Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health. 

The Tisch College of Civic Life is hosting national leaders, groundbreaking strategists, and top scholars for virtual events this spring. Featured speakers this semester include Anthony Fauci, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, activist Stacey Abrams, and award-winning journalist Chris Wallace, among others.

In Their Presence Series: The ‘Life’ of Museum Objects

Ingrid Neuman, museum conservator at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD); Steven Lubar, professor of American studies, history, history of art and architecture at Brown University; and Zuzanna Dziuban, senior postdoc at the Institute for Culture Studies and Theatre History of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Thursday, Feb. 11 | 10 a.m. – noon | virtual
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“Fighting for Change in our Cities & On the Ballot” — Lyon & Bendheim Citizenship Award with Wilnelia Rivera, A04, AG10

Wednesday, Feb. 17 | noon ET | virtual
The Lyon & Bendheim Citizenship Award celebrates individuals, groups, or institutions affiliated with Tufts University that have shown a commitment to civic engagement through successful initiatives, creative solutions, or bold leadership. J.B. Lyon, A85, and Tom Bendheim, A85, established the award to celebrate leaders who are making a difference and to connect them with students and alumni on campus. The award’s inaugural recipient is Wilnelia Rivera, an activist, political strategist and Tufts alumna. Rivera is the founder and president of Rivera Consulting, Inc., a consulting firm for movement-building and policy-driven causes, candidates, and organizations. Her career has included training community organizers in Chicago and pushing for crucial reforms to the CORI database and inclusivity for LGBTQ+ students in Greater Boston. As a political strategist, Rivera was instrumental in helping to elect Deval Patrick as Massachusetts’ first Black governor and Ayanna Pressley as a U.S. Congresswoman.
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Idea to Enactment: Legislative Advocacy to Pass the 2050 Roadmap Bill

Joan Meschino, Massachusetts State Representative (Third Plymouth District)
Thursday, Feb. 18 | noon ET | virtual
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Screen Time in a Pandemic: How Much Is Too Much?

Michael Robb, Common Sense Media; Kristelle Lavallee and Michael Rich from the Digital Wellness Lab (DWL) at Boston Children’s Hospital
Monday, Feb. 22 | 5:30 p.m. ET | virtual
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Dislocation & Ambiguous Loss

Daniela Rivera, SMFA06, associate professor of art at Wellesley College and director of Wellesley’s Studio Art Program
Tuesday, Feb. 23 | 4:30 – 6 p.m. ET | virtual
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Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service: Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Thursday, Feb. 25 | 5:30 p.m. ET | virtual
U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA12) serves as the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, after making history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve in that role. For the past 34 years, Pelosi has helped to pass key legislation like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Affordable Care Act, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, as well as hate crimes legislation, key investments in college aid, and legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In 2013, Pelosi was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the American women’s rights movement. A strong proponent of service, she has been a powerful voice for civil rights and human rights around the world.
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Civic Life Lunch — Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis

Martin J. Sherwin, historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, University Professor of history at George Mason University, and professor emeritus of Tufts University
Tuesday, March 2 | noon ET | virtual
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Radical American Partisanship: Prevalence & Correlates of Political Violence in American Politics

Lilliana Mason, author and professor of history at the University of Maryland
Wednesday, March 3 | noon ET | virtual
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Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Anthony Fauci

Monday, March 8 | 4 p.m. ET | virtual
Anthony Fauci has been one of the leading figures in America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 1984, Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, where he oversees an extensive research portfolio focused on infectious and immune-mediated diseases. He has advised seven U.S. presidents on HIV/AIDS and other domestic and global health issues, and he was one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a program that has saved millions of lives throughout the developing world. Fauci is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 
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“Speaking Up & Speaking Out: Politics, Power & Freedom of the Press” 14th Annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism: Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace Faces Intense Backlash, Including From ...Thursday, March 11 | noon ET | virtual
A prominent political commentator and a highly respected journalist, Chris Wallace has been in the broadcasting industry for over 50 years and has worked at most of the major networks. He is currently the anchor of Fox News Sunday, prior to which Wallace was a senior correspondent for Primetime Live and substitute for Nightline at ABC News, covered several presidential elections at NBC News as the network’s chief White House correspondent, and was a print reporter at the Boston Globe. Wallace is the recipient of three Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
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Comedy Hour with “OPA!”

