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Making an Impact

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Saving MLK: Alumnus Chronicles Legacy 

In his book, Paul Kendrick, MA ’05, MPA ’07, tells how Martin Luther King, Jr., endured nine days in a dangerous prison—and changed politics as we know it.

Learning & Discovery

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Gene Edits Ignite Butterfly Wings

A new study led by Biology’s Arnaud Martin reveals how species develop distinctive traits and offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness evolution in action.

Faculty Spotlight

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A Changing Supreme Court

Political Science’s Brandon Bartels spoke with CCAS Dean Paul Wahlbeck about how public pressure and a politicized nomination process has changed views of the Supreme Court.

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    Alexandria Cannon

    “Most history classes, you are in a discussion room talking about it, but with George Washington and his World, we get to take the class on his estate and relive through what he did.”

    Alexandria Cannon 
    BA '20

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    George Sangiolo

    "The student body comes from very different backgrounds , and you can always find someone studying something you know nothing about.“

    George Sangiolo 
    BS '18

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    Sarah Wagner

    "As anthropologists, we go into communities and spend time trying to understand lived experiences. We tell people's stories. And we have an obligation to do it right."

    Sarah Wagner
    Associate Professor of Anthropology

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    Zachary Brown

    "I chose GW because of the amazing faculty members in the department. I chose American Studies because of the relative amount of freedom the discipline provides in research."

    Zachary Brown
    PhD '27
    American Studies 

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    Debbie Wheeler

    "That degree has helped me in my entire career and I am still working with the same people I went to college with many years ago. I recommend this college to anyone"

    Debbie Wheeler
    MS '84
    Telecommunications Operations


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