Popular video by Rachel Maddow (California & Lincoln, 1995) shows how Donald Trump incites violence

Rachel Maddow (California & Lincoln, 1995)

Rachel Maddow (California & Lincoln, 1995)

 “Speaking on Friday night, over footage of the violence that broke out around a Trump rally in Chicago when it was infiltrated by protesters and postponed, Maddow says: “This has turned out to be a night that may go down in history as one of the darker moments in American major politics.”

“I think we got here by deliberate means,” she says. “I don’t think we got here by accident.”





Canada's International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland (Prairies & St Antony's 1991) speaks of "gold-plated" trade deal with the EU

Speaking on CBC radio, Canada's Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland (Prairies & St Antony's 1991), says the Canadian government is one step closer to ratifying a "gold-plated" trade deal with the European Union.http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-europe-trade-deal-amended-1.3468802

Ngaire Woods (New Zealand and Balliol, 1987) on how to save the world bank. Project Syndicate: The World's Opinion Page.


Founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance at the University of Oxford says "the World Bank's management and member countries need to work together to create a faster, more responsive institution." 


“Alternative” Annual Report by Jess Merry Brett Auerbach (South Africa-at-Large and St Antony’s 2009) cited in Canada’s Globe and Mail

In September 2015, Jess Merry Brett Auerbach, a graduate student in anthropology at Stanford, published a 34-page alternative report focused on the accomplishments of former award winners who had become neither rich nor famous.  Rather, they had gone on to work as volunteers, teachers or in religious orders.  Read more at the link below. 


Research on millenial women leaders by Christie Hunter Arscott (Bermuda & Lincoln 2007) featured in the Huffington Post.

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What do the next generation of women leaders want?  Research by Christie Hunter Arscott (Bermuda & Lincoln 2007) and featured in the Huffington Post today tells us.  Millenial women want a voice.  They care about compensation, prioritise fairness, and care about the purpose, mission and values of an organisation.  Read more here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffery-tobias-halter/millennial-women-in-holly_b_8455864.html


2016 Rhodes Scholar elect Emilie McDonnell featured on ABC news. She wants to use her scholarship to make a difference in the lives of asylum seekers.

Emilie McDonnell

Tasmania's latest Rhodes Scholar wants to use the prestigious research grant to tackle the growing issue of processing asylum seekers in Australia.   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-28/rhodes-scholar-wants-to-tackle-asylum-seeker-processing/6892128

Leana Wen (Missouri & Merton 2007) featured in The Atlantic

Dr Leana Wen (Missouri & Merton 2007) was recently profiled in The Atlantic for her current work as Baltimore's Health Commissioner. The article discusses her commitment to keeping city health systems functioning at a time of increasing tensions and violence. Journalist Olga Khazan writes:

"Since January, Wen has been running one of America’s oldest and most experimental health departments, in one of the poorest cities in the country. Throughout my day with her, I learned a lot about how racial disparities and poverty pry an immense gap in the health outcomes of a community. I heard about some unusual strategies—like using ex-cons to patrol neighborhoods and break up fights—that public-health experts are employing in order to address those problems.

Also, I learned that I cannot keep up with Dr Leana Wen."

Dr Ann Olivarius (Connecticut & Somerville 1978) authors article for The Telegraph on combating revenge porn

"I'm often asked why I, as a lawyer, have chosen to take on revenge porn cases. I’ve fought against sexual violence for over 40 years, and I am a little amazed by the persistence of this hate crime and the abundance of new forms that technology permits it to morph into."

Senior Partner of McAllister Olivarius and founder and chair of the Rhodes Project, Dr Ann Olivarius, writes in The Telegraph about taking legal action in revenge porn cases and the need for varied tactics in combating the crime. Her firm has been working to promote new laws against revenge pornography in both the United States and the United Kingdom to better advocate for victims of online harassment.

Pardis Sabeti (Florida & New College 1999) featured in TIME's 100 Most Influential People

Pardis Sabeti (Florida & New College 1999) has been selected as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Sabeti, a professor at the Center for Systems Biology and Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, was chosen for her work in sequencing the Ebola virus. 

J. Craig Venter, who wrote Sabeti's entry, said:

Pardis and her team were able to work out clearly that the virus was spreading human to human—not from mosquito bites or some pig vector or something else. There were so many theories out there, but her work proves that there’s nothing like real data to get rid of myths and guesses and get down to the facts. Many of her scientific collaborators died during this outbreak. This is high-risk research, but it ended up saving a lot of lives too. There is no excuse not to do this kind of work with every outbreak that ever occurs in the future.

