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.

Stay tuned for information on our lineup of Distinguished Speakers for Spring 2017!

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.

December 8 – David Simas

Dowling Hall, Room 745A

David Simas is an Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, which serves as a point of contact for national, state and local political groups. He previously managed the rollout of President Obama’s healthcare plan.

TBD (Spring Semester) – Peter Flaherty

Peter Flaherty is a political consultant who served as Governor Romney’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser and as Deputy Campaign Manager in Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. He is also a former Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

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.

Inaugural Civic Science Roundtable: Human Cloning – What Can We Do?
What Should We Do?

Thursday, December 1 6:30-8:00 p.m.
DeWick Cafeteria Conference Room

Want to understand some of the complex and divisive issues in science today, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to discuss them in a diverse setting? Join our Civic Science Roundtables, our newest event series created to connect contemporary issues in science to our civic and moral responsibilities. Roundtables are formatted as an intimate dialogue with participants from all backgrounds to address pressing challenges where science meets civic life. To ensure a dynamic and diverse conversation, attendance is limited for each roundtable; please RSVP to attend.

Civic Science Roundtables will continue monthly throughout the Spring Semester and will explore topics such as the opioid epidemic, human reproductive choice, GMOs, environmental justice, and more.

More Information

If you have any questions about a Tisch College event, please email us at activecitizen@tufts.edu, and join our contact list to receive the latest information about upcoming events.

Past Events

Distinguished Speakers:

Other Events:

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