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Last Week at Tufts...A "Saturday Night Live" comedian, a former ambassador and the founder of Engineers Without Borders came to campus.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [11.10.08] 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.

  • Nov. 3: Tufts graduate Anthony Everett (A'84), co-anchor for the award-winning WCVB-TV (Ch. 5) newsmagazine "Chronicle," was the guest speaker in Julie Dobrow's Media Literacy and Social Change class in the Communications and Media Studies program.
  • Nov. 3: Dr. Illah Nourbakhsh, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, gave a talk entitled "Community Robotics as New Media for Education" as part of the Center for Engineering Educational Outreach Seminar Series.
  • Nov. 5: Seth Meyers, a cast member and head writer with NBC's "Saturday Night Live," performed at the Entertainment Board's Fall Comedy Show.
  • Nov. 5: Ambassador William A. Rugh, former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, led a roundtable discussion with six Fletcher School students on the topic of "Should the US Promote Democracy in the Middle East and, if so, how?" Participating students included Shahla Al-Kli (MALD'09), Erin Clancy (MALD'09), Mohammed Herzalla (MALD'10), Ivan Rasmussen (MALD'09), Dahlia Shaham (MALD'09) and Tarek Zeidan (MALD'09). The roundtable was organized by The Fares Center Forum on U.S.-Middle East Diplomacy.
  • Nov. 5: Mohammad Alwan, a lecturer in Arabic at Tufts, gave a talk entitled "The Rise of Printing in Arabic" as part of the "Empire and Its Discontents" exhibit at the Tufts University Art Gallery. Read more about the exhibit, which closes Nov. 23.
  • Nov. 5: Sarah Sewall, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and co-author with General David Petraeus of the U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Manual, participated in an informal brown bag lunch conversation about "Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency" with the Tufts community as a part of a weekly speaker series on American foreign policy hosted by Ambassador John Shattuck through Tisch College.
  • Nov. 6: Dr. Bernard Amadei, professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and founder of Engineers Without Borders, gave the Engineering Dean's Lecture, speaking on "Roles of Engineers in Poverty Reduction: Challenges & Opportunities." Read more about Tufts students involved in the program.
  • Nov. 6: Larry Lowenthal, director of the American Jewish Center, spoke on "Religion in America/Religion in Europe" as part of the Chaplain's Table speaker series at Goddard Chapel.
  • Nov. 6: Terry Moore, CEO of MCCI, a software company that supports USB technology in devices like cellphones, spoke at a Department of Computer Science Colloquium on "OEM Software: The Problems of Success."
  • Nov. 7-9: The Tufts volleyball and field hockey teams hosted their respective NESCAC championships. The Jumbo field hockey squad was ranked No. 2 in the country and came into the championship match on Sunday with a 16-0 record before falling to Bowdoin 1-0. The Jumbos now await an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament. The volleyball team lost in the semifinals to Williams, just their third loss of the season as they stand at 28-3.

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