The Acorn Man statue on the Tufts University campus

Advancing the Arts & Humanities

The excellence of the Tufts’ liberal arts experience reflects a commitment to nurturing the imagination through the arts and to critical thinking through rigorous open-ended inquiry in the humanities. Together, these opportunities shape self-confident, insightful, and brave leaders for a rapidly changing and interconnected world.

  • Starting in the fall of 2019, scholars from around the world will explore past and present meanings of family and kinship in a year-long seminar led by Tufts University and supported by the Mellon Foundation through its Sawyer Seminar program.
Professor Jayanthi Mistry stands in a hallway with students in the background.
In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Jayanthi Mistry strives to deepen her students’ understanding of the “multiple and diverse realities of the human experience.”
David Hammer
David Hammer, director of the new Institute on Research and Learning, talks about the education research the institute is launching, and the gift from the McDonnell Foundation that made it possible. “It’s really inspiring what can happen if we think differently.”
Laura Gee, an assistant professor of economics, explains that traditional economic studies assume everyone is 100 percent rational when predicting outcomes.