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  • Throwback 1972

    Tufts Now recently looked back at this 1972 ExCollege cooking class for men designed to promote women’s lib.

  • Apply to be a Visiting Lecturer

    The ExCollege provides teaching opportunities for Boston-area professionals and graduate students who have expertise in their field and a passion for teaching.

  • students with their dogs

    Eager to get to the bottom of this relationship, juniors Parker Killenberg and Jordan Sclar have created an Explorations course, Man’s Best Friend: The Psychology of Dogs for first-year students this Fall.

  • Antarctica

    A fascinating course that explores Antarctica's formation and future in a storytelling context, taught by Marissa Grunes, a scholar of American literature whose dissertation examined the intersection of architecture and environmentalism in nineteenth-century American literature.

  • netflix and networking

    Tufts seniors Sophia Song and Kenar Haratunian believe binge-watching television shows isn’t just fun, it can be educational, too! By analyzing characters from popular shows, they aim to teach first-years how to become better leaders and enrich their own lives socially, academically, and professionally.

  • empathy

    What makes us human? What connects each of us despite our different backgrounds, interests and aspirations? Caroline Wolinsky, a senior studying International Relations with a concentration in Global Health, challenges our notions of what empathy means in her Explorations course for first-years, How to Flex Your Empathy Muscles.

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    Jumbos "master the elements" of complex themes of a critically acclaimed show. Old and new fans alike have come together to express their love for the show and marvel over its characters, art, and world-building. Creating this same sense of community at Tufts, Emma Downs provides a place for fans to speak about the show in her Fall 2020 ExCollege course for first-years.

  • dancehall queens

    “What does Dancehall even have to do with women?” With one critical question, the foundation for an ExCollege course was born. Instructor Onisha Etkins said she “knew that Dancehall — a genre of Jamaican music that emerged in the 1970s — provided such a freeing space as a dancer and a Black woman,” and recognized that other dancers in this space shared a similar sentiment. 

  • monkey statues in the see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil pose

    There’s a lot we don’t know. Whether from a lack of education or through social codes that encourage some level of innocence, the practice of not knowing is largely ingrained in our lives. Critical analysis is central to Ethics of Ignorance, a Fall 2020 ExCollege class that explores "unspoken ethical codes" and responds to different levels of ignorance we apply to the world around us.