Bowdoin’s Franz: Clinton Campaign’s TV Ads Had Little To Do with Policy (Vox)

Hillary Clinton. Image: Wikimedia Commons

The television ads run by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign were much more focused on attacking opponent Donald Trump’s personality than his policies, concludes the latest study by the Wesleyan Media Project, as reported by Jeff Stein in Vox. The Wesleyan Media Project includes Associate Professor of Government Michael Franz.

A Conversation with AIDS Activist Peter Staley and Trustee Jes Staley ’79, P’11

Jes Staley ’79, P’11 (left) and brother Peter Staley

AIDS activist Peter Staley and his brother, Barclays CEO and Bowdoin College Trustee Jes Staley ’79, P’11 are at the heart of two upcoming events around the history and prevention of AIDS.

Associate Director of Student Affairs Kate Stern, who is also director of the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, will moderate a conversation with the Staley brothers in advance of a screening of the award-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary, How to Survive a Plague, about the history of the AIDS epidemic. The event, sponsored by Bowdoin’s LGBTIQA Alumni Network, will take place Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 6: 30 p.m., at Yahoo in New York City.

The venue is being provided by Trustee Andy Serwer ’81, P’16, P’20, editor-in-chief of Yahoo Finance. Register online by March 7.

The Bowdoin event is in advance of the GMHC Spring Gala 2017, to be held in New York March 23, 2017, during which Peter Staley and Jes Staley will be honored alongside former President Bill Clinton. GMHC (Gay Men’s Health Crisis) is one of the world’s leading providers of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy.

The FBI and Religion: The Bureau’s Treatment of Minority Groups (The Atlantic)

The Atlantic interviews Steven Weitzman, a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and co-editor of a book of essays detailing the FBI’s tumultuous relationship with religion.

Weitzman discusses the FBI’s religious history and its relevance post-9/11. He also highlights the FBI’s tendency to investigate immigrants and Muslims rather than Judeo-Christians. Read more in The Atlantic.

Bowdoin’s Chiang on Japanese-American Incarceration Camps

Connie Chiang

Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies Connie Chiang recently spoke at the Center for Multicultural life about the history of Japanese American incarceration in relation to President Trump’s travel ban.

In her lecture, “Remembering Japanese American Incarceration: How Fear Leads to Persecution and Injustice,” Chiang began by presenting a history of Japanese Americans before the 1942-1946 period of their incarceration in the US. Read the story by Maurice Asare ’19 in Bowdoin News.