How Tufts Works: Working together

About a month ago, I interviewed Ian Seerung, a sophomore, for this column. While he described working long hours as a full-time student, I was reminded of my own experience of working during high school. To save money for college, I took on extra shifts and worked through holidays at a French bakery near my […]


Tracy Heather Strain delivers annual Voices from the Edge lecture

The Experimental College (ExCollege) hosted its fourth Voices from the Edge annual speaker series last night in Barnum 008. This year’s speaker was Tracy Heather Strain, documentary maker and writer most known for her documentary “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” which centers on the life of playwright Lorraine Hansberry. The Voices from the Edge series began as part […]


Students shape course offerings as members of the ExCollege Board

Since 1964, the Experimental College (ExCollege) has been an integral part of Tufts’ academic experience. Students have the opportunity to be involved in the ExCollege in plenty of ways. In addition to taking courses, students may become first-year advisors, as well as designing and teaching courses. However, a lesser-known way for students to get involved […]


ExCollege offers new course on ‘Hamilton’ musical

The Experimental College (ExCollege) recently added a new course, titled “Hamilton: In Context,” for the spring semester. According to the ExCollege newsletter, the course will examine the influence of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton: An American Musical” in today’s society. It will also cover American revolutionary history, analyzing Ron Chernow‘s biography of Alexander Hamilton, on which the musical was based. The newsletter […]


History on the Hill: The ExCollege transforms from experiment to Tufts institution

There’s only one place on campus where students can participate in such wide-ranging and timely classes such as “Human Development in the Digital Age,” “Rethinking Disability,” and even “The Bachelor & Society:” The Tufts Experimental College (ExCollege). During the ExCollege’s 53 years on campus, it has become a right of passage for Tufts students to join in on at least […]


Tufts to offer Hindi-Urdu classes in ExCollege

After student support and lobbying by Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate, Tufts will offer Hindi-Urdu classes next semester as part of the Experimental College. Both Hindi-Urdu 1 and 3 will be offered, and the 15-person Hindi-Urdu 1 section is currently full, according to the Student Information System (SIS). Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Arts and […]


New registration date for ExCollege brings department into the mainstream

In the past, students have had to wait several weeks after picking their regular classes to register for ExCollege classes. But this semester, the ExCollege debuted a new registration date for its fall 2017 classes. For the first time, ExCollege classes are available for registration on SIS at the same time as general course registration. According to Howard […]


‘Arts Flash’ brings together various departments to stage pop-up art performances

This spring, the Tufts Department of Drama and Dance has partnered with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts to create a series of pop-up performances entitled “Arts Flash.” Each ‘flash’ consists of a 15-minute-long performance that will occur on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays in different spaces on both the SMFA […]


ExCollege Professor Norah Dooley discusses climate change, pipelines and the power of storytelling

Despite the intensity with which Norah Dooley discusses her outrage toward climate change, she manages to slip in hand gestures and punctuate her speech with facial expressions in an extraordinarily subtle manner. She is a storyteller and an activist. Dooley teaches storytelling at Tufts’ Experimental College and at Lesley University, as well as in K-12th grade classrooms and in Alzheimer’s […]


Debate Watch Party draws full house, highlights student contingent supporting Clinton

The Department of Political Science hosted a Presidential Debate Watch Party on Sept. 26 from 7:45 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium. The screening of the first presidential debate of the 2016 election — between the Democratic presidential nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the Republican presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump — was preceded by a panel discussion. […]


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