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Last Week at Tufts...A renowned hip-hop artist, a prominent Chilean poet, an ExxonMobil vice president and two New Yorker critics came to campus.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.09.09] There is so much that happens at Tufts that it can be hard to keep up. Check out these highlights from the past week of campus happenings.


Mar. 3: Sherri Stuewer, VP for Safety, Health and Environment at ExxonMobil, spoke on "Oil and Natural Gas: Sustainable in a World of Carbon Dioxide Restraints" as pat of The Fletcher School's International Business Global Speaker Series.

Mar. 3 and Mar. 4: James Wood, a visiting fellow at the Center for the Humanities and a literary critic at The New Yorker, gave a talk entitled "For and Against Character." He also spoke in a panel discussion with New Yorker music critic and 2008 MacArthur Fellow Alex Ross on "The Role of the Public Intellectual."

Mar. 4: Filmmakers Ann Carol Grossman and Arnie Reisman were on hand for an advance screening of their PBS documentary "The Powder and the Glory," about beauty industry pioneers Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein. The screening was sponsored by the History Department and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.

Mar. 5: Raśl Zurita, one of Chile's most prominent poets and a visiting professor in the Department of Romance Languages this semester, participated in a panel discussion and bilingual reading of his work.

Mar. 5-6: The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies hosted a conference entitled "Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration: Iran and the Middle East." The webcast keynote address was delivered by General (Ret.) John P. Abizaid, former commander of the United States Central Command from 2003 to 2007. A host of scholars and experts participated in panel discussions throughout the conference.

Mar. 6: The women's basketball team, making their second-straight NCAA tournament appearance, XXX

Mar. 7: The 5th annual Emerging Black Leaders Symposium, with the theme "When the Music Stops... I Hear a Symphony," featured a keynote appearance by hip-hop artist Talib Kweli. The Symposium was held in conjunction with Africa Fest, hosted by Tufts' African music and dance ensemble Kiniwe, which brought African music performers to campus in honor of noted Ghanaian master drummer and frequent artist-in-residence at Tufts Alhaji Abubakari Lunna.

More events:

Mar. 3: Roberto Arevelo -- founder of Beyond Documentary, an organization dedicated to the distribution, creation, and teaching of documentaries that promote social, cultural, and personal awareness - spoke at a screening of the films "Un pensiamento cubano,""Una familia cubana," and "Tejiendo vida." The event was sponsored by the Latino Center.

Mar. 3: Antonia Chayes, Visiting Professor of International Politics and Law at The Fletcher School, and Paul Joseph, director of the Peace and Justice Studies program, participated in a debate on genocide intervention organized by the Department of International Relations Director's Leadership Council.

Mar. 4: Street artist Bren Bataclan, organizer of the Smile Boston project, spoke at an event organized by the Filipino Cultural Society about his work.

Mar. 4: Imam Talal Eid, Th.D., commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, spoke on "Islam and Muslims: Facing the Challenges for Universal Religious Freedom" as part of the Forum on Religion and International Relations at Goddard Chapel.

Mar. 4: Vitality, Hillel's health inititative, brought Marc Elliot to campus to speak about living with Tourette's syndrome. Elliot discusses his struggle and his speaking tour to share awareness of the disorder in his video "What Makes You Tic?"

Mar. 4: Richard Van Etten, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at Tufts and 2008 Zucker Family Research Prize Recipient, delivered a talk entitled "Insights into Pathogenesis and Therapy of Human Leukemia from Studies in Mice" as part of the Sackler Science Frontiers Seminar Series.

Mar. 4: Mary Young, M.S., R.D, newly appointed executive vice president of food and nutrition communications for the Edelman public relations firm, spoke at the Friedman Seminar Series on "A case study on addressing the misperceptions about the role of beef in healthy diets."

Mar. 4: Peer educator Scott Fried gave a talk sponsored by the Queer Straight Alliance entitled "AIDS, Love, and the Secret Lives of College Students."

Mar. 4: Mary Poplin, professor of graduate education at Claremont University and author of "Finding Calcutta," gave a talk entitled "What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Social Justice." The talk was sponsored by the Catholic Community at Tufts and Tufts Christian Fellowship.

Mar. 5: Najiba Akbar and Shai Fuxman of Pathways for Peace spoke on "Faith and Social Action: How Faith Inspires Activism" as part of the Chaplain's Table series at Goddard Chapel.

Mar. 5: Elinor Ostrom, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at the Indiana University, received the 2009 Jonathan M. Tisch Prize for Civic Engagement and spoke about citizenship, civil society, and the civic role of universities in a conversation with Peter Levine, director of research at Tisch College.


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