April 15, 2019 by Sophia Mauro Activist, songwriter, and artist Somi took part in a residency at SFS from April 10-12, 2019. SFS students had the chance to listen to and learn from her during small group discussions, a public…
Georgetown has over 70 cultural clubs that “focus on promoting and celebrating the culture of specific places and groups around the world.” Clubs also host events on campus, which most recently included the South Asian Society hosting Hassan Minhaj just a few weeks ago. The South Asian Society also hosts Rangila, “the largest charity dance showcase in the country, which raises approximately $30,000.” There are also larger events, like Global Expo last week, and the Georgetown Africa Business Conference.
The Salim El-Lozi Lecture is a panel discussion that covers the freedom of the press. This year, the Georgetown Journalism Program hosted the fifth annual Lecture, and it was moderated by the Journalism Program Director and Los Angeles Times columnist Doyle McManus. The panelists were: Jim Acosta from CNN, Lulu Garcia-Navarro from NPR, and Margaret Sullivan from the Washington Post. This year’s lecture was “Journalism & the War on Truth,” and included a discussion of “the responsibilities of journalists in the modern media age.”
Diego Cortes Asencio (SFS’52) had a long and illustrious State Department career. While serving as the United States Ambassador to Colombia, he was taken hostage for 61 days by revolutionary Guerrilla fighters.
Dr. Angela Stent, Director of the School of Foreign Service’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES) program, discussed her newly released book, “Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest” with CERES Senior Fellow Dr. Andrew Kuchins, on Wednesday March 20, 2019.
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the Walsh School of Foreign Service hosted a discussion on the future of the global economy, as part of the Lloyd George Centennial Lectures on the Future of the Global Order. The keynote was delivered by Adam Tooze, Professor of History at Columbia University, Director of the European Institute, and author of Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World.
“The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory hosted students from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service for a two-day academic exchange with a classroom lecture and tour of the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research facilities (LASR), Feb. 26-27.” Students from the STIA program got to learn about the role of science and technology in national security, specifically in fields like blockchain, autonomous systems, and AI.
A number of current and former diplomats (including 12 Georgetown alumnae) discussed “women’s roles in shaping communities around the globe” in regards to International Women’s Day. “I was fortunate enough to have a couple of ambassadors and former ambassadors as professors, [and that] opened a whole new universe to me of opportunity. So, my time the School of Foreign Service was really formative, and I am glad I can lean on it in some respects as ambassador,” said Ambassador Alaina Teplitz (SFS’91).
After the screening of his film, “Port of Destiny,” former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) discussed peacebuilding. He studied peace processes from a number of countries: Israel, Northern Ireland, and South America, and then building up trust with Colombians. The most crucial and sensitive relationship was rebuilding trust with FARC, the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia); Santos said to them, “I will negotiate as if there is no terrorism, and I will continue to fight and combat terrorism as if there is no negotiation,” which ultimately helped them agree to listen to him.