Windswept, wet, and none the worse for wear, the 21 students of Fall 2011 are here, and they are fantastic. Hailing from California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Vermont, they have already distinguished themselves by their enthusiasm, conviviality, and thoughtfulness.
What can eight students from an extraordinary set of backgrounds accomplish in seven days? Our inaugural cohort of Summer at SEGL students found out last week in a jam-packed, enlightening, and meaningful session.
On the afternoon of April 11, 2011, at 2nd and Constitution Avenue, there was a protest against Congress’s decision (as part of a budget deal) not to allow government-subsidized abortions for low-income women in the District, even though the DC government approved them and uses its own tax money to pay for them.
If you were to walk into the SEGL Director’s Office, you would soon notice a prominently displayed photograph. The picture (left) shows the civil rights legend John Lewis in a tan overcoat at the front of a long line of protestors who have just crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the now-famous Selma-to-Montgomery March on March 7, 1965: “Bloody Sunday.
Should the government cut funding for organizations (at home and abroad) that provide abortion services? Congress is debating this issue vigorously this month, with passionate speeches from both sides of the aisle.
This week our students tackled the global HIV/AIDS crisis. The case study, which required embassy visits (the Dominican Republic, India, South Africa, Namibia, and Malawi), extensive research, and the authoring of a policy memo, culminated in a two-hour Master Class with Ambassador Mark Dybul.
Each semester several of our most distinguished guest experts teach “Master Classes” to our students. Former Nixon White House official Egil “Bud” Krogh taught our first Master Class of the semester (taught in two parts) last week.
At SEGL, we are watching the events in the Middle East unfold with great interest. Students are sending links to news articles, watching Al-Jazeera English in-between classes, and requesting more information.
To what extent and how should the United States encourage China to grow in an environmentally sustainable manner?
Yesterday, as part of our first case study on China and climate change, we welcomed the first guest expert of the semester: U.
As we return from a short fall break there is anticipation in the still-warm fall air. Our Homecoming Weekend begins in a few days, and many of our first year graduates will be returning for a packed weekend of activities and fun.