The School for Ethics and Global Leadership

State Department speechwriting team gives second Master Class of the term

State Department speechwriting team gives second Master Class of the term

This week our students got a bittersweet treat: when Hillary Clinton shared the tragic news from Libya on Wednesday morning, she was reading text that SEGL guest speaker Megan Rooney helped to craft.

Confronting Rwanda: Students visit Holocaust Museum; meet Carl Wilkens, Laura Lane, and Ambassador George Moose

Confronting Rwanda: Students visit Holocaust Museum; meet Carl Wilkens, Laura Lane, and Ambassador George Moose

The first Friday evening of the SEGL semester has become something of a tradition. As the sunlight fades over the horizon, we huddle over tables in the Academic Building’s Parlor, grappling with Bud Krogh’s life-and-death case study and putting newfound ethical thinking skills to the test.

Bud Krogh gives first “Master Class” of the semester

Bud Krogh gives first “Master Class” of the semester

Each semester our students tackle a variety of challenging case studies. Each case study focuses on a different issue, gives students new background knowledge, and requires new skills.

Fall 2012 is here!

Fall 2012 is here!

Fall 2012 is here and they are terrific! 24 students from across the United States (and Costa Rica) arrived in Washington, DC on Saturday and already they are making the most of their experience.

SEGL Receives Transformative Grant to Expand Ethics and Leadership Program and Scholarships

SEGL Receives Transformative Grant to Expand Ethics and Leadership Program and Scholarships

The School for Ethics and Global Leadership is proud to announce that it has received a transformative grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

SEGL students learn and grow on our first annual trip to Rwanda

SEGL students learn and grow on our first annual trip to Rwanda

When asking current students and alumni which of our Ethics and Leadership case studies was the most challenging, many of them say that it is the week that we spend learning about the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Spring 2012 presents capstone policy document to Ambassador Daniel Fried, Special Envoy to Guantanamo Bay

Spring 2012 presents capstone policy document to Ambassador Daniel Fried, Special Envoy to Guantanamo Bay

Each semester our students select one issue of international significance and draft a collaborative policy document that responds to that dilemma.

Jack Abramoff visits SEGL

Jack Abramoff visits SEGL

In the last 25 years, no one has better symbolized Washington’s ethics challenges than Jack Abramoff. The former top lobbyist dominated the news in 2005 and 2006 for his leading role in Congressional scandals involving fraud, corruption, and tax evasion.

Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer visits SEGL

Presidential candidate Buddy Roemer visits SEGL

Former U.S. Congressman and Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer spent 90 minutes with SEGL students on Saturday afternoon as part of his unconventional campaign for President of the United States.

SEGL at ALA Week 1

SEGL at ALA Week 1

After a packed weekend of orientation, the SEGL at ALA students jumped into their classes with an impressive amount of energy–particularly considering the jet lag they were still fighting!

Gun control case study targets Constitutional rights

Gun control case study targets Constitutional rights

In the landmark 2008 DC. v Heller case, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to own handguns.

SEGL Thanks Modell’s Sporting Goods for Partnering with “Books and Basketball”

SEGL Thanks Modell’s Sporting Goods for Partnering with “Books and Basketball”

More than 40 1st and 2nd graders pack the Thomson Elementary gym each Wednesday afternoon for “Books and Basketball,” SEGL’s signature community service program.

THE ODYSSEY

THE ODYSSEY

As our semester hits the midpoint and cherry blossoms explode all over the city, our Ethics and Leadership curriculum moves into its second phase.

SEGL STUDENTS NEGOTIATE THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

SEGL STUDENTS NEGOTIATE THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is certainly intractable, but is it impossible to solve? This was one of the key questions our students confronted last week as they met with three leading players in the dispute.

Ambassador Mark Dybul, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, gives Master Class at SEGL

Ambassador Mark Dybul, former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, gives Master Class at SEGL

Imagine you are in charge of U.S. HIV/AIDS funding for Haiti…or India…or Botswana…or any of the countries that now receive support from PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).

SEGL launches new community service partnership with local elementary school

SEGL launches new community service partnership with local elementary school

“Do you do community service at SEGL?” It is a question I hear regularly when sharing our school with new audiences.

Master Speechwriting Class with Hillary Clinton’s top Speechwriters

Master Speechwriting Class with Hillary Clinton’s top Speechwriters

Last Friday SEGL held its second Master Class of the Spring 2012 semester with former State Department Chief of Speechwriting Lissa Muscatine and current State Department Speechwriter Megan Rooney.

Genocide Case Study: the Holocaust Museum, Carl Wilkens, Ambassador James Kimonyo, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dan Baer

Genocide Case Study: the Holocaust Museum, Carl Wilkens, Ambassador James Kimonyo, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Dan Baer

The PBS documentary “Ghosts of Rwanda” has become something of a right of passage for SEGL students. Shown in preparation for our second case study of the semester, the film challenges students with difficult imagery and what many observers call the U.

Ethical Thinking Master Class with Egil ‘Bud’ Krogh, Deputy Assistant to Richard Nixon

Ethical Thinking Master Class with Egil ‘Bud’ Krogh, Deputy Assistant to Richard Nixon

One of the best parts of our flagship Ethics and Leadership class is the “Master Class.” Each cohort of SEGL students meets with dozens of guests over the course of the semester, gaining critical insights and skills from each one.

Spring 2012 is here!

Spring 2012 is here!

SEGL’s Spring 2012 semester is underway, and what an auspicious start! Our 22 students come from a wide array of backgrounds, and each one is clearly working to take full advantage of the SEGL experience.