Michelle Obama ’85 and Oprah Winfrey speak onstage at “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus” tour on Feb. 8, 2020, in New York.
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Former NBA coach David Blatt ’81 sought to promote multiple sclerosis research when he lit the torch at Israel’s Independence Day celebrations. — Ynet News

As interest in women’s sports surges, retired soccer star Diana Matheson ’08 is confident she’ll be able to create an eight-team professional women’s soccer league in Canada by 2025. — The Toronto Star
In a new partnership, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds ’93 will executive produce projects bringing the comics set in Africa and developed by Nigeria-based Comic Republic to television. — The Hollywood Reporter
Yale philosophy professor Joshua Knobe *06 noted that Yale replaced the logic requirement for graduate philosophy students with a broader “formal methods” requirement. “Feels like a symptom of a much larger change in the discipline,” he tweeted. — Daily Nous
Five years after Dean Heather Gerken ’91 acknowledged a donation from Harlan Crow to Yale Law School for a portrait of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, students and faculty members say they’ve never seen it. — Washington Free Beacon
National Review editor Ramesh Ponnuru ’95 said liberals are taking the wrong approach to gun control by “calling for the same hopeless agenda and raging at their enemies.” — The Washington Post

Speaking in an opinion piece, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito ’72 said he knows who leaked his draft of the Dobbs opinion, which made the five justices who supported it “targets of assassination.” — The Wall Street Journal 

Alec D. Gallimore *92, dean of engineering at the University of Michigan, will become the next provost at Duke University on July 1. He’s been on Michigan’s faculty for 31 years. — The Duke Chronicle
Local Princeton groups are rallying around Frank Chmiel ’98, who says he was dismissed from his post as principal of the district’s public high school with seemingly no explanation. — Town Topics
President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 praised Andrew Golden for his 30 years running the University’s endowment and defended both college endowments and the value of an undergraduate degree. — The Washington Post

“This is social media. We like to listen to young people because we think there’s some value in youth. Y’all don’t know nothing! If I wanna hear about mothering, I want to hear from somebody who’s finished it.”

— Michelle Obama ’85, speaking with Oprah about “mommy influencers,” young mothers who give advice on social media. — Rolling Stone

Speaking at the University of Virginia, columnist George Will *68 said universities are curtailing free speech because students “are haunted by an exaggerated sense of the harms, from which they think they need protection.” — UVA Today
In his new book out today, His Majesty’s Airship: The Life and Tragic Death of the World’s Largest Flying MachineS.C. (Sam) Gwynne ’74 tells the story of Britain’s doomed R101 in 1930. — The Pilot

Carrie Lukas ’95, president of the Independent Women’s Network, criticized “the elevation of transgender ‘spokeswomen’ such as Dylan Mulvaney,” arguing it sends the wrong messages about women. — National Review
Nell Diamond ’11’s Hill House Home line of “Nap Dresses,” which became popular during the pandemic, has expanded to include wedding dresses. — The New York Times
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