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Happy 40th Anniversary, Lauinger Library!

Dr. DeGioia Welcomes Guests for Lauinger

Dr. DeGioia joins the Georgetown community in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Lauinger Library.

October 29, 2010– Campus leaders, faculty, staff and alumni gathered yesterday evening in the Pierce Reading Room to celebrate the 40th birthday of Lauinger Library, a central space of learning and scholarship on the Hilltop. The festivities also marked the publication of Professor Emeritus Robert Emmett Curran’s full, three-volume narrative, A History of Georgetown University: 1789-1989. 

University Librarian, Artemis Cook, kicked off the event with her welcome and tribute to all those who have supported Lauinger Library through the decades, including honored members of the Lauinger family, the Georgetown University Library Board; the Georgetown Chimes, for their endowment of Special Collections; and the Faculty Library Advisory Committee. Dr. DeGioia followed with remarks chronicling the dynamic and evolving role Lauinger Library has continued to play for our campus community.

The celebration also featured three keynotes by English professor, Director of the Gervase Programs, and member of the Georgetown faculty since 1967, Dr. John Glavin; Georgetown professor emeritus, historian, and author of A History of Georgetown, Dr. R. Emmett Curran; and Georgetown University Provost, Dr. Jim O’Donnell, as well as reflections from Director of Georgetown University Press, Robert Brown.

As Dr. DeGioia summarized, “This is an exciting and dynamic time for university libraries and a special moment to be celebrating Lauinger’s 40th year. We look forward to building on the success of the previous four decades as we continue to develop and sustain its programming and resources”.

Read the full story here.

Georgetown Welcomes John Seely Brown to the Hilltop

Dr. DeGioia Interviews John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown expands on educating in a digitized global society.

October 20, 2010– Georgetown welcomed thinker, writer, scientist and educator, John Seely Brown, to campus on Wednesday to deliver the annual Aims of Education address at Fall Faculty Convocation.

Dr. Brown’s remarks focused on the ways in which approaches to teaching and learning are being impacted by unprecedented social and cultural shifts, largely as a result of technology. These impacts are raising deep questions about the best ways to prepare young people to succeed in an increasingly globalized and digitized world.

Dr. Brown’s address was embedded within a larger presentation, spearheaded by Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), in which members of Georgetown’s faculty reflected on the evolution of their work, the challenges of integrative learning, and how they envision the future development of their teaching and scholarship in video form. Dr. DeGioia contextualized these ideas with his own remarks, which focused on the forces of globalization, the impact of new technologies, the financial challenges facing our nation, and the changing place of America in our world.   He also had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Brown prior to Convocation to interview him on these topics.

All of these ideas came in the context of congratulating Georgetown’s newly tenured and promoted faculty – without whom questions of learning, teaching and engagement with a changing world would not be possible.

Campus Compact President's Summit Hosted at Georgetown

Dr. DeGioia Speaks at Campus Compact

Dr. DeGioia addresses fellow college and university leaders at the Campus Compact President's Summit

October 13– Leaders from over 100 colleges, universities and community colleges across the country gathered at Georgetown today for the annual President’s Summit of the national organization, Campus Compact.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, representing over 6 million students, who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The organization promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. 

Today’s President’s Summit focused on addressing the educational goals set out by President Obama in a series of addresses beginning with his State of the Union in February 2009. At that point, President Obama called educators and citizens to help Americans regain our status of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

Members of Campus Compact addressed numerous aspects of this challenge, receiving insights from Under Secretary of Education, Martha J. Kanter as well as President of the American Council on Education, Molly C. Broad

Dr. DeGioia, who serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Campus Compact, also offered his perspective in a keynote address that opened the Summit yesterday evening. His remarks focused on tensions in higher education between “knowledge pursued for its own sake in the development of habits of mind, in the cultivating of intellects, and knowledge pursued for instrumental ends,” and the ways in which civic engagement can help to address and utilize this tension for higher ends. 

Dr. DeGioia To Be Inducted into American Academy of Arts & Sciences

October 8 – Joining the 230th class of scholars, scientists, artists, civic, corporate and philanthropic leaders, Dr. DeGioia will be inducted tomorrow into the American Academy of Arts & Science.

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, James Bowdoin, John Hancock, and other leaders who contributed to the establishment of the new nation, “provides a forum for a select group of scholars, members of the learned professions, and government and business leaders to work together on behalf of the democratic interests of the republic,” as stated on the Academy website.

To learn more about the Academy and this year’s 210 new Fellows and 18 Foreign Honorary Members, please read the official press release.

Student Veterans Join at Georgetown for "Success After Service" Conference

Student Veterans Commemorate Fallen Peers

An empty place setting and a pair of boots at the table represents the fallen soldiers

October 4– Student veterans from around the country gathered at Georgetown over the weekend for the third annual “Success After Service” conference and exhibition, organized by the Student Veterans of America.

The three-day conference focused on key issues facing student veterans, including the transition back into an academic environment, career paths and possibilities, and mental and physical health. The gathering also helped to reinforce the community of student veterans across the country, solidifying a network of support to which student veterans know they can turn.

In his opening remarks, Dr. DeGioia commented on the critical role of universities in acting as a central player in this network: “If this is a disconnect [between servicemen and women and other citizens] in our nation, the university is the place for us to address it. It is our university communities that provide the context for this urgent work of healing and integration, work that is necessary to strengthen our people, work that will enable this nation to move into this new century prepared for our responsibilities in this ever-changing world.”

Read Dr. DeGioia's full remarks here.


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