Message to the Bowdoin Community—Angus King and Eric Holder (September 18, 2020)

To the Bowdoin community,

I am very pleased to announce two events designed to engage members of the Bowdoin community in dialogue about government, public service, and current events: a conversation with Maine US Senator Angus King and, a week later, a discussion with Eric Holder, US attorney general in the Obama Administration.
The conversation with Senator King will take place next Thursday, September 24, at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by Senior Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Scanlon and presented on Zoom (see below), the event will be open to the Bowdoin community and to the public. You may submit questions for Senator King in advance or live during the event using Zoom’s Q&A feature.

When: Thursday, September 24, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: A Conversation with Senator Angus King
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 082055
Overflow audiences can watch the conversation here on the Bowdoin website.
The discussion with former US Attorney General Eric Holder will take place a week later on Thursday, October 1. Hosted by Assistant Professor of Government Maron Sorenson, the program will also begin at 5:30 p.m. (EDT) but is open to the Bowdoin community only. We will circulate registration and login information next week.

Both of these guests have had distinguished careers in public service.

Senator Angus King and his wife, Mary Herman, are our neighbors here in Brunswick and are close friends of the College. Senator King was sworn in as Maine’s first independent US senator in January 2013, and he serves currently on the Armed Services Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and the Committee on Rules and Administration. A two-term independent governor of Maine, he cofounded the Former Governors Caucus, which brings together the Senate’s former governors to chart pragmatic approaches to solutions, as well as the Senate Arctic Caucus, which focuses on Maine and America’s growing interest in the Arctic. A leading voice on the importance of improving America’s cybersecurity, Senator King was selected by Congressional leadership to co-chair the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a bipartisan effort established by Congress to review the threats facing America in cyberspace and to develop a forward-looking plan on how to defend ourselves against cyber threats. Senator King is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia Law School who began his career as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Skowhegan. Between his service as governor and US senator, he served as a distinguished lecturer in Bowdoin’s government department and was often seen in Thorne Dining Hall meeting with students and conveying his views and valuable experience on the topic of leadership. He has been a frequent speaker at Bowdoin events and, in 2007, the College awarded him an honorary degree for his exemplary service to our state and its people.

President Barack Obama nominated Eric Holder to be attorney general, and the United States Senate confirmed his nomination on February 2, 2009. Holder began his service as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States the following day. He was the first African American to serve in that position. He remained in office until April 27, 2015, becoming the third-longest-serving attorney general in the nation’s history. A graduate of Columbia College, Holder earned his law degree at Columbia Law School. As attorney general, he oversaw the government’s efforts to address many critically important issues arising at the intersection of law and public policy, including national security investigations and prosecutions; landmark antitrust, environmental, fraud, and tax cases; the defense of voting rights and marriage equality; and reform of the federal criminal justice system. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan appointed Holder to serve as an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where he presided over hundreds of criminal and civil trials during his five years on the bench. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Holder to serve as the United States attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Holder to serve as deputy attorney general of the United States, a position that he held until the end of the Clinton Administration. He was the first African American to serve as deputy attorney general and United States attorney for the District of Columbia. At the request of President George W. Bush, Holder served as acting attorney general in 2001 pending the confirmation of Attorney General John Ashcroft. In 2014, TIME magazine named Holder to its list of the “100 Most Influential People,” stating that he “worked tirelessly to ensure equal justice.”

I hope you will save these dates and make time to join both discussions with these distinguished leaders.

Best regards,

Clayton