Fletcher News - Fall/Winter 2010
Fletcher News publication from Fall/Winter 2010 without Class Notes. Cover Story: Richard Opio, F11
Fa l l / W i n t e r 2 0 1 0 Fletcher News T h e Off i c i a l N e w s l e t t e r f o r a lu m n i a n d f r i e n d s o f T h e F l e t c h e r S c h o o l o f L aw a n d D i p lo m a c y at T u f t s U n i v e r s i t y preparing the worldâ€™s leaders Richard Opio, F11 â€” Leadership for a Bright Future Fletcher News T h e Off i c i a l N e w s l e t t e r f o r a l u m n i a n d f r i e n d s o f T h e F l e t c h e r S c h o o l o f L aw a n d D i p lo m a c y at T u f t s U n i v e r s i t y FEATURES Lessons from a Difficult Past, Leadership for a Bright Future – 4 Amar Bhidé Considers Economic Collapse and Ways of Social Science – 6 Fletcher Fall Reunion – 14 Richard Opio, F11 4 Look Ahead and Give Back to The Fletcher School – 39 DEPARTMENTS From the Fletcher Files – 8 Club News – 10 Club Contacts – 13 Professor Amar Bhidé 6 Class Notes – 16 In Memoriam – 37 14 Fletcher Fall Reunion FLETCHER NEWS VOLUME 32 NUMBER 1 FALL / WINTER 2010 COVER PHOTOGRAPH Alonso Nichols Bronwyn McCarty Director of The Fletcher Fund PHOTOGRAPHS Ellen Callaway, Nathaniel Eberle, Alonso Nichols, SHAPE Public Affairs Office Moira Rafferty Assistant Director of The Fletcher Fund Sarah Bunnell Coordinator of Reunion Programs EDITORS Leah S. Brady, Laura McLaughlin Thaddeus Thompson, F01 Associate Director of Development OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS Kathleen Bobick Administrative Assistant Jennifer Weingarden Director of Development and Alumni Relations Leah S. Brady Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Stewardship Laura H. McLaughlin Coordinator of Alumni Relations and Stewardship Cynthia Weymouth Administrative Assistant Special thanks to: Kate McLaughlin D E A N ’ S C O R N ER Greetings from Fletcher, Christine and I, along with Fletcher staff, have just returned from São Paulo, Brazil, where we were delighted to meet with more than 70 alumni and friends of the School for a Fletcher Symposium entitled, “Brazil as an Emerging Power: Challenges and Choices.” Following the Symposium, the Advisory Group for Latin America met to establish next steps for increasing the School’s visibility in Brazil and throughout the region. As in all my travels, this trip reminded me of how fortunate and unique Fletcher is to have an alumni community that, although geographically distant from campus, remains deeply engaged with the School and dedicated to connecting with one another. As testament to this connection, I am pleased to report that our Fletcher alumni clubs now number sixty groups stretching from Washington, D.C., to Uganda, including our newest clubs in Turkey and the Netherlands. I am grateful to the many alumni volunteers who serve as leaders of their club, as class secretaries, reunion committee members, class fund agents, career services and admissions volunteers, and as members of our Advisory Groups and Board of Overseers. I believe that their commitment is crucial to Fletcher’s success among its peer institutions. Back on campus, our newest class has settled into the rigorous pace of academic life. These 265 students were selected from a pool of 1,818 applicants and hail from 42 countries. Of our United States population, 20% are students of color. As with each new class, diversity remains one of the defining characteristics of our student body. Students regularly note that the myriad experiences of their peers add to the richness and reward of the learning experience at Fletcher. To kick off its tenth anniversary, the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP@10) welcomed more than 150 graduates and guests in Washington, D.C., in October for a weekend of celebration and cerebral connection. In addition to a black-tie gala on Friday evening hosted by German Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, F74, F78, and Mrs. Scharioth, the weekend events included panel discussions held at the Embassies of Italy and Indonesia, led by the program’s distinguished graduates. In the typical Fletcher tradition, the discussions spanned the globe and sectors from Asia to Africa, from climate change to the three Ds — development, defense, and diplomacy. With now more than 500 graduates at mid- and senior levels of organizations around the world, GMAP continues to bring an added depth of experience and alumni participation to the Fletcher community. Finally, our sights are set on the close of Tufts’ and Fletcher’s Beyond Boundaries comprehensive campaign. As of the end of September, we had reached 83.2% of our $100 million goal, and we are making great strides towards its successful completion. Financial aid remains our top priority, and I am confident that we will meet our campaign commitment to double the amount of financial aid available to attract the very best students. In addition, funds raised for the campaign will help increase the size of the faculty and its research capabilities, strengthen and expand our educational programs, and upgrade and maintain a world-class Stephen W. Bosworth facility. We have attracted substantial support, which has made a tremendous impact at the School. I call on the entire Fletcher community to help us finish this ambitious task. All members of the Fletcher global network will benefit from the success of this campaign, and I invite your active participation. Thank you for the many ways you help make the Fletcher community the only one of its kind. Sincerely, Stephen W. Bosworth Dean F l e tc h e r N e w s Lessons from a Difficult Past, Leadership for a Bright Future On a sultry evening in Kampala, Uganda, this past July 11, Richard Opio, F11, was enjoying the final game of the World Cup over dinner with friends at an Ethiopian restaurant in the lively and international Kabalaga district. Opio had met up with fellow Fletcher students Stewart Kelly, F11, and Lisa Inks, F10, who, like Richard, were in Uganda as a part