Schedule

An Unforgettable Weekend 

Colonials Weekend offers top-notch, informative, and interactive events and activities for alumni, families, students, and friends. Colonials Weekend 2019 took place from September 20 - 22. Curious what was on the docket? Check out the 2019 schedule below.

  • Kickoff Band

    Kickoff Band

  • University Yard

    All-Alumni Kickoff Party lights up University Yard

  • Fun at the kickoff

    Kickoff Party Smiles


 

Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Friday, September 20

50TH REUNION CELEBRATION
12:00–4:00pm
City View Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street, NW

Reunited and it feels so good! That’s what you will say, too, after joining your classmates at your milestone 50th Reunion. GW has a special day of activities planned to honor the occasion, all of which are complimentary for the Class of ‘69 and one guest! Full itinerary available here

CLASSES FROM GW'S BEST - Faculty presentations
Informative, lively, and engaging, these TED Talk-style presentations feature GW’s prominent alumni and faculty discussing unique themes and timely topics:

Building Community Resilience: A Public Health Call to Action
Wendy Ellis, Milken Institute School of Public Health
2:00-2:50pm
Funger Hall, 103
2201 G Street, NW 

Dr. Wendy Ellis has spent the last decade developing and working to grow a "resilience movement." This movement addresses systemic inequities that contribute to social and health disparities, which are often transmitted in families and communities from generation to generation. Through the power of data and policy analysis, Dr. Ellis's lecture will demonstrate that many of the nation's poor live in communities of concentrated poverty not by choice, but rather by design; the cumulative result of social and criminal policies enacted over the course of our nation's history. How these policies have shaped neighborhoods - such as D.C.'s Wards 7 & 8 - helps us understand the need to address childhood adversity through public policy and system redesign. Join us for this provocative conversation and learn what you can do as we work to build a more resilient and equitable nation.

Innovations in Public Health: Empowering Young Adults to Change their Health Risk
Melissa Napolitano, Milken Institute School of Public Health
3:00-3:50pm
Funger Hall, 103
2201 G Street, NW 

Brexit: What is Going On?
Joanna Spear, Elliott School of International Affairs
4:00-4:50pm
Funger Hall, 103
2201 G Street, NW 

This session will discuss the ever-changing situation as Britain seeks to exit from the European Union by October 31. We will cover where things stand now, how things might go over the next month (though it is dangerous to predict with Brexit!), and how Britain got to where it is now. What was promised to be an orderly process has become a very disorderly process: two Prime Ministers have "fallen on their swords;" the new one may be tottering; "Operation Yellowhammer" reflects real concerns about coming shortages of food and medicine; the fate of the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement is not assured; Members of Parliament have swapped political parties, created new parties, and been expelled from their parties for their "treason;" the legislature is pushing back against the executive; the unwritten constitution is being tested to the limit; and there is even a suggestion that Queen Elizabeth II was deceived by her Government! 

Strategy on U.S. Supreme Court
Forrest Maltzman, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Political Science and of Educational Leadership
4:00-4:50pm
Funger Hall, 108
2201 G Street, NW 

Provost Maltzman will make the argument that legal perspective of Supreme Court decision-making fails to accurately capture what happens on the Court. Instead, justices are political actors who form coalitions and take positions based upon internal dynamics to the Supreme Court. Using original documentation, Provost Maltzman will lead one to question what they learned in law school.

Please note: Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis for "Classes from GW's Best."

DEANS’ ALUMNI RECEPTIONS
Elliott School Dean’s Alumni Reception
5:00-7:00pm
City View Room, 7th Floor, 1957 E Street NW
Join Dean Reuben Brigety, fellow alumni, faculty, and friends to celebrate our worldwide Elliott School alumni community.

GWSPH Dean's Alumni Reception
5:00-7:00pm
950 New Hampshire Ave NW, Convening Center
Join Dean Lynn Goldman, alumni, faculty, and friends in a celebration of the incredible accomplishments of the Milken Institute School of Public Health community over the past year. We will honor this year's alumni winners of the annual 950 Award in a short ceremony followed by fellowship and networking.

SEAS Dean’s Alumni and Family Reception
5:00-7:00pm
Science & Engineering Hall, 800 22nd St NW
Join us for an evening reception to connect with fellow alumni and parents and meet Dean Lach, who began his role at SEAS in August. Dean Lach will share his background and vision for the school while celebrating the School of Engineering and Applied Science community. 

CCAS Dean's Alumni Reception
5:30–7:00pm
Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street NW, 2nd Floor
Join Interim Dean Paul Wahlbeck, select faculty and your fellow alumni for an evening to celebrate our Columbian College alumni community! 

CPS & GSPM Dean’s Community Reception
5:30-7:00pm
Marvin Center, 800 21st, Street, NW, Room 311
Join fellow students, alumni, faculty, and friends and hear an update on the College of Professional Studies, which includes the Graduate School of Political Management, from Interim Dean Christopher Deering.

