Lawrence H. Summers, Harvard President Emeritus and former Treasury Secretary, to speak at Tufts University October 27

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (October 15, 2015)— Lawrence H. Summers, President Emeritus and Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, will be speaking at Tufts University on October 27 as a 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 lecture, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Alumnae Lounge on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus. Summers will discuss international affairs and economic issues, with a focus on how the U.S. can use its economic influence as an instrument of foreign policy. The lecture is presented by Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

Online registration for the event is available at: 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.

During the past two decades, Summers has served in a series of senior public policy positions, including as the 71st Secretary of the Treasury under President William J. Clinton, Director of the National Economic Council under President Barack Obama, and Chief Economist of the World Bank. His current appointments at Harvard also include the Weil Director of the Mossa­var-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Kennedy School.

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 U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service is a national leader in civic education that sets the standard for higher education’s role in civic engagement. Serving every student at Tufts University, Tisch College prepares young people for lifetimes of civic engagement and creates an enduring culture of active citizenship.

For those unable to attend the event will be live streamed and available at:


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.

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