Profiles in Courage
Six disruptors making history from the ground up. Portraits by Miles Ladin ’90.
Making history from the ground up is a key message CC Magazine often explores, including in the Winter 2018 issue, which featured a photo essay documenting alumni who are creative disruptors, “those who dream things that never were and say why not?”
Continuing our series of disruptor portraits, we have documented alumni who through legal or political means have changed, and are changing, the way we see the world. Those selected have presided over war crime tribunals at The Hague, been appointed to serve on presidential commissions and led rallies of over 300,000 protesters at women’s marches, while one alum is just starting her career in Connecticut politics. By no means an exhaustive list, we hope to photograph more of our disruptors in forthcoming issues.
These portraits were printed in black and white with the exception of Patricia McGowan Wald ’48, who appears above (and on the cover of the print edition). Wald is the first woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (by President Jimmy Carter in 1979) and the first to serve as chief judge on that court. Wald later served on the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague, which rendered, among other rulings, judgment that the crime of genocide was committed in Srebrenica, and that General Radislav Krstic was guilty of genocide. In 2004, President George W. Bush appointed Wald to the President’s Commission on Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, which investigated U.S. intelligence surrounding the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Wald with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the nation’s highest civilian honor.