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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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