Phil Van Tee (aka “OPA”), comedy magician
Thursday, March 11 | 7 p.m. ET | virtual
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Civic Life Lunch — Food, Nutrition Security, Equity & Health in America, with Dan Glickman

Monday, March 15 | noon ET | virtual
From 1995 to 2001, Dan Glickman served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Glickman previously was a U.S. Congressman representing the 4th Congressional District of Kansas for 18 years, where he also served as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Judiciary Committee and as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He will become an adjunct professor in Food and Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition.
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In Their Presence Series: Mourning Remains

Isaias Rojas-Perez, associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers-Newark, and Julia Viebach, departmental lecturer in African studies at the African Studies Centre of Oxford University.
Tuesday, March 16 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET | virtual
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Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Stacey Abrams

Thursday, March 18 | 5:30 p.m. ET | virtual
Stacey Abrams is an activist, entrepreneur, author and political leader. For 11 years, including seven as minority leader, Abrams served in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 2018, she was the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, making her the first Black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. After a hotly contested gubernatorial election, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure every Georgian has a voice in the state’s election system and Fair Fight 2020, an initiative to fund and train voter protection teams in 20 battleground states.
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Main Streets, Back Roads, Sharp Turns & Speed Bumps: A Career in Broadcast Journalism

Anthony Everett, Tufts alumnus and Emmy Award-winning anchor of WCVB Channel 5’s nightly newsmagazine Chronicle
Wednesday, March 24 | 7 p.m. ET | virtual
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Civic Life Lunch: Defense Policy in the Post-Trump Era

Michèle Flournoy, former under secretary of defense for policy
Wednesday, March 24 | noon ET | virtual
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Civic Life Lunch: Public Health & Public Service with Congresswoman Lauren Underwood

Tuesday, March 30 | noon – 12:45 p.m. ET | virtual
The first woman and the first person of color to represent her district in Congress, U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. She currently serves on the House Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. A registered nurse by trade, Underwood previously worked as a consultant to a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure high-quality, cost-efficient care, and as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she helped implement the Affordable Care Act. She also taught and trained future nurse practitioners at Georgetown University. 
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Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Michael Steele

Thursday, April 1 | 5:30 p.m. ET | virtual
Michael Steele is an MSNBC political analyst and former chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC). Steele currently serves as senior advisor for the Lincoln Project, a bipartisan coalition built in opposition to Donald Trump, and as a political analyst for MSNBC. Under Steele’s leadership, the RNC broke fundraising records, picked up a then-unprecedented 63 seats in the House of Representatives, and invested in grassroots organizing and party building at the state and local levels. Steele has also made history twice. In 2003 when he was the first Black person elected to statewide office as lieutenant governor of Maryland, and again in 2009 when he was named the first Black chair of the RNC.
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Cli-Fi: The Intersection of Climate & Fiction

Julie Carrick Dalton, author and journalist
Thursday, April 8 | noon ET | virtual
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In Their Presence Series: Commodities, What Remains & Concluding Reflections

Elisabeth Anstett, social anthropologist, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Université d’Aix-Marseille; Stephenie Young, professor of English, research associate for the Salem State University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies; and Ereshnee Nadu, senior director for the Global Transitional Justice Initiative of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Time
Wednesday, April 14 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET | virtual
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Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution

Carol Hay, author and associate professor of philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Wednesday, April 14 | 7 p.m. ET | virtual
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Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Dan Pfeiffer

Wednesday, April 21 | 5:30 p.m. ET | virtual
Dan Pfeiffer is a political communications strategist, author, and podcaster. One of President Barack Obama’s longest-serving advisors, Pfeiffer was White House director of communications under President Obama and later senior advisor to the president. Along with fellow Obama White House veterans Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor, Pfeiffer is co-host of the popular progressive podcast Pod Save America.
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Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

Jo Marchant, author and speaker
Monday, April 26 | noon ET | virtual
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Africa Explodes and What that Cataclysm Means for Africa and the Rest of Us

Robert Rotberg, president emeritus of the World Peace Foundation, former professor of political science at MIT, and former Tufts academic vice president
Tuesday, May 11 | 7 p.m. ET | virtual
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Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series: Problem Solvers Caucus with Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY23) & Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ5)

Date TBD (Spring 2021) | Time TBD | virtual
Join Tisch College for a conversation with U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY23) and U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ5), who are the co-chairs of the Problem Solvers Caucus. Created in 2017, the Problem Solvers Caucus is an independent member-driven group in Congress, comprised of representatives from across the country—and equally divided between Democrats and Republicans—committed to finding common ground on many of the key issues facing the country. The Caucus is currently working to find bipartisan solutions on issues including coronavirus recovery, infrastructure, heath care, immigration, criminal justice reform, and gun and school safety. Gottheimer was elected to Congress in 2016 and serves on the House Financial Services Committee, where he works on three subcommittees: National Security, Capital Markets, and Diversity and Inclusion. Elected to Congress in 2010, Reed serves on the House Ways and Means Committee as the Republican Leader of the Social Security Subcommittee.
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