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.

Wendy_spencerNational Service: Who’s Serving, Who’s Benefiting and What’s the Value? feat. Wendy Spencer

2016 Kickoff Event for the Tufts Social Impact Network

Wednesday, October 26 | 5:30 p.m. Networking + 6:30 p.m. Talk
Sackler 114 | Tufts Boston Campus

Join us for the annual kickoff event of the Tufts Social Impact Network, a group of alumni who are interested in or working in the civic engagement, nonprofit, and social entrepreneurship fields. This year’s featured speaker will be Wendy Spencer, who since 2012 has served as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency overseeing AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs that engage millions of Americans in national service and volunteering to solve problems for communities. Informal networking will precede the lecture at 5:30 p.m.

RSVP required here.

RichardsonCardLooking Forward: What It Takes to Govern, feat. Bill Richardson and Andy Card

Wednesday, November 2 | 6:00 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge, Aidekman Arts Center

Join us, less than a week from Election Day, for a conversation on politics, governing, and public service with Bill Richardson and Andy Card. Richardson, a Tufts alumnus and former presidential candidate, served as Governor of New Mexico, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration, and chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Card served as Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2006. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush, and as his Secretary of Transportation. RSVP below:

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.

October 20 – Joelle Gamble

Tisch College (Lincoln-Filene Hall)

Joelle Gamble is the National Director of the Roosevelt Institute, an organization that connects leaders, practitioners, innovators, and entrepreneurs who work toward improving socioeconomic and political equity.

November 21 – David Axelrod

Dowling Hall, Room 745B

David Axelrod served as Chief Strategist in both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and as Senior Advisor to the President during his first term. He is currently the Director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and a Senior Political Commentator on CNN.

December 5 – Nicolle Wallace

Dowling Hall, Room 745B

Nicole Wallace served as Communications Chief during the presidency of George W. Bush and in his 2004 re-election campaign. In 2008, Wallace also served as a senior advisor for the McCain–Palin campaign. She is a political commentator for NBC News and a former co-host of The View.

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 – Joe Trippi

Joe Trippi is a Democratic political consultant who served as campaign manager to Howard Dean, and has worked on the presidential campaigns of Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Dick Gephardt, Jerry Brown, and John Edwards. He is currently a Fox News contributor.

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.

LeaderShape Catalyst Training

October 28 | Noon-5:00 p.m.
Crane Room, Paige Hall | Tufts Medford Campus

Join Tisch College for a leadership training! The LeaderShape Catalyst Training is a one-day program that will challenge you to examine yourself and consider how and where your values and interests align with your actions through interactive exercises and meaningful conversations with other students. The training will allow you to grapple with compelling questions like, “Am I on the right path? Who do I want to be? How can I connect with other like- minded-individuals?”

The training is designed for people who are open to the exploration of authenticity, connection, and commitment while increasing your capacity to lead. For questions about the event, contact sherri.sklarwitz@tufts.edu

Registration deadline extended! RSVP below by Friday, October 21

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:

  • A Year Like No Other: Politics & The Press in 2016, featuring the New York Times’ Patrick Healy, NPR’s Asma Khalid, Mic’s Jake Horowitz, and moderated by Tisch College Professor of the Practice David Gregory. (Full video)
  • Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright, and professor
  • How to Win Elections, featuring veteran campaign strategists David Axelrod and Beth Myers, J79. (Full Video)
  • Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative (D-GA5) and civil rights icon (Full video)
  • David Gregory, former moderator of Meet the Press and author of How’s Your Faith? (includes full video)
  • 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
  • Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston
  • Matt Bai, National Political Columnist for Yahoo! News (includes audio)
  • Kathleen Sebelius, former Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator (includes video)

Other Events:

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