Tag Archives: Professors on the Town

Live Life on the (L)edge!

22 Apr


Professor Kung is taking a lucky group of UHP-ers ROCK-CLIMBING at Earth Treks in Rockville, Maryland on Saturday, May 4!

Don’t worry, you’ll still have time to study. Kerry Lanzo will be leading a group from the Townhouse in Foggy Bottom at 10am, to return by 1:30pm, and you can leave early if you need (it’s right up the red line). The cost is $22 for entry for the day, and $11 for the materials. It’ll be well worth it to get some exercise, de-stress, and hang out with one of UHP’s coolest faculty members.

To RSVP, please send an e-mail to the uhp@gwu.edu account. The group will most likely cap at 5 or 6 to keep it small, but we’re flexible!

See Lungs at the Studio Theater

12 Sep

Come join the Honors Program for a performance and discussion with the cast and crew of Lungs. Lungs is a lovely contemporary take on all the decisions that couples have to make.  It consists of 32 different conversations that move from one to another without indicating a change of scene. After the show, we will be joined by writer Duncan Macmillan, director Aaron Posner, and some of the cast for a discussion about the show.

This event will take place on Tuesday, October 11 at 7:30 PM at the Studio Theatre, a short walk from the UHP at 14th and P Streets, NW.

Tickets are only $5 and you can reserve your seat at the Honors office, 714 21st St NW. Email uhp@gwu.edu or call (202) 994-6816 with any questions.

Students MUST reserve a seat and pay $5 at the office by Monday 9/26 at 5:00 PM

“An Ideal Husband” Outing

28 Mar

This is a guest post by UHP student Ali Tran

On March 22, my Origins class had the pleasure of being taken to see the play An Ideal Husband at the Shakespeare Theater Company. Fortunately, the tickets were discounted and bought through Professor Vann and the UHP.

Oscar Wilde’s play isn’t simply about the description of an ideal husband; it’s also about morality, reputation, money, and power. All of this is set against the background of the late 19th century London upper-class society, which is full of “beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics”. The characters are brimming with charm and clever humor, delivering fast and witty lines that makes the audience wonder if the “beautiful idiots” are as brainless as they first seem. Continue reading

Something You Did [Profs. on the Town]

1 Oct

This post is written by UHPer Carolyn Stalgaitis

Last Sunday, Professor Vann’s afternoon class of sophomores went to Theater J. That afternoon, the Jewish theater, located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, performed Something You Did.

This play is loosely based on the life of Kathy Boudin, a member of the radical liberal group Weather Underground that was responsible for domestic bombings in the 1970s and 80s.  The protagonist of the play, Alison, serves 35 years in jail for placing a bomb in a New York subway station that killed a black police officer.  She is up for parole, and meets with the police officer’s daughter in an attempt to apologize for her actions.  To bolster their case to the parole board, Alison’s lawyer brings former “Movement” member turned Glenn-Beck-parallel Gene in to jail to speak with Alison.  The two argue about Gene’s participation in buying the nails for the bomb that killed the police officer.  At her parole meeting, Alison finally admits to buying the nails for the bomb but does not reveal Gene’s part in the act, even though she knows that this would almost surely win her freedom.  The stage fades to black as Alison opens the decision of the parole board.  Following the play, we went to Kramer Books. Desserts and discussions of the play abounded.  A good time was had by all!

NewsFlash!: Teaching Opportunity, Baseball, Requirements, and More…

17 Sep

NewsFlash! The George Washington University Honors Program
Issue 3: September 17, 2009


Reminder about the Honors Credit Requirement Change
As a reminder, the semesterly credit requirement for all Honors students has changed from 15 to 12 academic credits.  Please keep in mind that exercise and sports activities classes do not count as academic credit and will not apply to your credit total.  Please make sure to consult your student handbook and speak with an honors advisor with questions regarding this or any of the program’s other expectations and requirements.

Internships, Independent Study, Course Conversions, Senior Theses, and the like
For students planning to take an Honors contract course (conversion, internship, independent study, research assistantship or senior thesis), the deadline for submission of the Contract Form, proposal, and Registration Transaction Form is Fri, Sept 25.  Please come to the office to pick up these forms and make an appointment to discuss your plans with an advisor.