GSEHD Dean’s Community Reception
5:30-7:00pm
Marvin Center, 800 21st, Street, NW, Room 310
Join Dean Michael Feuer, alumni, faculty, students, and friends as we celebrate the accomplishments of the GSEHD community over the past year.

GWSB Dean’s Alumni Reception
5:30-7:30pm
Oglethorpe Great Hall, 1st Floor Duquès Hall, 2201 G St NW
Join Dean Anuj Mehrotra, alumni, faculty, and friends as we celebrate the accomplishments of the School of Business community over the past year and hear more about what's to come.

School of Nursing Dean’s Alumni Reception
6:00-8:00pm
900 19th Street NW, 6th Floor
Join Dean Pamela Jeffries for an evening reception with alumni to hear updates about the school, and enjoy fellowship and networking.

KICKOFF PARTY
7:00–10:00pm
University Yard
H Street between 20th and 21st streets, NW

GW's bash of the year! Join GW alumni, families, and friends to kick off the weekend with an evening of laughter, food, drinks, and dancing under the spectacular main attraction tent in the heart of campus. $20 per person.

Saturday, September 21

DEANS’ FAMILY RECEPTIONS
GWSB Dean’s Family Reception
8:00-10:00am 
Oglethorpe Great Hall, 1st Floor Duquès Hall, 2201 G St NW
Join us for a continental breakfast hosted by Dean Anuj Mehrotra. Meet the dean, as well as other GWSB parents, and talk with members of department staff from undergraduate advising, F. David Fowler Career Center, and more.

CCAS Dean’s Family Reception
9:00-11:00am 
Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street NW, 2nd Floor
Join Interim Deal Paul Wahlbeck for a family and student breakfast to celebrate all the successes of Columbian College!

Elliott School Dean’s Family Reception
9:00-10:30am 
City View Room, 7th Floor, 1957 E Street NW
Join fellow families and students for breakfast and hear an update on the Elliott School from Dean Reuben Brigety.

GWSPH Dean’s Family Reception
9:00-11:00am 
950 New Hampshire Ave NW, Convening Center
Join us for a fun continental breakfast hosted by Dean Lynn Goldman. Meet the dean, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, as well as other GWSPH parents. 

Note: CPS & GSPM, GSEHD, & SEAS Families - you are invited to attend your school's community receptions on Friday evening (see details above).

LEGACY ADMISSIONS INFORMATION SESSION & TOUR*
9:30–11:00am
Admissions and Alumni Welcome Center
Marvin Center, 1st Floor
800 21st Street, NW

Alumni with college-bound children will want to take part in this special session to hear from an admissions director about the wealth of opportunities and programs available at GW and then enjoy a special tour of the beautiful Foggy Bottom Campus.
*Please note: If you plan to attend this event, please register in advance. This registration link will remain active until the morning of the event. 

A CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT LEBLANC
11:30am–12:30pm
Marvin Center Betts Theatre
800 21st Street, NW - first floor

In this intimate, interview-style conversation, President Thomas LeBlanc welcomes the GW community and shares his vision for the university as it approaches its bicentennial. Come with questions - you'll have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with President LeBlanc.

BACK TO THURSTON
12:30–1:30pm
1900 F Street, NW
Take a trip down memory lane and learn about the upcoming renovations to and modernization of this historic residence hall.

BUFF AND BLUE BBQ
1:00–3:00pm
University Yard
H Street between 20th and 21st streets, NW

Put on your spirit attire for this rustic chic affair (and fare)! Grab a selfie with GW’s men’s basketball team and meet GW's new coach Jamion Christian; take part in unique interactive experiences; and enjoy some acoustic blues music. $10 per person; no cost for children 12 and under.

FAMILY RESOURCE FAIR
1:00–3:00pm
Marvin Center Continental Ballroom
800 21st Street, NW, 3rd floor

The resource fair offers an opportunity for families to meet with members of your student's support team, including the Office for Student Success, Center for Student Engagement, Academic Commons, and more!

CLASSES FROM GW’S BEST— Alumni & Faculty presentations
Informative, lively, and engaging, these TED Talk-style presentations feature GW’s prominent alumni and faculty discussing unique themes and timely topics: 

Flashes of Genius: Learning the Art and Science of Creativity
Allen Gannett, CCAS BA ‘12
Chief Strategy Officer, Skyword
3:00-3:50pm
Funger Hall 103
2201 G Street, NW

The standard view of creativity is one of constant brainstorming punctuated by sudden flashes of genius - it is not something you can be intentional or methodical about. This talk will disprove this, explain how flashes of genius actually happen and provide ways any creator can increase their odds of having one. The talk is based on two years of research for Gannett's book The Creative Curve (June 2018, Penguin Random House). As part of this, he interviewed dozens of the world's leading creatives such as celebrity chefs, multi-platinum musicians, billionaire entrepreneurs, and fine artists. In addition, he talked to the leading scientists and academics who study the field. Based on this, he found four patterns—The Four Laws of Creative Curve—that all creatives engage in. These laws are not only scientifically valid, but can be followed by any aspiring creative. This talk will give a sneak peek into Gannett's research and a look at how you can leverage it.

