The School for Ethics and Global Leadership

Against all odds, SEGL at ALA Spring 2021 begins!

Against all odds, SEGL at ALA Spring 2021 begins!

In these uncertain times, there is one thing we know for sure: This SEGL at ALA cohort is a special group of students!

White House leaders highlight final days of fall 2020

White House leaders highlight final days of fall 2020

The weather is turning colder but our learning is heating up! Our final weeks have included visits with two high-ranking White House leaders, an advisor to six Secretaries of State, and our social entrepreneurship coach.

Fall 2020 presents capstone at Mexican Embassy, leading think tank

Fall 2020 presents capstone at Mexican Embassy, leading think tank

How do you learn to testify before Congress? Argue before the Supreme Court? Defend your PhD thesis? The answer? Come to SEGL and complete the capstone collaborative policy document experience!

SEGL Graduates help to “get out the vote”

SEGL Graduates help to “get out the vote”

Santiago Mendoza (S’12): For about two months I worked as an organizer with NextGen America, a progressive youth voter outreach organization, on their Maine field team.

Palestinians, Israelis, and Fall 2020

Palestinians, Israelis, and Fall 2020

Just months ago, the Trump Administration brought the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict back into the American limelight by unveiling a controversial peace plan.

Fall 2020 Homecoming Gala!

Fall 2020 Homecoming Gala!

In a normal year, the highlight of Family/Homecoming Weekend is our annual gala, a Saturday night affair usually held on a DC rooftop.

Family/Homecoming 2020: a virtual (and actual) success!

Family/Homecoming 2020: a virtual (and actual) success!

Over 300 guests joined us by videoconference this past weekend to celebrate Family/Homecoming Weekend 2020! Our festivities included: Friday “Live look-in” to Ethics and Leadership class featuring a conversation with 2015 Golden Mug Award winner Ghaith al-Omari (recording here ), introduced by Amaani Jetley, DC Fall 2020 student.

Former White House Speechwriter Lissa Muscatine Gives First Fall 2020 Master Class

Former White House Speechwriter Lissa Muscatine Gives First Fall 2020 Master Class

The SEGL “Master Class” is perhaps our most challenging and rewarding academic tradition. Several times a term, students present and defend a “deliverable” in front of a distinguished expert who grills, mentors, and evaluates their effort.

Fall 2020 Confronts Climate Change

Fall 2020 Confronts Climate Change

In a week dominated by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, we also took time to focus on what many believe is the defining issue of our generation: climate change.

Ghosts of Rwanda Night and the Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ghosts of Rwanda Night and the Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

One of SEGL’s great traditions is Ghosts of Rwanda Night. It’s an early and sober turning point each semester. More important, it provokes some of the term’s most meaningful reflection.

Acting Ethically After George Floyd: Week Two at SEGL

Acting Ethically After George Floyd: Week Two at SEGL

On May 25, 2020, eight minutes and 46 seconds changed history. Or did they? The answer to that question depends, in large part, on the actions our leaders take.

See, think, act, reflect: critical thinking week

See, think, act, reflect: critical thinking week

How do we know something is true? How do we know something is right? Answering these questions, especially in 2020, requires a special kind of perseverance.

The Happy Few, The Prime Minister’s Questions, The Existentialists, and The Asymptotes: Fall 2020 is here!

The Happy Few, The Prime Minister’s Questions, The Existentialists, and The Asymptotes: Fall 2020 is here!

After a summer of anticipation and preparation, our fall 2020 cohort is here! On arrival day we braved a bit of thunder and lightning with high spirits.

The history and ethics of protest in America

The history and ethics of protest in America

A free online course for the SEGL community 8PM Eastern on Wednesdays in June and July Course description: George Floyd is dead and America is convulsing.

Spring 2020 presents capstone policy document

Spring 2020 presents capstone policy document

Will you be ready when you testify before Congress? Argue before the Supreme Court? Defend your PhD thesis? After the past few weeks, each of our students is more prepared for these challenges.

Senators, Congresswomen, and Governors

Senators, Congresswomen, and Governors

Each semester we leave room for speakers who do not fit neatly into one of our weekly case studies. Some of these sessions blossom into popular new case studies (our Spring 2010 meeting with Lissa Muscatine, for example), and some become the stuff of SEGL legend (President Barack Obama in Summer 2017).

Spring 2020 and the Second Amendment

Spring 2020 and the Second Amendment

No part of our Constitution has generated more emotion than the Second Amendment. From school shootings to Charlton Heston’s famous rallying cry (“From my cold, dead hands!

Three conversations, three blockbuster women leaders

Three conversations, three blockbuster women leaders

Last week at the end of Morning Meeting one of our students offered these words from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre:

Segl at Ala Student Blog #1: Lila K. And Isadora G-l

Segl at Ala Student Blog #1: Lila K. And Isadora G-l

In the coming weeks, we will feature blog posts written by current SEGL at ALA students, offering their perspective on what they are learning and living here in Johannesburg.

Books and Basketball: Spring 2020 Edition

Books and Basketball: Spring 2020 Edition

Three long whistle tweets, four stretched-out syllables (“TOES–ON–THE–LINE!”), and dozens of scurrying first and second grade feet: it’s 4:30pm Wednesday at Thomson Public Elementary School and time for another “Books and Basketball” session!