Hello everyone! My name is Jonathan Kirk and I’m going to be studying in the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies program. I’ve lived and worked in DC for most of my life, so I make sure to take advantage of every opportunity to get out of the city and travel that I can. This summer I went to the United Arab Emirates for my best friend’s wedding.
Traditional Dance – The men perform a traditional war dance before the wedding. As you can see I looked a little out of place wearing a suit.
Henna – My wife had henna done for the wedding. It took a few hours to complete, and it lasted for weeks afterward.
Burj Khalifa – Here is my friend and I at at the top of the tallest building in the world. There is a special elevator that takes you directly to the top with no stops in under a minute. My ears were popping the whole way up.
View – Here’s the view of Dubai from the top of the Burj Khalifa. Almost doesn’t look real.
Hot Springs – Here I am at a hot springs park. The heat keeps everyone away during the day, but as soon as the sun goes down the place becomes packed with families.
The Elliott School will be participating in many graduate school fairs around the country this year. We hope to meet you at a fair!
Graduate School Fairs 2011
Hi, this is Jieying Xie from China. You can call me Tracy. I’m in the International Affairs MA program. Hope to meet you guys soon at GW. Here are some places I really recommend you guys to visit in the future.
This is my hometown Hangzhou, China. The picture was taken in famous West Lake. It was named world heritage site in 2011. The Leifeng Pagoda is a tower by the West Lake in Hangzhou which was originally constructed in the year AD 975.
The next one was taken at my undergraduate university, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I took this photo in the most beautiful season Fall. Once a badger, always a badger.
This photo was taken in Seoul, South Korea. The Han River goes through Seoul. It was really beautiful when you walk along the Han River before sunset.
I took this photo this summer in Osaka, Japan. Of course, this is a city famous for its delicious food and beautiful scenery. This street is called Doutonbori. It is a place which is worth to visit.
Huiquan Liu is an incoming student from China in the Global Communications MA program.
This series of photos features me on a visit to the Xilin’gele Desert, Xilinhaote City, Inner Mongolia this July. I was traveling with my mother and some of her friends’ families. I stayed in the desert for two days. On the first day, I toured the desert via a desert surfing coach alone. The driver, a local, was driving the coach at such a fast speed that none of my companions were willing to sit on it.
I lived in a Yurt Camp and got up at 4 in the morning to watch the sunrise. It was freezing cold and I had to wrap myself with a blanket. I watched the sky from being completely dark, scarlet, bright red, to red and yellow in the end when the sun comes out in full. I was filled with glee that the sun was so close to me in the first time in my life. Watching a natural phenomenon from its first phase to the last refreshed your ideas about nature and yourself. A lot of windmills. The wind on the desert was strong. Though it was summer, I had to wrap myself with layers of clothes.
Interestingly, though the sun had already come out, the moon still hung on the other side of the sky! You could see the sky divided into two zones- one is lit by redness, the other still dark blue.
I was feeding a camel at the gate of the yurt camp. Camel is a truly gentle animal. That camel was so hungry. When it was chewing the grass, I was frightened a bit at its speed and was afraid that it might get my fingers.
Then I went out for a horse ride. The horse was apparently hungry and tired. These days not much grass was growing in the grassland because of worsened weather. I stopped in front of Aobao, where Mongolian lovers date before they get married. I continued to ride and was invited to dine at a Mongolian yurt deep in the desert- different from the camp I lived in. The food was very simple, cheese and milk tea. It’s surprising for me to notice that a portrait of Genghis Khan was hung on the wall of the yurt. However, when I come to think about it, nomads still admire Genghis Khan, just like families in many parts of China still have a portrait of Mao Tse Tong at home.
The Elliott School will be hosting Prospective Graduate Student Receptions in various cities across the country this fall. These events will include an overview of the school and admission process by an admissions staff member, an alumni panel, and a reception.
You can R.S.V.P. by clicking the city name links below.
New York City Wednesday, September 14, 2011 6:00-8:00 pm
Residence Inn Times Square
Times Square Room
1033 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018
Chicago Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:00-8:00 pm
Renaissance Chicago O’Hare Suites Hotel
8500 West Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631
Seattle Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:00-8:00 pm
Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square
Kodiak Room (15th floor)
612 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
Los Angeles Monday, October 24, 2011 6:00-8:00 pm
170 N. Church Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Classes don’t start until Monday, but incoming students are already busy networking with possible future employers around D.C.