of summer internships. Just one minute before the end of the first half, a sudden, powerful blast ripped through the restaurant, knocking Opio to the floor. “I had no idea what had happened, but I realized I wasn’t seriously injured so I looked around to see if I could help anyone else who had fallen,” recalls Opio. That’s when he encountered a horrifying sight: decapitated bodies and blood littered the restaurant floor. Opio found Kelly, Inks, and a fourth friend who had joined them for dinner, and the group fled to safety. Later Opio learned that he and his friends had been seated only seven meters from where a suicide bomber detonated a fatal blast. A second attack occurring around the same time had exploded in a crowd of soccer fans in a nearby rugby club. Linked to a Somali militant group, the twin bombings killed 76 people and injured over 70, a gruesome reminder that, in Uganda, peace remains elusive. Though Opio had never been this close to a terrorist bombing before, he is certainly no stranger to them. Growing up in a nation that has endured decades of bloody civil war, he did not know safety or security throughout most of his life. Even so, Opio holds an unwavering vision of peace for his war-ravaged home country—a vision that has led him all the way to Fletcher’s Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy Program, where he is training to become an agent of change for Uganda. “Nobody should grow up with the kinds of experiences of violence that I had as a child,” he says. “I want to ensure children growing up in Uganda do not have the childhood that I did.” Opio was born in northern Uganda in 1979, just as rebel groups ousted militaristic dictator Idi Amin after a murderous eight-year regime that left the nation’s economy devastated. When Opio was only six months old — his mother tells him — armed anti-government militias attacked his home town of Lira, and his family escaped to the bush. Amid the chaos and darkness, Opio was lost in the wilderness where he spent the night alone, an unprotected infant, before being reunited with his family. 4 FLETCHER NEWS Fall/Winter 2010 Over the next seven years, bloody coups would topple five more Ugandan leaders, each new regime’s army exacting retribution from the people, patrolling the countryside and victimizing villagers in a brutal push to gain or maintain political dominance. Military groups, associated with Uganda’s current President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, seized citizens’ property and squashed their livelihoods. Opio says that the army butchered several of his relatives with machetes. “Home was unlivable, so we lived in the bush. Our life was a life subsisting with animals,” explains Opio. Change came when Opio, then 12, was sent to live with his uncle in the relatively stable city of Kotido, which offered Opio “a few years of relief.” His uncle arranged for him to attend school. There his teachers encouraged his burgeoning academic gifts. “I came to believe that I could put my mind and my talents to building a better life for all people in Uganda,” Opio remembers. “I started to have hope.” “Nobody should grow up with the kinds of experiences of violence that I had as a child. I want to ensure children growing up in Uganda do not have the childhood that I did.” This hope has remained a guiding force for Opio ever since. After his uncle’s untimely death, Opio returned to Lira. His mother sold their family home to help pay for his continued schooling, and the two scraped together enough to cover costs by taking manual labor jobs. The top student in his high school, Opio won a scholarship to a seminary and earned a degree in philosophy. “It wasn’t my choice to attend seminary or to study philosophy. I had wanted to study law,” Opio remarks. “But I had the chance to further my education and I took it.” After graduating, Opio worked with a number of non-governmental organizations on youth development and policy initiatives, before he set his sights on Tufts. Funded through a Board of Overseers Scholarship and a grant from the Ford Foundation, Opio says that the opportunity to study at Tufts has been “the greatest gift of my life.” F l e tc h e r N e w s “It’s been tremendous. Here I have found a community of students and professors from all over the world — from Afghanistan, Rwanda, Armenia — who have faced different challenges. I have learned so much from them and from how their own countries are progressing from a blood-stained past. I have learned that dreaming big is possible, and that looking beyond the shadows of history is indispensable.” According to Laurie Hurley, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, Opio’s presence in the MALD program is a gift to Fletcher as well. “Richard enriches our community in so many different ways, both in and out of classroom, simply by sharing his stories and offering his perspective,” she says. “The ability to provide financial aid support for students like him is absolutely central to the school’s mission.” successfully introduced a convention on torture to Uganda’s parliament, the first of its kind in the nation’s history. Meanwhile, Opio and his team organized public forums where victims of human rights violations could share their stories with members of parliament. Despite these victories, July’s terrorist attacks in Kampala created new obstacles on the road to peace. In the bombings’ wake, Uganda’s parliament enacted new policies in the name of national security that limit freedom of speech and assembly, making it even harder for citizens to organize for political change. “The recent terrorism has fueled the climate of fear and violence in Uganda. Now even legitimate gatherings are banned,” says Opio. For Opio, the opportunity to share his own story with the Fletcher community has been nothing short of transformative. “I realize that others can learn from my experiences, about issues they have only read about in textbooks but I have lived.” This, he says, brings