We’re more than halfway through the summer stretch between Commencement and Orientation and this week has been noteworthy for a sudden flurry of semester-like activity! Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but there are two groups of students passing this way and that through the Hall of Flags. The first is the GMAP class of July 2016, which is midway through its final residency and will graduate this Saturday, July 23. But first, the group of 37 students needs to complete coursework and defend theses.
Also on campus now are 30 officials from the Greek Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs who are participating in the Leadership Program in Advanced Diplomacy and Defense, offered in partnership with with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The participants arrived last week and will be here for four weeks in all. The focus of the program is to provide strategic level thinking on major global shifts, as well as an opportunity to strengthen essential skills for diplomacy. They will be at Fletcher through August 5.
And spending their days at Tufts, but not in Fletcher, are incoming MALD, MIB, and LLM students who are polishing up their academic English skills. They do meet weekly for a conversation and orientation class at Fletcher, but the majority of their time is spent in classrooms elsewhere on campus.
There’s one last group who will be at Fletcher this summer, and that’s the new GMAP class that will start their program on August 1 and continue until their own graduation in July 2017. In addition to the distance learning they will do throughout the year, they will also meet in Malta in January.
Finally, my Social List “digest” today consisted of two messages containing 30 community emails. That’s about four times as many emails as have been turning up in the digests lately. What woke everyone up? First was a spirited discussion of the U.S. presidential election. And second was a student’s sharing of an article that says the lawyer representing the Philippines in a recent maritime law case against China was a Tufts graduate. Much informative discussion of the nature of courts, as well as of trying cases where only one side is represented, ensued.
All together, the increase in activity makes us less lonely, but also makes me think it will be nice to have the students back next month.