The Distinguished Writer’s Series at Tufts brings world-renowned authors to the university to share insight into their works and experiences as writers. On Friday, March 30, Gary Shteyngart visited Tufts as part of this series.
Shteyngart, who teaches writing at Columbia University and Princeton University, is the author of The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (2002), Absurdistan (2006), and Super Sad True Love Story (2010). His writing has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Slate. He is the winner of the Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction and the Book-of-the-Month Club First Fiction Award.
Charles Sennott is a “reluctant entrepreneur” who took his friend’s advice to “go out and change the world.” On Monday, March 26, he shared his story of co-founding GlobalPost at the Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture.
This Lecture Series brings guests to Tufts to share their journeys as entrepreneurial leaders. Alan’s sons, Jacob A08, and Caleb A11, describe their father as “an entrepreneur who embraced change” and hope that the Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lectures inspire students and alumni to explore the world of entrepreneurship.
On Feb. 22 Tufts presented well-known scholar and civil-rights activist Dr. Cornel West as part of the Tufts Faculty Progressive Caucus American Democracy in Crisis Series.
West, whose work focuses on the role of race, gender and class in American society, discussed his perspective on the upcoming presidential election.
Feburary 8, 2012 marked the ninth year of climate change debates between Professor William Moomaw, CIERP Director, and Bruce Everett, adjunct associate professor of international business. The debate lasted a rousing ninety minutes during which the two discussed some of today’s most important energy issues. The debate was broken in to four rounds: opening remarks, “20 Years after Rio,” “Unconventional Energy Sources: Problems and Perspectives,” and a Q&A with students.
In a blog post recapping the event, Fletcher student Elia Boggia, F13, notes:
“As the two debaters initially made their way to the stage – wearing boxing gloves and capes – and throughout the duration of the debate, the auditorium was buzzing with vivacity, creating an atmosphere akin to an orderly sports arena. Students in the audience cheered, held signs expressing their views on energy issues and live tweeted from the event using the hash tags #campmoomaw and #campeverett.” (Ella Boggia)
Boggia, was joined by Mohannad Al-Suwaidan, F12, and Kartikeya Singh, Ph.D anticipated in 2015, in live-tweeting the event.
On February 3rd, Tufts University’s sixth Eliot-Pearson Awards for Excellence in Children’s Media was held. This year’s award recipient was actor, entertainer and the host and executive producer of the PBS children’s television series “Reading Rainbow,” LeVar Burton.
On Nov. 18, the Women’s Center held its second annual Women’s Center Symposium on Gender and Culture, “In The Kitchen,” addressing the question of “What is the significance of what happens in the kitchen?” Professor Christina Economos from the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the School of Medicine delivered the keynote address, “Socio-demographic Determinants of Food Access and Obesity.”
Robin Liss, A06, founder of Reviewed.com, delivered the most recent installment of the Lyon & Bendheim Alumni Lecture Series on Nov. 14, 2011.
ENVS Lunch & Learn: What is at Stake? The Upcoming Climate Change Negotiations in Durban, South Africa
On Nov. 10, political science lecturer and Fletcher School Ph.D. student Nancy Gleason discussed the main issues going into the 17th conference of the The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, Nov. 28-Dec. 9, 2011.
On Oct. 17, Nathaniel Raymond, human rights investigator from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, talked about how Hollywood actor George Clooney’s satellite project has arrived at the technological forefront of humanitarian aid, and how it operates to monitor and gather crucial evidence in the face of ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile states of Sudan. Check out our live-tweet recap:
This semester, the Richard E. Snyder President’s Lecture Series, held on Oct. 13, featured Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. His talk was entitled “The Financial Crisis and the Descent of the West,” and the live-tweet recap is below:
One of the world’s leading historians of the global economy and author of such internationally-acclaimed works as The Pity of War, The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order, Lessons for Global Power, and The War of the World: Twentieth Century Conflict and the Descent of the West. His new book, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, is already an international bestseller and the basis for a multipart television documentary.