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Last Week at Tufts...A chart-topping rapper, two award-winning documentary filmmakers and officials from the governments of Greece, Rwanda and Bhutan came to campus.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [04.27.09] Highlights:

Apr. 22: Dasho Kinley Dorji, secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communication for the Royal Government of Bhutan, discussed the nation's development philosophy of Gross National Happiness and its transition to a democracy. The talk was sponsored by the Fletcher South Asian Society.

Apr. 22: Tufts trustee Deb Jospin, J80 received the TCU Senate's Light on the Hill award in a ceremony at Ballou Hall. Jospin, partner and co-founder of nonprofit consultancy sagawa/Jospin and former director of the AmeriCorps program, spoke with Tufts students about her experience at both Tufts and beyond.

Apr. 23: Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Miltiadis Varvitsiotis spoke at The Fletcher School on "From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to the Economic Crisis: Southeastern Europe 1989-2009 and Beyond."

Apr. 24: Students groups including Pangea, STAND and Hillel sponsored a commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Speakers included Fletcher School Academic Dean Peter Uvin, Rwandan ambassador to the U.S. James Kimonyo, Emory University Professor Susan Allen, and genocide survivors Chantal Kayitesi and Carine Gakuba. Organizers collected donations of new or gently used shoes to be delivered to students in Rwanda by a Hillel group visiting there this summer.

Apr. 25: Musical acts Asher Roth, the Decemberists and Ludacris performed on campus as part of the annual Spring Fling festivities. Student band The Ride, winners of the Battle of the Bands competition, performed during set changes at the event.

More events:

Apr. 19: Pakistani documentary filmmaker and journalist Sharmeen Obaid participated in a screening and discussion of her film "The Next Generation: Pakistani Taliban" at The Fletcher School. The event was co-sponsored by the Tufts South Asian Political Action Committee and Tufts Association of South Asians.

Apr. 20: Kim Hyun Sik, a research professor at George Mason University and former private tutor to Kim Il Sung's family, delivered a talk entitled "Life Inside the Hermit Kingdom: North Korean Ideology, Worldview, and Mindset." The event was sponsored by The Fletcher School Korean Studies Program.

Apr. 21: "Millennial Makeover" authors Michael D. Hais and Morley Winograd participated in a panel discussion with students and faculty. The book discusses the generational and technological issues that contributed to Barack Obama's presidential victory.

Apr. 21: Economist Dr. Frank Ackerman of the Stockholm Environment Institute and Tufts' Global Development and Environment Institute gave a talk entitled "Can We Afford the Future? Deciphering Climate Economics." The talk was sponsored by the Tufts Energy and Climate Forum, International Resilience Program, Institute for Global Leadership, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Tufts Institute of the Environment, and the Tufts Economics Department.

Apr. 21: Professor Hanspeter Neuhold of the University of Vienna, Austria, spoke as part of the Charles Francis Adams Lecture Series at The Fletcher School on "Common Security: The Litmus Test of International Solidarity."

Apr. 21: Gerry Brown, director of the Task Force on Improving Business and Stability Operations in Iraq for the US Department of Defense, and Steve Geary, principal at Supply Chain Visions, Inc., delivered a talk entitled "Changing the Rules of the Game: Department of Defense's Efforts to Win Friends and Influence Enemies in Iraq." Both speakers ar faculty members at Tufts' Gordon Institute, which co-sponsored the event with The Hitachi Center at The Fletcher School.

Apr. 21: Margarita Martinez, director of the award-winning documentary "La Sierra," was on hand for a discussion and screening of the film in an event sponsored by Latin American Studies, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Political Science. The film focuses on violence in Colombia.

Apr. 21: International aid worker and blogger Obie C. Porteous discussed his experiences, which he blogged about and details in his new book "In Search of Humanity." The event was sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Apr. 23: Dan DeVivo, director and producer of the Sundance Film Festival-featured documentary "Crossing Arizona," came to campus for a screening and discussion of his film on immigration and border policy. Tufts Democrats, STAIR and the Latino Center co-sponsored the event.

Apr. 23: General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, gave a talk entitled "Remembering Clausewitz: Embracing the Civil-Military Relationship." The talk was sponsored by the International Security Studies Program.

Apr. 23: Chip Gidney, associate professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, delivered the Lerman-Neubauer lecture on the topic of "'What's So Funny?': Humor in Children's Cartoons from a Developmental Perspective.'" Last year, Gidney received the Lerman-Neubauer Award for excellence in teaching and advising.

Apr. 24: Richard M. Karp of the University of California at Berkeley delivered the Department of Computer Science Distinguished Lecture on "Understanding Science Through the Lens of Computation."


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