a new meaning to a difficult past. “I’ve come to see that leadership is about making sense of past challenges, and using past lessons to lay the foundation for a better future.” Opio, as ever, stands undaunted by these setbacks. After he finishes his studies at Fletcher, he plans to return to his country and work to become a member of parliament. “My platform is change. My vision is that Uganda will become a nation among nations that rules people and promotes development in the context of human rights, democracy, constitutionalism, and equal opportunities for everybody — not just those in power,” says Opio. During his internship with the United Nations Human Rights Commission this past summer, Opio says he already observed how his new knowledge and skills can help him facilitate powerful change in Uganda. His team at the commission He continues, “Ugandans want change. But change cannot happen until the people have options and unless they realize the power of their individual and collective choices. I will build or strengthen mechanisms that give them options.” Fall/Winter 2010 FLETCHER NEWS 5 F l e tc h e r N e w s Amar Bhidé Considers Economic Collapse and Ways of Social Science By Lauren Dorgan, F11 Amar Bhidé has a lot to do. Fresh off his bicycle commute through Medford one September morning, Fletcher’s newest business professor faced piles of boxes freshly arrived from his old office at Columbia Business School and stacks of copies of his new book that needed sending to people like Paul Volcker (who wrote a blurb for the back of the book). The lesson of the most recent crisis, Bhidé says, should not be that people should be told what to do or that enterprise is dangerous. Bhidé argues that good rules for social interaction are a crucial part of allowing people “full leeway” to make decisions. “But unfortunately, there’s no math and no algorithm that tells us, ‘this is the optimal set of rules,’ ” Bhidé said. In a recent interview, Bhidé said he sees problems in the recent financial On top of these mundane concerns, Bhidé has more on his mind: reform bill, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer The economist has been pondering reforms in the way social Protection Act. “We’ve gone from the virtually no-rules ethos science research is valued and professional schools work. He’s to a large number of rules established by a small number of also putting together a new class about best practices that he lobbyists and experts,” Bhidé said. “I think both extremes are plans to teach next semester. unfortunate.” Bhidé joined Fletcher as the Thomas Schmidheiny Professor of International Business this fall, after teaching at Columbia, Harvard, and the University of Chicago. Throughout his career, Bhidé said, he’s been progressively drawn to human issues more than strictly business ones; coming to Fletcher, he said, “there was a draw out of a strictly business school.” Lately, Bhidé said, he’s grown a new obsession with what he calls “useful knowledge.” The natural sciences have a clear path to advancement, but in other fields — useful fields like medicine, education, business, and law — scientific methods of study need serious modification, according to Bhidé. Social sciences, Bhidé said, have an almost a “schizophrenic view” of what to do: Explain the world or improve the world, and often the result is “properly doing neither.” This month, Bhidé’s third book in a decade, A Call for Judgment: Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy, hit stores. The book, published by the Oxford University Press, analyzes the recent economic crisis in calling for reforms that cut across the partisan divide: More regulation in some sectors, less regulation in others, and a basic recognition of the failure of “quant”-centric finance in which mathematical algorithms came to replace the on-the-ground judgment of mortgage lenders and investors. Bhidé’s argument harkens back to seminal economist Friedrich Hayek’s case against Soviet central planning: That capital is best allocated when people on the ground have the ability to make local decisions based on local conditions. Lending, Bhidé argues, is similarly not an activity that can be centralized easily or well. 6 FLETCHER NEWS Fall/Winter 2010 The recent financial reform bill isn’t necessarily a good or lasting fix, Bhidé said, pointing in particular to the lack of public debate and understanding of a complex and lengthy act. “We’ve gone from the virtually no-rules ethos to a large number of rules established by a small number of lobbyists and experts,” Bhidé said. “I think both extremes are unfortunate.” The 1933 Banking Act (now known as Glass-Steagall), which cracked down on speculation and established the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Bhidé said, was a 37-page bill established after a “dialectical process of public debate” in which the public knew the arguments for and against deposit insurance. By contrast, Bhidé said, the Dodd-Frank legislation is a 2,300-page bill that “I don’t think the president could have read in its entirety before he signed it.” While some issues ought to be left to experts — like regulating safe levels of carcinogens in products, for example — Bhidé argued that the public should understand banking laws. “I think rules for social interaction which affect us all ought to be widely debated and widely understood,” he said. Bhidé argues that the strategic goal of financial reform in the wake of the crisis should be to “bulletproof” the nation’s F l e tc h e r N e w s depository and payment system. The key, Bhidé said, is to separate riskier forms of finance, such as the derivative market, from the banking deposit system. The crisis of 2008 brought us to the verge of a global economic meltdown because banks and other institutions stopped trusting payments from other banks. Bhidé’s solution is clear and simple: The U.S. government has effectively been guaranteeing all deposits in banks but has not been “demanding