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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Inauguration Watch FlyerPresidential Inauguration Watch and Conversation

Friday, January 20 | 11:30 a.m.
Rabb Room, Tisch College

Join us for a for a discussion and live broadcast of the presidential inauguration. Food will be provided!

Check out the Facebook event here.

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.

Tim Kaine Distinguished SpeakerTim Kaine

Monday, January 23 | 10:30 a.m.
Venue Changed: Cohen Auditorium | Tufts Medford Campus

Join us for a conversation about U.S. priorities and America’s role in the world with United States Senator and 2016 Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine. Senator Kaine is a distinguished public servant who has been in government for more than two decades, at every level from the city council, to the statehouse, to the U.S. Capitol. Since 2013, he has been the junior senator from Virginia, and last year he was tapped to serve as Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election.

This event is sold out! If you weren’t able to get a ticket, join us for a simulcast at Sophia Gordon Hall’s Multipurpose Room or watch the live stream online at bit.ly/KaineAtTisch.



Stay tuned for more information about 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.

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium
Where do we go from here: Community or chaos?

Monday, January 23 | 3:00-7:30 p.m.
Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop St, Medford, MA, 02155

MLK Flyer Small SizeEach year, Tufts University hosts an annual celebration honoring the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For this year’s celebration, the MLK planning team has lined up a series of panels and speakers who will explore the question: “Where do we go from here?”

The day will begin with a panel of distinguished historians who will place our current moment in historical context through the exploration of African American and women’s history, the African diaspora and collective resistance, the history of immigration and exclusion, European fascism, abolitionism, and movement building. This panel will feature: Greg Childs (Brandeis University), Vivek Bald (MIT), Ashley Farmer (Boston University), Elizabeth Foster (Tufts University), and Kerri Greenidge (Tufts University) and will be followed by a panel of community organizers and activists who will discuss how this historical context informs their work at the local and national levels. We will conclude with dinner and a keynote lecture from Tufts alumna, Jennifer Bailey, A09, the founding Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network and will discuss how we might build King’s “beloved community” in the Trump Era.

Sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Africana Center, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, RCD Consortium, Student Affairs Pluralism Fund, the Department of History, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, and the University Chaplaincy. Click here for more information. Please feel free to attend parts or stay for the entire program.

Facts/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:

Other Events:

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