Archive | January, 2010

An Upcoming Lecture

27 Jan

Hi, all. My English Department colleague Robert McRuer sends word of a special lecture that may be of interest to some UHP students. Here are the details:

The Department of English, the Program in Women’s Studies, and the University Writing Program are pleased to announce a special lecture:

Entangling the Discourse of Choice:
“Assisted Dying” and Representations of Severe Disability

Kateřina Kolářová
Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, Charles University in Prague

Friday, February 5, 3-4:30 PM
Rome Hall 760
George Washington University

Professor Kolářová critiques the discourse of individual choice that shapes the debate on assisted dying. The discourse of choice calls upon specific heteronormative as well as ableist notions to re-configure notions of sociality, relationality, responsibility, and care. Case studies include German legislation regarding the “patient’s will,” British media coverage of the “voluntary death” of a young rugby player, and the Spanish film The Sea Inside.

I hope to see some of you there, and I would welcome thoughts on the lecture to be posted afterward on the blog! Maria Frawley

Free Chinese Food @ NatGeo’s Year of the Tiger Festival

26 Jan

A lot of you UHP students have seen the amazing Terra Cotta Warrior exhibit at the National Geographic museum.  Now NatGeo is hosting a pretty cool looking free festival that includes

  • FREE P.F. Chiang’s food
  • Film Screenings
  • Table Tennis
  • Martial Arts
  • And more…

Also, if you haven’t seen the Terra Cotta exhibit yet, this festival may be your ticket to winning free tickets.

Read all about it here.

And if you go, let us know!

A Night with Thomas Friedman

25 Jan

–This post is written by UHP Freshman Dena Sholk

When I went to dinner last Thursday for the winners of the Freshman Writing Contest on Thomas Friedman’s book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded, I expected to have an engaging and exciting evening. What I did not anticipate, was that I would be seated at a table next to President Steve Knapp, and two seats from Thomas Friedman, along with three other freshman and a professor.  Dean Siegel, Frank Sesno, and a host of other GW people were there as well.

The evening started with remarks from Dean Siegel and President Knapp. We dined for the next twenty minutes or so.  We discussed recent places we visited (Thomas Friedman was just in Hong Kong and Taiwan), books we enjoy reading (President Knapp was formerly a Professor of English), and our academic interests. Thomas Friedman’s a cool guy. He was genuinely interested in everything we had to say. He really listened. President Knapp told me about GW’s involvement in the relief effort in Haiti. Haiti’s first lady is a GW alumnus, and President Knapp said he had been in constant correspondence with her.

Six students then read their essays to Mr. Friedman, who was sitting three feet away from the podium.  While some of the essays were praiseworthy of Hot, Flat, and Crowded, others criticized the book as too idealistic and as lacking sufficient detail for how America will undergo a green revolution. One girl from China argued in favor of China’s development, contesting that China needs to industrialize just like the west. It is not fair for the United States and the West to limit China’s development when those countries are already developed. I found her essay very interesting. Throughout the readings, Thomas Friedman was cool, calm, and collective, and even laughed at some of the jokes. He stood up at the end of the essays, and thanked the students for their work. As an author, he said, it is great to be able to hear feedback.

After dinner, we went to Lisner Auditorium where Thomas Friedman gave his speech to the GW community. Lisner was packed! Friedman’s speech was largely based off of the book, as he cited excerpts from the book many times, and argued that America needs a green revolution. Hot, Flat, and Crowded was released a week before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in Fall 2008. Since its release, Friedman has reflected on the book and recently released an updated version with an additional chapter.  He argues that Americans have been living a lifestyle based on instantaneous gratification, rather than long-term, sustainable growth.  As a result, we pursued short-sighted policies, and developed a culture that polluted, bought homes we could not afford, and achieved obscene levels of consumption. That “American” lifestyle is now the envy of the world.  The planet, however, may not be able to handle more Americans.

Friedman’s main message is that America needs to tap into its unlimited resources: innovation and entrepreneurship.  Increased investment in research and development projects is needed to create clean, cheap, abundant electrons. Whoever is the first to create those clean, cheap, abundant electrons will be the global leader. That leader must be America.

NewsFlash!: Research, Habitat for Humanity, Community Organizers Bootcamp

25 Jan

NewsFlash! The George Washington University Honors Program
Issue 17: January 21, 2009


Changes to the Program

Our Director sent out a message earlier this week about credit changes, curriculum requirement changes, 700 series, and University Professors.  If you missed it, you can see it at our blog.

New Website Live!

We’ve revamped our website for a new look and updated information.  Take a few minutes to check it out!  You’re sure to find something useful, and you might even spot someone you know. Click here now!


Students may add and drop courses online until 8 pm, Jan 23. Students who wish to make registration changes after the second week of classes must complete and submit an RTF-EZ to Colonial Central. Courses added must have the permission of the instructor or the department.

Contract Courses

For students planning to take an Honors contract course (conversion, internship, undergraduate research, research assistantship or senior thesis), the deadline for submission of the Contract Form, proposal and Registration Transaction Form is Thurs, Feb 4. Please come to the office to pick up these forms – you can’t register for these classes without them – and to make an appointment with an advisor if you have any questions.

Attention Seniors!

In order to complete the requirements of the Honors Program, you must fulfill the honors senior thesis/seminar requirement. Please come to the Honors Office to pick up an information packet, ask questions, and if you’re still stumped, make an appointment to discuss your options with an advisor.  If you know what you plan to do to fulfill the requirement, fill out a graduation form.  If you are pursuing special honors to fulfill this requirement, please make sure to pick up the “Special Honors Verification Form” to be signed by your major advisor.  Students planning to graduate in May should hand in their forms by the beginning of March.  Any questions about theses, special honors, honors courses, etc. are welcomed by the honors advisors, who fully support your graduation on-time!