its financial pound of flesh,” and has refrained from imposing the kind of conditions that prudent lenders ordinarily would. If the U.S. government simply prohibited banks whose liabilities it guarantees from having anything to do with complex derivatives, the market for derivatives would shrink dramatically. Bhidé explains it this way in the book: “Without deposit guarantees, who would keep a deposit earning 1 to 2 percent in annual interest in banks that had trillions of dollars of derivatives exposure? And because the government guarantees the deposits of megabanks, it has a responsibility to ensure that the megabanks don’t put trading profits ahead of prudence. Sensible bankers at J.P. Morgan wouldn’t allow its borrowers to build up huge derivatives books. Why should taxpayers let J.P. Morgan do so?” The benchmark for what a bank could do is this: Is the activity something that a modestly trained accountant can understand? “If not, then, very sorry, we won’t let you play with the public’s money.” “Events have raised large questions about the academic theories supporting the concept that our heavily ‘engineered’ financial markets are self-disciplined and efficiently allocate capital. Amar Bhidé’s skeptical analysis should stimulate basic reconsideration.” — Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, on the book jacket of A Call for Judgment: Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy Fall/Winter 2010 FLETCHER NEWS 7 F R OM THE F LETCHER FI LES Quotes of Note “[I]n attempting to fight a more moral and political war, are we overlooking the methods that have succeeded in the past? Can we prevail if we try to take the cruelty out of war?” —Stanley Kober, F75, F76, questions America’s future in warfare on National Interest. “There are those in Pakistan … who believe that the Americans are behind all manner of attacks that are taking place — in fact, it’s the Americans and not the Taliban. There are those who would go so far as to say that the Americans are even responsible for the floods. It’s easy to dismiss the mindset, but as a historian I take it very seriously because perceptions matter. There’s a reality deficit, which stems from a fundamental ahistorical understanding.” — Professor Ayesha Jalal discusses the physical and psychological effects of the recent flooding in Pakistan in her 28 September 2010 podcast for NPR. Listen online at http://n.pr/daypDN. “The only route out of poverty is through business, not through welfare—welfare doesn’t work anywhere.” Not Like Yesterday: Fletcher’s Ninth Annual Talloires Symposium The Fletcher School’s Ninth Annual Talloires Symposium was held 5–7 June 2010, featuring keynote speaker and Fletcher alumnus Admiral James Stavridis, F83, F84, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander of Forces in Europe (SACEUR). Admiral Stavridis’ remarks on the theme “Not Like Yesterday: War and Conflict in the 21st Century” were complemented by afternoon sessions with faculty speaker Richard Shultz, Afghan Ambassador to France, Omar Samad, F06 (GMAP), and remarks from alumnus Tim Roorda, F93. Chatham House rules are in effect during this three-day event, set at Tufts’ European Center in the mountain- and lakeside village of Talloires, France. This year’s gathering saw more than 100 members of the Fletcher Community come together for a weekend of discussion, engaging lectures, dining and the sharing of common interests in the typical Fletcher fashion. The Tenth Annual Talloires Symposium will take place 3–5 June 2011. Admiral Stavridis and Dean Bosworth Admiral Stavridis continues the discussion with alumni after his formal remarks — Thai activist Mechai Viravaidya speaking at The Fletcher School on 15 September 2010. “During the day, a suicide bomb might explode. At night people still live. They go to wedding parties. They go to their relatives’ house. When you live in a war-torn country, you somehow get used to it. It becomes hard to differentiate between what is normal and what is not.” — Adela Raz, F10, speaks to The Providence Journal about her experience as an Afghani woman. FLETCHER PUBLICATIONS Have you recently published a book, article, or op-ed? Share it with the Fletcher community by sending details to email@example.com. Items are published on Fletcher’s website at fletcher.tufts.edu/news/inthenews.shtml. 8 FLETCHER NEWS Fall/Winter 2010 Left to right: Cheney Wells, Jackie Kingfield, Suzanne Andrews, Jerry and Lucy Blakeley, Mechai Viravaidya, and Qiamuddin Amiry F R O M THE FLETCHER F I LES Robertson Fellowship Offers Scholarship to Future Government Employees In October, Fletcher announced a $350,000 scholarship aid gift from the Robertson Foundation for Government (RFFG). At the same time, the School announced the inaugural Fletcher Robertson Fellows—two members of the class of 2011. Founded in 2010 to inspire, encourage and assist top U.S. graduate students to pursue federal government careers in foreign policy, national security, and international affairs, the RFFG recently announced its fellowship program to support a growing need for well-prepared professionals as the United States faces significant global challenges. “What makes this program unique is that we’re virtually the only private foundation in the United States to be in this space, supporting students interested in pursuing federal government careers in foreign policy, national security, and international affairs,” said William Robertson, RFFG chairman. “In the next ten years, there will be a huge outflow of public employees taking retirement, and we need to fill those positions with top quality candidates. The Fletcher School was selected because it has one of the finest international relations programs in the nation. This will help prepare Fletcher School graduates for careers in the federal government and U.S. Foreign Service corps, and allow them to begin their careers without being thousands of dollars in debt.” Mechai Viravaidya visited Fletcher for a luncheon