Week 3 of the Summer Ethics and Leadership Institute was a mix of the deeply meaningful and delightfully mundane–though nothing is mundane when you are in London! Read More
Sometimes world and classroom events align like pedagogical magic. Such was the case last week as we began our study of Brexit and the future of Europe. As Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and others left Teresa May’s government, and world leaders prepared for the NATO summit, our students were scurrying around London, soaking up knowledge and experience.Read More
Week One of SEGL’s inaugural London Summer Institute zoomed by faster than the English made it into the knock-out round of the World Cup!Read More
Our 2018 Summer Ethics and Leadership Institute has arrived in London, and our 21 students are already proving themselves a capable, deep-thinking, and fun-loving group.Read More
SEGL Summer Institute Tackles the Syrian Refugee Crisis, The SEGL Odyssey, International Relations Case Study
The capstone policy document. It is one of SEGL’s most daunting assignments, and one of its most rewarding. Each term our cohort of students chooses a current international challenge and drafts a detailed, well-researched policy document that proposes potential solutions to that challenge. The students then present and defend their findings in front of leading experts.
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict looms over a myriad of contemporary problems. Countless leaders of the past and present have worked to address it in fits and starts and with limited success. This week our intrepid cohort of future leaders confronted the challenge, with hopeful results.Read More
The 1994 Rwandan genocide is one of the darkest chapters in modern history. Nearly a million people were killed in 100 days while the world decided against intervening. As dark a chapter as it is, the genocide provides a remarkable learning opportunity for SEGL students. Through studying the individual and governmental responses to the violence, they can better understand effective leadership in times of crisis.Read More
The Master Class is a hallmark of the SEGL experience. On several occasions during a term, we ask our guest experts to do more than provide expertise: we ask them to facilitate a class. These experiences become some of the most memorable intellectual moments of the entire semester. On Tuesday, former Nixon White House official Egil “Bud” Krogh led the first Master Class of the Summer 2014 term.Read More
Two Weeks at SEGL: Fmr. Ass’t Secretary of State George Moose, Fmr. White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry, Fmr. NRA President David Keene, Fmr. White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, and BP VP Ray Dempsey
Bill Watterson once titled a bestselling Calvin and Hobbes anthology The Days are Just Packed. We could have used the same title for the final days of the Spring 2014 semester.Read More
The policy document. It is one of SEGL’s most challenging and meaningful assignments. Our entire semester must choose a topic, research and author a 40-page scholarly document, and present and defend detailed recommendations before real-world leaders. All in about three weeks while also continuing with regular classes.
It’s really fun, actually.Read More
Since SEGL’s founding in 2009, students have advocated for service learning opportunities. Read More
The Odyssey. It is an SEGL rite-of-passage: part personal discovery, part hard work, and all opportunity. Read More
Spring has finally vanquished winter in DC, and as the cherry blossoms start to bloom something else is starting to flower at SEGL: a new set of capstone social venture projects.Read More
Quick: You’re President Obama, and Vladimir Putin has just put military troops on the ground in Ukraine. What do you say to the public?Read More
How would you go about convincing a Supreme Court Justice that your view is correct? In this week’s Second Amendment case study, our students answered that very question.Read More
Part of the SEGL experience (or, in the language of Twitter hashtags, #seglife) is learning to balance weighty issues with good fun. Last week was a perfect example of how our students blend both elements into a meaningful experience.
“Ghosts of Rwanda Night.” It is an SEGL tradition. Since our very first semester, students have watched the PBS Frontline documentary “Ghosts of Rwanda” on our first or second Friday evening. The film, which vividly documents one of the darkest chapters of our times, is challenging, sobering, upsetting, and–ultimately–inspiring. And the questions it provokes (particularly on a day when the UN released a frightening report on human rights abuses in North Korea) are profound.Read More
Due to inclement weather across the U.S., SEGL will accept any applications for our semester program postmarked next week (2/17 – 2/21) as part of the priority admissions cycle. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Last week our Spring 2014 students faced what is arguably the most intractable international dilemma of our age: the Israeli-Palestinan Conflict. The disagreement is so fraught with anger and misunderstanding that many question every word, every historical event, every intention. And yet the problem remains, and will remain until we have leaders–perhaps including a few SEGL graduates–who conquer it.Read More
With our first week in the rearview mirror, our students are reflecting on a terrific beginning. Our first seven days have been packed with new experiences, new friendships, and new discoveries.Read More
The students of Spring 2014 arrived on Saturday and they are already distinguishing themselves.Read More
Fall 2013 discusses Iran policy document with Senator Chuck Schumer, former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, State Department Iran desk
The capstone policy document. It is one of SEGL’s most daunting assignments, and one of its most rewarding. Each semester our cohort of students chooses a current international challenge and drafts a detailed, well-researched policy document that proposes potential solutions to that challenge. The students then present and defend their findings in front of leading experts.Read More
Attention all prospective students:
A record number of SEGL graduates, family members, and friends joined us last weekend for a wonderful Homecoming and Gala celebration. Read More
Each year our graduates select the guest speaker who has made the biggest difference in their lives. That speaker receives our school’s greatest honor, the SEGL Golden Mug Award, at our Annual Gala in October.
This year’s winner is Lissa Muscatine, who served as Hillary Clinton’s top speechwriter for nearly two decades and helped author Clinton’s autobiography, Living History. One of the top speechwriters in the world today, Ms. Muscatine is also an accomplished teacher and a riveting storyteller.
This week Ms. Muscatine visited SEGL twice.Read More
A guest post by SEGL French teacher Mairéad O’Grady:
“So, what country are we visiting this week?”
This certainly isn’t a question that my own high school French teacher was likely to hear. And even if she had an answer, it was never Mali, Guinea-Conakry, Côte d’Ivoire, or Senegal. But by the end of this week, the SEGL French students will have visited the embassies of all four of those countries, and our “passports” will fill up even more as the semester continues.Read More
DC v Heller is one of the most important Supreme Court cases in recent memory. The case, which declared for the first time a Constitutional right to own a handgun, is particularly meaningful to study after last week’s tragic shooting in DC’s Navy Yard.
How do you confront the most intractable disagreement of our times? A disagreement so fundamental that each side feels passionately about an entirely different set of facts? This was our challenge this week: the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.Read More
The 1994 Rwandan genocide is one of the darkest chapters in modern history. Nearly a million people were killed in 100 days while the world decided against intervening.
As dark a chapter as it is, the genocide provides a remarkable learning opportunity for SEGL students. Through studying the individual and governmental responses to the violence, they can better understand effective leadership in times of crisis.Read More