In this issue
Symposium brings experts together to solve crisis
Professor shares the secret to telling a good story
David Rapp explains why we fall victim to fake news
Base hospital treated casualties in WWI and WWII
Tenacity and compassion
Alum drives scooter maker to No. 3 in U.S. market
Coach Zach Moss explains the basics of fencing
Doctor praises the Syrian people who supported life
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I enjoyed the recent interview with Peter Hayes. The article’s title and subject, “Explaining the Holocaust,” [winter 2016], is more relevant today than perhaps at any time since the end of World War II. On a personal level, it was great to read the insightful comments from the best of the many teachers I was privileged to study under during my time at Northwestern.
I truly appreciate that Peter continues to write and lecture on the Holocaust. History does not repeat itself, but there are certainly parallels that we must recognize and combat to prevent horrific outcomes such as fascist regimes and genocide. Our recent election should serve as a wake-up call that no country is immune to the dangers of demagoguery and the corrosive impacts of hateful speech.
Steve Kobak ’85
Class Note of the Day
Pramila Jayapal ’90 MBA of Seattle became the first Indian American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives when she won her race for Washington state’s 7th Congressional District. Born in Chennai, India, Jayapal came to the United States at the age of 16 to study at Georgetown University. She worked on Wall Street before attending the Kellogg School of Management. After earning her MBA, Jayapal worked in the medical equipment industry before moving into social justice and advocacy. In the aftermath of 9/11 she founded Hate Free Zone, later renamed OneAmerica, which became the largest immigrant advocacy organization in Washington state. Jayapal led one of the largest voter registration campaigns in the state, helping 23,000 new Americans register to vote. She was honored as a White House Champion of Change in 2013.