The Radicalization of George Washington
Denver Brunsman, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
3:00-3:50pm
Funger Hall 108
2201 G Street, NW

Today we remember George Washington as one of the most conservative and least radical of the founders. Yet, Washington was not always the model of stability on the dollar bill but an agitator, risk-taker, and revolutionary. This talk trace the steps in Washington's growing radicalization in the 1760s and 1770s, when he transformed from a proud British subject to an upstart American citizen.

Keeping an Inquiring Mind
Caroline Sparks, Milken Institute School of Public Health
4:00-4:50pm
Funger Hall 103
2201 G Street, NW
 

Migration Matters: Business Implications for Governments and Organizations
Liesl Riddle, GW School of Business; Elliott School of International Affairs
4:00-4:50pm
Funger Hall 108
2201 G Street, NW 

As a demographer and sociologist in a business school, Professor Liesl Riddle has spent over 25 years conducting research on why and how migrants and their descendants (or “diasporas) contribute to the economic development of their countries of origin. In this talk, she will discuss the implications of this research for governments aiming to attract capital and innovation, as well as for organizations seeking to tap the human and financial capital of diasporas globally. 

Love is Accountability and Accountability is Love
Tanya Vogel; Jamion Christian; Student-athlete Suzanne Dannheim, GWSB/SEAS Class of 2020
GW Athletics
5:00-5:50pm
Mount Vernon Campus – Academic Building 100
2100 Foxhall Road, NW 

Director of Athletics, Tanya Vogel and Head Men's Basketball Coach, Jamion Christian will discuss cultural shifts in leadership within GW Athletics and how their intention to lead is derived from compassion. They will be joined by Student-athlete Suzanne Dannheim, Class of 2020.

The Consolations of Humor 
Mark Ralkowski, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
5:00-5:50pm
Funger Hall 103
2201 G Street, NW

Please note: Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis for "Classes from GW's Best."

VERN HARVEST
3:00–6:00pm
Mount Vernon Quad
2100 Foxhall Road, NW

Join us for fun on the Vern! Vern Harvest kicks off fall with games, caramel apples, crafts, and other activities. This event is open to everyone!

CLASS REUNION CELEBRATIONS
7:30–10:30pm
Locations below
It’s time to party! Your milestone reunion is a chance to celebrate your GW memories and friendships as you revel the night away at unique venues in DC. All class reunion details available here.

  • 2014 (5th Reunion)
    The Newseum, Knight Conference Center, Room 706 & Terrace
    555 Pennsylvania Ave NW (entrance on 6th Street NW)
  • 2009 (10th Reunion)
    The Newseum, Knight Conference Center, Room 704 & Terrace
    555 Pennsylvania Ave NW (entrance on 6th Street NW)
  • 1999 (20th Reunion)
    City View Room & Terrace, 7th Floor, 1957 E Street NW
  • 1994 (25th Reunion)
    The Newseum, Knight Conference Center, Room 702 & Terrace
    555 Pennsylvania Ave NW (entrance on 6th Street NW)

ACAPELLAPALOOZA
8:00–10:00pm
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street, NW

Enjoy the annual Colonials Weekend high-energy concert featuring all of GW's a cappella groups in their first joint appearance of the year.  Donation suggested for Miriam's Kitchen: a local organization which aims to end chronic homelessness in DC.

Sunday, September 22

JAZZ BRUNCH
First seating: 9:00-10:00am
Second seating: 10:30-11:30am
University Yard
H Street between 20th and 21st streets, NW

Close out your amazing time on campus by enjoying live jazz performances showcasing GW’s talented students and faculty coupled with a buffet brunch under the main attraction tent. As noted above, there are two separate seatings for this event.  $20 per person; $12 per child under 12.

POLITICAL DISCOURSE
11:30am–1:00pm
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW

You won’t want to miss this special, only-at-GW moment driven by a lively, theme-driven panel discussion. This year's discussion, hosted by GW's new Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics, delves into the origins, amplification, and effects of disinformation in an attempt to help the public, journalists, and policymakers understand digital media’s influence on national dialogue and to develop sound solutions to disinformation.

Moderated by Steven Livingston, Director of the GW Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics; Professor of Media and Public Affairs; Professor of International Affairs. Panelists are: 

  • Adam Conner, CCAS BA '06
    Vice President of Technology Policy, Center for American Progress
  • Neil Johnson
    Professor, GW Department of Physics
  • Jack Nassetta, Class of 2020
    GW School of Media & Public Affairs
  • Rebekah Tromble
    Associate Professor, GW School of Media & Public Affairs