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Last Week at Tufts…The author of "Wicked," a famed linguist and activist and the chairman of a major airline company came to campus. Also, watch video of author Michael Pollan delivering the Snyder Lecture on Mar. 24.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.30.09] Mar. 23. Filmmaker Neda Saramst attended a screening of her documentary "Nobody's Enemy," about the lives of young Iranians. Iranian hip-hop artist Yas performed at the event. The event was sponsored by the Institute for Global Leadership.

Mar. 23: Daniel Taub, principal deputy legal advisor of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, spoke on "The Role of International Law in the Middle East Peace Process." He has served as a member of Israel's negotiating teams with both Syria and the Palestinians, and currently serves as head of the Israeli-Palestinian Culture of Peace negotiations. The talk was sponsored by The Fletcher LL.M. Program.

Mar. 23: Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) held a panel discussion on campus about "Gender, Violence, Health & Human Rights and the People of Darfur." Speakers included Darfuri physician Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Abdallah; Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights physicians Dr. Linda Piwowarczyk and Dr. Sondra Crosby; and PHR Darfur Survival Campaign director Karen Hirschfeld. The event was sponsored by the Global Women and Global Health of The Fletcher School and the Community Health program.

snyder250Mar. 24: Michael Pollan (left), author of "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," delivered the Richard E. Snyder President's Lecture.

Watch Snyder President's Lecture video:
(51:34) | Q&A (26:51)
Requires Windows Media. Video by Educational Media Center.

Mar. 24: University of Delhi anthropologist Amita Baviskar spoke at The Fletcher School on "Cows, Cars and Cycle-rickshaws: The Politics of Nature on the Streets of Delhi, India."

Mar. 25: Gregory Maguire (G'90), author of "Wicked," was a panelist for a discussion of work-life balance. He was joined by Department of Education Professor Kathleen Weiler, law student Anne Stevenson (A'07), social worker Michelle Botus (A'06) and Department of Art History administrator Amy West. The group discussed both the practical and academic aspects of this seemingly perpetual dilemma of modern life. The event was co-sponsored by University Advancement, Women's Studies and the Women's Center at Tufts.

Mar. 25: Karl "Chip" Case, the Katherine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn professor of economics atWellesley College, delivered the Department of Economics Birger Lecture on the topic of "Housing and the Real Economy: Where Do We Go From Here?"

Mar. 25: Martin Broughton, chairman of British Airways, spoke on "Transatlantic Economic Relations" as part of The Fletcher School's Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series.

Mar. 26: Tom Reen, ranked as a "Best of Boston" nutritionist in 2007, spoke at an "Eat Your Way to Healthy" event sponsored by FoodTalk, a new task force composed of Tufts students interested in healthy eating and living working in conjunction with Tufts Dining.

Mar. 26: Geographer and planner Frank J. Popper gave a talk entitled "The Upside of City Shrinkage: How to Decline into Urban Sufficiency." The event was sponsored by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

Mar. 26-27: Oxfam's Jeffrey Ashe and The Fletcher School's Kim Wilson co-chaired a conference entitled "Microfinance from Below: The Power of Savings and Savings Groups in Frontier Economies," sponsored by the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxfam America and the Feinstein International Center.

Mar. 27: The Second Annual Symposium on US-China Relations, sponsored by the Institute for Global Leadership and ALLIES (Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services), featured the David Rawson Memorial Lecture on "Finding Balance in US-China Relations" by Rear Admiral Eric A. McVadon, USN, retired.

Mar. 27: Noam Chomsky and Bill Fletcher, Jr., were the keynote speakers for the opening session of the New Strategies for the Obama Era Conference, held on the Medford/Somerville campus by the American Friends Service Committee and co-sponsored by the Peace and Justice Studies program at Tufts.

Mar. 27: The Women's Studies program held its 24th annual "Beyond the Classroom" forum, sharing work on women and gender completed by Tufts undergraduate and graduate students. Three panels were moderated by Tufts' Adriana Zavala, associate professor of art history; Carol Flynn, professor of English; and Peggy Hutaff, lecturer in religion.

Mar. 28: The third annual Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy multidisciplinary graduate research conference addressed "Future of Food and Nutrition." Speakers at the expert panel, "New Approaches to Feeding the World," included Robert Paarlberg, author of "Starved for Science: How Biotechnology is Being Kept Out of Africa"; Susan Roberts, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; and Mark Winne, co-founder of a number of food and agriculture policy groups.

Mar. 28: The fourth annual Tufts Energy Conference, entitled "Global Green Infrastructure: Powering the 21st Century," brought scholars, policymakers and energy industry professionals together for a day of debate and discussion. Keynote addresses were given by Peter Droege of the World Council for Renewable Energy; Gregg Dixon of EnerNOC; and Mindy Lubber of CERES.

Mar. 29: Five members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra presented a free community chamber music concert at the Granoff Music Center featuring D'Rivera's Aires Tropicales, Toussaint's Mambo, Piazzolla's Libertango, and Milhaud's Sorocabo and Ipanema.

Pollan photo by Alonso Nichols, University Photography

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