Alumni Reunion Weekend panel on “The 2016 Presidential Campaign: Train Wreck or an Energized Democracy?” featuring (seated from left to right): Grant Woods ’76, former chief of staff to John McCain and Arizona attorney general; Chris Hamel ’76, managing director and head of the municipal finance group at RBC Capital Markets; Robert Robb ’76, editorial columnist for the Arizona Republic and former chairman of the U.S. Senate campaign of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl and Fred DuVal ’76, former Clinton White House staff, Democratic nominee for Arizona governor in 2014, Oxy’s 2016 Alumnus of the Year.
The class of 1976 entered Occidental during Nixon’s re-election campaign and in the four years to come was energized by both Vietnam and Watergate as political topics. As a result, the class produced an unusually large number of politically engaged graduates. Four members of the class of ’76 arrived from Arizona and were drawn together by politics and the student newspaper for which they all wrote. They developed significantly different political ideologies and intensified their friendship in the decades since, even as they have often been political opponents. They discussed the importance and meaning of the 2016 presidential campaign and made predictions about its outcome and the future of the country.
June 11, 2016 in Choi Auditorium.
(Photo by Marc Campos, Occidental College Photographer)
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