WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Schechter said Clinton's religious convic- tions have always run deep: "The Methodist philosophy of social justice, your obligations to others less fortunate, that's very powerful for her." In her senior year, Clinton told Schechter she wanted to write her thesis about poverty. Together, they narrowed it down to some- thing manageable: comparing the effective- ness of top-down government programs with those run by grassroots groups. "She read everything that had been written about the two approaches, and she put it all together with original research," Schechter said. She visited Chicago to interview the pio- neering community activist Saul Alinsky—a name that would come back to haunt her at last summer's Republican convention. In his speech, Ben Carson tried to link Clinton with the devil by pointing to a book in which Alinsky cited Lucifer as the original radical. As fact checkers have pointed out, Carson not only quoted Alinsky out of context, but also mischaracterized Clinton as one of his acolytes. All four professors who reviewed Clinton's paper gave her an A. Schechter said it was of master's-level quality. Clinton also impressed Alinsky, who offered her a job. That presented her with a dilemma, which she discussed with Schechter. Her orig- inal intention had been to go to law school. In the end, she stuck with that plan, deciding that she'd be better equipped to fight poverty as a lawyer than as a community organizer. 67 w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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