Schedule your 4-year plan meeting no later than October 23rd. Call or email to set it up.

Now that you’ve got your first year under your belt, your honors academic advisors would like to meet with you to check in on how things are going and re-visit your four year plans.  Feel free to make an appointment with either Catherine or Jordana to discuss a change of major, study abroad, or anything at all.

If you’re studying abroad next spring, let us know by submitting a study abroad form to the office once your plans are set.  Want to get a head start on your thesis planning?  Stop by for a walk-in appointment with one of our advisors.

In order to graduate
from 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.

Fill out a graduation form if you already know what you’re doing to fulfill your senior thesis requirement.

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.  Those who plan to graduate in December must fill out a graduation form by the end of the semester.

Want to get involved with Symposium?
We need your help coordinating the course and the event – contact Prof. Becker at jdb2010@gwu.edu!

For those registered or considering registering for Symposium, the deadline to add via RTF is Friday, September 25th.  Confirmed dates and topic for the course will be announced very soon!


Professors on the Town–With the Nats!
Join Dr. Alexander F. C. Webster and students from his HONR 175.10 course on “Baseball in American History, Culture, and Film” on a field trip (pilgrimage?) to Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium on Saturday, September 26.  Enter into the inner sanctum of the press box and meet the Nationals TV and radio play-by-play announcers:  the “oracles of DC,” Bob Carpenter and Dave Jageler!  Observe the special rites of preparation as each club conducts batting practice!  Enjoy food and libations suitable for the gods of the Diamond!  Witness the clash of the titans from Atlanta and Washington, DC!  We’ll meet at the Will-Call ticket booth at the stadium at 10:30 a.m. and enjoy a day of Major League Baseball and fellowship.  Cost will be between $5-$10, depending on ticket price.  But this unique offer is for a limited time only:  please indicate your interest and commitment no later than Tuesday, September 22nd by responding to uhp@gwu.edu.

Constitutional History Roundtable
On Friday, September 25, 2009 American University Washington College of Law and the Institute for Constitutional History will host a roundtable discussion of Barry Friedman’s The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009). The event will take place from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm in Room 603 at American University Washington College of Law.

Please see the attached flyer for more information about the event, including how to RSVP.  Find information about the book here and here.

Diamond Dozen Film Series
Join Professor Webster on Fridays @ 6pm in the Honors Club Room this semester for some baseball-themed films. The full schedule can be found at our official website under Events.

Graduation Reception Date Set
Seniors, take note: the biggest soirée of the year, the Honors Graduation Reception, is set to occur on May 15th, 2010. That’s a Saturday, and while the exact time remains to be determined, plan on it being some time in the late afternoon.  Tell your family.

Join. Intern. Work. Volunteer

Expedition Panama
Expedition Panama is a student led group that seeks to evaluate, explore, and explain globalization in our world, using Panama as a case study. The Expedition is traveling to Panama this December 28th-January 10th 2009-2010 to research the forces of globalization on Panama.

As of now, we have confirmed interviews with over 15 high level administrators (including the SVP of HSBC Panama and Executive Director of PIMPSA), a detailed itinerary laid out, and numerous research data and prospectives. We are seeking 3 additional team members to join us to visit Panama. After the expedition we plan to publish our findings to the academic community. Our trip will consist of interviews (both planned and unplanned) from top executives down to the beggar on a street corner. We are working closely with the Panamanian government, who is committed to showing us different governmental projects and arranging interviews with governmental and nongovernmental personnel.

We will spend one week in Panama City, the urban growth center, interviewing officials and touring projects. We will also be conducting surveys from different groups. The second week, we will be going to the rural areas and staying in small villages, interviewing village leaders and observing government/IMF/USAID projects in the rural areas. This may involve backpacking. GW is also sponsoring our expedition.

We are seeking motivated students who are interested in world affairs and globalization. The expedition takes a lot of planning and commitment, and requires students who aren’t flakey and have a deep desire to study globalization. This is a serious project, not a vacation in Panama, even though there will be “less” academic events (who are we kidding, all of it will be fun). This would look amazing on your resume, and if a future employer asks to see written examples of your work, you can show them a voluminous journal that we publish after the trip. Bam. You got the job.

