Tufts’ Jewish community grapples with anti-Semitism at Tree of Life memorial service

Mourners poured into the Granoff Family Hillel Center Monday to remember the lives of the 11 Jews murdered during Saturday’s mass shooting at the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa. The attack was the deadliest single targeted act of anti-Semitism ever committed on American soil, according to the Anti-Defamation League, and of a […]


Chaplaincy welcomes new music director Thomas B. Dawkins

The Tufts University Chaplaincy hosted a welcome concert and reception for its new music director and organist, Thomas B. Dawkins, on Oct. 11. The event was previously scheduled for Oct. 4 but was postponed due to an illness that Dawkins was battling. Approximately 20 people were in attendance at the Goddard Chapel. Dawkins was appointed to the position of […]


Class of 2022 begins college career with Illumination Ceremony

Over 1,600 first-years and transfer students gathered on the President’s Lawn on Saturday night to participate in Tufts’ Illumination Ceremony, according to University Chaplain Reverend Greg McGonigle. The candle lighting ceremony — an undergraduate tradition meant to symbolize university benefactor Charles Tufts’ mission to “put a light” upon Walnut Hill, according to McGonigle — was organized by the University Chaplaincy. […]


Health Promotion and Prevention organizes mindfulness initiative

Tufts Health Promotion and Prevention is starting a new mindfulness initiative to help reduce the stress in students’ lives. According to the initiative’s website, it was organized in partnership with Counseling and Mental Health Services, the University Chaplaincy, the Office of Residential Life and Learning and Cambridge Health Alliance. According to Director of Health Promotion and Prevention Ian Wong, this […]


Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium features speakers from Greater Boston area

Tufts‘ annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. was held on Monday afternoon in Breed Memorial Hall. This year, the event was organized as a symposium, and more than a dozen speakers and panelists discussed King’s legacy under the theme of “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” The symposium was sponsored by the Africana […]


Tufts Muslim Student Association hosts ‘Spring into Islam’ event series

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) has been presenting its annual “Spring into Islam” event series throughout the past month, with its last public event, a cultural calligraphy night, occurring this Wednesday evening. The series has included workshops, discussions, interfaith programming, prayer services and cultural events to present various highlighted aspects of the religion to the larger Tufts community, according to MSA President Obaid […]


Tufts community celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Students and faculty remembered the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in an event entitled “Moving the Movement Forward” held yesterday at Goddard Chapel. This year’s celebration surrounded five themes: faith and hope, equality, unity and collective action, justice as well as action. The event began with a spoken-word performance by senior Cameron Flowers, who urged for […]


Tufts junior and computer science major dies in accident

The university released an announcement earlier this evening stating that junior Julia Lee, a computer science major in the College of Liberal Arts, died in a car accident in New Zealand yesterday while traveling with her family. Lee’s parents were also killed in the accident, while her younger brother is still hospitalized. Lee was preparing to […]


With free speech policy, Tufts community seeks civil dialogue

This January, the shooting of 12 people at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo shocked the world, and brought the topics of free speech and religious sensitivity to the fore. The violence sparked discussions across campus, where free speech has been a major topic of debate, and where both students and the administration have actively sought to […]


ACURA conference hosts annual meeting on religion and spirituality in higher education

The Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA), a national collegium made up of chaplains, deans and directors of religious and spiritual life in higher education, held its annual conference at Tufts last week from Sunday, Oct. 26 to Tuesday, Oct. 28. ACURA is an interfaith association that includes representatives from many institutions, including major […]


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