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Distinguished Speaker Series: Maura Healey

Monday, December 3, 2018 | 12:00-1:15pm
Distler Auditorium, Granoff Music Center
Join Tisch College for a discussion with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey moderated by Professor Jeffrey Berry on state and national politics, critical issues facing the Commonwealth, and what it's like to take the President to court. Since 2015, Healey has served as the Massachusetts Attorney General, leading fights to uphold the state’s existing assault weapons ban, to overturn the Trump Administration's controversial immigration policies, and to defend net neutrality protections. Before being elected Attorney General, Healey helped lead the Attorney General's Office under Martha Coakley, first as Chief of the Civil Rights Division and then as director of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau. A prosecutor in Middlesex County and a litigation partner at WilmerHale for several years, Healey also spent two years as a 5'4" starting point guard on a professional basketball team in Austria after graduating from Harvard College and before attending law school at Northeastern University. She is the first openly gay Attorney General in the United States.

Cosponsored by the Political Science Department and JumboVote. Follow the conversation live at #AGHealeyAtTufts.

Election Night Watch Party

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 7:00-11:00pm
Hotung Café
Join JumboVote, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, the Experimental College and us for a live watch party as the results of the 2018 General Election roll in. Enjoy dessert, discuss results with Professor Brian Schaffner, and activities such as trivia (with giveaways!), buttonmaking, a photobooth, and more!

Covering Multiparty Politics in the Middle East's Only Democracy with Lahav Harkov

Monday, November 5, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm
Crane Room
Join us for a Lunch & Learn with Lahav Harkov, the Senior Knesset Reporter and Analyst for the Jerusalem Post. In this position she has interviewed major figures across the Israeli political spectrum and has the inside scoop on the country's top lawmakers. Harkov is often invited to give expert analysis on breaking news to international outlets such as BBC, France 24, and Sky News, and she has published articles in The New York Post, Tablet, the Jewish Week, and the Hebrew-language newspaper Makor Rishon. She was recognized for her social media reporting by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, which named her the 5th-most influential person on "Jewish Twitter." Harkov has a degree in Political Science and Communications at Bar-Ilan University, where she is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Creative Nonfiction Writing. Free food will be served!

Civic Life Lunch – So You Think You Can Legislate

Monday, November 5, 2018 | 12:00pm
Rabb Room, Tisch College
Who’s running for office in the 2018 midterm elections? Why are the midterms important, and what’s at stake? Join Tisch College for a conversation with former Congressman and Tisch College Visiting Fellow, Steve Israel, about what could happen on election day and why it matters. Israel was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years, representing New York’s 3rd congressional district until 2017. While in office, Israel served on the Appropriations Committee, was founder and co-chair of the Congressional Center Aisle Caucus, and was the House Democrats’ chief strategist as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Israel is currently the Chair of the Global Institute at Long Island University, where he is also a Distinguished Writer-In-Residence, and a strategic advisor to the Democratic Governors Association. Lunch will be provided.

Cold War Politics and the Struggle for Global Sustainability
STS Lunch Seminar Series w/ William San Martín

Friday, November 2, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:15pm
Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room
The Science, Technology and Society Program at Tufts will be welcoming William San Martín, Assistant Teaching Professor of Humanities & Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, to talk about "Cold War Politics and the Struggle for Global Sustainability" over lunch (provided).

Challenging Assumptions About Religion in International Affairs Conference

Friday, October 26, 2018 | 9:00am - 6:00pm
ASEAN Auditorium
We are co-sponsoring the Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law & Diplomacy's 4th annual conference! This year’s conference will focus on the role of religious literacy in international affairs and is guided by the questions: How can religious literacy help us question assumptions and break new ground on the biggest challenges facing our world today? How does religious literacy factor into U.S. military operations in contexts like Iraq? What are the roles of religious institutions in international climate finance and climate resilience? How does secularism differ across countries and what impact does this have on nationalism, national identity, and diplomacy?

