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.