co-sponsored by the Blakeley Foundation and Fletcher’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Dr. Viravaidya is former Thai senator and cabinet member, and founded the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) in Thailand in 1974 to promote condom use and population control through family planning. He is also is the founder and chairman of Population and Development International (PDI) and the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation. Viravaidya was introduced at the event by Jerry Blakeley III as his “friend and hero.” Blakeley was accompanied by his wife Lucy and father, Jerry Blakeley Jr. The family has a long history of involvement in Fletcher, including the Blakeley Fellowship to support ten students to do summer internships overseas with organizations working on market-based solutions to poverty. Last summer’s Blakeley fellows were present and recognized at the event. In addition, the student residential hall, Blakeley Hall, is named for the family. Bo Kemper and Bill Robertson with Dean Bosworth (far right) and the inaugural Robertson Fellows, Christopher Murray (middle) and Amy Truong The inaugural Robertson Fellows at The Fletcher School are Christopher Murray and Amy Truong, both members of the class of 2011 enrolled in the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) program. Murray and Truong will receive full tuition scholarships. Following the 2010 –11 academic year, The Fletcher School will award scholarships to four second-year students. Robertson Fellows commit to working for the U.S. federal government for at least three years during the first five years after receiving the MALD degree. “I plan to focus on national security and foreign policy, as I believe our nation’s prosperity is tied to other countries and those relationships require continual work and attention,” said Christopher Murray, a native of Barre, Massachusetts, and graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “Receiving the Robertson Fellowship gives me additional confidence to establish what I believe will be a fulfilling career in government.” Amy Truong, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi who hails from San Jose, California, is focusing on humanitarian affairs while at Fletcher. “As the U.S. government’s role in providing humanitarian assistance continues to grow, the public sector offers an increasing number of opportunities for me to make a difference,” she said. “It is an honor to receive the Robertson Foundation Fellowship. At Fletcher, we are surrounded by people who are passionate about public service, and I am grateful to be recognized as one of them.” “The Fletcher School is proud to partner with the Robertson Foundation for Government,” said Dean Stephen W. Bosworth. “This new relationship (and fellowship) will advance the missions of both institutions and help provide financial assistance to Fletcher students eager to lead the next generation of U.S. federal government employees.” Fall/Winter 2010 FLETCHER NEWS 9 CL U B N EWS Baghdad The Baghdad club has seen some transitions recently. Dan Langenkamp, F02, is now back in Washington, D.C. Mark Storella, F83, F84, has moved on to serve as U.S. ambassador to Zambia. Lt. Col. John O. Hagen, F07, F09, will serve as the Baghdad club’s contact until May 2011. Latest meeting, held back in August in the Underground Bar in the UNAMI Compound in the IZ. From left to right: Dan Langenkamp, F02, Mark Storella, F83, Tammi Sharpe, F05, Ben Parry, F07, Nadia Blackton, F08, Adam Hinds, F03, Ahsen Khan, F03, and John Hagen, F07/F09. Oregon Vietnam The Fletcher Club of Oregon is now being led by Kristen Rainey, F06. Many thanks to Edie Johnson Millar, F85, who has recently relocated to Shanghai, for her excellent work as the Fletcher Club of Oregon leader. The Fletcher Club of Vietnam is still getting itself organized and trying to identify area alumni. A first event is surely to follow soon! Former Fletcher Club of Kenya leader, Viviane Chao, F02, is the new Vietnam contact. Paris New York In mid-July, the Fletcher Club of Paris hosted a dinner for alumni living in Paris as well as current and future students doing internships in the city of lights. It took place at Kong, a trendy restaurant with great views in the center of town, and proved a great opportunity for our first purely social event in recent years. Fletcher alumni at Kong in Paris The Fletcher Club of New York held monthly happy hours this summer, in addition to a club barbecue on 22 September in the party room at the building of Bronwyn Owen, F05, in Tribeca. Additionally, Todd Walters, F08, and Donald Best, F07, have recently joined the Fletcher Club of New York board. The club’s next event, titled “Fletcher on the Frontline,” will be held on Thursday, 4 November, featuring alumni panelists who have served overseas on the ground in various capacities. The panel will be preceded by a short reception with wine and cheese. New York alumni at the summer barbecue Beijing Switzerland At least ten Fletcher alumni and students attended a reception with Tufts alumni in Beijing on 3 July. On 13 July, the Fletcher Club of Switzerland held a dialogue on Islamaphobia at the Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva. Buenos Aires A group of Fletcher alumni gathered this year during a Tufts Club Tuftonia’s Day Around the World event. Maria del Rosario de la Fuente, F09, Juan Cruz Díaz, F06, Javier Volosin, F07, and Francisco Resnicoff, F07 were among those in attendance. Fletcher Alumni in Buenos Aires 10 FLETCHER NEWS Fall/Winter 2010 Boston Fletcher Women’s Network The new board of the Fletcher Club of Boston hosted a successful first event on 30 September, held downtown in the Tufts Dental School’s brand new fifteenth floor Alumni Lounge. Nearly 45 alumni attended the Fall Meet and Greet and enjoyed appetizers and drinks while reconnecting with one another, remembering their time at Fletcher, and renewing forgotten relationships. The club looks