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Last Week at Tufts...Boston's first poet laureate, the host of a popular Travel Channel show, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian come to campus.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [04.06.09] Mar. 30: Elissa Golberg, former Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan, gave a lecture entitled "Transforming the Mission" at the Fletcher School.

Mar. 30: Gary Hirshberg, president and CEO of Stonyfield Farms, spoke about his company's approach to corporate social responsibility, green business practices, and social innovation at a lecture sponsored by Tufts Hillel Moral Voices.

Mar. 30: Producer Joseph Sousa attended a screening and discussion of his documentary "Live from Bethlehem." Sousa is an Emmy nominated writer, director, and producer who has worked for public and commercial television.

Mar. 30: Social and political activist Tom Hayden, main writer of Students for a Democratic Society's 1962 Port Huron Statement, spoke at a brown-bag lunch sponsored by Tisch College. Hayden spoke about his life and experiences in the context of the contemporary relevance of the Port Huron Statement.

Mar. 30: Cuban musician Pablo Menendez, founder of the Afro-Cuban fusion group Mezcla, spoke about the impact of the American embargo on music and culture in Cuba and the United States. The event was jointly sponsored by the Latino Studies, Latin American Studies, and American Studies programs, the Latino Center, and the Anthropology Department.

Mar. 31: Oxford University historian Hew Strachan gave a lecture at the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies entitled "The British Army, Counter-Insurgency and Strategy in Current Conflict." The event was part of the Spring 2009 Fares Lectures Series.

Mar. 31: Seth Merrin (A'82), co-founder, president and CEO of Liquidnet, Inc., gave the Spring 2009 Lyon & Bendheim Lecture sponsored by the Tufts University Alumni Association and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Department. Merrin spoke about how his time at Tufts influenced his work and his career as an entrepreneur.

Apr. 1: David Schlossberg, Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities at Princeton University and Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of
the Environmental Studies Program at Northern Arizona University, spoke on "Environmental Justice, Climate Justice, and the Capabilities Approach: The Flourishing of Human and Non-Human Communities." The talk was sponsored by the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

Apr. 1:  Sam Cornish, Boston's first poet laureate, gave the fifth annual John Holmes Memorial Poetry Reading sponsored by the Friends of Tufts Libraries. An exhibit about Cornish and his work will be on display in the lobby of Tisch Library until June 30.

Apr. 2:  Anthony Bourdain, author of Kitchen Confidential and the host of "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" on the Travel Channel, gave a talk sponsored by the Tufts Lecture Series.

Apr. 2: Adina Hoffman, author of the recent biography of Taha Muhammad Ali, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century, gave a talk entitled "Map of a Vanished Town: Recollecting the Palestinian Past through Biography." The event was sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

Apr. 2: Pulitzer Prize-winning Brown University historian Gordon Wood (A'55) gave a talk entitled "Monarchism & Republicanism in the Early US." The event was sponsored by the Tufts History Society, the Tufts Historical Review, the History Department and the Political Science Department.

Apr. 3: The Emerson String Quartet performed works by Haydn, Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Bartók in Distler Hall. The critically acclaimed quartet has won eight Grammy Awards. The concert was the latest installment of the Granoff Music Center's Guest Artist Series.

Apr. 3: Dr. Ivo Claassen, team leader of the Indonesia-Dutch Avian Influenza Program, spoke at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. The talk addressed research and development activities in support of avian influenza control in Indonesia.

Apr. 4: The Jackson Jills celebrated their 45th anniversary with a reception and dinner before the all-female a capella group's annual spring show at Goddard Chapel. A brunch on Apr. 5 completed the weekend's events. Alumnae and friends joined in the festivities, which were jointly sponsored by the Tufts University Alumni Assocation.

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