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Tufts Political Theory Workshop

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | 5:00pm
Friday, September 29, 2017 | 9:00am
CHAT Fung House
The event will feature five presentations ranging from "(Un)equal Respect and Agents of Justice", to "Grounds for Coverage: Considering the Basis for Entitlements of Immigrants to Health Care," with our very own Professors Evrigenis and Sullivan hosting a panel on "Justice, Self-Sufficiency, and Commodious Living: Hobbes’s Commercial Republic." The presentations start at 5:00pm on Thursday, followed by a dinner for all participants, and 9:00am on Friday, followed by a lunch.
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Recent Events

Fascism in the White House? Steve Bannon's Rage Against the Enlightenment – A talk by Jeffrey C. Alexander

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 4:30-7pm
Alumnae Lounge
Join Jeffrey C. Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, as he discusses Steven Bannon, the man who has been called "Trump's brain." Professor Alexander will discuss how Bannon's sense of being left behind, of being dissed and excluded by the establishment, has fuelled resentment, anger, and life-long, supercharged aggression, making him a perfect flag bearer for the American right. At the core of Bannon's ideology is a series of simplistic binaries that create dangerous "others" who threaten the good folks of "real America." Bannon weaves these binaries into an apocalyptic narrative that pits good against evil in a fateful, bloody, battle-to-the-death fight. "History is seasonal," Bannon opines, "and winter is coming."


Ambassador Daniel Shapiro, Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 6:00pm
ASEAN Auditorium
Join us for an engaging conversation with Ambassador Daniel Shapiro about foreign policy, American diplomacy in the Middle East and public service. Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011, Daniel Shapiro served as the United States Ambassador to Israel until January 2017. As Ambassador, Shapiro won praise from leaders of both countries for his deft management of the U.S.-Israel relationship during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Iran nuclear agreement, regional instability, and periods of significant bilateral tension and disagreement. Prior to serving as Ambassador, Shapiro's career spans over 20 years in senior foreign policy and national security positions in the United States government, including as the Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council. RSVP for the event or livestream it on FB.


Constitution Day w/ Corey Brettschneider

Friday, September 15, 2017 | 12:00pm
Crane Room
Join us for our annual celebration of Constitution Day with a talk by Professor Corey Brettschneider of Political Science at Brown University, titled "I Solemnly Swear: The Constitution for Future Presidents." Pizza will be served!

IR/PS End of the Year BBQ

Monday, May 1, 2017 | 12:00-2:00pm
Tisch Roof
(Rain site: Remis Sculpture Court)
Celebrate the end of another fantastic academic year with your friends and favorite professors with an American style BBQ!


2017 Senior Honors Thesis Exchange Symposium

Friday, April 28, 2017 | 8:30am-2:30pm
Chase Center
Join us in a celebration of undergraduate scholarship for Tufts seniors majoring in International Relations, History and Political Science as they present their research findings. Attend any or all of the event, with panels on different topics, such as Political Philosophy or Race, Colonialism & International Encounters, throughout the day! Lunch will be served.


Suitcase Stories

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 8pm
Hotung Café, Mayer Campus Center
A live storytelling event celebrating refugees and immigrants by the International Institute of New England and Massmouth. The event will feature 8 -10, 5 minute stories and interested story-tellers will have the opportunity to participate in coaching provided by Massmouth. Dessert Reception to follow.


Lecture: Hobbes on Contracts in the State of Nature: The Case of the Amazons

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 6:00pm
Cabot 703
A Colcord Talk by Susanne Sreedhar, Professor of Philosophy at BU. More information to follow.


The World in Disarray: A Conversation with Richard Haass and James Stavridis

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 3:00pm
ASEAN Auditorium
Join Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, and James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School and former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, for a discussion on today's global challenges.


