News Archive



Constructive Illusions by Eric Grynaviski

Constructive Illusions

July 10, 2014

Eric Grynaviski 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.

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Research Grants Pave Way for Columbian College Discoveries

July 09, 2014

From scientific investigations on the origins of diabetes and the consequences of melting Arctic ice, to historical perspectives on the Ottoman Empire and D.C.'s African-American cultural legacy, to research projects in Java and Uganda, it's been a banner year for major new research grants at Columbian College.

East Meets West in Art

July 09, 2014

Historians point to centuries of instances where artistic techniques, motifs and images have influenced masterpieces and societies across borders. In a video conversation with Dean Ben Vinson, Mika Natif reveals how elements and images from Renaissance Europe found their way into 17th century Islamic art.

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Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign Spotlights Columbian College Aspirations

July 09, 2014

As GW kicks off its $1 billion philanthropic campaign, Columbian College is leading the charge in enhancing academics, supporting students and breaking ground on bold new initiatives. Among the college's funding priorities are endowed professorships, faculty research, financial aid, the Science and Engineering Hall and support for strategic opportunities.

Gilbert Cisneros, BA ’94, and family

Gilbert Cisneros’ Good Fortune Changes Student Lives

June 17, 2014

Alumnus Gilbert Cisneros, BA ’94, and his wife, Jacki, donated $1 million of lottery winnings to aid GW students. Now he’s seeing how giving back helps young Latinos get ahead.

Young-Key Kim-Renaud

Retiring Professor’s Legacy

June 17, 2014

The landscape of East Asian studies at Columbian College has been transformed under the leadership of Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud, who steps down this month as chair of the East Asian Languages and Literatures Department. But beyond her leadership role, Kim-Renaud has been a strong mentor and generous contributor to advancing the study of the humanities.

Gridlock: Bridging the Partisan Divide

June 17, 2014

Gridlock. It's a word that evokes images of frustration and paralysis. For Congress, gridlock has increasingly become business-as-usual. Partisanship and deep ideological polarization have stymied efforts to find compromise and solve the nation's most pressing problems.

Corcoran College of Art + Design

The Corcoran Comes to GW: Columbian College’s Key Role

June 17, 2014

Columbian College is poised as a pivotal player in the historic partnership between GW, the National Gallery of Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual by Michael Abrams

The Art of City Sketching: A Field Manual

June 14, 2014

Illustrated with hundreds of drawings by Michael Abrams, students and professionals of cityscapes and buildings around Europe, the United States and Puerto Rico, this book helps you develop your conceptual drawings skills so that you can communicate graphically to represent the built environment.

GW Alumni Association Selects New President-Elect

GW Alumni Association Selects New President-Elect

June 09, 2014

Jeremy Gosbee, B.A. '98, M.B.A. '02, was selected president-elect of the GW Alumni Association Board of Directors, and will succeed Steve Frenkil, B.A. ’74, as president in June 2015.

Naval Academy

Columbian College Partners with Naval Academy to Train Navy’s Future Leaders

June 03, 2014

GW was selected by the U.S. Naval Academy to create a graduate program for company officers in their first year of service.

 The 45-credit Master's in Leadership Education and Development blends courses from the Organizational Sciences Department and the School of Education and Human Development.

A scene from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead.

When Zombies Attack: The Undead Teach Students About Capitalism

May 22, 2014

A Dean's Seminar taught by American Studies professor Dara Orenstein uses the zombie apocalypse as a lens on political economy.

GW President Steven Knapp, Interim director and President of the Corcoran Peggy Loar, Director of the NGA Earl A. Powell III

The Corcoran, The National Gallery of Art and GW Sign Final Agreements for Historic Collaboration

May 15, 2014

Leaders of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design, the National Gallery of Art, and GW signed the final agreements that confirm and formalize the terms of their collaboration.

Abraham Shlonsky: An Introduction to His Poetry

Abraham Shlonsky: An Introduction to His Poetry

May 13, 2014

Ari Ofengenden explores the work of Abraham Shlonsky whose poetry redeems the experiences of immigrants, refugees and urban outcasts following the traumatic events of the First World War and the Civil War in Russia.