forward to planning future social, intellectual, and networking events throughout the upcoming year and will collaborate in November with the Fletcher Office of Career Services to host a reception in conjunction with this year’s Boston career networking day for alumni and current students. The board would like to know what future events are of interest to area alumni. Please send your suggestions to board members Sheila Chen Lawrence, F07, Mark Ferri, F86, Carmit Keddem, F05, Paulina Mirenkova Freedenberg, F08, Daniel Satinsky, F90, Maria Speridakos, F04, and David Weisman, F99, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Founded by a group of alumnae after their Fletcher reunion in 2006, the Fletcher Women’s Network was a tentative initiative subject to the response of Fletcher women. Four years later, the FWN has more than 400 members meeting “‘Round the [Virtual] Water Cooler” through our social networking site, four U.S.-based local groups with alumnae organizing in London and Geneva, a growing cohort of women living outside the U.S., and eight newsletters distributed so far by listserve. With the network’s growth and members’ enthusiasm as endorsement, the FWN’s ad hoc steering committee drafted and approved by-laws that resulted in the establishment this summer of formal steering and executive committees. Representation on the steering committee includes alumnae representing classes from 1985 to 2006, and alumnae living in London, Geneva, Bilbao, and Bangkok. Having convened by teleconference on 1 September, the steering committee is making plans for the coming year. Greece Last summer, the Fletcher Club of Greece welcomed in Athens our academic dean and professor of international humanitarian studies Dr. Peter Uvin. Eleven alumni and two current Fletcher students attended the dinner gathering on 1 June at a restaurant just below the Acropolis hill. The following day, Dean Uvin addressed a much larger audience at the Karamanlis Foundation discussing “The New Human Security Paradigm: Merging Development, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights.” In September, alumni met with Fletcher’s Schmiheiny Professor of International Business, Amar Bhidé. Fletcher Alumni of Color Association The Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA) held its first summer happy hour on Thursday, 10 June, at Eatonville Restaurant in Washington, D.C. The event was open to all alumni and current students. London The Fletcher Club of London is currently re-organizing and looks forward to its first event this year: On 11 November, the club will co-host a reception with Dean Bosworth with the Tufts London Club. The new board members are Eugenia Vandoros, F10, Tannaz Banisadre, F06, Rachel Gangji, F09, and Karen Miles, F07. Shanghai Five Fletcher alumni attended a Tufts reception in Shanghai on 3 August. Pictured are Chao-Yang Lu, F97, Choo-Pin Ang, F03, Bryan Stewart, F07, Ming Zhong, Tufts director of Asia relationships and development, John Wang, F94, and Jay Dong, F00. Fall/Winter 2010 FLETCHER NEWS 11 Kabul Fletcher alumni at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, which occasionally in Kabul, he received a total of two phone calls from Washington! seems to resemble a satellite Fletcher campus, were very pleased Incredible to contemplate in the age of constant email, phone, and to welcome back former dean and former U.S. video communications. Ambassador Eliot greatly ambassador to Afghanistan Theodore Eliot at an impressed the Fletcher crew in Kabul and remains a impromptu gathering on 23 September. Dean stellar advocate for the School. Also in attendance Eliot was visiting Afghanistan as head of an Asia were (pictured L to R) Jim Wasserstrom, F80, Foundation delegation to introduce the foundation’s USAID senior anti-corruption advisor, Kabul; new president and board members to Embassy Victoria Gellis, F04, USAID democracy and leadership. A group of five Fletcher alumni from governance officer, Kabul; Michael Chelius, the State Department and USAID gathered with F09, USAID democracy specialist, elections and Ambassador Eliot to exchange Fletcher notes and political processes, Washington (on TDY in Kabul); Fletcher alumni in Kabul with learn from his observations and stories from an Ambassador (Dean) Eliot; Maria Stephan, F02, former Dean Theodore Eliot earlier chapter on U.S. policy towards Afghanistan. F05, Department of State sub-national governance Dramatically underlining how times have changed, Ambassador advisor, inter-provincial affairs, Kabul; Peter Wiebler, USAID director, Eliot noted that during the course of his five years as chief of mission Office of Democracy and Governance, Kabul. Houston Netherlands Many thanks to David Hwa, F77, for his excellent work as the Fletcher Club of Houston leader. The Fletcher Club of Houston is now being led by former Fletcher Club of Switzerland president, Mark Fisher, F05. On September 2, Fletcher and Tufts alumni met at the Houstonian Hotel and Club for food and drinks to discuss ways to grow interest in meeting for breakfast talks, luncheons, or other events hosted by the Fletcher Club of Houston. Hello fellow Fletcher alumni living in the Netherlands! I’m excited to help bring together what I am sure will be an interesting and diverse group with the formation of this new Fletcher Club. Please feel free to get in touch with your ideas about our first meet-and-greet as well as possible venues and topics for future events. – Jennifer Croft, F99 Washington, D.C. The Fletcher Club of D.C. has had a busy spring and summer. In May, they hosted Professor Bill Moomaw for a talk entitled, “Are we negotiating the wrong treaty? Lessons from Copenhagen and Looking ahead to Mexico.” In July, the club had one of its most successful Fletcher picnics to date: Over 100 alumni and their families attended and there were attendees from classes in the 1960s all the way through to the class of 2011. Additionally, the D.C. club has re-invigorated its volunteer program. A group of alumni served dinner at the D.C. Central Kitchen and in the fall, organized a group to participate in the D.C. AIDS walk, raising $550 for the Whitman-Walker Clinic in D.C. The board has also welcomed two new members. Jessie Evans, F10, will serve as volunteer coordinator, and Josh Roberts, F10, will be class rep. Visit the club website at www.fletcherclubofdc.org to sign up for the email listserv or to pay your club dues. You can also find the club on Facebook by searching for the Fletcher Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. If you have ideas or suggestions club events, or you are able to offer space to host a club event, please email email@example.com or club chair, Zaid A. Zaid at firstname.lastname@example.org. 12 FLETCHER NEWS Fall/Winter 2010 Fletcher Club of D.C. 