Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service

Doug Conant, Corporate Citizen Fellow Lecture

On November 5, Doug Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup Company, was honored by the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service as the first Corporate Citizen Fellow. He received this honor for his “exemplary leadership and emphasis on sustainability and corporate social responsibility.”

His lecture, Embracing the Genius of the “and” – Delivering Economic “and” Social Value, gave attendees a peak into how Conant approached leading Campbell and the personal factors that drove him to the success he has today.

Throughout the lecture he emphasized the importance of “touchpoints” and using every moment we share with others to make a positive impact in their lives. He also gave specific advice to students who wish to succeed in the business world while staying true to their active citizen roots.

Check out some points from his talk:

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Rapid Change: What’s Happening in Health at Tufts?

Assistant Professor Gretchen Kaufman, J76, V86, director of the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, spoke on “Rapid Change: What’s Happening in Health at Tufts?” at Tisch College’s 10 year anniversary celebration on Apr. 9.

The discussion touched on issues covered in the “One Health: Interdisciplinary Approaches to People, Animals and the Environment” University Seminar course this spring.

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Simon Rosenberg, A85, on Social Media

Simon Rosenberg, A85, founder and president of New Democrat Network (NDN), discussed the importance of social media at Tisch College’s 10 year anniversary celebration on Apr. 9.

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Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism Featuring Katie Couric

Katie Couric was on the Medford/Somerville campus on Apr. 11, to participate in the sixth annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism. She drew on her 30 years as a journalist to address the evolution of today’s news industry. Jonathan Tisch, A76 and Tufts trustee, led the discussion before opening the forum to questions from the audience.

The forum is sponsored by Tufts University’s Communications and Media Studies Program, the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

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Policy and Advocacy

On Saturday April 9, Tisch College hosted a day-long celebration of The Active Civic Roles of Tufts Alumni. The event included presentations from Tufts alumni and faculty who are leading innovators in their field, a networking lunch, panel discussions and an opportunity to recognize alumni from the undergraduate and professional schools.

The panel discussion on policy and advocacy featured the following participants:
Moderator: Greg Proper, A01, managing director, Be the Change, Inc and executive director, ServiceNation


  • Christina Economos, N96, associate professor and New Balance Chair, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Rachel Hoff, A04, director of external affairs, The Foreign Policy Initiative
  • Mitchell Robinson, A07, student. Northwestern University School of Law
  • Carl Sciortino, A00, Massachusetts state representative, 34th Middlesex District

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Inaugural Solomont Lecture, featuring U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi

On April 8, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delivered the inaugural Solomont Lecture, part of the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Tisch College.

Pelosi, who was the first-ever female Speaker of the House, reflected on her life and career in public service in a discussion with lecture namesake Alan Solomont, A70, U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra.

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Tisch Turns 10

In honor of Tisch College‘s 10 year anniversary, the college kicked off its year-long 10th anniversary celebrating by hosting an active citizenship panel discussion with four faculty members who teach, research and live the mission of active citizenship each day.

Panelists included:

Edith Balbach, senior lecturer,  community health,  School of Arts and Sciences
Miriam Nelson, associate professor,  Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and director,  John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Prevention
Pearl Robinson, associate professor,  political science,  School of Arts and Sciences and founder and leader of Ghana Gold, a Corporate Social Responsibility Study Tour
Chris Rogers, professor of mechanical engineering and CEEO director,  School of Engineering

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