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Georgetown Then & Now: If You Build It, They Will Come

We compare two campus construction projects begun during nationwide economic recessions, including the new science center, slated to be completed next fall.

See our Storify recap of what people had to say during the campaign kickoff weekend’s events.

Washington Post columnist and Georgetown professor E.J. Dionne questioned Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (C’93, L’97) and Michael Ferguson (MPP’95) on the state of capitalism during ”Think About It: An Afternoon of Ideas” on Oct. 28.

Georgetown Students Ask Howard Federoff…

We had a chance to ask some of the panelists questions that students had submitted for “Think About It: An Afternoon of Ideas.”

"What is the key to healthcare equality?"

"At the most basic level, we need to make available uniformly high-quality healthcare access, and there’s an educational component to that. We have the responsibility to provide culturally sensitive information and that after [people] are treated, we have to ensure that they’re part of the healthcare continuum, so we need a sustainable healthcare plan. Beginning in K-12, informing wellness and averting disease is part of our education. Most importantly, we ideally have universal knowledge about healthcare—we need familiarity with learning both how the system works and individual wellness. Otherwise, we have a situation where people—even if everything is available—wouldn’t know how to enter the healthcare system. We the society should shoulder the burden of spreading knowledge, and we need multiple tailored messages because we live in a diverse society."

Dr. Howard Federoff
Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, 
Executive Dean of Georgetown University School of Medicine

Georgetown Students Ask Madeleine Albright, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend …

We had a chance to ask some of the panelists questions that students submitted for “Think About It: An Afternoon of Ideas.”

"Who owns the government?"

"The voters. The people own the government."

The Honorable Madeleine Albright
Former Secretary of State of the United States,
Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy

"The people do!"

Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (C’93, L’97)
Principal Attorney at OFW Law
Former Representative from South Dakota

"The problem is that the people who contribute are wealthy. Even though 70-80 percent want to tax the wealthy, the Congress isn’t moving on that because they’re being paid off by the wealthy. So you see the problem?"

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for American Progress
Former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland

Georgetown Students Ask HRH Prince Turki and Anthony Arend…

We had a chance to ask some of the panelists questions that students submitted for “Think About It: An Afternoon of Ideas.”

"Is social media suppressing sovereignty?"

"Not being a social ‘medialist,’ I don’t know if it is. But I know that throughout history, means of communication have always facilitated the people’s interest. Sovereignty is not inviolate; not virgin-like or pure. There are too many intrusions, especially in our times."

His Royal Highness Prince Turki al-Faisal
Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, 
Former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the United States

"No. It depends on your definition of sovereignty. If we are thinking of sovereignty of the people, then it’s being enhanced by social media. If we think that sovereignty only belongs to the state, then it is being both challenged and enhanced. Robert Murray, a good friend of mine, would talk about the internet and how great social media was, but he would also point out that they’ve fostered hate. …There used to be some sort of ethical code when we grew up. I’ve learned to read smarter … but I worry that the new generation of people don’t see the difference between The New York Times's posts and some random person's tweet.

Anthony Arend, PhD (F’80)
Professor of Government and Foreign Service,
Director of the MSFS Program

Georgetown Students Ask Alonzo Mourning, Coach John Thompson III and Ted Leonsis…

Backstage, we had a chance to ask some of the panelists questions that students had submitted for “Think About It: An Afternoon of Ideas.” Here is one of their questions:

"In college athletics, how do winning and learning correlate?"

"There’s a pretty solid connection between winning and learning. Winning doesn’t happen by itself; there are protocols—we need to follow the plan and see it through to the end. So they go hand in hand. … A person who’s winning is truly committed to making the sacrifice that it takes to win. They’re willing to give of themselves."
-Alonzo Mourning (C’92)
Founder and Chairman of Alonzo Mourning Charities, Inc., 
Seven-Time NBA All-Star

"They are not mutually exclusive. We are at an educational institution. We are teachers: we have to teach our team. You don’t have to sacrifice one or the other."

- John Thompson III
Head Coach of the Georgetown University Men’s Basketball Program

"Sports is definitely one of the great metaphors for life. Teams help you get out of the ‘I’ and into the ‘we’ and allow young adults to compete, and in our society and economy, competition is important. Collective success is better than individual success."

- Ted Leonsis (C’77)
Founder and Chairman of Monumental Sports and Entertainment,
Member of the Board of Directors of Georgetown University

Read panel descriptions and bookmark the website to watch the live webcast of “Think About It: An Afternoon of Ideas” at Georgetown University on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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