Tisch College expands campus role with new civic studies major, other changes

The Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life will be implementing a new civic studies program starting next fall, according to Peter Levine, Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Tisch College. Levin explained that the interdisciplinary Civic Studies major will include classes from a variety of departments, including history, philosophy, sociology, economics and religion.  The […]


FOCUS pre-orientation will partner with Tisch College, among other changes

Starting next year, incoming first-years participating in the First-Year Orientation CommUnity Service (FOCUS) pre-orientation program will sleep in Tufts’ residence halls, rather than in churches, as participants have done in past years, according to student coordinators Billy Lynn, Zoe Leaf and Andres Almanza, all sophomores. This arrangement is one of many recent changes that have been made […]


Tanden and Kristol debate present, future of politics

Policy advisor Neera Tanden and political commentator William Kristol discussed the state of the country and civil discourse in the Cabot Center’s ASEAN Auditorium on Nov. 15 as the final event in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Distinguished Speaker Series. The talk, entitled “Resistance and Persistence: Civil Debate in Divided Times,” was moderated by Pulitzer […]


Editorial: Improving the Common Reading Program

Every year, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life offers the Common Reading Program as a way to engage first-year and transfer students in a shared intellectual experience. The program, which is common at many other universities as well, has the potential to serve as an important opportunity to start meaningful discussions among those who are new to […]


Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund awards grants to organizations in host communities

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) has awarded $19,046 in grants to 36 nonprofit organizations in the Medford, Somerville, Grafton, Chinatown, Fenway and Mission Hill neighborhoods, according to a Jan. 13 news release. TNSF was created in 1995 by the managing committee of the Tufts Community Appeal, an annual charitable campaign with a goal of demonstrating faculty and […]


Charlie Baker to speak at Tufts in February

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will speak at Tufts as part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Distinguished Speaker Series this semester. Baker’s speech will be on Feb. 23 in Distler Performance Hall. The event will be free for Tufts students to attend, though it may be ticketed, according to Tisch College Director […]


Tim Kaine speaks at Tufts in Tisch College event

U.S. Senator and 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine (D-VA) reflected on last year’s presidential election and gave his prognosis for the future of the Democratic party, speaking in a mostly-full Cohen Auditorium on Monday morning. The talk, which was part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Distinguished Speaker Series, was moderated by Dean […]


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 […]


Senator Tim Kaine to speak at Tufts

Senator and 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine (D-VA) will speak at Tufts on Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. in Distler Auditorium, as part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life Distinguished Speaker Series. Tickets will be available for free starting Jan. 19 at the Mayer Campus Center information booth. Kaine’s talk will also […]


Post-Election Paper Project promotes honest reflection after election

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life held a “Post-Election Paper Project” last wednesday to facilitate dialogue around the presidential election results. At the event, the walls of Tisch College’s Rabb Room were covered in large sheets of paper on which students could write or draw their feelings about the election outcome. The Paper Project […]


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