Drumming, clapping, and singing with Prof. Locke

Over twenty people attended A Taste of Tufts this past Friday and heard about Prof. David Locke’s research. As an ethnomusicologist, Prof. Locke has learned with and from the Dagombe people of Ghana, in particular regarding their culture of drumming. Check out the Tufts Daily article at http://www.tuftsdaily.com/a-taste-of-tufts-david-locke-1.2699611 for more information.

Join us this Friday, February 17th for Prof. Hugh Gallagher’s talk about neutrinos!

A Taste of Tufts: A Sampling of Faculty Research

The Experimental College invites you to A Taste of Tufts: A Sampling of Faculty Research. This series of Friday noontime presentations showcases research being done by Tufts faculty and administrators. Next in the series is a presentation from David Locke on Friday, February 10th, 12-1pm in the Granoff Music Building, Room 155. A light lunch will be provided following the presentation.

David Locke’s research subject is the heritage of music and dance traditions of Africa. Most of his scholarly publications have been on material from the Ewe and Dagomba peoples of Ghana. He sees his work as a bridge between African musicians and non-African musicians, especially those who would perform the music in new settings. He also likes to think that his work helps sustain valuable human creations in an era of rapid change. He has put substantial amounts of material up on the Internet with the idea that it will be accessible world-wide at modest price. David’s presentation will include visiting these websites, as well as some live demonstration and inter-active “hands-on” learning.

Ho Ho Ho

We’re wrapping up Fall semester here at the ExCollege and getting ready for Spring semester! The preliminary course list is on our website (http://excollege.tufts.edu/coursesUpcoming.asp), and we’re hoping to post times, descriptions, and instructor bios soon. The ExCollege offices will be closed starting on Friday, December 23rd and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd. That’s 2012, folks! Looking forward to seeing y’all in the new year!

What are we offering for Spring?

The ExCollege selects its courses on a different schedule from the traditional departments. The ExCollege Board will be meeting all day on Tuesday, December 13th to make course selections and will notify applicants as soon as possible thereafter. We’ll post a preliminary list of spring courses on our website during final exam period. Registration for ExCollege spring courses will start at 9am on the first day of class on January 19th. We can’t wait either!

Spring course selection underway

Subcommittees of one faculty member and two students have been working hard to interview almost 100 candidates to teach through the ExCollege this spring. Interviews will continue through next week, and then the ExCollege Board takes over, combing through course proposals, reference letters, reviews by faculty members, and comments from the interview groups. Final selections will be made on Tuesday, December 13th, and applicants will be notified as soon as possible after that. Anxiously awaiting the list of spring courses? It’ll be posted by December 15th, with details added as we confirm them.

A Date with History

Mark it down…Wednesday, October 19th at 7:30 pm. We’re planning an event to coincide with the inaugural activities leading up to President Monaco’s big day. University Professor Sol Gittleman will be speaking about:


From one building with twelve students, six faculty and little money on Walnut Hill in 19th century Medford, to today’s four-campus university on two continents, Tufts has evolved thanks to the vision of thirteen presidents who had the power to transform an institution. They are more than just portraits in the Coolidge Room.

Still Looking for a Class?

ExCollege course registration continues on SIS through next Tuesday, September 20th. Check out these courses that still have spaces:

  • EXP5F: Arthuriana Through the Ages
  • EXP34F: Religion and New Immigrants in America
  • EXP40F: Human-Animal Relations
  • EXP47F: Gender and Culture in War and Peace-Building
  • EXP77F: The Right to Marry

First-year Seminar Leaders Boot Camp

Since last Wednesday night, the Explorations and Perspectives leaders have been in intensive training to get ready to teach their seminars for incoming first-year students. Check out some of the photos from our kick-off dinner.