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Senator Tim Kaine
February 5 | 2:30 p.m.
Rabb Room, Tisch College

Join us for a discussion with United States Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), who will share his experience on topics like foreign policy priorities and the presidential election. A former Governor of Virginia and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Kaine has served in the Senate since 2013. he is the Ranking Member of the Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management, International Operations, and Bilateral International Development. Dr. Richard Eichenberg, Professor of Political Science, will facilitate the discussion, and light refreshments will be served. Register online here:

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: David Gregory
February 18 | 5:30 PM
Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall | Tufts Medford Campus

Join us for an engaging conversation with David Gregory, former moderator of NBC's Meet the Press and, most recently, author of How's Your Faith?: An Unlikely Spiritual Journey. A leading figure in American journalism, Gregory previously anchored MSNBC's Race for the White House during the historic 2008 presidential campaign, and served as NBC's Chief White House Correspondent during the presidency of George W. Bush. Pulling from both his personal and professional experiences, Gregory will offer unique insights on media and politics in American culture. Register at

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series and 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service
Featuring U.S. Congressman John Lewis
April 5 | 6:30 PM
Cohen Auditorium | Tufts Medford Campus

The Tisch College 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont lecture series is proud to host Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th District. Lewis was a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement who marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and has dedicated his life to public service and social justice. The Congressman will share his experiences, from protests to politics, with the Tufts community and discuss many of the pressing issues facing our communities.

The Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship and Public Service at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service was established in honor of Alan D. Solomont, A70, A09P. These lectures enable Tisch College to bring to campus distinguished guest speakers who embody the spirit and values of active citizenship and public service. Since its inception, the Alan D. Solomont Lecture has been delivered by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Ambassador of Spain and Andorra, Alan Solomont, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. This lecture is also supported by Tisch College's Distinguished Speaker Series. Learn more at This will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be free and available at the Cohen box office.

Tisch Distinguished Speaker Series: How to Win Elections
Featuring: David Axelrod & Beth Myers, A79
April 13 | 5:30 PM
Alumnae Lounge | Tufts Medford Campus

Join Tisch College for an election-year discussion with two of the nation's top political strategists: Beth Myers, A79 and David Axelrod. Both veterans of over 30 years in American politics, Myers and Axelrod have served as strategists in countless political campaigns on the local, state, and national level. Most recently they faced off on politics' biggest stage: Myers served as the senior strategist for Governor Mitt Romney's 2008 and 2012 presidential bids, while Axelrod served as senior strategist for President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and 2012 reelection. Together, Myers and Axelrod will share their firsthand experiences and unique perspectives on politics and public service.

Co-sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences' Political Science Department. Throughout the academic year, the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series will bring diverse leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss public issues. Please register at

Recent Events

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison
What my year behind bars taught me about America's prison crisis

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Crane Room, Paige Hall
Pizza will be served

The Department of Political Science presents a Frank C. Colcord event. Former Democratic Missouri State Senator Jeffrey Smith and Professor at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at the New School will talk about his new book Mr. Smith Goes to Prison and his prescriptions on how to fix America's prison system. Pizza will be served.

In 2009, Smith lied to the Feds about seemingly minor campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and a day in Kentucky's FCI Manchester. Mr. Smith Goes to Prisonis the fish-out-of-water story of his time in the big house; of the people he met there and the things he learned: how to escape the attentions of fellow inmates, like a tattooed Klansman and his friends in the Aryan Brotherhood; what constitutes a prison car and who's allowed to ride in yours; how to bend and break the rules, whether you're a prisoner or an officer. And throughout his sentence, the senator tracked the greatest crime of all: the deliberate waste of untapped human potential. Learn more about Jeff Smith >

What's Next in Cybersecurity Policy and Technology
Friday, October 30, 2015

Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Hall
Pizza will be served

The Department of Political Science presents a Frank C. Colcord event. Ely Kahn, Cofounder and VP of business development at Sqrrl and former Director of Cybersecurity at the National Security Council from 2009-2010 will speak on the future of cybersecurity policy for the United States, especially in light of the increasingly large data breaches at both corporations and the government. Pizza will be served.

The Department of Political Science and the Office of The President present the 2015 Constitution Day: How the Constitution Shapes the American Safety Net: One Family's Struggle
Andrea Campbell, Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor
Department of Political Science, MIT
Friday, September 18, 2015
12:00-1:30 pm (Doors open at 11:45am)

51 Winthrop Street, Breed Memorial Hall
Lunch will be served
*This event is open to the public

As a social policy scholar, Andrea Campbell thought she knew a lot about social assistance programs. As a political scientist she thought she knew a lot about the Constitution and federalism too. But when a car accident left her sister-in-law a quadriplegic dependent on Medicaid, Campbell got a real education in the safety net and the huge variation across states the American governmental system allows. Join her to hear how the Constitution affects every one of us. Food will be provided.

'Tufts in Washington' Information Session
Wednesday September 16, 2015
12:00 noon
Packard Hall Conference Room
Pizza will be served

A representative from American University will be on campus to answer any questions you may have about the Tufts in Washington program. Come learn about all the Tufts in Washington program has to offer. Pizza will be served.

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