Jumbos bring citizenship to Paris for post-election debate
November 30, 2012
On November 14, seven Tufts alumni and students brought the Tufts spirit of citizenship overseas for an event focused on the future of the U.S. following the most recent presidential election. The Jumbos were among 25 guests at a panel-led discussion and cocktail hour at the New York University campus in Paris, France.
The panelists enjoy discussion of the 2012 presidential election
“Most of them were either young alumni or current students,” volunteer Ivy Vo (A09) says of the Tufts attendees, who encourages young alumni and current students to participate in alumni events, “especially ones abroad!”
The event featured a panel of special guests representing different parts of the political arena, from organizations such as Young Democrats, Young Republicans, and the media world. Sean Dougherty, senior advisor for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) was also on the panel.
The special guests discussed issues surrounding the election itself, the future economic impact of a bipartisan government, and proposed a question to the attendees about the status of the “American Dream.” A period of questions to the panelists and discussion followed.
"The panelists were very interesting. They all had very different backgrounds, but were able to present their perspectives in a respectful and enlightening manner," says Vo.
Vo appreciates these types of events that intermingle alumni of different classes with current students.
"A Tufts event is worthwhile for me because I not only get to hang out with Tufts people I already know, but I get to meet others with whom I can share stories," she adds. "No matter which year you graduated, there are certain Tufts moments that are really timeless. As she always says,"Once a Jumbo, always a Jumbo!"