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How Can We Lead Social Change? Lunch with Heather Booth

Monday, November 13, 2017 | 12:00-1:15pm
Laminan Lounge, Olin Hall
From registering voters with Fannie Lou Hamer during the Civil Rights Movement, championing women's right to choose in the 70s, to playing a key role in passing the Dodd-Frank Act, Heather Booth has been at the heart of progressive movements for over fifty years. Join Heather Heather Booth for a roundtable workshop about organizing for social change and a unique behind-the-scenes look at some of the most pivotal recent progressive movements from someone who played a key role in leading them. Lunch will be served.

A film screening of a documentary made about Heather's life will follow at 6pm in Room 011 of Olin Hall. Dinner will be provided.




Distinguished Speaker Series - Resistance and Persistence: Civil Debate in Divided Times

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 6:30pm
ASEAN Auditorium, Cabot Center
Join us for a Distinguished Speaker Series debate of ideas on politics, partisanship, and current events featuring Neera Tanden and Bill Kristol, and moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times reporter Farah Stockman. Neera Tanden is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and previously served in the Obama and Clinton administrations. Bill Kristol is the founder and editor of The Weekly Standard and previously served in the Reagan and Bush administrations. This event will be held with support from the Lyon & Bendheim Lecture Series, and cosponsored by CIVIC, the Tufts Republicans and the Tufts Democrats. More information and registration >




Recent Events

JFK's Legacy of Citizen Service

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 6:30pm
ASEAN Auditorium
Join Tisch College for a special event on the importance of public service and President Kennedy’s legacy of service today with featured speakers Robert Gordon, Dorothy Stoneman, and John Bridgeland. Hosted by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series, with support from FOCUS and the Leonard Carmichael Society at Tufts University, this event is part of the JFK100 Centennial Celebration, a year-long series of special events and initiatives to celebrate the 100th anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth.


Leadership is Female, is African, is Muslim Woman

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 12:00pm
Distler Performance Hall
Through a celebration of music and presentations, Tisch College of Civic Life will honor Saïda Oumulkhairy Niasse with its Global Humanitarian Citizen Award. From her base in rural Niger, Oumoulkhairy Niasse (affectionately known as Mama Kiota) leads a Sufi Muslim women's movement with over 200,000 members and branches in 6 other West African countries. Trained by scholars in the Niassine Tijaniyya Sufi tradition, Mama Kiota is a tireless advocate for women's rights, broad-based education, and peace. She has spent more than 50 years establishing schools, mentoring female leaders, and promoting religious tolerance in the region of West Africa now menaced by Boko Haram.

The award ceremony includes remarks by PoliSci Professor Pearl Robinson on the local and global significance of Oumulkhairy Niasse's leadership. Specialists in Sufi musical traditions on the staff of our Music Department, in concert with Tijaniyya Zikr singers from West Africa, will perform. Mama Kiota is not attending in person, but will participate in a paired event to be held in Niamey, Niger.


PS 41, 42, & Beyond: A Political Philosophy Symposium Honoring Vickie Sullivan

Friday, October 13, 2017 | 3:00pm
Braker 001
Join us as we celebrate Professor Sullivan and her appointment as Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science with a symposium on political theory and philosophy, featuring talks by PoliSci Professors: Robert Devigne, Ioannis Evrigenis and Dennis Rasmussen, and Tufts Alumni: Carly Herold, Michael Hawley, Nathaniel Gilmore and Michelle Clarke.


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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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!