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Where the Hell is Fletcher?

In this 2011 video, Tufts graduate students at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy dance around the world. The video, made for the annual Fletcher Follies night, was inspired by the famous “Where the Hell is Matt?” project.

Here’s last year’s “Where the Hell is Fletcher? video:

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President Bacow: Under the Roof Tribute Video

Tufts President Lawrence Bacow was recently awarded the Under the Roof Leadership award for his work with the Somerville Homeless Coalition. This tribute video, presented by the Homeless Coalition, honors Bacow for his commitment to community service and active citizenship. As both an individual and the leader of the Tufts community, Bacow has taken a personal investment in getting involved in causes like the Homeless Coalition, and his initiative has inspired many others to do the same. Bacow explains the importance of the cause:

One way of measuring the justness of a society is [looking at] how it treats the most vulnerable among us…I think it’s important that we reach out, that we don’t turn a blind eye — that we try and engage, and that we try and help. And I am proud of what the university has been able to do to support the Homeless Coalition.”

Here’s the video honoring Bacow’s contribution:

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Arab Uprising: The Revolution and Its Aftermath

Last month, Tufts faculty from the departments of Political Science, Economics, Sociology and International Relations joined together for a panel discussion on the history of the Arab Spring. As Tufts IR program director Prof. Drusilla Brown explained:

We can look at the history of revolutions to try to get a better understanding of what is happening now. It may not give us much of an expectation of what will happen, but it will certainly give us some historical perspective on what it means to go through this kind of set of events.”

In this video, Professor Malik Mufti of the Political Science department discusses the connections and differences between current uprisings in the Arab world and the widespread revolt that swept Europe in the late 18th and early-mid 19th centuries.

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Egypt, Revolution and a Comic Strip

Last year, Asher Berman of Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy received the David L. Boren Fellowship in National Security Education to study Arabic in Cairo. Although there were rumors of a revolution stirring, Berman’s friend, Dov Torbin, a cartoonist, did not cancel his plans to come visit Berman in Egypt.

Of course, the revolution happened. Now, the two friends have teamed up to tell their story in the form of a comic strip.

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Field Ex Crisis 2011

This semester, the Tufts Experimental College’s course on crisis mapping allowed Jumbos to learn how to utilize web technology to contribute to relief efforts in crisis situations. On Saturday, April 9, students arrived in Fletcher to participate in the Field Ex Crisis simulation, a crisis mapping drill. In the drill, a fictional state coined “Comootros” was in dire need of outside assistance.

The class maintains a blog about their experience learning about crisis mapping. A recent post about the drill reads:

The process of mapping and verifying reports is an intense one, as reports come in faster than teams can approve them. The lightning speed of this crisis bonded our team together through an urgent shared goal. We devised a system to accurately and efficiently move information through our clearly devised workflow as we all kept in constant communication.”

To read more about the crisis mapping course at the Tufts Ex College, see this previous Jumble post.


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Time Lapse of Tufts Res Quad

This video clip of the Tufts Residential Quad was filmed between 1:30 and 2:30 PM on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. The clip is 54 minutes of footage condensed into 1:19 of video:


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Fletcher Students Pen Thesis Haikus

Students at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy have created a new tradition: thesis haikus. Fletcher’s Admissions News blog explains:

Fletcher thesis haikus share the ancient Japanese poetry’s three line (seventeen syllable) format.  What Fletcher “thes-kus” lack in seasonal imagery, they make up for in variety and creativity.”

Here are some notable examples of Fletcher theses in Haiku form:

Elspeth Suthers
Corruption and Ethnic Tensions in Georgia and Kyrgyzstan — Reconceiving the Citizen-State Relationship In the Former USSR

Kyrgyzstan. Georgia.
Governance not good for me
Stalin’s ghost laughing.

Suzanne Andrews
Savings Groups in Agriculture Projects: The Challenge of Mixed Incentives

Savings groups are great
Everyone wants a piece –
Try leaving them alone.

Vanessa Corlazzoli
What we know and don’t know about the effectiveness of Gender Based Violence Programming in Bolivia
To stop violence
Men: change your cultural norms
Nothing else will work.

Elise Crane
Bridging the Void: Social Media’s Potential to Transform Intergroup Relations in Fractured Societies

Media divides
Societies are broken;
Can e-Forums mend?

Andrew Daehne
Hip-Hop and Politics in Senegal: The Power of a Movement to Mobilize Through Music

Hip-hop, politics.
Would Senegal please stand up?
Rap, vote with your beat.

Jacqueline Deelstra
Citizen Monitoring of Government Service Delivery: Using Mobile Phones to Amplify Citizen Voice and Enforce Accountability. A case study of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda
Government neglect
People need water, teachers
SMS can help?

Eduardo Garcia
Business Savvy or Tech Savvy? Comparing uptake and returns of Business Skills Training versus Technical Skills Training

gen biz=1
generate tech=1
regress wage biz tech.

Ida Norheim Hagtun
Humanitarian Action Powered by SMS — What Are the Ethics and Accountability Implications of Using SMS to ‘Crowdsource’ Humanitarian Needs Assessments?

You gave them a say.
Now they expect proper aid.
Are you ready yo?


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Why Crisis Mapping?

In a recent post from the Tufts Experimental College’s Crisis Mapping blog, a German exchange student studying here at Tufts talks about her experience taking a class on crisis mapping. She writes:

During a crisis one often feels helpless in the face of devastation and misery, especially because being far away from the event there is nothing one can do to help, except for sending money. I think crisis mapping is (from what I’ve heard so far) a great tool to make it easier for those in the afflicted areas to help. Also, it seems like a great way to use technology to improve crisis response.


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Greening the Curriculum

Tufts graduate student Elizabeth Mahaffy (A’11) and recent alumni Joseph Cutrufo (A’10) created a video called “Greening the Curriculum.” The video, which was produced in partnership with Tufts Institute of the Environment for the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute, features conversations with students on the Medford/Somerville and Boston campuses about integrating environmental issues into Tufts classes. Both Mahaffy and Cutrufo are of the Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program at Tufts.

Here’s the video:

Greening the Curriculum from JD Cutrufo.


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Tufts Relay for Life

Tufts Relay for Life will take place on April 15-16 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the Gantcher Center. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life “gives communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.”

Here is an inspirational video made by Tufts Relay for Life about the event:

And a slightly more zany video, in which Jumbo chases around a giant cigarette in an attempt to tackle cancer:


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