Former presidential speechwriter emphasizes the value of comedy in present political climate

Comedian and former presidential speechwriter David Litt kicked off the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Civic Life Lunch series yesterday, hosting a one-hour-long talk in the Lincoln Filene Center’s Rabb Room. Approximately 100 people were in attendance. Litt, who served as lead joke writer for four White House Correspondents’ Association dinners, is currently head writer/producer for Funny […]


Biden brings American Promise tour to Medford

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden discussed his upbringing and values, and shared memories from his eight years in Barack Obama’s presidential administration, during an event at Medford’s Chevalier Theatre Thursday night. The event, which was moderated by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, was part of a nationwide speaking tour coinciding with […]


Op-Ed: Seeking power of values over power of money

In an election-eve address on Nov. 3, 1980, presidential candidate Ronald Reagan restated an exceptionally durable ideal that encapsulates the concept of American exceptionalism: “I believe that Americans in 1980 are every bit as committed to that vision of a shining ‘city on a hill,’ as were those long ago [Pilgrim] settlers.” Whether you agreed with […]


Chelsea Handler on her new show and the blending of politics and comedy

Chelsea Handler is known for never holding back. Her fiercely honest critiques of public figures, which used to only target celebrities, have now shifted to prominent politicians in her new Netflix talk show, “Chelsea” (2016–present). To introduce the second season of the show, which premiered earlier this month, Handler begins the first episode with, “Thank you! I’m back! The last time I was sitting […]


Red, White and True: Trump at Three Months

“The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.” — Lyndon B. Johnson This Thursday marks the three-month anniversary of January 20, or the date that Donald Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States. Following […]


Donald Trump inaugurated as 45th president

Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States last Friday at noon, on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. His inauguration was the first time a total political outsider, who has never served in public office or the military, assumed the nation’s highest office. The number of people […]


The Tufts Daily Show: Trump’s Proactive Transition Period

Happy December, everyone! As 2016 winds down, so does Barack Obama’s presidency. And now that the sitting president has been a “lame duck” for about a month, President-elect Donald Trump is phasing himself into the presidency, while his sons are still wondering what lame ducks are and whether you can hunt them. In the process of taking […]


David Axelrod discusses Trump, stresses empathy to overcome national divisions

David Axelrod, chief strategist for both of President Barack Obama’s election campaigns and former senior advisor to the president, discussed the recent election of Donald Trump, progressive youth engagement going forward and ways to overcome divides throughout the country. The talk, sponsored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, was hosted by Tisch […]


The Tufts Daily Show: One more 2016 Election column

Nov. 8, 2016 — a date that will live on in history books for ages to come; the date that ushered in one of the most consequential decisions of our time. Nov. 8, 2016 — the date pot became legal in Massachusetts. Wait, what?! TRUMP WON? Oh god, I need a smoke. First he won Ohio, […]


As presidential election nears, former chief of staff, governor discuss leadership, civic duties

The Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series hosted a discussion last night with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (LA ’70) and former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush Andy Card, focusing on the transition of government after the election, the civic responsibilities of young voters and the speakers’ own experiences with national elections. The talk, which was held at […]


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