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Janet Reno Endowment

Janet Reno Endowment Includes Women’s Leadership Award, Forums

June 20, 2016

Janet Reno’s legacy as America’s first female Attorney General and her advocacy for justice and equality is being honored through a new Georgetown endowment focusing on disadvantaged children, youth and families involved in the juvenile justice, child welfare, and related care systems.

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Harry J. Holzer Named John LaFarge Jr. S.J. Chair

Harry J. Holzer Named John LaFarge Jr. S.J. Chair

A leading expert on the challenges facing low-wage workers, Dr. Holzer has written or edited 12 books and numerous journal articles with special focus on the experiences of minorities in the labor market.

Lynch Talks Criminal, Social Justice During 'Exit Interview' Series

Lynch Talks Criminal, Social Justice During 'Exit Interview' Series

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch talked to members of the university community about criminal and social justice yesterday during a conversation series focusing on the political and policy issues that have shaped the nation during the Obama Administration.

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Georgetown Effort Advises Next Administration on Driving Government Innovation

Nearly 300 scholars and leaders from across the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors gathered at Georgetown on to explore how the next presidential administration can institutionalize innovation in federal policymaking.


Immigrants to America Become Less Healthy Over Time, Professor Says

The longer immigrants stay in America, the less healthy they become, according to a recently published study in Economics and Human Biology by McCourt School of Public Policy Adriana Kugler and a colleague from Dalhousie university.

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Justice Department, FBI, DEA Heads Speak at Opioid Addiction Event

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), spoke at Georgetown last night during a screening of the documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict.

Labor Secretary Perez Lecture Calls for Diversity and Shared Prosperity

Labor Secretary Perez Lecture Calls for Diversity and Shared Prosperity

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez made an impassioned appeal to Georgetown students last night to help ensure an inclusive and prosperous economy and society for all Americans.

Susan Rice Speaks on Foreign Policy

Susan Rice Speaks on Foreign Policy

Rice’s talk was the first of a six-part series, sponsored by the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics), that is designed to explore policy successes and challenges in the current administration and give advice to the next president.

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Journalists Explore Impact of Anger, Trust and Faith in 2016 Election

Journalists who cover religion and politics for PBS, the Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and other media gathered last night at Georgetown to talk about how anger, trust and faith factor into the 2016 presidential election.

Professor Alice Rivlin

Professor Alice Rivlin Wins Rossi Award

The Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) and the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy have announced McCourt School Visiting Professor Alice Rivlin, Ph.D., as among the three recipients of this year’s Peter H. Rossi Award for pioneering the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and for her unwavering commitment throughout her career to effective public policy.

Hanna Abou-El-Seoud

MPM Student Hanna Abou-El-Seoud Receives Government Relations Fellowship

The Bryce Harlow Foundation, which provides professional growth opportunities for individuals pursuing careers in government relations and advocacy in Washington, D.C., recently announced that Master of Policy Management (MPM) student Hanna Abou-El- Seoud was selected among its 2016-17 class of Bryce Harlow Fellows.

Amir H Jilani (MPP ’16)

Winning McCourt Thesis Connects Party Affiliation and Employment Outcomes in India

A faculty committee at the McCourt School of Public Policy this summer awarded its 2016 MPP Thesis Prize to recent graduate Amir H Jilani (MPP ’16) for his distinguished research into whether politician identity and party affiliation of legislators affects employment and welfare outcomes for minorities in India.

President Obama

Georgetown to Host Interview Series on Obama Presidency

The Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) at the McCourt School of Public Policy, will host a series of events from September through January 2017 centered on the political and policy record of Barack Obama’s presidency.

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GU Politics Welcomes New Advisory Board

Top republican and democratic consultants, leading political journalists in traditional and new media, and eight Georgetown alumni and faculty round out the new Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) Advisory Board for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Baker Innovation Grant Supports Big, Bold Ideas

In keeping with the Baker Center’s mission to cultivate the next generation of leaders, five students from the McCourt School will be selected as Baker Innovators and will be granted $20,000 in seed capital to support innovative solutions to pressing global challenges.


