President’s Lectures

Upcoming President’s Lecture

March 10, 2014 – J. Craig Venter, PH.D., genome research scientist
“Life at the Speed of Light”
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Richard E. Snyder President’s Lectures

Tufts University has been fortunate to welcome some the world’s most notable figures recognized for acting and thinking outside the box in politics, art, literature, business, medicine, philanthropy and the entertainment industry. With extreme generosity by Richard E. Snyder, A55, from 2004-2013, we were able to hear from 17 guest speakers who have stimulated thought and discussion that foster a deeper understanding of contemporary issues and challenge conventional wisdom among the campus community. Tufts is deeply grateful for Mr. Snyder’s support of the series and all that it has done to inspire intellectual debate on campus, and we look forward to continuing a robust exchange of ideas on campus for years to come.

October 2, 2013Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
“Interpreting the Constitution”
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November 13, 2012 Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU
“Sticks and Stones: Freedom of Expression and Political Correctness”
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October 13, 2011Niall Ferguson, historian
“The Financial Crisis and the Descent of the West”
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April 25, 2011Bob Woodward, journalist
“From Nixon to Obama”
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November 3, 2010Michael Sandel, political philosopher
“Justice: What’s The Right Thing To Do?”
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April 26, 2010Sherry Turkle, psychologist and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self
“Cyberintimacy/Cybersolitude”
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October 1, 2009Freeman Dyson, physicist
“Nukes and Genomes: Two Genies Out of the Bottle”
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March 24, 2009Michael Pollan, author
“In Defense of Food: The Omnivore’s Solution”
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October 16, 2008Tom Freston, media/entertainment executive
“The Birth of MTV: New Media in the 1980’s”
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April 3, 2008David Hackett Fischer, historian and author
“Open Leaders: Washington, Lincoln, and FDR”
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October 4, 2007Lynn Margulis, biologist
“Evolution: An Unauthorized Biography of Our Symbiotic Planet”
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March 14, 2007Lawrence H. Summers, economist and university leader
“Rethinking Undergraduate Education”
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September 26, 2006Shelby Steele, author and scholar
“White Guilt: Why American Can’t Solve the Race Problem or Win Wars”
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March 28, 2006Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web
“Hopes and Fears: Web Design and Web Use”
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September 27, 2005Salman Rushdie, author
“Step Across This Line”
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February 16, 2005Daniel Kahneman, psychologist and Nobel Laureate
“Toward a Science of Well-Being”
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October 4, 2004Leon Kass, bioethicist
“Ageless Bodies, Happy Souls: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness”
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