Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

Sauer, Anne

Branco, Jessica

Bennett, John

Crowley, Zachary


Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs, 1954


The Lincoln Filene Center was established at Tufts University in 1954, when the Civic Education Foundation, founded in 1945, was relocated to Tufts and renamed the the Tufts College Center for Civic Education. The mission of the Lincoln Filene Center is to increase the will and capacity of individuals and organizations to build healthy communities through active citizenship and public service. This is accomplished primparily through education, training, and research in the nonprofit and voluntary sectors and through the promotion of public service as both a vehicle and an arena for lifelong learning. The Lincoln Filene Center is an independent institution affiliated with Tufts University.

The origin of the Lincoln Filene Center dates to 1945 when its predecessor, the Civic Education Foundation was founded with a mission to "support civic education programs designed to further the values of a free society for which American men and women had died during World War II."The work of the Foundation focused on "developing innovative and appealing isntructional resources in civic education and the social studies," and worked closely with Boston-area schools. In 1954, the foundation relocated to Tufts University in Medford and was renamed the Tufts College Center for Civic Educaion. In 1955, the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation endowed the Lincoln Filene Professorship in Citizen ship and Public Affairs at Tufts. Six years later the Center was given its current name.

The period from 1959 to 1968 was arguably the most publicly visible in the LIncoln Filene Center's history. Each year it hosted the annual Massachusetts Assemblies on State Government, where leaders in state politics, business, labor, agriculture, education, and students would meet for several days to discuss matters of puclic policy. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s the Lincoln Filene Center continued to organize conferences on citizenship and sponsor research on citizen participation in democracy, but it also provided training on community service learning for teachers, parents, and staff of nonprofit organizations. During the 1990s the Center worked to foster greater collaboration between public schoolsand community-based organizations that provide after-school activities and job training skills. Each summer the center offers a Management and Community Development Institute for staff and executives of nonprofit organizations to build skills including fundraising, microenterprise development, housing development, management, coalition-building and volunteer recruitment. The center also sponsors occasional papers and research by Tufts faculty, students, and alumni writing on citizenship, democracy, community economic development, and social policy.

The organizational structure of the center was revamped in 1998, and is comprised of five programmatically linked components: the National Institute for School-Community Collaboration (NISCC), Management and Community Development Institute (MCDI), National Focus on Citizenship and Democracy (NFCD), University College of Public Service (UCPS), and Communications and Infrastructure. the NFCD will provide opportunities for students, faculty, and community-based nonprofits to learn about and take action on public policy issues. The UCPS is working to integrate public service concepts into the curricula of every school and department at Tufts.

The Lincoln Filene Center is located in a building of the same name, constructed in 1963 adjacent to Braker Hall on the Medford campus.

Source: LOH2

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Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
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Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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