Professor Adriana Kugler to Research Unemployment Insurance Effects

McCourt School professor Adriana Kugler will study the effect of unemployment insurance benefits on match quality and job mobility, thanks to a grant from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund

Nonprofit Leaders Receive Scholarship for McCourt School Program

Eight nonprofit leaders in the Washington, D.C., region received Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund scholarships to attend a certificate program last month at the McCourt School of Public Policy.

GPPR Debuts 'Post-Millennial' Spring Edition

GPPR Debuts 'Post-Millennial' Spring Edition

The student-led Georgetown Public Policy Review (GPPR) unveiled its 2016 Spring Edition, focusing on the vast array of policy challenges and opportunities facing millennials. The Spring Edition also marked the debut of GPPR's anticipated digital format.

Reconciliation Report

Reconciliation Programs Worsen Psychological Health, Study Shows

Post-conflict reconciliation promotes societal healing, but reduces victims’ psychological health, worsening depression, anxiety and trauma, according to a new study today in Science co-authored by Jacobus Cilliers of Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

Duncan Visits McCourt

Duncan Visits McCourt for Education Talk

The McCourt School of Public Policy’s 2016 LEAD Conference, A New Era in School Finance, led by Seattle-based research center Edunomics Lab, convened leading authorities for a dialogue on the complexities of education finance in light of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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Mock Interview Program Puts Students A Step Ahead

The program provided students with the opportunity to sharpen their interview skills through firsthand practice before McCourt School alumni who offered constructive feedback.


CPNL, Crimsonbridge Launch New Scholarships

The Crimsonbridge Leadership Fund will provide scholarships to CPNL’s Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program for leaders at locally-based and locally-serving organizations.

Steny Hoyer

Hoyer Delivers Speech on Renewing Faith in Government

The speech — hosted by the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown Law, and the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University — addressed the loss of confidence in government and explored ways Congress can restore the American people’s faith and trust that government can work effectively on their behalf.

Paul Ryan Town Hall

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, Participates in Millennial Town Hall

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) spoke to an audience of more than 500 Georgetown students, faculty and staff today about the importance of the Republican Party’s engagement with millennials.


Public Policy OUT Hosts DADT Panel

On Tuesday, March 1st, Public Policy OUT and the Georgetown University Veteran Student Association hosted, “The Battle Before Us: Military Service and LGBT Equality,” a panel discussion on the status of U.S. LGBT military personnel in the aftermath of the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”.

National Policy Competition

McCourt Team Named Top Finalist at National Policy Competition

A team of five McCourt students last weekend was named top finalist in the National Invitational Public Policy Challenge, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Lugar Center

Lugar Center, McCourt Unveil 2015 Bipartisan Index

The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy today jointly released their new Bipartisan Index rankings of all members of Congress in 2015. The non-partisan tool indicates the degree to which Senators and Representatives work across party lines.


East Africa Road Safety Project Gets $3 Million Grant

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Georgetown researchers a $3 million grant to expand a road safety intervention project in East Africa, where traffic accidents are a leading cause of death.

Policy Conference

2016 Policy Conference Tackles Challenges Associated With Emergence of World Powers

This year’s event, (R)Evolution of the Global Economy: Conflict and Collaboration in the 21st Century, focused on rethinking current approaches to economic development within the context of emerging world powers.

Baker Center

Restoring Trust Event Launches New McCourt School Center

An interactive town hall on restoring trust in America’s bedrock institutions will take place on Tuesday, April 26, as part of the launch of the university’s new Baker Center for Leadership & Governance.

Hult Competition

McCourt Students Advance in Hult Prize Competition

The Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition and start-up platform for social good. In partnership with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative, the innovative crowdsourcing platform identifies and launches disruptive and catalytic social ventures that aim to solve the planet’s most pressing challenges.

Three Former Heads of State

McCourt School Hosts Three Former Heads of State

On March 3rd, the McCourt School of Public Policy, the Institute of Politics and Public Service, and School of Foreign Service were honored to welcome three former Heads of State to Georgetown: current GU Politics Fellow and former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla, former President of Slovenia Danilo Türk, and former Prime Minister of Tunisia Mehdi Jomaa.



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