Benan Grams, originally from Damascus, graduated from the MAAS program in 2014 and is a now a PhD candidate in Georgetown’s Department of History. She reflected on “the new normal” in Damascus, after five years of conflict.
Chanan Weissman (MSFS’11) laid out the career path that lead him to his White House associate director of public engagement and liaison to the American Jewish community position in a Hillel International feature.
Tessa Pope (SSP’17) detailed her relationship with religion during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and the larger issue of spiritual struggles for combat veterans in an op-ed for Foreign Policy
Debora L. Spar (SFS’84) recently announced she would be leaving her position as President of Barnard College to serve as President and CEO of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. She will be the first woman to hold the title of president at the Center.
Leon Dostert, one of Georgetown’s most influential alumni, not only left his legacy on the University with the creation of the Institute of Languages and Linguistics, but also left his mark on the world in the field of translation and interpretation. He is best known for his role as Chief Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials, and for introducing an interpreting system for simultaneous translation for the United Nations, which the U.N. has utilized ever since.
Barnard College President Debora L. Spar (SFS’84) has been selected to become Lincoln Center’s 10th president in March. Spar will be the first woman to lead Lincoln Center, the nation’s largest performing arts center.
In an op ed for Womanthology.com, Dr. Yeo stated that waiting 121 years for gender parity in the field of surgery is too long. She is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Yeo is board-certified in general surgery, colon and rectal surgery and complex general surgical oncology.
Inspired by her roots and sparked by her experiences at SFS, Jescinta Izevbigie (SFS’14) has set herself on a path of research and service in Africa. Her focus on gender issues in post-conflict African countries has taken her around the African continent, from Liberia and Nigeria to Rwanda and South Africa.
Willard Leon Beaulac (SFS’21) was the first person ever to receive a diploma from the School of Foreign Service. He then went on to serve a distinguished career as the Ambassador to Paraguay, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, and Argentina.
The School of Foreign Service and the Global Human Development Program hosted “What’s It Take to Be a Hoya Entrepreneur?,” featuring a panel of Georgetown alumni reflecting on their experience with startup companies.
On Thursday, October 6, the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program (MSFS) hosted an event showcasing Dante Paradiso’s new book The Embassy: A Story of War and Diplomacy, which chronicles how the United States helped bring an end to the Liberian Civil War in 2003. The event featured the book’s author Dante Paradiso, an active Foreign Service Officer who served in Liberia during the time the book covers, and Ambassador John Blaney (MSFS’76) who figures centrally in the story.
The co-founders of Misfit Juicery, a start-up that turns deformed, bruised or ugly fruits and vegetables into juice—in an effort to combat food-waste—were one of five groups selected from more than 400 applicants.
Sarah Heck (MSFS’10), currently working for the White House as the Director for Global Engagement at the National Security Council, recently shared her reflections about the impact her MSFS degree had on her career path.
President Obama nominated Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who has been de facto head of U.S. mission in Havana since 2015, to serve as Ambassador to Cuba. “There is no public servant better suited to improve our ability to engage the Cuban people and advance U.S. interests in Cuba than Jeff,” Obama said.
When he graduated from the School of Foreign Service in 1994, Georgetown Institute for Politics and Public Service Director Mo Elleithee’s professional sights were set on the State Department and international relations. The winding career in domestic politics that has now brought him back to Georgetown to serve as the Executive Director of GU Politics was not part of the plan.
Sebastian Nicholls (SFS’16) writes about the importance of youth involvement in ocean conservation for this op-ed in the Huffington Post. Later this week, Georgetown University will host Secretary of State John Kerry’s Our Ocean conference, a student leadership summit focused on ocean preservation issues.
During the 2016 Republican National Convention, SFS alumna Kayleigh McEnany (SFS’10) could be found in primetime spot in a skybox at Quicken Loans Arena providing commentary on CNN. Her path to political news has taken her from Georgetown to organizations throughout Washington, and now placed her in the middle of a contentious election cycle.
The SFS community was represented at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, including a Georgetown student delegation sponsored at each convention by the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service. Alumni of SFS were at the conventions in multiple capacities from commenting for the media to speaking on-stage.
Reilly Dowd (SFS’14) discusses her upcoming documentary film “The Language of Laugher,” which follows a young refugee mother and her children at Zaatari Refugee Camp. “In a lot of ways, what I’m doing today is exactly what I was studying at SFS—but now, it’s just playing out in the real world.”
Fulbright Scholar and Alumna Nina Jankowicz (MAERES’13) discusses her upcoming work within the Ukrainian government as a special adviser on strategic communications.
Alumnus Parag Khanna (SFS’99, SSP’05) considers that today’s world is more accurately represented not by 200 discrete nations, but by connections between “megacities” which have surpassed in importance the countries to which they belong.
A referendum (popularly referred to as “Brexit”) was held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. The SFS community, including faculty and alumni, weighed in on the political and economic implications of the historic result, which called for the UK to leave the EU.
Ilja Alexander Tüchter (SFS’93, MSFS’94) is a foreign editor at DIE RHEINPFALZ, one of the larger daily newspapers in Germany. He shared his thoughts about Brexit.
Seasoned television producer and entrepreneur Andrew Jameson (SFS’90) describes his company Forward with The New York Times. As co-owner, Jameson works to produce professional video interviews paid for by the subject.
Alumna Kayleigh McEnany discusses the importance of preserving the balance of the U.S. Constitution in the context of the Supreme Court’s decision on immigration and deportation for CNN
Mina Pollman (SFS’15) outlines the worries of countries planning for a potentially diminished U.S. presence in East Asia in light of U.S. presidential candidates’ rhetoric, for Emirates-Business.
Irish (SFS’54) was the author of several successful self-help employment guides, including “Go Hire Yourself an Employer.”
David Weinstein (SSP’12) was named to the newly created technology officer position in Gov. Chris Christie’s cabinet, leading the state’s ramped-up cybersecurity efforts.
Dillon Behr (SSP’12) recounted his life-threatening experiences as a Green Beret in Afghanistan with National Geographic Channel’s “No Man Left Behind” series, which will feature his story in an episode premiering June 28.
Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service is sorry to announce the death of former SFS dean Jesse Mann on April 10, 2016. Although his term was a brief two years—from 1968-1970—his actions to strengthen the School just as it was turning 50 years old have left a lasting impact on SFS that ensured that it could survive another 50 years.