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Healy Lit Up, With John Carroll

The buildings around Healy Circle were lit up at night to celebrate the launch

October 28, 2011– This weekend, members of the Georgetown community will gather to officially launch, For Generations to Come: The Campaign for Georgetown.

The campaign aims to raise $1.5 billion in support of Georgetown’s future. 

Fall Leadership Weekend

The campaign launch coincides with Fall Leadership Weekend, an annual gathering of Georgetown’s volunteer leaders within the Board of Governors and Board of Regents.

President DeGioia had the opportunity to welcome both Boards back to campus, thanking them for their deep contribution.  He will meet with them throughout the weekend in sessions focused on campaign success.

A Weekend Full of Unique Events

The campaign launch will include a number of unique events to celebrate the promise of Georgetown University, including:

  • A dialogue with the Board of Regents on Georgetown’s Engaged Ethics Initiative and the direct impact it has on the world’s most pressing challenges;

  • A symposium gathered by President Bill Clinton (SFS ’68) on “Clinton-Gore Economics: Understanding Lessons of the 1990s”;

  • "Think About It: An Afternoon of Ideas", featuring dialogue between scholars and political leaders on topics ranging from collegiate athletics to the state of capitalism today;

  • Salatul Jum'ah prayers and Jewish Sabbat services;

  • A celebration open to all members of the community – students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and supporters – which will feature an illumination of Georgetown's historic buildings; 

  • A gala at the National Portrait Gallery; and

  • Two Mass celebrations, one in honor of members of the Rooney Family, who have generously supported the renovation of Dahlgren Chapel, and the other to serve as the spiritual close to the weekend.

To read more about the campaign, please visit this link


Group Image 2, Reagan Event

Cardinal McCarrick, Dean Carol Lancaster, and other panelists discussed the significance of Vatican diplomacy

October 26, 2010– Church, academic, and political leaders gathered at Georgetown University Oct. 25 in partnership with The Ronald Regan Presidential Foundation for a dialogue on the “The History and Future of Vatican Diplomacy.”

The event, which acknowledged the significance of President Reagan's decision to establish diplomatic relations between the United States and the Vatican during his presidency, is part of a year-long celebration of the Centennial of President Reagan’s birth.

President DeGioia remembered President Reagan’s address to the Georgetown community more than 23 years ago in celebration of the University’s Bicentennial.  President Reagan spoke to the themes of that celebration, “Learning, Faith and Freedom,” and Dr. DeGioia reflected on his speech by saying,"as a Catholic and Jesuit university, our tradition embodies the profound interconnectedness between these themes."

John O’Sullivian, author of "The President, The Pope, And The Prime Minister:  Three Who Changed the World," which reflects on the leadership of President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, delivered the keynote address. O'Sulliven had served as special adviser to Prime Minister Thatcher, covered President Reagan as a journalist, and wrote about the privilege of an audience with Pope John Paul II.

Following his remarks, Dean Carol J. Lancaster of the School of Foreign Service led a panel discussion with experts on U.S. relations with the Vatican. The panel included,Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of the District of Columbia; two former Ambassadors to the Holy See, R. James Nicholson and Francis Rooney; and Joseph Grieboski, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.


Dr. DeGioia with Cristo Rey alums and Gtown students


Dr. DeGioia and Cristo Rey Network Founder, Fr. John Foley, joined the Cristo Rey alumni who are also part of the Georgetown community for this special celebration

October 18, 2011– Leaders of the Cristo Rey Network community came together Oct. 17 to celebrate "A Decade of Innovation" and to award Georgetown the "Spirit of Cristo Rey" Award in recognition of the University's longstanding support of the Network. An organization of 24 nationwide Catholic college preparatory high schools, The Cristo Rey Network provides its students with a rigorous academic curriculum in a faith context and a unique work-study program. The award celebrated Georgetown’s partnership and commitment to supporting high performing and underserved students, and was presented by Cristo Rey Network founder, Fr. John Foley.

There are currently thirty-six Cristo Rey alumni attending Georgetown and five Network alumni have already graduated.

