Tisch College Events

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:

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.

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February 18 | 5:30 p.m.
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall | Tufts Medford Campus

Join Tisch College for an engaging conversation with David Gregory, former moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press and, most recently, author of How’s Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey. A leading figure in American journalism, Gregory previously anchored MSNBC’s Race for the White House during the historic 2008 presidential campaign, and served as NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent during the presidency of George W. Bush. Pulling from both his personal and professional experiences, Gregory will offer unique insights on media and politics in American culture.

Co-sponsored by the Film & Media Studies Program and Tufts Hillel. RSVP below:

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4th Annual Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service
April 5 | 6:30 p.m.

Cohen Auditorium | Tufts Medford Campus

Tisch College is proud to host Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th District. Lewis was a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement who marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and has dedicated his life to public service and social justice. The Congressman will share his experiences, from protests to politics, with the Tufts community and discuss many of the pressing issues facing our communities. Tickets will be available at the Cohen Auditorium box office closer to the date
of the event.

The Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service was established in honor of Alan D. Solomont, A70, A09P, now Dean of Tisch College. Since its inception, the Alan D. Solomont Lecture has been delivered by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, by Solomont during his term as U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, and by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

HowToWinElectionsHow to Win Elections: David Axelrod and Beth Myers

April 13 | 5:30 p.m.
Alumnae Lounge, Aidekman Arts Center | Tufts Medford Campus

Join Tisch College for an election-year discussion with two of the nation’s top political strategists: Beth Myers, A79, and David Axelrod. Both veterans of over 30 years in American politics, Myers and Axelrod have served as strategists in countless political campaigns on the local, state, and national level. Most recently they faced off on politics’ biggest stage: Myers served as the senior strategist for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential bids, while Axelrod served as senior strategist for President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and 2012 reelection. Together, Myers and Axelrod will share their firsthand experiences and unique perspectives on politics and public service.

Co-sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences’ Political Science Department. RSVP below:


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.

Tisch Talks in the Humanities


Stages of Detention
March 4 | 2:00 p.m.
Rabb Room, Tisch College

Noe Montez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama and Dance; and Amy Remensnyder, Professor of History at Brown University and Public Humanities Fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, will share work involving theatricality and pedagogy, respectively, within spaces created for incarceration.

Of Intimacies and Alchemy
April 4 | 3:00 p.m.
Rabb Room, Tisch College

This panel will address the potential for re-visioning historical narratives of colonialism and human labor through literary, material, and sensory productions. The topic will put into conversation the recent work of two of the participants: The Intimacies of Four Continents, by English Department Professor Lisa Lowe;  and Alchemy of the Soul, an exhibition (on view until early April at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem) by María Magdalena Campos-Pons, faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Professor Adriana Zavala, Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, will be the program’s discussant.

Corporate Citizen Fellow Award: Robert Manning

RobertManningMarch 9 | 6:00 p.m.
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall | Tufts Medford Campus

Join Tisch College for an exciting conversation with Boston’s own Robert Manning, the Chairman and CEO of MFS Investment Management, as we honor him as our 2016 Corporate Citizen Fellow.The Corporate Citizen Fellow Award is given to a corporate leader who has led a significant change in core company operations in order to improve their company’s social impact. Throughout his tenure at MFS Investment Management, Manning has achieved tremendous success in global asset management and has instilled civic engagement and corporate social responsibility as foundational responsibilities of MFS. His belief in the role of corporations to be active and positive participants in the local and global communities in which they serve, is central to the values, mission and work of Tisch College and Tufts University.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by remarks at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP below:

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:

  • Elizabeth Warren, United States Senator (includes video)
  • Kathleen Sebelius, former Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Matt Bai, National Political Columnist for Yahoo! News (includes audio)
  • Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston
  • Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander
  • Scott Brown, A81, former United States Senator from Massachusetts
  • 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
  • Martin Frost and Tom Davis, former U.S. Congressmen and authors of The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis
  • Reggie Love, former personal aide to President Obama
  • Larry Summers, President Emeritus of Harvard University and former Secretary of the Treasury (Full video)
  • Women in Politics, featuring Congresswoman Katherine Clark, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, and MA State Representative Keiko Orrall (includes video)

Other Events:

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