Portrait of Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin. (Photo: Anna Miller/Tufts University)

"It’s stupid to say that animals don’t have emotions. You can express feelings in a much more complex way with language, but dogs have the same neurotransmitters [that humans do].”
—Animal behaviorist and autism advocate Temple Grandin in a talk at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine on January 8

“You can either focus on the bad or focus on the good. Optimism provides people with the tools that they need to focus on the good no matter what they’re facing, and that is contagious.”
—Lisa Tanzer, J89, president of the apparel brand Life Is Good, in the January 9 episode of Tufts’ Tell Me More podcast

“Nothing is certain. We write the future. The greatest thing about being American is our uncanny ability to redefine ourselves as we grow and move forward in our evolution as a democracy.”
—Former US Secretary of State and Senator John Kerry in a Tisch College Distinguished Speakers Series lecture on November 28

“When it comes to reaching an audience, comedy can do things other modes of communication can’t. Humor is extremely good at getting you to pay attention. And getting people’s attention, you can turn it to something worthy.”
—Former Obama speechwriter David Litt, now a head writer/producer for Funny or Die, at a Tisch College Civic Life Lunch on September 18

“You have to be creative: What are your opportunities to identify bias in the system and to affirm what you know? Because studies show disparities in the health system.”
—Physician and Drexel University School of Public Health Professor John Rich, author of the book Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men, in a School of Medicine talk on October 22