You’ve finished your first semester at GW and in the Honors Program – how did it go?  Feel free to make an appointment with either Catherine or Jordana to discuss majors, study abroad, spring classes, etc.

Sophomores and Juniors!

Looking forward to study abroad, thinking about special honors, graduation, etc?  Catherine and Jordana are here to help, so make an appointment to answer all your forward-looking questions!


Get Your Research in Barnes & Noble?

Columbia University’s Journal of Politics & Society, published by the Helvidius Group, invites you to submit your class papers and theses for consideration for our 2010 edition. The Editorial Board is seeking submissions from UNDERGRADUATES (class of 2009 or later) in colleges and universities across the nation.

The deadline for the Spring 2010 Journal is January 23, 2010.

In addition, the Journal of Politics & Society will award the Peter and Katherine Tomassi Prize of $250 to the author of the best article, as judged by the Editorial Board in conjunction with faculty at Columbia University.

The Journal of Politics & Society is seeking original, creative, and rigorous articles including, but not limited to:

– Research on current economic, political, and sociological phenomena

– Normative scholarship analyzing important theories on political philosophies

Students from ALL SOCIAL SCIENCE DISCIPLINES are encouraged to submit their work.

There is no absolute length requirement, but published articles are typically originally 20 – 50 pages in length (double-spaced). Papers selected for publication undergo an intensive peer review and editing process, and work previously written for classroom or individual use is welcomed.

Please send all general inquiries and manuscripts to:

For submissions, please use Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf) format and include “[2010 Submission]” in the subject field of your email. Please also include an abstract with your submission for easy sorting.

For further details, please visit us at:

Would you like to experience travel in cultural Tibet this summer?
Consider this short-term abroad program:

Ethnicity, Identity and Social Change on China’s Cultural Frontiers

May 23rd – June 11th, 2010

This one credit field research program focuses on the status of minority peoples in Mainland China during the country’s ongoing social, economic, and cultural changes. It gives you a chance to visit Beijing, travel by train to Gansu Province in China’s Northwest, and then experience ten days of overland adventure traveling through the Kham and Amdo regions of cultural Tibet. We will visit Buddhist pilgrimmage towns, the grasslands of the Tibetan plateau, and Jiuzhaigou National Park, before ending our journey at Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. The group will return to Beijing by air and students will depart for the USA on Friday, June 11th.

A field research fee of approximately $2,240 covers all lodging in China, local transportation in Beijing and in the field, rail and flight tickets within the country, admission fees to cultural sites, most meals, supplementary insurance, and all costs associated with the overland travel package.

For further information contact: Dr. Robert Shepherd at or visit

Polioptics:  Packaged Political Persuasion

Influence through Imagery from Washington to Obama – presented by Joshua King

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
7 p.m.
Cloyd Heck Marvin Center Amphitheater
800 21st Street, NW

Register online at:

Mr. King was the White House Director of Production for Presidential Events from 1993 to 1997. His presentation traces the visual history of the presidency and discusses the art and science of how we are influenced by image and image makers.

His lecture is of interest to communications professionals, marketers, event planners and anyone who follows politics or current events.

This event is sponsored by The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, the Graduate School of Political Management and the College Democrats.

LGBT History Film Series continues this semester!!!

Thursday, Jan. 21st from 6:30p-8:30p in the Club Room

In honor of it being Drag History Month, JANUARY’s FILM is…

“To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar”.

Come check it out! FREE FOOD! Take a look at the website
Join. Intern. Work. Volunteer.

Volunteer with DC Youth this Spring
Interested in making a difference in the lives of DC youth?  GW’s District Youth Empowerment program is looking for volunteers to help with tutoring, mentoring, creative arts, and public health programming geared towards underprivileged DC students at local schools and recreation centers.  This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in mentoring, tutoring, program development, fundraising, and/or marketing.  Schedules can be flexible and we welcome any time commitment you want to give.  Join us at our general volunteer meeting Friday, January 29th at 4PM in the Honors Office (714 21st ST NW).  Want to learn more?  E-mail Laura at or Jordana at

Habitat for Humanity
New GW Habitat for Humanity Chapter on campus – come to the first meeting on Monday, January 25th at 7pm in Marvin 302 to learn more about and sign-up for builds, fundraising, events going on in DC and how you can get involved! Contact Katie Baldwin kathrine@gwmail.gwu.eduor Sarah Conner scconner@gwmail.gwu.eduwith any questions!

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice Available to GWU graduating students and alums!

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be on the GWU campus on Wed, Feb 3 @ 5:30PM in the Old Main Career Center (corner of 20th & F) to discuss careers in the field of community organizing, and to schedule interviews with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change.

Please RSVP if you are interested by contacting Sunil Joy at or calling 785.841.2680 with your name, phone #, email address and school.  See more information on the attached PDF.

Student Request: Female Soccer Player Needed
Looking for a female soccer player who would be interested in playing on a team in the GW World Cup. My team needs one more female player to complete our roster. Games are played indoors during the week between 7-11 pm. The tournament will take place in March and we are guaranteed to play 3 games. If interested, email ASAP!

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Prof. Medsker in the Hatchet

21 Jan
Larry Medsker (GW Hatchet)

Larry Medsker (GW Hatchet)

Check out this great article in the Hatchet which points to Honors Prof. Medsker as examplar of active learning style.

“Assessing learning does not mean you’re taking a course and getting a grade,” Lehman said. “We have global perspectives as to what a student should be able to do when they graduate, like critical thinking or connotative reasoning.”

See the full article here