In 2013, we published a profile interview with Pardis Sabeti, in which she spoke about her experience of Oxford, why she was attracted to medical research, and the challenges of working with infectious diseases. 

Lois Quam (Minnesota and Trinity 1983) to Co-chair Minnesota's World's Fair Bid

Lois Quam (Minnesota and Trinity 1983) is leading Minnesota's bid to host the 2023 World's Fair. The bid was announced on 11 April, and the committee stated that they have raised nearly three quarters of the $1.5 million needed to launch the project.

Quam is currently chief operating officer of the Nature Conservancy, a non-governmental organisation based in Arlington, Virginia. Previously she was executive director of the Global Health Initiative in the US State Department. While at Oxford, Quam earned an MA in philosophy, politics and economics.

Read more about Minnesota's World's Fair bid in this article from the Star Tribune.

Michelle Gavin (Arizona & Lincoln 1996) Appointed as Managing Director of the Africa Center

Rhodes Scholar Michelle Gavin (Arizona & Lincoln 1996) has been appointed as Managing Director of The Africa Center, a multidisciplinary civic institution that aims to provide a gateway for American engagement with the African continent. The Africa Center, once known as the Museum for African Art, is based in New York City and its Board of Trustees is led by Hadeel Ibrahim and Chelsea Clinton. 

Before joining The Africa Center, she served as the US Ambassador to Botswana between 2011 and 2013. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador, she served as Special Assistant to the President and the Senior Director for Africa at the National Security Council. 

As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University she received an MPhil in International Relations. She also earned a BA from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, where she was a Truman Scholar.  





Leana Wen (Missouri & Merton 2007) takes up post as Baltimore City Health Commissioner

Leana Wen (Missouri & Merton 2007) has taken up her post as Baltimore City Health Commissioner, having been appointed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in December. Baltimore has the oldest continuously running Health Department in the United States, and Dr Wen will be in charge of a wide range of functions, including emergency preparedness, chronic disease prevention and the management of acute communicable diseases.

To see a ABC News feature on Dr Wen, follow this link

To read our profile interview with her, follow this link


Abigal Seldin (Pennsylvania & St Antony's 2009) Honoured in 2015 Forbes '30 Under 30' List

Abigail Seldin (Pennsylvania & St Antony's 2009) has been honoured in the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 List, in the Education category. The list showcases 30 talented people under the age of 30, across 15 different categories.  

Seldin, 26, is a VP at the Educational Credit Management Corporation and Founder of College Abacus, a web-based tool which helps prospective college students measure and compare the cost of programs at nearly 4,000 colleges. College Abacus was named as one of CNN's Best Money Ideas for 2014. 

Elizabeth M. Cousens (Washington & New 1987) Appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the UN Foundation

Elizabeth M. Cousens has been appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Cousens currently serves as the US Representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the United Nations.  '

“Ambassador Cousens will help bring our work at the Foundation to a new level of global reach and focus as we support the efforts of the UN on the defining issues of our time,” said Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation. “The work of the UN is more important today than ever before, and with Ambassador Cousens as part of the Foundation leadership team, we can build that support in ways that rise to that challenge.”

Cousens studied for a D.Phil at Oxford University, and holds a BA from the University of Puget Sound. 


Gina Raimondo (Rhode Island & New 1993) Elected as Governor of Rhode Island

Rhodes Scholar Gina Raimondo was elected to be Governor of Rhode Island in the 2014 U.S. mid-term elections. She will be the first female governor in the state's history.

Ms Raimondo, the Democratic nominee, is a businesswoman who has been the state's general treasurer since 2010. She defeated Allen Fung, the Republican candidate, who is the mayor of Cranston, the state's third-largest city. Ms Raimondo gained 40 per cent of the vote, while Mr Fung won 37 per cent of the vote. Moderate party candidate Bob Healey won 22 per cent of the vote. 

To the crowd that gathered to celebrate her victory, Raimondo said: “I commit to you, the people of Rhode Island, to rebuild this economy, to rebuild the state, and to get Rhode Island back to work and in good middle class jobs.”

Maureen N. McLane (Massachusetts & Hertford 1989) Nominated for National Book Award

It was announced yesterday that Maureen N. McLane's third collection of poems, This Blue, was selected as a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award, Poetry. 

In his review of the collection in the New York Times Book Review, Jeff Gordinier said: "These are poems that keep you on your toes . . . McLane renders each phrase with the precise and steady hand of an ice sculptor. Her consummate finesse can be a source of delight." 

Maureen N. McLane is a Professor of English at New York University, a critic, and the author of two previous poetry collections, as well as the experimental hybrid of memoir and criticism, My Poets.