News Archive



Picture of book cover Making Law and Court count

Making Law and Courts Research Relevant

September 25, 2014

Brandon Bartels, associate professor of political science, argues that research can be more directly relevant to broader audiences outside of academia. A significant part of this issue, he states, goes back to a seeming disconnect between empirical and normative scholars of law and courts that has increased in recent years.

GW Professor's Gate

Welcome, New Faculty!

September 10, 2014

Columbian College welcomed 12 new full-time faculty members this year, bringing the total number of full-time scholars to 496—and strengthening disciplines across the sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Graduate student Jordan Sender guides clients through voice training exercises at the GW Speech and Hearing Center.

At Speech & Hearing, Students are Clinic Caretakers

September 10, 2014

As they prepare to join the growing field of speech pathology, graduate students gain invaluable training at the GW Speech and Hearing Center. From treating clients with communicative impairments to managing insurance payments, the experience is "intense, demanding and endlessly rewarding."

Elisabeth Anker, assistant professor of American studies and political science

Lights, Camera, Action: The Politics of Melodrama

September 10, 2014

Think "Mission Accomplished." Why does our political discourse often sound like a movie script? Elisabeth Anker discusses how melodrama jumped from Hollywood potboilers to a powerful political force.

Joseph Asher Hale

GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design Presents Joseph Asher Hale’s Fathom

September 02, 2014

Gallery 31 at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at GW’s Columbian College will open Joseph Asher Hale: Fathom, a large sculptural installation of an imagined globe that represents the earth 250 million years into the future.

Tony Fratto and Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Former White House and NPR Staffers Join SMPA

August 28, 2014

Tony Fratto, former deputy White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, and Barbara Bradley Hagerty, former correspondent for National Public Radio, will join the GW School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) as fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. Both will provide key insights for students and faculty about working in journalism and media.

The Corcoran building

Update: Corcoran Gallery of Art, the George Washington University and National Gallery of Art Complete Agreements

August 21, 2014

The historic agreements between The Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art and Design, GW and the National Gallery of Art are now final. With the completion of final transactions, the new partnership to preserve the Corcoran legacy is officially underway.

Steven Knapp, Peggy Loar, Earl A. Powell III

Corcoran Gallery of Art, the George Washington University and National Gallery of Art Receive Approval to Implement Agreements

August 18, 2014

Leaders of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art and Design, GW and the National Gallery of Art today received approval from the D.C. Superior Court to implement their historic agreements that were first announced in February 2014.

Open book

A Sampling of New Books by Columbian College Faculty

August 13, 2014

An encyclopedia of social media; a blueprint for international détente; a criminal justice guide to hot-button DNA controversies; the life stories of abstract artists. These are among the prolific topics addressed this year in books by Columbian College faculty.

Jackie Biggs, MA ’13

Alumna Eases Veterans’ Pain through Art Therapy

August 13, 2014

At a Fort Belvoir hospital, Art Therapy alumna Jackie Biggs, MA ’13, uses paint and clay to help ease the emotional pain of veterans returning home from harrowing tours of duty.

Students practiced traditional Chinese painting techniques at Nanjing

Global Experience: Confucius Institute Transports Students to China

August 13, 2014

From the Forbidden City to the Great Wall, a GW Confucius Institute-sponsored tour took seven Columbian College students to China’s most awe-inspiring landmarks—all while immersing them in the nation’s history, language and culture.

Akos Vertes

Vertes Victories

August 13, 2014

From his earliest labs, Akos Vertes has lit up the chemistry world with his lasers, microscopes and scientific curiosity. After 20 years of pushing the envelope of innovation at GW, he’s embarking on perhaps the greatest challenge of his career.

Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama and the Politics of Freedom

August 05, 2014

Elisabeth Anker, assistant professor of American studies and political science, argues that American politics is often influenced by melodrama narratives from cinema and literature. This book focuses on the role of melodrama in the news media and presidential speeches after 9/11.

Constructive Illusions by Eric Grynaviski

Constructive Illusions

July 10, 2014

Eric Grynaviski, assistant professor of political science and international affairs, argues that when nations mistakenly believe they share a mutual understanding, international cooperation is more likely and more productive than if they had a genuine understanding of each other's position. Grynaviski shows how such constructive misunderstandings allowed for cooperation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union between 1972 and 1979.

Christopher Rollston

Leading Near East Epigrapher Spearheads Ancient Near East Studies

July 09, 2014

When archaeologists puzzle over an ancient inscription and experts are stumped by an artifact’s engravings, there’s one name they call: Christopher Rollston, a leading Near East epigrapher, biblical scholar and master of a dozen "dead" languages. Now Rollston is returning to his roots on the GW campus—and raising the Classic Department’s star power.