Now that these students have joined the Elliott School, they enjoy the support of the Graduate Student Career Development staff. The top-flight team knows Washington inside and out. Each year, they organize a day for incoming students to meet leaders at key organizations in the D.C. international affairs community.
Today I was delighted to tag along with one of the groups. The students interested in NGOs and international organizations visited the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Save the Children, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems. What a auspicious start for this outstanding incoming class!
The Office of Academic Advising and Student Services hosted an orientation full of information for our new graduate students today. The incoming class got to hear from faculty, staff, and students about their programs and student life.
We love helping at this event and seeing all the people with whom we’ve been working throughout the application process. Welcome, everyone!
Here are a few shots I took today from inside and atop our building.
The Elliott School is used to a lot of activity and bustle, especially during Orientation Week, but not the earth-shaking (pun intended) experiences of the last 24 hours. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake took a lot of us in the Mid-Atlantic by surprise, even us international affairs gurus that strive to be ready for anything.
Thankfully, our building was evacuated quickly and safely with no damage to report. An overnight building inspection provided us with the ”all-clear” in time for Orientation this morning.
It is back-to-school time, and this is one of my favorite times of the year. Although I’m no longer in school, working in education allows me to participate in the glory of the beginning of a new school year.
The start of a new school year, it’s more than just shopping for school supplies—although who doesn’t like to buy new pens/pencils and notebooks—it’s a time for starting anew, setting new goals, and beginning new adventures. Every student, from five to 55, walking into a classroom at the start of a new school year is feeling nervousness, excitement, uncertainty, and hopefulness. What are you feeling?
My wish for the Elliott School graduate students—whether you’ve been in school non-stop for the past 16 years or haven’t been in school for 16 years—is that you are excited about the start of this school year and what your year will bring. I am excited for you. Get ready for a year of learning, discussions, papers, reading, adventures, and fun. Prepare for your new year, set goals, and enjoy buying some new pens and notebooks.
Kristy (graduate admissions staff member)
One of my favorite things at GW’s Gelman Library is the special exhibits program. They display a wide variety of interesting collections. One of the current exhibits is “Begun in War, Built in Peace: The US-Kuwaiti Strategic Partnership” where you can read about Elliott School professor Ambassador Edward “Skip” Gnehm. The other exhibit that I enjoyed this week was “Ben’s Chili Bowl: The Making of a Washington Landmark.” Ben’s is an eatery on U Street that you must experience while living in D.C.
Over 5,000 people use Gelman Library every day. A new renovation project for the entry level has been in the works for a while, and some renderings of the new space have just been released.
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Hello everyone! My name is Nicole and I am an international student from Germany who will be studying in the Master of International Studies program (MIS).
Before coming to DC I spent my summer in Ontario, Canada, where I visited past exchange students and my host family from my youth exchange in 2003/2004.
The first picture was taken in Algonquin Park, Ontario where I spent a weekend with all past exchange students whom I hadn’t seen for 7 years. We stayed at a camp and we got to experience the Canadian wilderness without running water and electricity. That day we went on a 5-hour canoe trip, portaging over two lakes. You can see how tired I am
The second picture is from my first skydiving experience over Niagara Falls, just taken on August 15th. It was a once in a lifetime experience!
The last picture shows me with a Canadian flag in downtown Toronto. I drove to Toronto to spend the day with a great friend exploring the city, including the old Distillery District, China Town and Kensington Market.
Hi everybody, my name is Yulia Usmanova, I am from Uzbekistan – a country in Central Asia, which used to be part of Soviet Union. (This year on September 1st we are celebrating 20 years of independence of our country). I am about to start my MA in International Affairs and am very excited to become a part of GW community and bring a little piece of my country with me. I am very excited to meet you all in couple of weeks!
Here are some pictures of my home country.
Picture #1: The picture is taken in the old part of one of the most historic cities of Uzbekistan – Samarkand (Samarkand is over 2000 old, it used to be situated on the silk road, and was Uzbekistan’s cultural and economic center). This is the Registan square. The three Madrasah were built between 1400 and 1630. Registan is one of the most famous historic sites of Uzbekistan.
Picture #2: This picture is also taken in Samarkand (in the old part of the town – the new part looks very modern :)) This is me and my friends on the ancient steps of the ancient Madrasah
Picture #3 – is also taken in Samarkand – we watched those girls working on hand made rugs and carpets – it’s such a hard job, but the rugs turn out fantastically beautiful!!!
