April 4, 2018 by Xander Causwell On April 11, 2018, the Georgetown Center for Social Justice (CSJ) hosted Congresswomen Stacey Plaskett (SFS’88) and Jenniffer Gonzalez Colon for a discussion about the state of recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands and…
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who served as President of Liberia from 2006-2018, discussed her experience with Liberian democracy and the future of democracies on the African continent.
Former Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño (SFS’82), visited Georgetown on March 15, 2018 to give a lecture on the future of Puerto Rico’s economy post-Hurricane Maria. Hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies, Fortuño characterized the aftermath of the hurricane as an “opportunity” for the island to re-think its economic policies and their contribution to development.
The Lancaster Award, which celebrates women in the university community whose leadership has helped shape Georgetown, was created in memory of Dr. Carol J. Lancaster, SFS Dean from 2010 to 2014. As the inaugural winner, Vice President Kilkenny said she had “mad respect for [Dr. Lancaster]” and was humbled to receive this award.
Victor Cha, founder of the Asian Studies program and MSFS Professor, sat down with the MSFS program to discuss his thoughts on his career, the biggest foreign policy challenges of our time, and advice for Hoyas.
On March 13th, 2018, the SFS was honored to host His Excellency Dr. Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia, for a conversation on Georgia’s struggle secure its place among Western nation-states. The event, hosted by the BMW Center for German and European Studies and the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies, also was in celebration of the centennial year of the Georgian republic’s founding in 1918.
SFS students Rushika Shekhar (GHD ’18), Yanchen Wang (GHD ’19), and Jake Glass (SFS ’20) were part of Georgetown’s hacking team that won the inaugural hackaton at The Vatican, VHacks, which took place in Rome earlier this month. The team designed and created a web app that aims to help refugees in European countries secure leases. The students described the support they received from Georgetown on this as “a phenomenal testament to the way that Georgetown is committed to empowering their students and trusting them to get it done”.
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Georgetown honored Senator Dick Durbin (SFS‘66, L‘69) with the Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award. Named for the 46th President of Georgetown University, the award is conferred upon alumni who have rendered outstanding and exemplary service to humanitarian causes and advancements for the benefit of mankind.
On February 26, 2018, Dr. Vitaly Naumkin, Russia’s leading expert on the Middle East addressed SFS students at event hosted by the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies. Dr. Naumkin shared valuable insights from his involvement with the United Nations and the Russian Foreign Ministry on the Syrian peace talks and discussed the objectives of Russia’s wider Middle East policy.
On February 27, 2018, the Master of Science in Foreign Service and the Georgetown Democracy and Governance Program hosted George W. Bush Institute Human Freedom Fellows Thomas O. Melia (former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy & Human Rights) and Peter Wehner (senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center) for a discussion on strengthening democracy at home and abroad.
SFS undergraduate first-year students entering in the fall of 2018 will have a new curriculum with fewer requirements and more flexibility, with a new science requirement for the first time in the School’s nearly 100-year history. The changes will allow…
On February 23, 2018, the Center for Social Justice hosted Jad Melki, Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at the Lebanese American University, who spoke to Georgetown students and faculty about how ISIS crafted their communication strategy to advance their cause.
The first female students arrived at the School of Foreign Service in 1943 and—although they would face a variety of unique obstacles, limitations, and quota systems that lasted nearly three decades—women have been at SFS ever since.
Dr. Michael Green, Professor of Asian Studies and Foreign Service, assumed the position of Director of the Asian Studies Program (ASP) in January 2018. He hopes to create new opportunities in research and scholarship for students, heighten the program’s level of intellectual rigor, and enhance the University’s commitment to engaging with the region.
Shoba Wadhia, Georgetown Law alumna and professor at Penn State Law, came to Georgetown on February 22, 2018, to unpack the three Muslim bans implemented by the Trump administration over the course of 2017.
Meroe Park (SFS’89) began her time as a Distinguished Executive-in-Residence this month. She returns to campus after 27 years at the CIA, including four as the agency’s chief operating officer. As Executive-in-Residence, she will provide students, faculty, and staff with insights from her career in public service.
Members of the European Parliament recognized the challenges facing the transatlantic relationship and provided useful insight into some of the specific areas of disagreement between the transatlantic partners.
On February 15, 2018, the Asian Studies Program and Center for Contemporary Arab Studies co-hosted a panel of experts to discuss the nature of authoritarian rule in Asia and the Middle East.
On February 7th, 2018, Dr. Alexander Thurston, Assistant Professor of Teaching in the African Studies Program, launched his new book Boko Haram: The History of an African Jihadist Movement at an event hosted by the Mortara Center for International Studies.
Defending democracy across the globe is essential for protecting the safety and security of the American people, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said in a speech at Georgetown, accepting the 2018 J. Raymond “Jit” Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy.
On February 8, 2018, the SFS hosted the inaugural Lloyd George lecture with the generous support of the Lloyd George family. “The Meaning of 1919 As We Approach 2019” is the first in a series of lectures in honor of the SFS Centennial to address international affairs in the context of the SFS and its founding.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security welcomed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Gaston Hall where she presented the 2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton awards. She also spoke on the important role of women in creating a more peaceful and secure world.
Dr. Irfan Nooruddin, SFS Professor and election specialist, analyzed the results of the 2017 Honduran Presidential Election at the request of the Organization for American States. He gave a presentation of his report with the Center for Latin American Studies.
The former Secretary of State will speak in Gaston Hall on Monday February 5 and present the 2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton awards, bestowed annually by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security for those advancing women’s role in creating a more peaceful and secure world.
Col. Victor Agather, an expert on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber airplane was an Air Force Veteran of World War II, and the Korea and Vietnam wars. Later in life, Agather moved to Mexico, where he became a successful industrialist and philanthropist, rescuing Hospital ABC when it faced bankruptcy.
The Asian Studies Program (ASP) in the Walsh School of Foreign Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael J. Green as the new Director of Asian Studies. Green assumes the position of Director as of the Spring 2018 semester.
The STIA program hosted their annual Maloy Distinguished Lecture On Global Health. This year’s guest speaker was Dr. Akin Abayomi, Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa and Principal Investigator for Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET).
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) discussed the threat of war with North Korea and the need for a U.S. response during a keynote address at Georgetown.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security launched a groundbreaking research study about women’s participation in conflict resolution in Riggs Library on January 17, 2018.
John Tutino, Professor of History and Foreign Service, launched his new book, The Mexican Heartland How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, in a talk with Professor John McNeill at the Mortara Center for International Studies.