Georgian president’s talk in Gaston showcases reforms

In a talk Thursday morning in Gaston Hall, Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili spoke about his nation’s recent and radical successes in its battle against corruption. Opting to speak without notes rather than to deliver the speech he had prepared, Saakashvili fondly recalled the time he spent at Columbia University, lauding the United States for what […]

TIME Editor Rick Stengel discusses the present state of journalism and campaigning

Just in time for a month of heated GUSA campaigning and the sometimes subjective media coverage that accompanies it, TIME Magazine Managing Editor Rick Stengel spoke to Georgetown’s chief political organizations on Thursday night. Brought by the Georgetown Lecture Fund, and co-hosted by College Democrats and College Republicans, Stengel dealt with the heated topics of […]

Turkish envoy addresses his nation’s place in “new regional order”

Speaking to roughly one hundred Georgetown staff, students and guests yesterday in Copley Formal Lounge, Turkey’s Ambassador to the United States Namik Tan proudly defended his country’s commitment to Western values of democracy, transparency, the rule of law, respect for human rights and free markets. Hosted by the Institute of Turkish Studies, he also reminded his […]

Hans Rosling, the man behind Gapminder, visits GU

Hans Rosling, an international health scholar and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, spoke to a crowd of more than 200 on Monday night in Copley Formal Lounge. Provost James O’Donnell invited Rosling to speak on campus seeing the Karolinska Institute professor speak in Sweden this summer. O’Donnell was not surprised to see the size of […]

Turkish Foreign Minister visits GU, talks diplomacy and nuclear weapons

On Monday night in Gaston Hall, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu discussed Turkey’s diplomatic objectives and their relevance for the United States. Sponsored by the Lecture Fund, the International Relations Club, the McDonough School of Business, the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and Eastern European Studies, and the Institute for Turkish Studies, Davutoğlu’s address […]

Former IMG Sports CEO visits GU, shares business advice

Former CEO of IMG Sports and Entertainment Peter Johnson spoke to 150 people in Copley Formal Lounge on Monday about his experiences working in the sports industry. Johnson, who was invited to campus by Georgetown’s Sports Industry Management program, was named the “Most Influential Agent” in 2004 by Sports Business Journal. He attributed his success […]

World Bank president speaks in Gaston, lauds democratized economics

Yesterday, World Bank President Robert Zoellick spoke in Gaston Hall about how development economics must adapt to meet the challenges of the modern world. Citing a desire to democratize the field, Zoellick, who has run the Bank since 2007, advocated a policy he calls “Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions,” which encourages transparency, receptivity, and, […]

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks in Gaston Hall

On Monday morning, Georgetown welcomed another member of Barack Obama’s cabinet to Gaston Hall—Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Secretary Duncan’s visit, sponsored by the School of Continuing Studies and Parenting Magazine, focused on engaging parents in their children’s education. After opening with a pithy compliment directed toward the University (“I feel smarter every time I […]

Hillary Clinton outlines Obama’s human rights agenda at Georgetown

They were reading textbooks intently in the stairwell of Gaston Hall before the event, and proofreading their essays as they waited to be let out of the Hall afterwards, but despite being in the heat of finals season, Georgetown students had packed Gaston Hall by 11:15 a.m. to hear Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speak […]

Tony Blair speaks at Gaston Hall

On Wednesday, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared in Gaston Hall as part of the Common Word Between US and You: A Global Agenda for Change Conference.  The gathering at Georgetown, intended to encourage dialogue and promote peace between Muslims and Christians, comes after similar events at Yale Theological Seminary and Cambridge University in […]

Georgetown launches Global Zero chapter

Yesterday marked the launch of the Georgetown chapter of the anti-nuclear weapons campaign Global Zero.  The Georgetown Global Zero kick-off was marked by a speech from former Special Representative of the US President for Arms Control, Non-proliferation, and Nuclear Disarmament Ambassador Thomas Graham Jr., who spoke about nuclear proliferation and President Obama’s chairing of the […]