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.
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An overview of the intertwining histories of the School of Foreign Service and China, over the School’s 100 year history.
Friday, February 15th, 2019 marked the launch of a new innovative global research partnership between the World Bank Group and the School of Foreign Service, led by the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS), Global Human Development (GHD), and Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) programs. SFS students will be invited to contribute to an upcoming flagship report—a publication by the World Bank Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations—on how digital technology is transforming agriculture around the world.
On Wednesday, February 6, the Walsh School of Foreign Service, in partnership with the Institute of Politics and Public Service at the McCourt School of Public Policy, hosted a half-day symposium on “The Future of Diplomacy.” The day began of two panels, the first on “The Essential Diplomat” and the second on “Values in U.S. Foreign Policy,” and ended with a keynote conversation with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
On February 2, 2019, we welcomed back Georgetown alumni for the SFS Centennial College. Alumni returned to the Hilltop for class, but without the exams!
The SFS hosted the founders of Anduril Industries, Palmer Luckey and Trae Stephens (SFS ‘06), for a discussion on technology and the future of national security with Toni Gidwani (SFS’04, SSP’08), Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Center for Security Studies.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security hosted First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon on February 4. Sturgeon reiterated her call for a second referendum on EU membership and spoke about the negative effects Brexit would have on Scotland. The First Minister also called for Scottish independence. “Scottish national interests are not being served by a Westminster system that often sees our interests as an afterthought.”
Shlomo Argov (SFS’52) was born in Jerusalem in 1929. His family had lived in the Holy Land for seven generations. At that time the city lay within the British Mandate for Palestine, though during Argov’s life, the State of Israel would burst into existence during the 1948 War of Independence.
The Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life at Georgetown, the largest student-run, pro-life conference in the nation, is marking its 20th anniversary this week, continuing a tradition for Catholic youth that has grown exponentially over the years. “The 20th anniversary of the conference is an exciting milestone, since it speaks to the enduring importance of bearing witness to the inherent dignity of every human person,” says Erica Lizza (SFS’19), an outreach director for this year’s conference and president of Catholic Women at Georgetown.
A Palestinian immigrant who became one of the most prominent Arab-Americans of the early 20th century, Howar touched the lives of countless people during his 103+ years.
On December 5, 2018, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) hosted a conversation on women’s rights in Iran, featuring world-renowned Iranian activists, academics, and policymakers.
In this faculty profile, Professor David Edelstein discusses his hometown, his favorite thing about the Security Studies Program, and his advice to SSP students as they start their careers.
Carlos Vives, a Grammy Award-winning Colombian singer and composer lit up the ICC Auditorium on Monday, September 24 — not just with his songs, but also with his ardent passion for social impact projects in Colombia. Vives was at Georgetown for a panel discussion — titled “Tras la Perla” (in search of the Pearl): Carlos Vives’ Social Impact Project — focusing on his not-for-profit initiative, Tras la Perla. Hosted by The Center for Latin American Studies and the Latin America Leadership Program, the event featured panelists from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Dr. Ricardo Ernst, Executive Director of the Latin America Leadership Program.
Each year, the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) awards 15 to 20 graduate students a travel grant, which they can use to fund an independent study or unpaid internship in their country of interest during the summer. The grants, which are funded by the School of Foreign Service Dean’s Office, have sponsored student trips to virtually every country in Latin America. Recent projects have focused on a variety of topics, including social welfare in Brazil, baseball and bilingualism in the Dominican Republic, and international trade in Ecuador.
The Walsh School of Foreign Service and Georgetown College will begin allowing SFS students to declare minors offered in other parts of the University in Fall 2019.
The BMW Center for German and European Studies hosted a conference on “Decolonizing the Museum,” which included a panel on institutions responding to their history with slavery featuring historians from Georgetown University, Howard University, the University of Virginia and George Mason University.
Zach Oschin (SFS’20) won $15,000 of the Leonsis Family Entrepreneurship Prize at the second annual “Bark Tank” pitch competition at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Oschin was awarded the prize for his work as the founder of Elenas, a digital direct sales platform where Latin American women earn income selling beauty products in a modern and risk-free way.