The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service welcomed Georgetown alumnus Michael Tyler (SFS ‘11) back to campus on October 3, 2018 for a discussion with SFS Professor Marilyn McMorrow about his experiences working for the Democratic National Committee. Within the DNC, Tyler has served as the Spokesperson and the National Press Secretary, and was recently promoted to Chief of Staff.
In a recent discussion on campus, Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry weighed in on the state of democracy in America, saying democracy is “in trouble” because of “an absence of leadership to hold people accountable.”
The SFS has updated its core curriculum as part of the centennial celebrations to include a mandatory class that links the world of international affairs with scientific study and investigation.
Edward Bennett Lawson (SFS’24, MSFS’25) was a World War I veteran who attended Georgetown as one of the first students of the SFS. He had a full career, traveling all over the world for various diplomatic posts, ultimately becoming a US Ambassador, first to Iceland, then to Israel, until his retirement.
On September 28, 2018, Georgetown University welcomed the Foreign Minister of Japan, Taro Kono (SFS’86), who gave a lecture as part of the Lloyd George Centennial Lectures on the Future of Globalization. Minister Kono touched on Japan’s relations throughout the world, as well as his experiences as a student at Georgetown.
University alumna Rose Gottemoeller, the highest ranking civilian woman in NATO’s history and a steadfast champion for gender equality, received the International Trailblazer Award from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS). Gottemoeller, NATO’s deputy secretary general, received a bachelor’s degree in languages and linguistics from Georgetown in 1975. She was honored in Brussels before an audience of NATO permanent representatives, European Union officials, Georgetown alumni, friends and media.
The Georgetown University Free Speech Project hosted an event in historic Gaston Hall on the difficulties faced by journalists in reporting on national security concerns, using leakers and whistleblowers as leaks. The panelists discuss the tension between public interest and freedom of information with worries about secrecy and security.
On September 11, 2018, three of the five 2018-2019 SFS Centennial Fellows made their Georgetown community debut with a discussion on foreign policy challenges and opportunities.
Georgetown University mourns the passing of The Honorable Andrew Steigman, who was a professor and associate dean in the Walsh School of Foreign Service for more than two decades.
This fall, the Walsh School of Foreign Service welcomes new members to our community: Professors Benjamin Buchanan, Clare Fieseler, Sharat Ganapati, Kevin Martin, Evan Medeiros, Paul Miller, Rebecca Patterson, Philipp Renczes, S.J., Jessica Roda, Elizabeth Saunders, Caitlin Talmadge, Christian Wagner, S.J., and Cynthia Wei.
Philip Verveer (SFS ’66) has made a name for himself in the world of international communications law and policy. The former Obama administration official has worked at all levels of government, but he got his start on the Hilltop.
SFS welcomes the 2018-2019 Centennial Fellows: General Wesley K. Clark (ret.), Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis (SFS’76) (ret.), Dr. Scott Guggenheim, Dr. Azar Nafisi, and Catherine Novelli to Georgetown.
Professor Katrin Sieg, director of the BMW Center for German and European Studies, discusses her goals and vision for the Center after taking over as director.
Professor Paul Miller, recently appointed Co-Chair of Global Politics and Security, talks about his vision for the program at Georgetown. He earned a Ph.D. in International Relations and a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University.
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.