Featuring high-level practitioners and academics from a range of disciplines, the conference will include discussions on U.S. military operations in Iraq, climate financing and resilience in Latin America, nationalism in the U.S., India, and Israel, and a keynote on U.S. religious freedom policy. The conference will also include a lunchtime employer showcase in partnership with the Office of Career Services. For more information, visit our website at

Decolonizing IR Conference

Friday, October 12, 2018 | 9:00am - 7:00pm
Location TBD
Fletcher Students of Color and Allies (FSCA) invites you to their first ever Decolonizing International Relations Conference. This conference will bring academics, scholars and practitioners of international relations together to discuss issues and engage non-Western scholarship into the pedagogical literature and the academic canon of various disciplines of international relations. And, with the help of Professor Pearl Robinson, one of the speakers will be Professor Ambassador Maria Nzomo, professor at the University of Nairobi's Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies and former ambassador of Kenya.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Terry McAuliffe

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 6:00pm
ASEAN Auditorium
Join Tisch College for a conversation with Terry McAuliffe about current events, policy and public service. From 2014 to 2018, McAuliffe served as the 72nd Governor of Virginia, where he significantly improved economic development, functionally ended veteran homelessness, prohibited discrimination against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and fought to restore voting rights to 173,000 previously disenfranchised felons.

McAuliffe entered national politics at the age of 23 as the national finance director for President Jimmy Carter, and he was elected Democratic National Committee chairman in 2000, serving until 2005. He co-chaired President Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign for reelection and his 1997 Presidential Inauguration. He was also chairman of the 2000 Democratic National Convention and chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 Presidential Campaign.

IR Brown Bag Book Talk w/ Professor Paul Poast

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 12-1:30pm
Cabot 703
Paul Poast, the author of Organizing Democracy: How International Institutions Assist New Democracies, is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and featured in various news outlets, including The New York Times, Bloomberg, Washington Post, and CSPAN. Join us for his engaging talk on international organizations and democratic rule. Space is limited so please RSVP >

The Politics of Post-Truth
STS Lunch Seminar Series w/ Professor Sheila Jasanoff

Friday, September 21, 2018 | 12-1:15pm
Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room
The Science, Technology and Society Program at Tufts will be welcoming Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Director of the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School, to talk about “The Politics of Post-Truth” over lunch (provided).

Civic Life Lunch – #ThanksObama: A Conversation with POTUS’ Comedian-in-Chief

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 12:00pm
Rabb Room, Tisch College
How do you write jokes for the President of the United States? How do you make one of the most powerful men in the world seem appropriately snarky and self-effacing, but not mean or malicious? As a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and lead joke writer for four White House Correspondents' Association Dinners, David Litt grappled with these questions firsthand—and delivered the goods. Litt wrote about his experiences in the White House in his (very funny) memoir, Thanks Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years. He is now head writer/producer for Funny or Die's Washington, D.C., office.
Lunch will be provided. RSVP requested >

#MeToo and the Constitution
Constitution Day w/ Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen

Monday, September 17, 2018 | 12:00pm
Crane Room
Join us for our annual celebration of Constitution Day with a talk by Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen, the John H. Watson, Jr. Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Gersen’s talk is titled "#MeToo and the Constitution," with a Q&A afterwards. Pizza will be served!

Commencement for Graduating Students is Sunday, May 20th

All Tufts Phase I Ceremony will be from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
PS/IR Phase II Ceremony will be from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Alumni Field
Visit the commencement website for more info.

PS/IR End of the Year BBQ!

Monday, April 30, 2018 | 11:30am-2:00pm
Tisch Library Roof (rain relocation: Remis Sculpture Court)
Celebrate the end of another fantastic academic year with your friends and favorite professors from PS & IR with an American style BBQ.
Welcome to all of the PS & IR community!

Senior Honors Thesis Exchange Symposium

Friday, April 27, 2018 | 8:30am-3:30pm
(Lunch & Keynote at 12noon)
Chase Dining Room
This year we have an outstanding number of Honors Theses in History, International Relations and Political Science. Join us for panel presentations by these students throughout the day. We will all share a celebratory lunch around noon. Professors Drusilla Brown and Richard Eichenberg will be our keynote speakers.

Popular Sovereignty - A Discussion with Jan Werner Muller & Rick Valelly

Monday, April 23, 2018 | 12:00pm
Rabb Room, Tisch College
Sponsored by Tisch College of Civic Life and the Social Science Research Council, and hosted by Professor Ioannis Evrigenis. Lunch will be served.

