A very lucky group of 14 MSFS students, one professor, and one administrator will be spending Spring Break traveling in Saudi Arabia on a fact-finding mission sponsored by the Saudi Ministry of Education.
Elizabeth Linder, Facebook’s Politics and Government Specialist, is spending the week on Georgetown’s campus as a participant of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy’s 2012 Georgetown Leadership Summit (GLS). This week is a bit of a change of pace for Ms. Linder, who spends most of her time helping politicians and government officials around the world improve their Facebook outreach strategies.
When MSFS students arrive on Georgetown’s campus, many are already fluent in a foreign language. Some, like Isaac Chan (’14) are fluent in three and are working on their fourth. As a practical, skill-based Master’s program, MSFS requires that all students pass a foreign language proficiency test.
MSFS welcomes Margaret Heffernan, bestselling author of Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at Our Peril to host a leadership clinic on Saturday, February 8. In this book, she argues that the biggest threats and dangers we face are the ones we don’t see-not because they’re secret or invisible, but because we’re willfully blind.
A group of MSFS students met with Barukh Binah, Israeli Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States, to discuss developments in the Middle East and the importance of the US-Israel relationship.
MSFS students and administration enjoyed an outing to the Newseum on Thursday, March 28. The excursion was a chance for students, faculty and stuff to leave campus and enjoy the city over Easter break.
On Wednesday, January 16, MSFS hosted a lunch and discussion with Scott Carpenter, Deputy Director from Google Ideas. Mr. Carpenter gave a talk titled “Thought Leadership: Incubating New Approaches to Global Challenges @ Google Ideas.” Google Ideas is Google’s new “think/do” tank, and Mr. Carpenter is responsible for driving the portfolio addressing illicit networks as well as advising its strategy in three other key areas: confronting violent extremism, expanding freedom of expression in closed societies, and securing citizens in weak states.
The success of the 2012 Tropaia Ceremony can largely be attributed to the memorable speeches of the keynote and alumni speakers. Dr. Sri Mulyani Indrawati served as the keynote speaker for the event.
In the summer of 2011, the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) created Storyboard, a video competition for current students, as a way to encourage creative use of digital media to tell MSFS stories. The competition ran during the 2011-2012 academic year. Storyboard called for students to create short videos suitable for YouTube that responded to the theme of “MSFS Core Values.”
Master of Science in Foreign Service students enjoyed a final soiree before finals hit at the annual Spring Ball. The event, organized by the Student Representatives, was held at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria on April 28.
MSFS students met last Friday, Feb. 8 in the 7th floor lounge and ECR for an annual MSFS Spring tradition: food, drink and merrymaking…over board games.
Game Night brought nearly forty first-year and second-year students together for a work-free evening on the 7th floor that only required them to have fun and take a break from the semester. At their disposal were Uno, Cranium, Taboo, playing cards and other classic board games.
MSFS students took time away from their books on Saturday, Feb. 2 to spend the morning ice skating with kids from Hearst Elementary School in Tenleytown. The morning event was sponsored by Big Buddies, a student group that pairs MSFS students with at-risk youth for activities that are both fun and educational. This event was organized by Big Buddies’ Delana Lensgraf (’13), Mike Stock (’13) and Betsy Wendt, a youth counselor at Hearst Elementary.