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Alan D. Solomont
Alan D. Solomont, A70, A08P, is the former United State Ambassador to Spain and Andorra and a lifelong social and political activist. He serves as dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts.

Dean Solomont has a long history of involvement at Tufts University. He served for ten years as a member of the Board of Trustees and he was the founding chair of the Tisch College board. He was also a visiting instructor at Tufts, teaching a political science course on the American Presidency.

He is married to Susan Lewis Solomont, AG81, A08P, and they have two grown daughters, Becca, A08, and Stephanie.

Entries by Alan D. Solomont

What's Your Civic Life? Why Does It Matter?

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 4:39 PM

At Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, we prepare students for a lifetime of effective engagement in civic and democratic life. With the generous support and leadership of Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, through a $15 million gift announced today, Tufts will strengthen its...
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Renewing Higher Education's Mission of Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 1:55 PM

At the end of World War II, as millions of young veterans were returning to college, President Harry S. Truman convened "The President's Commission on Higher Education for Democracy." This Commission described the dire threats then facing democracy around the world and the responsibility of American colleges and universities to...

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The Enduring Legacy of National Service

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 11:46 AM

This op-ed originally ran in the Boston Globe on September 11, 2014.

When former President George H.W. Bush prepared to leave office in January 1993, he asked his successor, Bill Clinton, to protect federal funding for his signature program, The Points of Light Foundation. Clinton would later say...

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A Call For Service For the New Millennium

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 10:04 AM

In December, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued this call as he addressed the first members of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America):

"It is characteristic of America that we meet our great challenges. We meet them in war and we meet them in peace, through calling on the idealism...

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Tres años de diplomacia en un nuevo mundo

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:28 AM

Durante los últimos tres años y medio, he servido como Embajador de Estados Unidos en España y Andorra. Ha sido una aventura extraordinaria, con mucho el trabajo más interesante y gratificante que he tenido nunca. También constituye un gran honor y un privilegio servir a mi país en este papel.

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Celebrar el Día Internacional de la Juventud todo durante el año

(4) Comments | Posted August 12, 2012 | 12:41 AM

El domingo, 12 de agosto, la Embajada de Estados Unidos en Madrid, junto con países de todo el mundo y organismos internacionales como la ONU, celebra el Día Internacional de la Juventud. Para la ONU, este día constituye un llamamiento a la acción de los jóvenes de todo el mundo....

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El Huffington Post: A Bold and Innovative Conversation Between the U.S. and Spain

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Times of economic crisis call for innovation and bold action. The launch of El Huffington Post represents yet another way that today's global challenges are pulling us closer in partnership. This American-Iberian joint venture brings together a United States phenomenon, the Huffington Post, and a Spanish media...

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El Huffington Post, innovación y audacia entre EEUU y España

(22) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 10:26 AM

Los tiempos de crisis económica exigen innovación y audacia. El lanzamiento de El Huffington Post representa otra forma en la que los desafíos mundiales de hoy nos empujan a asociarnos. Esta empresa conjunta estadounidense y española une a un fenómeno en Estados Unidos, The Huffington Post, y una...

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Historic Ties and Tools for the Future

(39) Comments | Posted October 16, 2011 | 2:45 PM

As Spain marked the 519th anniversary of Columbus setting foot in the New World, the United States was also celebrating - during September and October - our Hispanic heritage. On October 12th, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the highest ranking Hispanic official in the U.S. government, hosted President Obama...

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