Under the leadership of Dr. DeGioia, the President's Office is directly involved in a number of major University initiatives. These center on our Catholic and Jesuit Identity, our Interreligious Dialogues, our Community Engagement and our Activation of Academic Excellence.
Please learn more about each of these initiatives by following the links below:
Vatican II After Fifty Years: Dialogue and Catholic Identity: This conference, which was held October 11-12, 2012, at Georgetown University, examined the impact of Vatican II over the past five decades.
Inculturation: Georgetown University joined Xavier House Ignatian Spirituality Centre in Hong Kong in sponsoring the Ricci Legacy Symposium in December, 2010, to explore the importance of inculturation in the mission of Christian evangelization and Ignatian Spirituality.
Faith and Culture Lecture Series: Georgetown University hosts a lecture series that invites contemporary writers to reflect on their work in the context of the engagement of faith with culture.
Pacem in Terris: Inspired by Pope John XXIII's vision to begin an authentic dialogue in the quest for peace and human fulfillment, Georgetown initiated a series of presentations by distinguished scholars, religious leaders, and human rights activists from around the world tackling the topic of "peace on earth."
Ignatian Spirituality: Georgetown University has brought leading scholars together to share their perspectives on the renewal in the way the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola are practiced, culminating in the development of a video series, "The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola: Renewal & Dynamics."
The Dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises: Fr. Howard Gray, S.J., delivered a series of ten lectures at Holy Trinity Parish in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The lectures provide advanced reflection on the classic text of the Exercises for men and women who serve as guides for retreatants undertaking the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Georgetown University has made them available online through our web site, YouTube, and iTunesU.
Pedro Arrupe: Georgetown University commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the Very Reverend Pedro Arrupe, S.J. through the commissioning of a documentary and a panel discussion.
Remembering the Life of Fr. Jean-Yves Calvez, S.J.: Georgetown University honored the life of our dear friend, Fr. Jean-Yves Calvez, S.J., who served on our Board of Directors from 1997 to 2003 and supported our development as a major global university.
President's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge: Over the 2011-2012 academic year, Georgetown University, with the support of the Office of the President, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Campus Ministry, and the Center for Social Justice, participated in President Obama's "Interfaith and Community Service Challenge." This initiative invites institutions of higher education throughout the country to deepen their commitment to interfaith understanding through community service projects. Georgetown will have a particular focus on service that addresses poverty and increased educational opportunity. To learn more about this initiative, visit this link.
Building Bridges Seminar: This Seminar, hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is a unique annual series which brings together a range of internationally recognized Christian and Muslim scholars for intensive study. The 2010 seminar took place at Georgetown University, May 25-27, 2010.
A Common Word Between Us and You: In October 2009, Georgetown University’s Office of the President and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, together with the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought of Jordan, hosted A Common Word Between Us and You: A Global Agenda for Change, a two-day conference focused on the messages of interreligious dialogue and understanding as espoused by The Common Word Initiative.
The Nostra Ætate Lecture Series: This lecture series builds on the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's document on interreligious dialogue, as well as on other similar initiatives like the Pacem in Terris lecture series.
Georgetown University Angel Book Drive: Throughout the Winter season, members of the Georgetown community share the gift of reading with children in local tutoring and mentoring programs and in area schools through the Georgetown University Angel Book Drive, which collects and distributes over 3,000 books every year.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Georgetown University's annual "Let Freedom Ring" initiative honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a series of academic, artistic, and extracurricular programs that examine Dr. King's life and work and address the contemporary challenges our nation faces in order to fulfill his dream of justice and equality for all people.
Ward 7 Initiative: Georgetown University’s Ward 7 Initiative connects Georgetown University with the District of Columbia's Ward 7 community in support of the students, families, and schools. The Initiative coordinates the University’s longstanding commitment to service and outreach to the local community.
Cultural Engagement with China: In the summer of 2011, the Georgetown University Men's Basketball team traveled to China to participate in a range of athletic, educational and cultural events. This historic trip was the first since Coach Thompson, Jr. took the Hoyas abroad in the early 1990s.
Engaged Ethics: Georgetown University possesses considerable strengths in practical or applied ethics across its three campuses. This initiative seeks to create a more coordinated approach across the University, supporting collaborative efforts to solve complex problems.
Reflective Engagement in the Public Interest: Georgetown University cultivates public scholarship, or academic research that aims to contribute in some way to major public issues, by awarding significant grants to deserving scholars.
Global Initiatives:Through the guidance of the Office of the President, Georgetown has created a process for developing mission-driven initiatives that promote collaborative efforts -- both within the university and with partners around the world.
Conflict Resolution: As a Catholic and Jesuit institution with a deep tradition of service and educating "women and men for others," Georgetown is committed to equipping students with the tools and resources necessary to better understand the nature of, and solutions to, many types and degrees of conflict. Learn more about the initiative and the international conference, Conflict to Peace, here.
Connecting with the World Economic Forum: As a University community deeply committed to addressing issues and initiating dialogues with global impact, Georgetown actively engages the World Economic Forum.