2 Cute 2 Be Erased: Intersex/Trans/GNC/POC Resist the Medical Industrial Complex

April 14, 2018 | 12-1:30pm
Rabb Room, Tisch College
Join Tufts LGBT Center for a workshop by intersex activist and filmmaker of The Son I Never Had, Pidgeon Pagonis. In 2016 alone, Pidgeon was featured on the cover of National Geographic’s January issue titled Gender Revolution, launched an intersex-resource YouTube channel, co-founded the group Intersex People of Color for Justice (IPOCJ), introduced an intersex and non-binary art and clothing line, and also made a cameo on Amazon’s Transparent. All identities welcome.

"Come Tomorrow: The Politics of Waiting for Citizenship" – A Talk by Professor Noora Lori

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 4:30pm
Rabb Room, Tisch College
Professor Lori is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Boston University's Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Her research focuses on migration, citizenship, and security in the Persian Gulf. Her published work has examined migrant policing, naturalization policies, temporary migration schemes, statelessness, and racial hierarchies in comparative perspective. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston University, Lori was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and a Fellow in the International Security Program of the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her PhD in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. Pi Sigma Alpha excited to bring Professor Lori to Tufts for this engaging talk.

Building an Urban Future: A Conversation with Adam Forman

Friday April 6, 2018 | 2:30pm
Rabb Room, Tisch College
Adam Forman is the Chief Policy and Data Officer at the Office of the New York City Comptroller. He manages the economic and workforce development, technology, arts, and transportation portfolios for the Office. Prior to this position, he was a Senior Researcher at the Center for an Urban Future, a New York based think-tank. His editorials have appeared in local and national media outlets including TIME, The Guardian, and New York Daily News. In 2015, he was recognized by City & State as a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” in New York City politics. Pi Sigma Alpha invites you to join them for this informative talk on urban politics.

Distinguished Speaker Series: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 6:00pm (doors open at 5:30)
Cohen Auditorium
Join us for an engaging conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer about law, interpreting the constitution, and the current state of our civic institutions. Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Breyer has served as Associate Justice of the U.S Supreme Court since 1994. Throughout his career, Justice Breyer has worked as a Supreme Court law clerk for Justice Arthur Goldberg, a Justice Department lawyer in the antitrust division, an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, a professor at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Free tickets will be available for pickup with a Tufts ID at the Mayer Campus Center Information Booth beginning March 28 at 12:30 p.m., limited to one ticket per Tufts ID. Tufts alumni, as well as students, faculty, and staff on Tufts' Boston and Grafton campuses, should direct ticket requests to Jessica Byrnes (

Careers in the Common Good

Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 8:30am-3:00pm
Cabot Intercultural Center
Careers in the Common Good is an annual networking event designed to educate Tufts students about the breadth and depth of socially responsible career paths available in industries ranging from public service and non-profits to benefit-corporations and social enterprises by connecting current students with notable Tufts alumni. Engage with Tufts alumni through panel discussions, small group conversations and networking. Panel topics include: Meet Active Citizens in Non-Traditional Roles; Explore Individual Paths: International Engagement; Jump Start Your Career: Make the Most of Your First 100 Days on the Job; Explore Individual Paths: Advocacy and Activism; Explore Individual Paths: Social Entrepreneurship; Understand the Similarities and Differences: Corporate/Private Good vs. Public Good; Explore Individual Paths: Campaigns/Organizing; Tell Your Story: Create a Brand That Matches Your Personal Narrative. Some of the organizations represented include US State Department, YearUP, United States House of Representatives, Everyoneon, Precision Strategies, Massachusetts Legislature.

Aristotle on Political Speech and the Problem of Anger

Friday, March 9, 2018 | 3:00pm
Tisch 304
Join us for an engaging talk by Alexander Duff, Visiting Professor of Political Philosophy from College of the Holy Cross.

Majors Week Coffee Chat

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 3:00-5:00pm
Packard Hall, 3rd Floor Lounge
Take a break during Majors Week to join us for a coffee and cookies chat with all your favorite PoliSci professors and fellow majors! If you are considering a major in Political Science, stop by and we will answer your questions and help you get to know the great people in this department.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Al Gore

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 6:15pm
Cohen Auditorium
Former Vice President Al Gore will be coming to Tufts to talk about climate change, politics, and public service! On Tuesday at 6:30 PM there will be a film screening of "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power" in the Crane Room and then on Wednesday at 6:15pm Al Gore will be kicking off Tisch College's Distinguished Speaker Series.
Free tickets are available with a Tufts ID at the Mayer Campus Center Information Booth starting February 1