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Last Week at Tufts…

Last Week at Tufts…A U.S. Senator, a pioneer in global computing and an Oscar-winning director came to campus, among others.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [10.27.08] There is so much that happens at Tufts that it can be hard to keep up. Check out this roundup of the past week of campus happenings:

  • Oct. 18: The Jumbo football team defeated the Williams College Ephs for the first time since 1986, winning 17-7 thanks in part to the strong performance of tailback Will Forde (A'09), who rushed for 130 yards on 23 carries. For his effort, Forde received The Boston Globe's Gold Helmet award, which is selected weekly by the New England Football Writers, and NESCAC Player of the Week honors.
  • Oct. 20: Walter Robb, co-president and chief operating officer of Whole Foods Market, spoke at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy on "The Natural and Organic Food Marketplace."
  • Oct. 21: Theoharis Theoharides, Ph.D., M.D., professor of pharmacology, internal medicine and biochemistry at Tufts University School of Medicine, gave a talk on "Neuroimmunology of Autism" as part of the Tuesday Seminar Series sponsored by the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
  • Oct. 22: U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) delivered a speech entitled "Challenges in a Changing World." A question-and-answer session followed the address. The event was the inaugural lecture of The Fletcher Political Forum, a non-partisan student organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the intersection between domestic politics and foreign policy. Watch video of the event.
  • Oct. 22 and 23: Steve Grossman, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and candidate for Massachusetts governor in 2002, and Ambassador Barbara Bodine, former U.S. Deputy Iraq Administrator, participated in informal brown bag lunch conversations with the Tufts community as a part of two weekly speaker series hosted by Alan Solomont (A'70) and Ambassador John Shattuck.
  • Oct. 23: Director Freida Lee Mock presented her film "Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision," which won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Documentary Film. The film chronicles the career of Maya Lin, an architect and sculptor who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while still an undergraduate at Yale. The screening was sponsored by the Communications and Media Studies program.
  • Oct. 23: Nicholas Negroponte, founder of MIT's Media Lab and the One Laptop Per Child project, gave a talk entitled "Making Innovation Happen: The Case of 'One Laptop Per Child.'" The talk was the inaugural lecture in a seminar series called "Advancing the Power of Innovation," sponsored by The Gordon Institute at the School of Engineering and The Hitachi Center at The Fletcher School.
  • Oct. 23-24: The Center for the Humanities at Tufts held a two-day symposium on "Humanities and Human Rights," featuring a keynote speech by Francisco Goldman, author of "The Art of Political Murder," and an endnote address by Ian Buruma, writer and professor at Bard College.

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