Lecture: Federalism in the Era of Climate Change

Monday, April 10, 2017 | 6:30pm
Barnum 104
Samantha Medlock, Senior Advisor of the White House Office of Management and Budget and Deputy Director for Climate Preparedness of the White House Council on Environmental Quality under the Obama Administration, will be addressing the issue of Federalism in the Era of Climate Change, with an emphasis on the roles and responsibilities/liabilities for risk disclosures and finance in relation to the Trump budget, disaster recovery and resilience finance, and the increasing roles of the quasi-governmental and private sectors.


Lecture: Responsive Authoritarianism in China: Protests and Policymaking

Friday, March 31, 2017 | 3pm
Rabb Room, Tisch College
How can protests influence policymaking in an authoritarian state? Professor Christopher Heurlin of Bowdoin College sheds light on this important question through case studies of land takings and demolitions in China - two of the most explosive issues in the country today. In the early 2000s, landless farmers and evictees unleashed waves of disruptive protests. Surprisingly, the Chinese government responded by adopting wide-ranging policy changes that addressed many of the protesters' grievances. Heurlin traces policy changes from local protests in the provinces to the halls of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing. In doing so, he highlights the interplay between local protests, state institutions, and elite politics.


Get Your Voice Heard: Op-Ed Workshop

Thursday, March 30, 2017 | 6pm-8pm
Cabot 703
Trying to get more involved in the public discourse around politics right now? Want to be able to take your opinions from your dorm room arguments to the op-ed section of the Boston Globe? Want to meet some cool journalists and editors with experience speaking up and speaking out? Then join us at this event, which will be featuring a panel of journalists from major Boston media outlets who will speak about their own experiences writing op-eds and hearing pitches in the first part of the event, followed by an op-ed writing workshop for students, led by Tufts' own Professor Neil Miller. Dinner will be provided!


Careers in Public Service Networking Night

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 6pm
Breed Memorial Hall, 51 Winthrop Street
Interested in exploring the diversity of offerings in the field of Public Service? Join nearly 20 professionals from a broad range of organizations for small group discussions on public service career paths, applying for jobs and internships, and expanding your network. The event will kick off with brief Ted talk style presentations on Innovation in Government and be followed by an interactive networking reception. Open to all students in all majors. Please RSVP in Jumbo Jobs.
Co-Sponsored by ExCollege, Tisch College of Civic Life, International Relations Program and the Career Center


Africana Studies Distinguished Lecture w/ Carol Anderson, Ph.D.

Monday, March 6, 2017 | 4pm
Breed Memorial Hall
Please join us as Carol Anderson discusses her book, "White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide."
Professor Anderson is Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. Her research and teaching focus on public policy; particularly the ways that domestic and international policies intersect through the issues of race, justice and equality in the United States.


Majors Week Coffee Chat

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 4pm
3rd Floor Lounge, Packard Hall
The PoliSci Department invites you to celebrate Majors Week by chatting with our Professors over coffee and cookies!


Lecture: Open Initiative and Democratic Control in Ancient Greece

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 6pm
Barnum 104
Join us to hear Matthew Landauer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, talk about Open Initiative and Democratic Control in Ancient Greece.
Co-Sponsored by Tufts Department of Classics.


Presidential Inauguration Watch & Conversation

January 20, 2017 | 11:30am
Rabb Room, Tisch College
Join us for a discussion and live broadcast of the Presidential Inauguration! Food will be provided.
Co-Sponsored by the Tisch College of Civic Life and the Experimental College.


What to Expect in a Trump Presidency

December 1, 2016 | 7pm
Terrace Room, Paige Hall
Does the recent presidential election have you worried about the future? Are you unsure of Trump's goals and proposed policies? Would you like to know what changes may be ahead for America in the next four years? Then join us for a Faculty Panel led by Deborah Schildkraut, Chair of the PoliSci Department, with Helen Marrow (Sociology), Alecia McGregor (Community Health), Malik Mufti (PoliSci), Oxana Shevel (PoliSci), and Enrico Spolaore (Economics). Food will be provided.


Was Bodin a Pluralist?

December 1, 2016 | 6pm
Miner Hall, Room 112
A talk on Bodin's Theory of the State featuring Professor Daniel Lee, UC Berkeley.
Co-Sponsored by the Classics Department and the International Relations Program.


