On November 20th, 2019, Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) celebrated its 100 years of service via its School of Foreign Service Centennial Gala Weekend, which convened and attracted more than a thousand alumni, students, and special guests from around the world.
The Centennial Gala Weekend featured a series of panel discussions and lectures about a range of topics pertaining to international affairs from esteemed scholars, public officials and former heads of state.
Speaker of the United States House of Representative Nancy Pelosi gave the opening remarks:
“The School of Foreign Service has given the world generations of presidents, public servants, professional diplomats who have built a future worthy of the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform and the aspirations of our children.”
While these celebrations were unfolding in Washington D.C., Georgetown University in Qatar contributed to this historic commemoration via GU-Q 100 – a special collection of the institution’s first 100 published books since its inception in 2005.
Furthermore, GU-Q’s celebrations also emphasized and highlighted the institution’s commitment to SFS’s mission by promoting intellectual understanding via sustained cross-cultural engagements and dialogue.
This was demonstrated by key events held at GU-Q throughout 2019 that include the following: “Annual Faculty Research Conference: Transformations and Continuities in Islamic Intellectual Thought; Indian Ocean World Symposium: Towards a Re-mapping of Diasporic Circularities in the Indian Ocean World; Palliative Care Conference: Muslim and Christian Perspectives on Palliative Care and End of Life”.
Other notable events held at GU-Q with both a local and global scope and focus included “In Conversation with H.E. Saad Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs”; “In Conversation with H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs”; and “Public Lecture on Workers Movements and the Arab Spring”, to cite a few.
In essence, the events that GU-Q hosted underscore the institution’s pledge in upholding and sustaining SFS’s mission and international reputation. Here, Qatar Foundation has played a fundamental role in developing Qatar’s knowledge economy, which is one of the objectives contained in Qatar National Vision 2030.