Neighbors Page - Spring 2014 - Images by Tufts University

Welcome to the Tufts Neighbors page. You will be able to find information here on upcoming events and university resources. We hope you will visit often! If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Community Relations at 617.627.3780 or email us at

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Unless otherwise noted, music performances are free, require no tickets, and take place at the Granoff Music Center on the Medford/Somerville Campus.  More Details >>

Sunday at Tufts - Community Concert Series:

  • The World is a Cabaret
    Nov. 2, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Performance faculty soprano Carol Mastrodomenico and pianist Thomas Stumpf take you on a journey around the world through cabaret songs and tangos. The program includes works by Schoenberg, Weill, Piazzolla, Bolcom, Britten, and others.

  • I Sang Your Name: Songs of Yearning from Lebanon
    Nov. 9, 3 – 5 p.m.
    Tufts Takht, the Arabic Music Ensemble, explores the music from Lebanon under the direction of Kareem Roustom. Featured guest artists include instructor Nizar Fares, violinist Beth Bahia Cohen, and clarinetist Mal Barsamian.

Fall Music Department Concerts: 

Tufts Chamber Singers
Jamie Kirsch, conductor
Nov. 5, 8 – 10 p.m.
Tufts Chamber Singers presents an evening of beautiful choral music.

Tufts Composers: What's New in Bamboo
Nov. 3, 8 – 10 p.m.
Tufts Composers presents new music for shakuhachi solo, duet, or trio with guest bamboo flutists Elizabeth Reian Bennett, Marco Lienhard, and Christopher Molina, along with other new ensemble works.

Saturday Family and Children’s Concert Series:

  • Kiniwe, Tufts African Music Ensemble
    directed by Attah Poku
    Nov. 8, 1:00 p.m.
  • Seasons of the Year
    John McCann, director
  • Nov. 22, 1:00 p.m.
    Tufts Wind Ensemble romps through a year of weather and wonder. Children of all ages are welcome and the 50 minute program is especially intended for younger children in the early grades. A “petting zoo” of musical instruments follows the performance.

Tufts Department of Drama and Dance
All performances take place in the Jackson Gym Dance Lab>>

  • Dances at Noon
    Nov. 7
    Join members of Boston's professional dance community in a shared performance.  A post-performance discussion with the choreographers and dancers is included.
    Admission is free
  • Fall Dance Concert
    Directed by Daniel McCusker
    Featuring the Tufts Dance Ensemble and work by graduating dance minors
    Nov. 21 & 22, 7 p.m.
    Tickets are $5.00 and are available at the Tufts Box Office (617-627-3493)


Drama Department Productions:
Balch Arena Theater>>
More Info>>
$10.00 Tufts ID/subscribers/seniors
$15.00 general
10/23, 2/12 & 4/14 -  All tickets are $10.00, which includes the opening night reception
10/30, 2/19 & 4/16 -  $1.00 night
To order tickets, please contact the box office at 617-627-3493.

  • From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Love Story
    By Melinda Lopez
    Directed by Natalya Baldyga
    Oct. 23-25, Oct. 30, and Nov. 1, 8:00 p.m.
    Nov. 1, 2:00 p.m.


Boston International Kids Film Festival
November 7-9

The Boston International Kids Film Festival is coming to the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square and Tufts University the weekend of November 7-9.
A kickoff event will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium.
For a complete schedule and more information, visit bikff.org.

French Film Experience
Olin 011 & 012>>
Medford/Somerville Campus
Nov. 9
All films are subtitled in English and begin at 6:30 p.m.
Fall 2014 Brochure>>

Tufts Film Series
a free, on-campus movie theater every weekend
Barnum Hall, Room 008>>
Films are shown on 35mm film on a big screen with a Dolby Digital 12.1 surround sound system, in a theater that seats about 200 people. There are generally six showings per weekend.  See this weekend’s schedule below. 
Times are subject to changeSee updated schedules and Trailers>> or go to www.facebook.com/tuftsfilmseries.

At Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine…
Varis Lecture Hall
Grafton Campus>>
Free and open to the public
Part of the Center for Animals and Public Policy’s Fall 2014 Animal Matters Seminar Series. Joining remotely is possible. Contact: Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy 508-839-7991, capp@tufts.edu, web site: http://vet.tufts.edu/capp/animal_matters/

  • Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center: Animal-Assisted Interventions That Benefit Both Humans and Animals
    Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m.
    Speaker: Michael Kaufmann, Director, Green Chimneys Farm and Wildlife Center/Sam and Myra Ross Institute.
    View Flier>>

2014 TNSF Request for Proposals

Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) is soliciting requests for proposals. Charitable, tax-exempt, community-based organizations located in Somerville, Medford, Boston’s Chinatown, and Grafton or serving those residents are eligible to apply. An eligible organization must be able to demonstrate that members of the Tufts University community are involved with the organization as volunteers. Applications are due by November 28, 2014.
More Info >>



Current Exhibits
Now until Dec. 7:

Manna: Masterworks from the Tufts Permanent Art Collection
Curated by Amy Ingrid Schlegel, Ph.D.
Tisch Family Gallery
Focuses on a curated selection of 47 of the university's finest works of painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and new media.

Jumbo: Marvel, Myth, and Mascot
Curated by Dr. Andrew McClellan
Koppelman Family Gallery
The exhibition will be the first of its kind to narrate Jumbo's life story from star of the London Zoo to college mascot

Upcoming exhibitions at the Art Gallery>>


Ricky Jay: A Personal Look at PT Barnum
Nov. 6, 5 – 6 p.m.
Barnum Hall 104>>
While Ricky Jay has long been considered one of the world’s great sleight of hand artists, his career is further distinguished by the remarkable variety of his accomplishments as an author, actor, historian, and consultant. His consulting company, Deceptive Practices, with Michael Weber, has supplied “Arcane Knowledge on a Need to Know Basis” for more than a score of films including Forrest Gump, The Illusionist, and Oceans 13.
Free and open to the public

Environmental Studies Lunch and Learn Program
Thursdays from 12 – 1 p.m. in the Rabb Room
Lincoln Filene Center
Medford/Somerville Campus
Every week during the academic year, this lecture series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations giving presentations on environmental topics.  Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome to attend.  Food is generously sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment.
Click here for the Fall Schedule
You can't make it to the talk? No problem! Watch it live here from your computer or smart phone.

The Tufts STEM Education Lecture Series: a joint venture between the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) and the Tufts Department of Education.
Halligan Hall, Room 102, from 3-4 p.m.
This series of lectures highlights innovative STEM education research in an effort to increase collaboration between universities and organizations dedicated to improving the way students learn.
All are welcome. No registration is necessary. 
Upcoming Lectures>>