Valerie Wirtschafter ’12 Speaks at Bowdoin on U.S.-Cuba Relations

valerie-wirtschaffer-256x403December 17, 2014, is a pivotal date for anyone who studies U.S.-Cuba relations. It was the day President Obama announced the U.S. would change its “outdated” policy toward Cuba to normalize its relationship with the communist nation.

“It was the worst and best day of my life,” recalled Wirtschafter, who is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and recently returned to Bowdoin to give a talk on “The Road Forward for Cuba after Normalization: Risks and Rewards.” Read the story.

Inaugural Symposium: The Power of the Liberal Arts — Shelley Hearne ’83 on the Intersection of Public Health Advocacy and the Liberal Arts

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Shelley Hearne ’83

The Power of the Liberal Arts,” the symposium that is prelude to the inauguration of Clayton S. Rose as Bowdoin’s 15th president, comprises leaders from the worlds of business, design, government, higher education and public health. The symposium will be held in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, 2 p.m.­–5 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015. In advance of the discussion, we continue a series of participant profiles.

Shelley Hearne ’83, a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a public servant dedicated to the critical junctures where science and public policy intersect.

Hearne serves as the director of the Big Cities Health Coalition, a forum for the leaders of the nation’s largest metropolitan health departments. She is also the executive director of the Forsythia Foundation.

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The Storied Path of Olympic Marathon Champion Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79

Trustee Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79

Olympic marathon gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 says setting ambitious goals and creating stories around the races she chooses “keeps me  honest and moving forward.”

Though late word is illness is keeping Joanie from running in Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, she tells The Boston Globe she lives the Nike ad slogan “there is no finish line.”

Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay Mckesson ’07 Meets with Hillary Clinton (NPR)

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DeRay Mckesson ’07

Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson, who has used social media as a tool to bring attention to issues of race in places like Baltimore, Ferguson and New York, met with presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Friday in Washington, D.C.

Afterward, he appeared on the NPR program All Things Considered. Listen to the interview or read the transcript.