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Zaid A. Zaid, F99 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fletcherclubofdc.org San Diego Geoffrey Pack, F89 email@example.com San Francisco Vladimir Todorovic, F01 firstname.lastname@example.org São Paulo Paulo Bilyk, F92 email@example.com * New Club since last edition of the Fletcher News Fall/Winter 2010 FLETCHER NEWS 13 C. Fred Bergsten, F62, F69, is presented with the Class of 1947 Memorial Award by 1947 class president, The Honorable William Dale. Fletcher Fall Reunion Each September, the Fletcher Community welcomes back alumni to celebrate their 50th Reunion, which takes place in conjunction with Convocation. It is a wonderful time to rediscover The Fletcher School and reconnect with classmates. On 9–10 September 2010, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy was delighted to welcome back alumni and their guests for Fall Reunion. Eight members of the Class of 1960 were in attendance to celebrate their 50th Reunion, and were joined by alumni from four preceding classes and by the Class of 1962. Reunion alums enjoyed a variety of events including faculty lectures and the State of the School presentation; luncheons with Dean Stephen W. Bosworth, President Larry Bacow, and Provost Jamshed Bharucha; and the “Fletcher Today” Student Panel discussion where alumni and current students had the opportunity to engage in conversation, connecting past memories with current students’ endeavors. The Honorable C. Fred Bergsten, F62, F69, delivered the Keynote Address, “Globalization and The Fletcher School” at the Convocation Ceremony, and was presented with the Class of 1947 Memorial Award. For more information, visit our Reunion webpages at: fletcher.tufts.edu/alumni/reunions.shtml. IN MEMORIAM MARVIN LYLE DURHAM, F53, F62, of Philomath died 29 July 2010. He had lived in Philomath for 37 years. He was 83 years old. Upon graduating high school in 1945, he joined the U.S. Army, and was sent to Japan as part of the Army of Occupation. After the war, he entered the University of Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He pledged SAE, and was elected president of the Interfraternity Council in his junior year. In his senior year, he served as president of the Associated Student Body. After Fletcher, he joined the University of Vermont, and became an assistant dean there and later joined the faculty as an administrator of the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus. In 1970, he joined the Oregon State University faculty as a foreign student and scholar adviser. Durham was committed to serving his community as a volunteer vegetable chopper at Stone Soup, was a member of the Interfaith Prayer Group, Queen Anne Alumni Association, Crossroads, and was a regional chair of the National Association of Foreign Student Affairs. He served on the board of Westminster House as well as the Philomath City Council where he was involved in the planning commission, and budget, bond, and comprehensive review. He worked with John Connor and others in peace studies and conflict resolution. He and Beverly also worked with Philomath AFS. He loved to sing old tunes, read poetry, and make fudge. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; son M.T. (Tom) Durham of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, wife Tina, and sons Chandler and Sean; son Fritz Durham of Boise, Idaho; daughter Emilia (Mia) Spencer, husband Andrew, son Richard Kessler, and daughters Emma and Holland; stepdaughter Shane Fritz of Boardman; daughters Lara Fritz and Sara Fritz Elkington (husband, Seth); stepson Nicholas Cochran of Santa Ana, California; sister Gwendolyn Braile of Belfair, Washington; nieces Dr. Margaret Braile (Lawrence Braile), and Linda Package; and a nephew, Michael Durham. 38 FLETCHER NEWS Fall/Winter 2010 ATAUL KARIM, F56, passed away due to lung cancer at the Japan-Bangladesh Friendship Hospital on 28 July at the age of 78. Ataul Karim served as the Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary, permanent representative to the UN in Geneva, and Bangladeshi Ambassador to the United States. He was instrumental in numerous UN peacekeeping operations. He is survived by two sons, including Hussain Karim, F97. JOHN G. CRAIG Jr., F57, died on 26 May at the age of 77 from metastatic melanoma. He was a probing, unconventional, forward-thinker who was a leading media and civic figure as the editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for twenty-six years. Craig prided himself on his ability to think outside the box, to provoke others to do their best work, and to size up the potential of people, and his associates inside and outside of journalism recognized those attributes as well. He was more of a creative risktaker than many peers in his industry. He took a chance on hiring people if he found them to be smart, regardless of their journalistic background. He did not bow to anyone who came into his office, whether mayors, corporate titans, or impressive officials of another stripe. In his later years, both as editor and after departure from the newspaper, Craig played a more visible public role spearheading