Twenty-First Century Torture: Explaining "Enhanced Interrogation"

December 1, 2016 | 6pm
Alumni Lounge
Why has the United States used torture in small wars over the last hundred-plus years? After all, torture is abhorrent, risky, and frequently ineffective as an interrogation method. Professor William d'Ambruoso, Bates College, argues that the anti-torture norm has two features that in fact can encourage the use of torture. In his lecture, he will present this argument and analyze interrogation practices in three different settings: the Philippine-American War (1899-1902), the Vietnam War, and the post-2001 "war on terror." His discussion will focus primarily on the post-2001 "war on terror" with some thoughts on the future of torture during and beyond the Trump presidency.


What Do I Even Say to Them? How to engage with friends and loved ones who voted for a different candidate.

November 21, 2016 | 7pm
Alumnae Lounge
Are you dreading a tense conversation with family and friends during the Thanksgiving break? This hands-on conflict management workshop will give you tools to engage more productively and feel more centered when in dialogue with those you care about around difficult issues with Libby Mahaffy, a professional trainer and mediator with a Master's degree from Tufts Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and the head of Conflict Management at MIT.

Limited to 25 students, who will then share key takeaways with others in their networks. Sign up through the google form >


The State of Democracy: What It Means to Be an Independent Journalist in Russia - A Lecture by Tikhon Dzyadko

November 14, 2016 | 7:30pm
Olin 011
News Anchor & Analyst for RTVi (Russian Television International) and former Deputy Editor for DozhdTV (RainTV), an independently-owned Russian TV station, Tikhon Dzyadko will give a lecture in English about his experience being an independent journalist in Russia. Reception to follow with a Q&A led by Professor Oxana Shevel.
Additional talk in Russian will be held beforehand at 6pm in Laminan Lounge, Olin.


The Youth Vote in 2016 and Beyond

November 10, 2016 | 11am
Engage in the Election 2016 Virtual Symposium this year with Professor Deborah Schildkraut. Join us online from 10am to 4pm, with Professor Schildkraut’s Youth Vote talk at 11am, for highly engaging discussions about this election season, hosted by expert Cengage Political Science and History authors. Topics range from analyzing dynamics of the youth vote, investigating how Trump and Hillary got to the top, immigration and globalization, Texas politics, and more! You can come and go, attend when you are able from the comfort of your desk, come back to watch a recorded presentation, and more. While you attend sessions, you can ask questions and participate!
Register now!


Election Night Extravaganza

November 8, 2016 | 7pm
Mayer Campus Center
Join us in the Campus Center for the Election Night Extravaganza! We will be watching the returns live, starting at 7 pm. Politically-themed dress is encouraged! Featuring: student MCs to keep you informed and entertained, Tufts faculty members to provide their unique expertise, comedy troupes to keep you laughing, and a special menu put together by Tufts Dining.


"Building A Wall or Digging a Hole? Donald Trump and the Latinx Electorate" with Dr. Tony Affigne

November 2, 2016 | 7pm
Barnum 008
Ignoring conventional wisdom about the importance of the Hispanic electorate, presidential candidate Donald Trump made extreme nationalism and xenophobia centerpieces of his 2016 campaign. In this wide-ranging lecture, award-winning political scientist Dr. Tony Affigne asks whether Trump's historically high negative ratings among Latino/a voters signals a generational realignment in partisan demographics—or a temporary setback for GOP outreach plans. Whether Trump wins or loses, has he forever changed the political terrain in America?

Providence College professor Tony Affigne is a nationally-recognized expert on Latino and Black politics, and in 1982 was Rhode Island's first-ever Latino candidate for elective office. He was lead editor for Latino Politics en Ciencia Política: The Search for Latino Identity and Racial Consciousness, and is book review editor for the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.


