Archive | October, 2009

Why You Should Come to Symposium Tommorrow Night

29 Oct

As you know, each semester the Honors Program offers up Symposium.  It covers topics such as the looming energy crisis, political satire, race, sex & the presidency, and more.  This year’s is pretty exciting too.  Here’s some good reason’s why you should go:

  1. It’s a free movie, about something actually really interesting.
  2. There’s a live musical performance.
  3. You just might find inspiration for your halloween costume.

Tomorrow’s Symposium event,  “Music and Politics of Senegal” will feature a screening of the documentary Democracy in Dakar – a film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar, Senegal during that country’s 2007 Presidential Election, to be followed by a Q&A session with members of the film crew.

The evening will conclude with a live musical performance and interactive session with some of the film’s featured musicians. While this event is mandatory for students registered for Symposium, it is open and free for all. We hope to see you there in what promises to be an educational and memorable event!

Here’s a trailer:

Check out more on the Facebook Event Page.

President Obama’s Campaign Promises

29 Oct

I’m guessing this event is going to be packed — so get their early.


GW Amnesty International Presents:

President Obama’s Human Rights Progress Report

Moderated by Professor Sean Aday
November 4, 2009 – 7 PM – Marvin Center Amphitheatre
President Obama’s recent receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize has raised a number of questions regarding his progress on the promises he made in the run up to the elections. We considered these promises last year when the GW College Democrats and the Georgetown Students for McCain-Palin defended the stance of their candidates in a human rights focused student debate moderated by Frank Sesno.
Now, exactly one year later, we ask: has President Obama followed through on his campaign promises?
The George Washington University’s Chapter of Amnesty invites you to attend a panel discussion to evaluate the Obama administration’s progress on four pertinent human rights issues: the “war on terror,” women’s rights, immigrant detention, and LGBT rights. By highlighting where there is a gap between rhetoric and action in a four-person panel moderated by professor Sean Aday, Amnesty at GWU hopes to motivate students to pressure the Obama administration to live up to its promises.

Science and Policy of Climate Change

28 Oct
Here’s some info on what looks to be a pretty cool event — for all of you who read Hot, Flat, and Crowded, you especially will enjoy this.  Go check it out!

WHAT: Science and Policy of Climate Change

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 5:30-8:00 PM; program begins at 6:15 PM.

WHERE: The Front Page Restaurant, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA,
Located near Ballston Metro on the ground floor of the NSF building. Parking is available under the NSF building or at Ballston Common Mall.

WHO: Mario J. Molina, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1995

HOW: Special 1/2 price burgers start at 5:30 PM. Please come early to order table service and socialize. Short presentation begins at 6:15 PM. followed by Q&A
No science background required—only an interest!  Café Scientifique is free and open to the public. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Click here to register online.

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Are humans really causing irreversible damage to the planet’s environment? How do we know the damage is due to human activity and not some other source? What is the scope of the damage and what are the repercussions for future generations? Dr. Molina will address how scientists measure the effect of human activities on the depletion of the ozone layer. He will also address how public policy might be used to prevent and repair future environmental damage to our planet.

SUPPORT THIS CAFÉ: The Ballston Science and Technology Alliance, a nonprofit organization, is the sponsor of Café Scientifique Arlington. Since April 2006, the goal of Café Scientifique has been to make science more accessible and accountable by featuring speakers whose expertise spans the sciences and who can talk in plain English. Café is held each month on first Tuesdays at the Front Page in Arlington. Please go to and contribute. Help keep Café open and free to all!

COMING NEXT MONTH: December, 1, The Dawn of the Era of Personalized Medicine for Cancer Patients: Nanotechnology and Proteomics
Lance A. Liotta, MD, PhD and Emanuel F. Petricoin, PhD, Co-Directors, Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine

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Law School Law School LAW SCHOOL

28 Oct

Representatives of various law schools will be coming to GW over the next few months, to conduct info sessions and panel discussions.  There will be several this week (tonight!).  These are information sessions only, not interviews.  Casual attire is appropriate.  Feel free to come whenever you can and leave when you must.  They understand that most of you are students with classes to attend. Below is information for Wed, Oct 28:
Oct 28 5:30 – 6:30 pm  Phillips 210
Panel Discussion: “How to make your application as strong as possible”
Therese Lambert, Director of Recruiting, Univ of Miami School of Law
Jose Roma, Asst. Director of Admissions, Boston College Law School
Oct 28 6:00 pm  Phillips 306
Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity is hosting a discussion with Lt. Col. Gregory Maggs and Capt. Allison Gregoire,  who will speak about their experiences in international and criminal law with the US Army JAG Corps.  Prof Maggs is also Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at GW Law School.
Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like more information on this event, please email

20 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall

27 Oct
GW will host a week of events including a candlelight procession and reception, film screenings, and panel discussions to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Eastern Bloc.
For more information on the events listed below, and to register, please visit:
Mon., Nov. 2, 2009
* Candlelight procession and vigil, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Die Vereinigte Kirche (1920 G St., NW)
* Exhibits opening and reception, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Gelman Library (2130 H St., NW, 7th floor)
A candlelight procession will evoke the spirit of the peaceful protests in Leipzig, East Germany, that led up to the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The procession leads to Gelman Library for the opening of two exhibits directly related to the revolutions of 1989.
Tues., Nov. 3, 2009
* Film showing, “Kolya”, 6 p.m., Gelman Library (2130 H St., NW, room 207)
The first of three films that depict the struggles of living in the Eastern Bloc
Wed., Nov. 4, 2009
Symposium, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Gelman Library (2130 H St., NW, room 207)
* Panel 1 (9 – 10 a.m.):  20 Years After:  Views from Eastern Europe
* Panel 2 (10:15 – 11:15 a.m.):  The US and USSR:  New Perspectives
* Panel 3 (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.):  The Berlin Wall:  From its construction to its collapse
The discussions will include ambassadors from the Czech Republic and the Republic of Hungary, the National Security Archive, Georgetown University, and the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Thu., Nov. 5, 2009
* Film showing, “The Interrogation”, 6 p.m., Gelman Library (2130 H St., NW, room 207)
Mon., Nov. 9, 2009
* “Tear down this wall” cake party, 6 p.m., Kogan Plaza (H St., NW, between 21st and 22nd Sts., NW)
* Images and sound:  multimedia installation, 6 – 10 p.m., Kogan Plaza (H St., NW, between 21st and 22nd Sts., NW)
* Film showing, “When the Wall Came Tumbling Down:  50 Hours that Changed the World”, 6 p.m., Gelman Library (2130 H St., NW, room 207)
If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Zeljak, Director, Global Resources, Gelman Library at or Mary Beth Stein, Romance, German and Slavic Langauges and Literatures, at