the Film and Media Studies Program at the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World at The Fletcher School.

This will be a ticketed event! Free tickets will be available for pickup:

  • Medford campus – with a Tufts ID at the Cohen Box Office starting April 6
  • Boston campus – at the Medical School’s Office of Student Affairs (Sackler Center, 4th floor) starting March 29
  • Grafton campus – at the Dean’s Office in the Jean Mayer Administration Building starting March 29

Civic Life Lunches

A new Tisch College initiative in the 2016-2017 academic year, our Civic Life Lunches are informal, intimate lunchtime chats with experienced leaders and practitioners in fields like politics, media, the nonprofit sector, and more. Join us for a bite to eat and some thought-provoking conversations with these featured guests! All Civic Life Lunches are open to Tufts students, faculty, and staff. Unless otherwise noted, all Civic Life Lunches will take place at noon.

April 4 – Faith, Female Leadership, and the Fight Ahead

Featuring: Gloria White-Hammond and Mariama White-Hammond
Rabb Room, Tisch College

Gloria White-Hammond, M76, a Tufts University trustee and Tisch College board member, is an ordained minister and medical doctor with decades of experience pursuing social justice in the United States and around the world. She spent over 25 years as a pediatrician at the South End Community Health Center, helped enslaved people escape war-torn Sudan, and founded the human rights organization My Sister’s Keeper. She is currently co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston and a Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School.

Mariama White-Hammond, her daughter, is also an ordained minister and an experienced community organizer. She is the former executive director of Project HIP-HOP, a youth-led nonprofit that uses the arts to raise awareness about social issues. Recently, Mariama was one of the organizers of, and speakers at, the Boston Women’s March.

Co-sponsored by the Tufts Africana Center and the University Chaplaincy. RSVP below:

April 19 – Chuck Rosenberg, A82

Rabb Room, Tisch College

Chuck Rosenberg, a Tufts graudate, has served as the Chief Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) since May 2015. He is a former federal prosecutor and previous served in senior positions at the FBI and the Justice Department. RSVP below:

Civic Science Roundtables

Do you want to understand some of the complex and divisive issues in science, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to discuss them in a diverse setting? Join our Civic Science Roundtables, a new event series created to connect contemporary, and often polarizing, issues in science to our civic responsibilities to engage in open-minded conversation. Roundtables are conducted as intimate dialogues, with participants from all backgrounds speaking about the personal and societal choices we need to consider where science issues intersect with civic life.

All Civic Science Roundtables are held in the Dewick Cafeteria Conference Room, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (Dinner will be served at 6:00 and the dialogue will begin at 6:30.) To ensure a dynamic and diverse conversation, attendance is limited for each roundtable; please RSVP below to attend.

April 6 – Editing Our Genes: Should We Enhance Ourselves or Not?

Featuring Jonathan Garlick, DDS, Ph.D., Director of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, professor at the Tufts Schools of Medicine and Engineering, and Senior Fellow at Tisch College. 

Using gene editing to eliminate disease-causing genes from human embryos offers hope for cures to life-threatening diseases. At the same time, as gene editing can eliminate undesirable traits, who will determine which traits should be eliminated? Join us for a dialogue about gene editing technologies, such as CRISPR, where we will consider the compelling social, political and scientific questions they raise for our future.

Other Featured Events

Throughout the academic year, often in partnership with other Tufts schools and organizations, Tisch College hosts or co-sponsors a diverse slate of exciting events for students, faculty, staff, and all members of our Tufts and host communities. These events span our work in education, research, and practice, and touch on areas like public policy, social entrepreneurship, political engagement, and more.

Twitter Diplomacy

Wednesday, March 29 | 4:30 p.m.
ASEAN Auditorium, The Fletcher School

Twitter is leading a game-changing trend in digital diplomacy and global communications. Its open, real-time, 140-character platform is changing the way that policymakers communicate with civil society and accelerating diplomats’ ability to gather information and react to events. Twitter has been praised as a tool that will open the world to a global conversation and greater understanding. However, it has also been criticized as design that favors speed over analysis, aggression over reflection, and shock over depth. We welcome Colin Crowell, Vice President of Global Public Policy & Philanthropy at Twitter, to share his insights with the Fletcher School and Tufts community. This event will be hosted by Tisch College Dean Alan Solomont in ASEAN, on Wednesday, March 29th from 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm. This event is co-sponsored by the Tisch College of Civic Life. Reception to follow.


Careers in Public Service Networking Night

Careers in Social Impact

Tuesday, April 4 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Dowling Hall 745 | Tufts Medford Campus

Interested in a career in social impact? Want to understand what work in social impact means? Join a select group of Tufts alumni for an evening to learn more about their jobs dedicated to the common good—and how it could be your path, too. This event is co-sponsored by Tisch College, the Tufts Social Impact Network, Tufts University Career Center, the Leonard Carmichael Society. RSVP here.

Facts Values Strategies FlyerFacts/Values/Strategies Mini-Conference

May 17-18
Tisch College, Tufts University

Join us for a mini-conference about about how citizens can be responsible and effective actors, whether they are combating racism in the United States, protecting human rights in the Middle East, or addressing climate change. The papers that will be presented propose theoretical, methodological, historical, and empirical responses and case-studies related to the question: how should citizens put facts, values, and strategies together? The conference is open to the public, but papers should be read in advance.

Read more here or contact peter.levine@tufts.edu

More Information

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Past Events

Distinguished Speakers:




  • Women in Politics, featuring Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, and MA State Representative Keiko Orrall (includes video)
  • Larry Summers, President Emeritus of Harvard University and former Secretary of the Treasury (Full video)
  • Reggie Love, former personal aide to President Obama
  • Martin Frost and Tom Davis, former U.S. Congressmen and authors of The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis
  • Forum on Social Innovation, featuring Kirsten Lodal, co-founder of LIFT; Michael Brown, co-founder of City Year, and Abby Falik, founder of Global Citizen Year
  • Scott Brown, A81, former United States Senator from Massachusetts
  • Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander


Other Events:

  • Deval Patrick – Video
  • Lawrence Lessig – Video
  • Alan D. Solomont – Video
  • Nancy Pelosi – Video