creation of the Riverlife Task Force and directing efforts to objectively measure how the Pittsburgh region was faring compared to its counterparts. Craig is survived by his wife, Candace; daughters Eliza Craig of Tucson, Arizona; Landon Craig, of Georgetown, Delaware; Emily Craig, of Sewickley Heights; a son, Peter Craig, of Heidelberg, Germany; a stepdaughter, Lindsay Jackson, of University Park, Maryland; and six grandchildren. Craig also had a son, John, who was born severely disabled and died in the 1980s at the age of 16. JUAN MANUEL GARCIA PASSALACQUA, F58, a well-known Puerto Rican attorney, political analyst and historian died 2 July at the age of 73 of liver cancer. He resided at the Ohio home of his daughter Ivonne Marie García Acosta during the last months of his life, where he died surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, professor and author Ivonne Acosta, their three children, and six grandchildren. García Passalacqua was an adviser to Luis Muñoz Marín, Roberto Sanchez Vilella, and former United States president Jimmy Carter. He became a television producer of numerous shows including Cara a Cara Ante el País (Face to Face) and was a sought-after political analyst by other television producers. Additionally, he published over twenty books, wrote articles for multiple newspapers and magazines, served as an on-air radio commentator, and taught as a visiting professor at a number of prestigious universities Governor Luis Fortuño, his former neighbor and friend who in 2009 declared the day of his birthday, 22 February 2009, as “Day of Juan Manuel Garcia Passalacqua,” upon learning of his death, officially declared three days of mourning. ANDREW LEDDY, F64, died on 18 September 2009. He was born on 30 March 1938 and served as an attorney in Nantucket, Massachusetts. No further information was available at the time of this printing. MAUREEN BROWNE, F75, died on 25 June in Buffalo, New York at the age of 57. She served as branch chief for the U.S. government in Washington, D.C. She was proud of her contributions to the passage and implementation of Title IX. Browne is survived by her children, Mary Singer and Michael Singer; brother, James Browne; and sisters Kathleen Boice, Eileen Robinson, and Joanna Quinn. F l e tc h e r N e w s Look Ahead and Give Back to The Fletcher School From a Peace Corps regional office in Madagascar, Brandon Edward Miller, F04, applied to The Fletcher School, planning to become a diplomat. Brandon completed his undergraduate degree at Alma College in Alma, Michigan, and then served four years in the Peace Corps, in both Ethiopia and Madagascar. “I was really interested in public policy, but at Fletcher there was freedom and flexibility to explore many different classes and subjects. After taking an interesting international law class and being a teaching assistant for Professor of Practice of International Politics and Law Antonia Chayes, I decided to also go to law school.” A graduate of Harvard Law School, Brandon is now a litigator at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, one of the top 10 law firms in the country. Brandon lives in Boston and recently became engaged to his partner Chai Pattamasattayasonthi, an architecture student at MIT. The couple is planning an August 2011 wedding in Brandon’s home state of Michigan. Brandon continues to be actively involved with The Fletcher School. He has been a member of the reunion committee and as class secretary he compiles class notes for 2004 alumni. Brandon wanted to give back to the school and made Fletcher a beneficiary of his IRA soon after graduation, while he was still in law school. “What I love most about Fletcher is the community. There is a sense of family among Fletcher alums—we are an incredibly loyal group.” “I named Fletcher as a beneficiary of my IRA because I want to give back to the Fletcher community, which has been so important to my success.” Interested in including The Fletcher School in your gift or estate plans? Contact the Gift Planning Office at 888-748-8387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on your age and the type of gift, we may be able to include your gift plans in Fletcher’s current campaign. If The Fletcher School is already included in your plans, let us know so we can welcome you into The Austin B. Fletcher Society. 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Whether you are returning for your 45th or 5th Reunion, every Fletcher graduate—and their guests—can enjoy this exciting weekend! Fletcher’s Annual London Symposium 4 December 2010 Fletcher’s Tenth Annual Talloires Symposium 3–5 June 2011 Details to come… The 3-2-1 Challenges in fiscal year 2010 inspired high levels of participation in The Fletcher Fund from our youngest two classes. The Christine Lauper Bagatelas, F87, and Paul Bagatelas, F87, Challenge, which matched gifts from the Class of 2008 on a 2:1 basis, encouraged participation to increase to 22%, compared with 14% last year. A second challenge put forth by Rene Henri Bodmer, F95, resulted in record support from the Class of 2009 with 25% participation. Gifts from this class were matched on a 3:1 basis and raised a total of $15,900. How many records will 2010 set when their own challenge begins this year? Thank you to our challenge sponsors for their leadership and support and to everyone from the Classes of 2008 and 2009 who made a gift! The Office of Admissions needs your help! We invite you to participate in the Fletcher Alumni Admissions Volunteer program, which aims to connect alumni with prospective students who share a common location or career interests. This program allows us to demonstrate first-hand that Fletcher alumni are committed, engaged and successful. Volunteers can participate in a range of activities, from speaking with prospective students on the phone to representing Fletcher in a local recruiting event. Join us in recruiting the next talented Fletcher class by signing up at fletcher.tufts.edu/faavp.