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Tisch Distinguished Speaker Series: How to Win Elections

Featuring: David Axelrod & Beth Myers, A79

April 13, 2016 | 5:30pm
Alumnae Lounge, Tufts Medford Campus
Join Tisch College for an election-year discussion with two of the nation's top political strategists: Beth Myers, A79 and David Axelrod. Both veterans of over 30 years in American politics, Myers and Axelrod have served as strategists in countless political campaigns on the local, state, and national level. Most recently they faced off on politics' biggest stage: Myers served as the senior strategist for Governor Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 presidential bids, while Axelrod served as senior strategist for President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and 2012 reelection. Together, Myers and Axelrod will share their firsthand experiences and unique perspectives on politics and public service. Co-sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences' Political Science Department. Throughout the academic year, the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series will bring diverse leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss public issues. Please register at

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series and 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service

Featuring U.S. Congressman John Lewis

April 5, 2016 | 6:30pm
Cohen Auditorium, Tufts Medford Campus
The Tisch College 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont lecture series is proud to host Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th District. Lewis was a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement who marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and has dedicated his life to public service and social justice. The Congressman will share his experiences, from protests to politics, with the Tufts community and discuss many of the pressing issues facing our communities. The Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship and Public Service at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service was established in honor of Alan D. Solomont, A70, A09P. These lectures enable Tisch College to bring to campus distinguished guest speakers who embody the spirit and values of active citizenship and public service. Since its inception, the Alan D. Solomont Lecture has been delivered by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Ambassador of Spain and Andorra, Alan Solomont, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. This lecture is also supported by Tisch College's Distinguished Speaker Series. Learn more at This will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be free and available at the Cohen box office.

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: David Gregory

February 18, 2016 | 5:30pm
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall, Tufts Medford Campus
Join us for an engaging conversation with David Gregory, former moderator of NBC's Meet the Press and, most recently, author of How's Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey. A leading figure in American journalism, Gregory previously anchored MSNBC's Race for the White House during the historic 2008 presidential campaign, and served as NBC's Chief White House Correspondent during the presidency of George W. Bush. Pulling from both his personal and professional experiences, Gregory will offer unique insights on media and politics in American culture. Register at

Senator Tim Kaine

February 5, 2016 | 2:30pm
Rabb Room, Tisch College
Join us for a discussion with United States Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), who will share his experience on topics like foreign policy priorities and the presidential election. A former Governor of Virginia and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Kaine has served in the Senate since 2013. he is the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development. Dr. Richard Eichenberg, Professor of Political Science, will facilitate the discussion, and light refreshments will be served. Register online here:

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison: What my year behind bars taught me about America's prison crisis

Thursday, November 5, 2015 | 6:30-8:00pm
Crane Room, Paige Hall (Pizza will be served).
The Department of Political Science presents a Frank C. Colcord event. Former Democratic Missouri State Senator Jeffrey Smith and Professor at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School will talk about his new book Mr. Smith Goes to Prison and his prescriptions on how to fix America's prison system. In 2009, Smith lied to the Feds about seemingly minor campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and a day in Kentucky's FCI Manchester. Mr. Smith Goes to Prison is the fish-out-of-water story of his time in the big house; of the people he met there and the things he learned: how to escape the attentions of fellow inmates, like a tattooed Klansman and his friends in the Aryan Brotherhood; what constitutes a prison car and who's allowed to ride in yours; how to bend and break the rules, whether you're a prisoner or an officer. And throughout his sentence, the senator tracked the greatest crime of all: the deliberate waste of untapped human potential.

What's Next in Cybersecurity Policy and Technology

Friday, October 30, 2015 | 12:00-1:30pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall
The Department of Political Science presents a Frank C. Colcord event. Ely Kahn, Cofounder and VP of business development at Sqrrl and former Director of Cybersecurity at the National Security Council from 2009-2010 will speak on the future of cybersecurity policy for the United States, especially in light of the increasingly large data breaches at both corporations and the government. Pizza will be served.

