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 […]

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 […]