Voting Together: Intergenerational Politics and Civic Engagement Among Hmong Americans

October 25, 2016 | 7pm
Start House
Come hear Dr. Carolyn Wong, Research Associate, Asian American Studies Institute at UMass-Boston, give a talk on her research and forthcoming book about Hmong American immigrants, organized and co-sponsored by the Asian American Center and Asian American Studies Program.


Question 2 Panel for MA Voters

October 27, 2016 | 7pm
Cabot 205
Come learn about ballot initiative Question 2 on the cap on charter schools with a panel featuring State Senator Pat Jehlen, a Representative from the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Keri Loernzo the MA State Director for Families for Excellent Schools, and Liam Kerr the MA State Director for Democrats for Education Reform. Moderated by Professor of Education, Steve Cohen.


The Fletcher Conference on Religion, Law & Diplomacy

October 29, 2016 | 9am–5pm
ASEAN Auditorium
The conference is a unique mix of academics, practitioners and community leaders that highlights the complex relationship between religion and state across communities and nations. This year's theme, human security, underlines the demand for a greater understanding of religion and religious organizations. The conference will demonstrate that marginalizing the role that religion plays in the international sphere minimizes our ability to contextualize, analyze and solve problems related to human security.

The one-day conference, consisting of three panels—Religion & Changing Global Challenges; Human Security & Migration; and Identity & Citizenship—will provide a forum to discuss how religion affects these spheres and how an understanding of religious influences improves policy-making. Ambassador Marriet Schuurman, NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, will be the keynote speaker for the conference, with a Reception to follow. Please register >


A Year Like No Other: Politics & the Press in 2016, moderated by David Gregory

October 17, 2016 | 7pm
Distler Auditorium, Granoff Music Center
Join us for an exciting panel discussion on media and politics moderated by acclaimed journalist, David Gregory. Panelists include Patrick Healy, A93, New York Times political correspondent, Asma Khalid, political reporter at NPR, and Jake Horowitz, founder of Mic! This event will also be featured as part of the featured as part of The UnConvention, a project of 92Y, PRI, and Mic.


Marathon of Majors

October 17, 2016 | 11:30am–1:30pm
Academic Quad
A fair for students to be able to speak with faculty and declared students in their majors of interest and connect to resources to support their academic success.


Indigenous People's Day

October 10, 2016 | 6–8pm
Academic Quad
As the result of last year's vote to recognize Indigenous People's Day, in place of "Columbus Day," come join us for a campus celebration! Featuring La Piñata, a traditional Mayan, kids dance group, and the Nettukkusqk Singers, an intertribal group of southern New England women performing traditional and contemporary Algonquin songs accompanied by hand drums, rattles and water drum.


Vice-Presidential Debate Watch Party

October 4, 2016 | 7:45pm
Hotung Café, Mayer Campus Center
Join The Department of Political Science, the Experimental College, Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life and Tufts Democrats as we host a vice presidential debate watch party and panel moderated by Deborah Schildkraut, Chair of the Political Science department. Panelists include: Natalie Masuoka (PS), Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg (Tisch/CIRCLE) and Richard Eichenberg (PS). Doors open at 7:45 | Panel starts at 8:15 | Debate starts at 9


Constitution Day Lecture: The Perpetual Crisis of American Higher Education: Colleges, Universities, and the "Real World" of American Political History

September 19, 2016 | 12:00pm
Crane Room, Paige Hall
Virginia Sapiro, Professor of Political Science at Boston University, will speak on the coming crisis in higher education and education's role in our democracy. Pizza will be served.


Presidential Debate Watch Party

September 26, 2016 | 7:45pm
Cohen Auditorium
Join The Departments of Political Science and Sociology, the Office of the Provost, the Experimental College, Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life and Tufts Democrats as we host a presidential debate watch party and panel moderated by Deborah Schildkraut, Chair of the Political Science department. Panelists include: Jim Glaser (PS), Jeff Berry (PS), Sarah Sobieraj (Sociology) and David Gregory. Pizza will be provided! Doors open at 7:45 | Panel starts at 8:15 | Debate starts at 9