The Department of Political Science and the Office of The President present the 2015 Constitution Day: How the Constitution Shapes the American Safety Net: One Family's Struggle

Andrea Campbell, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor, Department of Political Science, MIT

Friday, September 18, 2015 | 12:00-1:30pm (Doors open at 11:45am)
51 Winthrop Street, Breed Memorial Hall
*This event is open to the public
As a social policy scholar, Andrea Campbell thought she knew a lot about social assistance programs. As a political scientist she thought she knew a lot about the Constitution and federalism too. But when a car accident left her sister-in-law a quadriplegic dependent on Medicaid, Campbell got a real education in the safety net and the huge variation across states the American governmental system allows. Join her to hear how the Constitution affects every one of us. Food will be provided.

'Tufts in Washington' Information Session

Wednesday September 16, 2015 | 12:00 noon
Packard Hall Conference Room
A representative from American University will be on campus to answer any questions you may have about the Tufts in Washington program. Come learn about all the Tufts in Washington program has to offer. Pizza will be served.

In The News

Jeffrey Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, discussed Charlie Baker's governorship with the Boston Globe magazine, "He's much different than he was in 2010. He was biting and dismissive of Democrats and very critical of the incumbent governor… He has distanced himself [from the national Republican party] with a deftness that is impressive, and he's getting away with it."
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Deborah Schildkraut, Professor of American Politics and Chair of the Department, Jeffrey Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics and Consuelo Cruz Associate Professor of Comparative Politics discussed outrageous political speech with the Tufts Daily, "Outrage is not new," Berry said. "If you have a free media, people are going to say what they feel — and what they feel is not always nice."

"Social networking allows people to comment on the news in a way that [wasn't possible before]," Schildkraut said. "One of the charges that you hear sometimes is the declining civility in the comments that people attach when they are forwarding a news story or a link to a news story."

"Everybody is taking on a theatrical persona, and what drives the drama is the idea that they can give voice to the anger, the anxiety, the fear that people are feeling," Cruz said. "The political system therefore becomes a kind of echo chamber for outrage."
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Jeffrey Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, discussed the Iowa caucuses and the presidential race with Wallet Hub, "Other than respecting tradition, there's no reason for Iowa to always go first in the nomination process. Tradition can be dangerous in politics as events and voting trends can easily race past our formal processes."
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Jeffrey Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, discussed Donald Trump's presidential run with The Guardian, "It's part of the presentation of self – that he wants it to appear that he is his own person telling it like it is with no advisers corralling him to do this or that."
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Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science, wrote about the refugee crisis in Foreign Affairs "All sides in the Syrian civil war have, to some extent, strategically engineered mass movements of civilians into and away from their areas of territorial control. In some cases, the systemic depopulation and repopulation of territory represent attempts to gain tactical military advantage."
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Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science, discussed the refugee crisis in The New York Times' 'Room for Debate' section, "Restricting migration would do nothing to address the cause of such attacks: radicalization of the marginalized within the E.U., many of them citizens."
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Kelly Greenhill, Associate Professor of Political Science, also discussed the refugee crisis with The Christian Science Monitor, "The numbers [of refugees] don't have to be large. It's not the size, it's the expected response of the recipient population."
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Jeffrey Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, discussed Donald Trump's run for the Presidency with DW Global, "He truly believes he will be a great president."
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Jeffrey Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, discussed Todd Starnes and Fox News with The Atlantic, "When you get people's blood boiling, they seem to come back the next night."
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Jeffrey Berry, Skuse Professor of American Politics, discussed Governor Charlie Baker with the Boston Globe in two articles, "If the Democrats are to run a credible race [for governor] in 2018, they really need to start developing a counter narrative to the success of the Baker administration… It's never too soon to start it." And "Even though there's not a well-articulated agenda, I think the public is convinced that he is a do-something governor rather than a do-nothing governor … I think there's an appreciation that he's trying to solve problems."
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