Cathleen Kaveny ’84
Courtesy of Boston College Law School

Boston College theology and law professor Cathleen Kaveny ’84 said she hopes American Catholic bishops will pivot away from abortion and elect more moderates who will work with Pope Francis on the economy, the environment, and gun violence. — National Catholic Reporter

Jacob Reses ’13 was named chief of staff for U.S. Senator-elect J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, who will take office Jan. 3. Previously, Reses was senior policy adviser for Sen. Josh Hawley. — WHIO TV 7

Rep. Mike Gallagher ’06 and Sen. Marco Rubio called TikTok a national security threat and said they’re introducing legislation to ban it — and other social media platforms that are essentially controlled by the Chinese government — from operating in the United States. — The Washington Post
Amid anti-democratic sentiment on Election Day, Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel ’81 recalled President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech about four freedoms on Jan. 6, 1941, noting it argues “people of good faith will come together to fight for democracy.” — The Washington Post
Michelle A. Williams ’84 is stepping down as dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at the end of this academic year to take a sabbatical and then resume research and teaching. — Harvard
Satana Deberry ’91 in North Carolina’s Durham County was among the “progressive prosecutors” who were reelected last week. Deberry was unopposed. — Newsweek
Liberal philosopher Cornel West *80 and Princeton conservative Robert George spoke at a conference for medical professionals about the need for civil discourse. West said they bonded because they were “real” with each other. —

“Instead of creating academic communities with a broad mix of perspectives and life experiences, or even making amends for social injustices such as slavery — which the court has never accepted as a constitutional justification for racial preferences — race-based admissions have served to further entrench wealth and privilege, while corporate diversity efforts have led to a culture of groupthink.”

— Ilya Shapiro ’99, director of constitutional studies at the Manhattan Institute, discussing the Supreme Court’s consideration of affirmative action in college admissions. — Deseret News

 Harvard professor emeritus Joseph S. Nye Jr. ’58 discussed America’s strategy of engagement with China, in light of China’s political system and foreign policy. — Project Syndicate
University of Missouri President Mun Choi *92 condemned racism and discrimination in a statement following allegations of white supremacist rhetoric on campus. — KRCG 13
Gen. Mark Milley ’80 said a lesson from World War I, when European powers refused to negotiate, should be employed during the cold months when there might be a chance for Ukraine and Russia to consider peace talks: “Seize the moment.” — The New York Times
Ahead of her new book release, Michelle Obama ’85 described taking up knitting to quell anxiety during the pandemic and other ways she deals with fear. — People
On the podcast where Meghan Markle deconstructs labels used for women, Ariel Investments CEO Mellody Hobson ’91 discussed how “bitch” is used against women in power and how she’s handled people who say she’s intimidating. – Crain’s Chicago Business

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