Picture #4 – My friend and I trying on traditional Uzbek clothes The clothes are very colourful, as you can tell. However, in everyday life people don’t wear too much traditional clothing, unless they live in a small village. In cities people just wear jeans and T-shirts
Picture #5 – My friends purchasing some fruits for our dinner later :)) There are pears, peaches, grapes, plums and apples. They might not be sold in the most fancy way, but they are soooo delicious – fresh and very juicy!! :))
My name is Erika, I’m an international student from Canada and I’m in the Global Communication MA program this year! It’s great to see what you’ve all be up to. I can’t wait to meet you all within the next couple weeks!
Here are just a few shots of what I’ve been up to over the past year or so. In the fall, I spent the semester in DC at the Canadian Embassy. There was a really neat festival taking place on H street, here’s just one of the creative cars that were being displayed:
I live in the East coast of Canada just north of the state of Maine in the province of New Brunswick. We often get quite a bit of snow during the winter months. Here’s a snowman my dad and I made for fun:
This summer, we visited the quaint seaside town of St. Andrews where you can whale watch and feast your eyes on lobster and other succulent seafood. Here’s a picture by the dockside:
Valérie Guillamo (from Paris, France)
MA International Affairs Candidate
This picture was taken in the desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan, in March 2011. Last spring, my friends and I were travelling in the Middle East and were invited to stay in the desert for 11 days with Bedouin families. In the picture, Mahmoud and Naif, our two Bedouin guides from Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and I are trying to shape the first letter of my friend Charlotte’s name. We had the most memorable and beautiful time during our stay with the Bedouins in the desert.
We were happy to learn this week that Professor Yvonne Captain will be the new program director for our mid-career Master of International Policy and Practice program (MIPP).
“I am a graduate of the MIPP Program. After teaching at GW for a number of years in literature, I decided to expand my knowledge and research to the social sciences. As a consequence, my research areas have now shifted to reflect my new interests. As the new director of the MIPP Program, I’m honored to follow in the footsteps of all of my predecessors, but most notably Dean Maurice East. I look forward to working closely with all of the students in the program, including alumni.”
Professor Captain teaches courses related to Latin America and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She is an expert on the African Diaspora, and South-South relations, particularly between Latin America and Africa. Her other research and practical expertise lies in the internationalization of college campuses.
She has published, interviewed, and lectured widely on the subjects of internationalization, south-south relations, and the African Diaspora. She is an active participant in issues of shared governance at the university level, having served as a member of The George Washington University’s Faculty Senate and on the Dean’s Council.
Today’s pictures are ready:
I am Wenyan Wang, from China. I am an MA candidate in the International Trade and Investment Policy program. Here are my pictures taken in this summer vacation. Looking forward to seeing others’ sharing.
At the seaside of Xia’men, China, an elder man was fishing alone. When I took a glance at him, I think of the novel The Old Man and the Sea as it shows me something relevant to persistence and loneliness.
This picture was taken in Wuhan, China. The bus broke down on the street, and all passengers got down and pushed the bus to restart. Remember it was extremely hot there, so it was very kind hearted of them to do so.
Here is our second post of student photo submissions:
My name is Yue Wang, and please just call me Luna. I’m in the Asian Studies MA program and I come from China. I’m looking forward to becoming a part of GW! Have a good day. o(∩_∩)o
This photo was taken when I went to Kumbum Monastery located in Xining, Qinghai Province in this July.
Photo 2 was taken in Gannan Tibetan autonomous region. I was standing on the road and there were yaks not far from me.
Thanks to those of you who have submitted your photos. We will be posting them over the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for yours. Now, here is our first set of pictures:
I am Li, Jianya from China (MA in International Affairs). My friends call me Thena. It’s very inviting of our school to let us show our summer holiday. I have traveled to Inner Mongolia this summer, where the savage beauty has mesmerized me totally. Attached are my pictures to share with everyone.
This picture with me sitting on a stone has in the background herds enjoying their times on the grand, green field. It is amazing to see the green horizon blended in the color of the sky.
The one with the blue chair is taken in a small town on the boarder of China and Russia called Shiwei in Chinese. You can feel the tranquility of their life.
The last one is taken in the White Aspeen Forrest. You can see those trees that had grown so tall. They must be standing for such a long time telling the stories of travelers passed by.