Unfortunately, most of the expedition will be student financed. GW has agreed to subsidizes some of the trip, but the rest of the costs will come out-of-pocket sources. However, during the fall we will be fundraising and soliciting alumni donations, so the financial aspect should not be too much of a burden.

We are most interested in students with some of these qualifications (but please feel free to apply if you don’t feel you meet these requirements):

  • Deep Interest in International Affairs/Business/Globalization
  • Spanish language skills
  • Video camera/electronics expertise
  • Knowledge of Panama/Latin America
  • Go getter who is friendly and can easily talk with strangers
  • Gathering research data in other countries
  • Finding financial, cultural, economic, developmental, diplomatic, governmental information through internet and print sources

Please apply within the week (no later than 9/25).
Visit our website for more information!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions:
Parker Hine

Email: phine@gwmail.gwu.edu
Phone: (913) 708-4511

Intern for DC Trans Coalition
The DC Trans Coalition is a local grassroots organization dedicated to advocating for transgender, transsexual and gender diverse people within the District of Columbia. DCTC works with community advocates, other LGBT organizations, District agencies, and local politicians to enact and enforce policies responsive to the needs of the trans community. We are seeking an undergraduate intern for the Fall semester in order to coordinate our various enforcement programs. Responsibilities will include coordinating our Bathroom Project, frequent interaction with the DC Office of Human Rights, establishing a training program for our enforcement activities, helping to coordinate our legislative agenda and our meetings with local politicians, coordination with other LGBT organizations, helping with fundraising activities, and helping with membership and meeting organization.

This is an unpaid position, however we are willing to work with college/university advisers and administration to help you get appropriate course credit for your work. You will be able to work from home, and the work load will be flexible (up to 10 hours per week) so that you can maintain other employment. Attendance at DCTC meetings every 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening monthly will be mandatory. Preference will be given to bilingual (English/Spanish) applicants. We especially encourage trans and gender nonconforming people to apply since we prioritize building leadership experience in the trans/gnc community. This is a great opportunity if you’d like to work on LGBT advocacy and local grassroots organizing in the District of Columbia. Please send a resume and cover letter to Alison Gill at dctranscoalition@gmail.com.

YES Prep Public Schools

…at the Fall 2009 Career Fair and Info Session

Wednesday, September 23rd 2009

1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

YES Prep’s Director of Recruitment and Selection will be present at the Fall 2009 Career Fair in the Marvin Center from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., and will hold a subsequent information session in Duques Hall (#553) from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.


YES Prep is the best school in Houston. For the past 9 years, 100% of our graduating seniors have been accepted to top colleges and universities across the country. We are growing to serve 10,000 students at 13 neighborhood campuses. When we reach capacity, we will TRIPLE the number of low-income students from Houston that finish a four-year college or university. We are uniquely positioned to transform the future prosperity of our nation’s fourth largest city.

The success of our students is a testament to their outstanding teachers. The success of our growth plans depends on the talented individuals that we are able to attract and develop. Our teachers come from all academic and professional backgrounds by are united by a sense of outrage at the status quo.

We know that teachers are the single greatest factor in the achievement of our students.  Will you help us change the status quo?

Student Advisory Board
Over the summer, faculty and staff at the University Honors Program discussed strategies for revamping the Student Leadership Group, essentially folding it into a broader organization (a Student Advisory Board) that provides a wider variety of opportunities for student participation in the program. We are eager for students at all levels of the program (freshmen through seniors) to help as we strengthen our intellectual community. So while opportunities for leadership positions will remain, we expect also to enlist students to help with the program’s facebook page and blog site (perhaps as “special UHP correspondents” reporting on various university and local, DC events and activities), to serve as mentors, to help plan for and run the symposium, and to bring ideas for co-curricular programming to the director and staff of the program.   Send an email to uhp@gwu.edu with “Student Advisory Board” in the subject line to receive application information.

Comments or questions about the NewsFlash?  Need something posted?  If so, contact Jared at uhpnews@gwu.edu.  All submissions due Tuesday by 5:00 PM. Please include Newsflash in the subject line.
DO NOT HIT REPLY, your message will not be read.  Email uhp@gwu.edu to contact the Honors Program.

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