A year for democracy in action
It’s an invigorating time for active citizens! We’re coming off a year of democracy in action – from Tea Party protests and the Occupy movement here at home to Arab Spring and related developments oversees. And we’re starting a year highlighting American democracy – with the first caucus of the 2012 presidential election happening today, we’re looking forward to a year of rigorous debate on the issues and thoughtful discussion on who is left out of our civil society.
Tufts University School of Medicine strengthens community service learning program
The Tufts University School of Medicine has long had a commitment to public service. Recently, the school has taken this commitment to a new level with one of the most robust community service learning (CSL) programs in the country.
“We consider active citizenship to be an essential component of being a great physician,” said Scott Epstein, dean of educational affairs at the School of Medicine. “Practicing physicians need to look beyond their individual patients to see larger trends in communities and to understand cultural, socioeconomic or other impacts on health. These service learning opportunities get students working in diverse communities and understanding how to make those connections. It makes them better doctors.”
Training a generation of citizen scholars
“Everyone has the capacity to add to the sum of human knowledge,” says Gregory Crane, chair of the Classics Department in the School of Arts and Sciences. As editor of the Perseus Digital Library Project, Crane is shaking up stereotypes about the classics and demonstrating that anyone can get engaged with this dynamic field.
An online, open source, collection of classics, Perseus allows people from around the world to contribute their knowledge to the translation and interpretation of classic texts. Founded in 1987, Perseus is one of the oldest and most widely used digital resources in the humanities, and is an essential tool for classicists.
Tisch Civic Engagement Fund supports 15 student projects
Tisch College recently announced the 2012 Civic Engagement Fund (CEF) recipients. Open to all Tufts students, CEF cultivates, launches and sustains student initiatives through in-depth advising and modest funding support. Since the program’s inception in 2004 it has engaged students from every school of Tufts.
TCRC supports work to address domestic violence in the Asian community
The Tufts Community Research Center (TCRC) recently awarded a grant to the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK) to fund a community-based research project that will offer new insight into domestic violence in the Asian community.
CIRCLE analyzes young voters in key states
With the 2012 election season officially underway, CIRCLE is looking at young voters in key states including the battleground states of Nevada and North Carolina, as well Iowa, which holds its caucus this evening. This article will cover CIRCLE’s analysis of North Carolina, Nevada and Iowa.
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