The School for Ethics and Global Leadership

“OK, KNUCKLEHEADS”: FALL 2013 TAKES AIM AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT

“OK, KNUCKLEHEADS”: FALL 2013 TAKES AIM AT THE SECOND AMENDMENT

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.

“Idealism without Illusion”: Fall 2013 studies the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

“Idealism without Illusion”: Fall 2013 studies the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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?

Fall 2013 Confronts Rwandan Genocide

Fall 2013 Confronts Rwandan Genocide

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.

FORMER WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL LEADS FIRST FALL 2013 MASTER CLASS

FORMER WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL LEADS FIRST FALL 2013 MASTER CLASS

The Master Class. Every SEGL cohort experiences several each semester. And every SEGL student takes some of her or his most defining leadership lessons from them.

Fall 2013 Begins

Fall 2013 Begins

Our fifth year is off to a terrific start with the arrival of our Fall 2013 cohort. The numbers are impressive: our 24 students hail from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.

Spring 2013 final weeks: Former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, Vietnam War POW Bob Shumaker, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Bailey Hand, Venture Projects, and Crisis Simulation

Spring 2013 final weeks: Former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, Vietnam War POW Bob Shumaker, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Bailey Hand, Venture Projects, and Crisis Simulation

The final days of the Spring 2013 semester were packed! Our now-famous Crisis Simulation case study was the highlight of the week before final exams.

Spring 2013 presents policy document before former Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell; State Department Desk Officers

Spring 2013 presents policy document before former Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell; State Department Desk Officers

After presenting to former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty on Friday, our students had barely two hours to prep for their next assignment: defending their North Korea policy document recommendations at the State Department.

Former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty visits SEGL

Former DC Mayor Adrian Fenty visits SEGL

How would you make DC better?That is the question our students confronted in a new case study this week. After hearing an overview of DC’s political situation and key issues on Monday, the students formed four groups that each tackled one of the District’s thorniest issues: HIV/AIDS (DC faces an HIV epidemic), education (DC’s public school system is considered among the least effective in the country), urban development (DC’s rapid gentrification has created many growing pains), and statehood (DC has no Congressional representation and needs its budget approved by Congress).

Spring 2013 Researches North Korea, Visits NRA to Meet with President David Keene, Confronts Boston Bombings

Spring 2013 Researches North Korea, Visits NRA to Meet with President David Keene, Confronts Boston Bombings

Our students slept well this weekend after what was arguably the busiest week in SEGL history. Our journey began on Sunday afternoon, when nearly 100 members of the SEGL community–students, graduates, parents, and friends–came together in our virtual classroom to watch Girl Rising, a compelling new documentary about educating girls around the world.

SEGL students deliver gun rights speeches to top Hillary Clinton and White House speechwriters

SEGL students deliver gun rights speeches to top Hillary Clinton and White House speechwriters

DC is ground zero in the debate over the Second Amendment’s meaning. Our students saw that debate up close last week during a compelling case study on gun legislation and speechwriting.

THE ODYSSEY: SPRING 2013 EDITION

THE ODYSSEY: SPRING 2013 EDITION

Reflection. In an age of smart phones, microwave ovens, and GPS guidance, reflection is increasingly a lost art. And yet, reflection–perhaps more than anything else–helps us discover who we are and who we want to be.

Spring 2013 Drafts Budget Proposals for Congressman; Gets Up Close With Henry V

Spring 2013 Drafts Budget Proposals for Congressman; Gets Up Close With Henry V

The national debt. It may earn more groans than a bad Seth McFarlane joke at the Oscars, but nothing is more serious to our future.

Israelis and Palestinians: Spring 2013 meets Jonathan Kessler, Aaron David Miller, and Ghaith al-Omari

Israelis and Palestinians: Spring 2013 meets Jonathan Kessler, Aaron David Miller, and Ghaith al-Omari

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.

Confronting Genocide: Spring 2013 Investigates the U.S. Role In Rwanda

Confronting Genocide: Spring 2013 Investigates the U.S. Role In Rwanda

In 1994, Rwanda lost nearly a million lives to a horrific genocide. The choices that Americans made during that genocide both haunt and inspire us.

Former Nixon White House Official Bud Krogh Leads First Spring 2013 Master Class

Former Nixon White House Official Bud Krogh Leads First Spring 2013 Master Class

The Master Class. It is a hallmark of the SEGL experience. Several times a semester, we ask our guest experts to do more than provide expertise: we ask them to lead a class.

Spring 2013 Begins

Spring 2013 Begins

Our Spring 2013 students have arrived, and they are outstanding. On the coldest weekend of the season, 24 motivated new faces made their beds and filled their closets on Capitol Hill.

General Stanley McChrystal, former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton, and former CEO Robert Kamerschen visit SEGL for blockbuster “Crisis Management” week

General Stanley McChrystal, former White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolton, and former CEO Robert Kamerschen visit SEGL for blockbuster “Crisis Management” week

It is hard to imagine a more fulfilling week than the one our students just shared. Our penultimate week is devoted to an intensive study of crisis management, particularly in foreign affairs.

Fall 2012 semester presents policy document on Chinese Laogai system at State Department

Fall 2012 semester presents policy document on Chinese Laogai system at State Department

The first of our Fall 2012 semester capstone projects is in the books…or, more accurately, in the hands of the State Department’s leading experts on Chinese human rights.

2013-2014 Application Release!

2013-2014 Application Release!

Attention all prospective students: We are excited to announce our newly released 2013-2014 application for admission! All current sophomores are eligible to apply for our Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters (each with a Priority Application Deadline of February 15, 2013).

An SEGL Thanksgiving

An SEGL Thanksgiving

Since our first fall semester, SEGL has shared a traditional Thanksgiving feast on the last night before Thanksgiving break. It is a time to come together as a community, to reflect on the semester, to look toward the end of our time together, to celebrate the end of the year’s biggest stretch of school days without a break, and–of course–to eat.