Top Political Strategists David Axelrod and Beth Myers to Speak at Tisch College, Tufts University on April 13

March 24, 2016

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Kalimah Redd Knight

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (March 24, 2015)— Two of the nation’s top political strategists, David Axelrod and Tufts University alumna Beth Myers, will discuss “How to Win an Election” at Tufts on Wednesday, April 13 as part of the Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series. The series brings leaders from a range of fields and perspectives to campus to discuss pressing public issues.

The free public discussion, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Alumnae Lounge in Aidekman Arts Center on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus. Axelrod and Myers will share their firsthand experiences and unique perspectives on campaigns, politics, and public service. The lecture is presented by Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and co-sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences’ Political Science Department.

Online registration for the event is available at activecitizen.tufts.edu/speakers. Members of the news media who would like to attend should contact Katie Cinnamond Benoit at 617-627-4703 or Patrick Collins at 617-627-4173 for a reserved seat.

Both Myers and Axelrod have decades of experience leading political campaigns at the local, state, and national level. Most recently, they faced off on politics’ biggest stage: Myers was the senior strategist for Gov. Mitt Romney’s 2008 and 2012 presidential bids, while Axelrod was senior strategist for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and 2012 reelection.

The Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series, which launched in the fall of 2014, educates and engages students at Tufts, providing them with opportunities to interact with leaders in various fields. Previous speakers include television journalist David Gregory, Harvard President Emeritus Lawrence H. Summers, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown.

The only university-wide college of its kind, the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service offers transformational student learning and service opportunities, conducts groundbreaking research on young people’s civic and political participation, and forges innovative community partnerships. Its work is guided by two core beliefs: that communities, nations and the world are stronger, more prosperous, and more just when citizens actively participate in civic and democratic life; and that higher education has a responsibility to develop the next generation of active citizens.

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Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university is widely encouraged.