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 […]

Oh, hey, look, another debate commentary

It’s Wednesday, Oct. 5, which means it’s basically Halloween. Which means happy Thanksgiving! Which means wow, I can’t believe it’s winter break already. It also means that the first presidential debate was nine days ago. I know, I’m super late to the post-debate discussion party, and I’m sorry — it’s just that my parents taught […]

The Echo Chamber: Inside Affordable Care

There’s a spot on campus, right behind Eaton Hall, where, if said just at the right angle, an echo of your voice can be heard. At Tufts, an echo of political thought and ideas can be heard not just behind Eaton Hall, but all around us. Tufts, like many liberal arts universities around the country, […]

Top 10 Snapchat accounts to follow while procrastinating

With the semester entering the final weeks, the usual glut of work is upon us — research papers, problem sets and the always-painful group projects are inescapable this time of the year. Although nearly everyone is trying to complete the piles of homework they’ve been assigned, no end-of-semester study session is complete without a little […]

Inaugural poet Richard Blanco speaks at Tufts’ annual John Holmes Memorial Poetry Reading

The poet Richard Blanco spoke to an audience of approximately 60 students, alumni and community members yesterday afternoon at the 12th John Holmes Memorial Poetry Reading in the Hirsch Reading Room of Tisch Library. During the talk, Blanco, President Barack Obama’s inaugural poet in 2013 and the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history, read poetry from throughout his career and spoke about his life as […]

Noam Chomsky speaks at Tufts to benefit Massachusetts Peace Action

Last Thursday, at an event organized by Tufts University and new Somerville-based “social impact accelerator” Canopy, Dr. Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and prominent political critic and social activist, did not mince words about the increasingly plausible threats of climate change and nuclear war and the role of Western leaders and nations in exacerbating those threats. The […]

A pipe dream

This past week, President Barack Obama’s administration announced it would reject the proposal to construct the Keystone XL pipeline, ending a long-running debate. Ahead of the world’s most important climate talks in years, it is an agenda-setting move. The pipeline would have further connected Canadian crude oil to American refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. It […]

Obama’s Keystone XL decision is about more than just the environment

President Obama finally vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday after keeping it on the table for the past seven years, bringing an end to nearly a decade of activist and political drama. The move demonstrated a turn in Obama’s growing pro-environmentalist leanings as he prepares to enter his last year as president.  While the dialogue around […]

Reggie Love speaks to student-athletes at roundtable discussion

“Who’s tougher to work for: President Obama or Coach K?” Drew Madsen, junior forward for the Tufts men’s basketball team, asked Reggie Love.  Love was at Tufts last week as part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series, an event co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics and the Political Science Department. A private roundtable discussion held prior […]

In State of the Union, Obama heralds economic improvements

President Barack Obama delivered the White House’s annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, laying out a series of proposals and goals for the remaining two years of his term. Speaking to members of both houses of Congress and their guests in the House of Representatives chamber, Obama began his speech by highlighting recent improvements […]