SFS Dean Joel Hellman welcomed home to Georgetown many Walsh School of Foreign Service graduates during the 2018 Reunion Weekend. SFS hosted a reception and alumni gathered from as far away as Armenia, China, and Zimbabwe.
The Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Evan S. Medeiros, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the White House’s National Security Council (NSC), as the inaugural Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies.
The Fund for the Future of our Children and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, with SFS’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics (The Lab), presented “Children’s Voices for the Children of Yemen: A Concert for Awareness and Hope” at the Davis Performing Arts Center’s Gonda Theater.
Through the Spring 2018 course “Politics and Sports,” Professor Betsi Stephen paved the way for educational innovation at Georgetown. The online class brought together students from the main campus and SFS-Qatar to explore complex questions at the intersection of sports and politics.
Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia) and former MIT president Susan Hockfield (G’79) are among those scheduled to speak at the university’s 2018 Commencement May 17-20. The Walsh School of Foreign Service graduate and undergraduate ceremony will be held at 5 pm EST on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
Students from the “Politics and Performance: Confronting the Past, Shaping the Future” course, taught by Co-Directors of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Professor Derek Goldman and Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, spent spring break in Cambodia learning about the role the arts play in rebuilding post-conflict societies.
“I was in Madeleine Albright’s class,” is the single most common response given when School of Foreign Service (SFS) Dean Joel Hellman asks graduates around the world what they remember most about SFS. Albright, the former U.S. Secretary of State, has been sharing her expertise with students since she first joined the Georgetown faculty in 1982.
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, visited Georgetown for a discussion on temporary human rights issues occurring globally with Anne Richard (SFS’82), former Assistant Secretary of State for Populations, Refugees and Migration. The event was hosted by the International Relations Club, the Lecture Fund, and the Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA).
On Tuesday, April 25, 2018, SFS and the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service hosted an advance screening and panel discussion about the HBO documentary The Final Year, a unique insiders’ account of President Obama’s foreign policy team during their last year in office.
Rebecca Kuang (SFS’18), 2018 Marshall Scholar, recently published The Poppy War, her debut novel. She has a three book deal with HarperCollins Publishing. The trilogy is secondary world fantasy, drawing on themes from Asian history and mythology.
SFS welcomed back several of its distinguished graduates, alumae who were among the first women on the Hilltop. They shared their experiences as students at SFS, the obstacles they faced, and what they went on to do in their careers.
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 Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
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.