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. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest information and announcements on upcoming events.

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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 Distinguished Speakers in Fall 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.

Stay tuned for information on our Civic Life Lunches in Fall 2017!

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 to attend.

Stay tuned for information on future roundtables!

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.

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

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:




  • 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