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Celebrating Georgetown's Jesuit Heritage
January 31, 2012–Members and friends of the Georgetown University community gathered in a full Gaston Hall to celebrate Mass Jan. 29th, kicking off Jesuit Heritage Week on campus. This is the 12th annual celebration of Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity.
Every year, Jesuit Heritage Week gives students the opportunity to engage in spiritual, academic, and social events with the Jesuit community on campus and allows for renewed connection with Georgetown's Jesuit values. This year’s events include lectures on Jesuit involvement in higher education and social justice issues around the world, an Ignatian evening retreat, and the annual "Spike-a-Jesuit" volleyball face-off between Jesuits and students. To see a full list of the week’s events please follow this link.
Dr. DeGioia offered a reflection on the Week following the Opening Mass, describing the members of the Georgetown University community as heirs to “a tradition that has always revered the pursuit of knowledge.” The Mass was followed by a reception in Healy Hall.
Read the full story on Jesuit Heritage Week here.
Georgetown Contributes to the world economic Forum
January 30, 2012–Dr. DeGioia represented Georgetown University at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland where he met with higher education and economic leaders, and hosted an alumni reception.
At the Forum, Dr. DeGioia moderated two sessions, "Emerging Technologies and Ethical Dilemmas," exploring the impact of medical technologies, in particular, and "21st Century Ideologies," focusing on the ideological shifts occurring around the world.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, was among those who greeted Dr. DeGioia at the Forum.
During the “Georgetown in Davos” themed alumni reception, Dr. DeGioia said the participating members of the Georgetown alumni community “represent the global mindset, leadership and engagement with the world that Georgetown embodies.”
Read the full story of Georgetown’s participation in the 2012 WEF here.
Georgetown Begins Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week at the Kennedy Center for the Tenth Year
January 18, 2012–Members of the Georgetown University and Washington, DC communities gathered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to honor and celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16.
The 10th Annual “Let Freedom Ring!” Celebration was also attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama, and members of the Cabinet.
The event featured performances by Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin and the Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir. The Coach John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award was given to Clarence B. Jones, Dr. King’s advisor, attorney, and speechwriter.
In his remarks to present the award, Dr. DeGioia recalled Mr. Jones’ role in successfully obtaining the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” from Dr. King and delivering it to the clergy and described him as “one of the architects of the most significant movement for justice in our nation’s history.”
Read the full story on the Kennedy Center Martin Luther King, Jr. event here.
To read Dr. DeGioia’s full remarks click here.
For a complete list of on-campus events honoring the legacy of Dr. King here.
Kicking off the Spring Semester
January 10, 2012–Georgetown University will begin the Spring 2012 semester with students returning to classes on Wednesday, Jan. 11th , and a busy month of January to follow.
The Georgetown community will honor the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week of events Jan. 16-21. The annual “Let Freedom Ring” concert at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts will kick off the week with a performance from Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin on Jan. 16. Clarence Jones, Rev. King's attorney and speechwriter, also will be awarded with the 2012 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award at the celebration.
The week will include an expert panel on the history of Rev. King's legacy; a spiritual tribute; student, faculty, and staff reflections; and a day of community service. To see a full listing of the week’s events please visit this link.
Dr. DeGioia, in partnership with the African-American Alumni Advisory Board, also will host the Patrick Healy Dinner. This annual event hons the leadership and contribution of distinguished alumnae and specifically recognizes the achievements of Georgetown's African-American alumni community. This year's honoree is Tim King (F'89, L'93), the founder and CEO of Urban Prep, a charter school network in Chicago.
Dr. DeGioia also will take part in the Central American and Caribbean Regional Alumni Meeting held in Panama to connect with Georgetown alumni throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Eleven different Latin American and Caribbean countries will be represented at the alumni meeting.
Towards the end of January Dr. DeGioia will travel to Switzerland to represent Georgetown at the annual World Economic Forum. During the Forum Dr. DeGioia will moderate two sessions. The first session titled, “Emerging Technologies and Ethical Dilemmas” will engage experts on the ethical issues emerging technologies and their applications are raising for people around the world. The second session titled, “21st Century Ideologies,” will discuss the major ideological shifts of the 21st century. To learn more about Georgetown's engagement with the World Economic Forum, visit this link.