Dear University Honors Program Students,
I hope you are all happily settled into the summer and well occupied. I am writing now with exciting news about a new University Professor just hired by GW: Michael Barnett, a world-famous scholar with many influential publications and whose specialty areas include the Middle East, humanitarianism, and international affairs and international organizations. A more detailed account of Professor Barnett’s many accomplishments and areas of expertise can be found in the following article:
The especially good news is that Profsesor Barnett has asked that his first course be for the University Honors Program. This fall he will offer a seminar on “Humanitarianism” that will meet in the UHP building on Wednesdays from 12:45 to 3:15. This course will fulfill a UHP Self & Society Requirement and an ESIA “Conflict and Security” concentration requirement. Catherine Chandler is at work with CCAS as I write to determine other potential possibilities for what requirements it might fulfill. Attached below is the course description with relevant information necessary for enrollment.
I very much hope that we fill this class soon, as it speaks both to Professor Barnett’s commitment to undergraduate education and to the well-earned reputation of UHP students that he requested his first class be for and with. My hope is that even those of you who have already filled Self & Society requirements will want to take advantage of the opportunity. As always, please consult Catherine Chandler if you have questions regarding your schedule and/or how to go about registering for this course.
Thanks, and all the best for a relaxing summer. Keep checking our blog and keep us posted on what you are reading, doing, and thinking!
With University Professor Michael Barnett
This course will explore the foundations, logic, dynamics, dilemmas, and consequences of a form of governance that operates in the name of – and for – the international community. Topics for study and discussion will include the “forces of compassion” and the relationship between paternalism and humanitarian governance; features of “creative destruction” and debates over humanitarian intervention, dilemmas of emergency relief, post-conflict peace building and state building, etc.
Fulfills: Honors Self & society requirement; ESIA Conflict and Security concentration