Florida’s former Governor, Jeb Bush also spoke at the event, which took place at the Jones Day law firm.

In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia commented on the common spirit that joins Cristo Rey and Georgetown together, saying, “The context that has enabled our two communities to develop these strong and growing ties is our shared values [a commitment to academic excellence, social justice, and service to our community], informed by our shared faith.

To read more about the event and the partnership between Georgetown and Cristo Rey, please visit this link. 


US-India Education Summit Opening Plenary

Dr. DeGioia joined U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and Indian Minister of Human Resources and Development, Kapil Sibal, for the opening of the summit.

October 14, 2011– U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,joined Indian Minister of Human Resources and Development, Kapil Sibal, other members of the U.S. and Indian State Departments, and education leaders from around the country at Georgetown Oct. 13 to discuss the opportunity to strengthen collaboration between the two nations in the area of higher education.

The event, sponsored by both the U.S. and Indian governments, included plenary session, roundtable discussions, expert panels, and breakout sessions concerning a range of topics, from teaching and research partnerships to student exchange programs.  U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, also gave an address.

In his remarks to open the event, Dr. DeGioia drew attention to the role of the summit in building upon an already strong foundation between the two nations, saying, "We come together in the spirit of partnership and collaboration advanced by the ongoing conversations between President Obama and Prime Minister Singh, and we wish to build upon that spirit in our gathering today. It’s in this context that we are grateful to be a part of today’s conference."

The event also built about Georgetown's own engagement with India, where Dr. DeGioia delivered the keynote address during the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI) Education Summit last November.

To read more about the U.S. - India Summit on Higher Education, please visit this link.

To read Dr. DeGioia's keynote address during the FICCI summit, please visit this link.


Georgetown University - Small Gold Seal


October 12, 2011– Dr. DeGioia joined a panel of distinguished leaders at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Oct. 11 to discuss the national budget debate as part of the “Dialogue on American Values,” hosted by ABC news anchor, George Stephanopoulos.

The “Dialogue on American Values” is a series of dialogues sponsored by the Ford Foundation in partnership with Georgetown University to engage in conversations on American values and their influence in public life. The inaugural conversation, titled, "A More Perfect Union: The National Budget", presented panelists with questions on today’s urgent economic issues and America’s financial future.

Other panelists included Michael Gerson of the Washington Post; Richard Danzig, Former Secretary of the U.S. Navy; Carly Fiorina, Chairman and CEO of Carly Fiorina Enterprises; and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Chair of American Bridge; among others.

Reflecting on the event, Dr. DeGioia said, "It is critical that we extend our engagement in this kind of dialogue, as it is this ability to join together different perspectives, ideas, and beliefs that will allow us to develop a deeper, shared understand of what is at stake"

To read more about the "Dialogue on American Values", visit the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs here.  To read more about the inaugural panel discussion, click here.


Professor Anthony Grafton received Honorary Degree

Dr. DeGioia congratulates Dr. Grafton after awarding his honorary degree

October 7, 2011–Yesterday, newly tenured and promoted members of the Georgetown Faculty were recognized during Fall Faculty Convocation, held in the Lohrfink Auditorium. The annual gathering celebrates the achievements of members of the faculty community and is followed by a lecture on the "Aims of Education."

Dr. Anthony Grafton, Henry Putman University Professor of History at Princeton University, delivered this year's address and also was awarded an honorary degree for his deep contribution to liberal arts education. During his address, Dr. Grafton emphasized his longtime personal engagement with the tradition of Catholic and Jesuit education.  He also discussed curiosity, craftsmanship, learnedness, and discovery as some of the values developed through the pursuit of the humanities, advocating that this kind of learning remain at the center all institutions of higher learning.

In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia spoke to the contribution of members of the faculty in engaging “with the tension that emerges in our duel responsibility—as members of the Academy—to create and to critique knowledge and culture…” He also focused on the importance of gatherings such as Fall Faculty Convocation to pause and reflect on our work together as a community. 


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