New policy think tank established at Tisch College

The Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) launched on Feb. 13, housed within the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Barnum Hall. As the name implies, the new center will focus its work on state-level policymaking in the commonwealth. Evan Horowitz, the center’s inaugural executive director, says the cSPA will provide independent analysis […]

IDHE report indicates college student midterm voting doubled in 2018

The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE), a research group run out of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, reported that college student voting rates jumped from 19.2% to 40.3% between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections. Amassing data from 10 million students across over 1,000 institutions, all demographics witnessed a marked […]

Rove, Markey, Burke, Andrés to headline Distinguished Speaker Series

Tisch College of Civic Life announced its fall events, including who will speak at its Distinguished Speaker Series, in an email on Tuesday. According to Jessica Byrnes, the special projects administrator at Tisch College, previous events have included former vice presidents and business leaders. This year’s speaker series will include political consultant Karl Rove, U.S. […]

Donna Brazile discusses her political background, youth vote at Tisch College event

Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), came to Tufts last night for a public forum as the first event of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life Distinguished Speaker Series this semester. Jen McAndrew, the director of Communications, Strategy and Planning at Tisch College, said in an interview with the […]

CIRCLE finds young people more civically engaged than ever

The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life released a series of findings recently that suggest that young people are more engaged in the upcoming midterm elections than perhaps ever before. The results, three sets of which have been released to the […]

Bridging Differences initiative extends university’s mission of diversity, inclusion

Bridging Differences, a university-wide initiative, was launched in fall 2017 under the leadership of David Harris, former provost and senior vice president of Tufts, with a goal “to improve understanding and engagement across divergent perspectives at Tufts,” according to its website. With the departure of Harris for the presidency of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., […]

New tenants announced for Barnum Hall as renovations begin

Barnum Hall, currently vacant after the relocation of the Department of Biology to the Science and Engineering Complex in fall 2017, will be filled by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life (Tisch College) and the Department of Film and Media Studies (FMS) in summer 2019, at the conclusion of ongoing renovations. The renovations, which began […]

Campus, local groups organize around DACA, undocumented students

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series about how the Tufts and Medford/Somerville communities have rallied in support of undocumented immigrants and students. The United States has always had a complicated relationship with immigration. Most recently, President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, from the travel ban to his crackdown on immigrants […]

Tisch College hosts panel on public amnesias

The Program for Public Humanities at Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life sponsored a panel on “Public Amnesias” yesterday afternoon to discuss dynamic omissions in the narratives of experiences. The event, moderated by Diana O’Donoghue, director of the Program for Public Humanities, featured four panelists: Kendra Field, assistant professor of history and Africana studies; Kerri Greenidge, professor and […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium calls community to action

Tufts held the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium, entitled “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” on the evening of Jan. 22 in Breed Memorial Hall. The event featured a variety of distinguished speakers and performers who highlighted the importance of civic engagement and decisive action in the face of injustice, inspired by the work and words of Dr. […]