Step Out of Your Classroom and Step Into History

Where else but at the George Washington University can you see speakers such as the president of the World Bank, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, an Academy-Award winning director and a leading video game designer — all in the span of a semester?

GW’s campus location in Foggy Bottom, the heart of Washington, D.C., allows for some of the most influential world leaders, business professionals and media personalities to share their experiences and knowledge with our students and faculty.

Presidential speechwriter Jon Favreau gave career advice to students at a GW College Democrats event in late September at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre. A few days later, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim also held a discussion with students at the Betts Theatre, where he outlined his organization’s strategy to end extreme poverty and boost income growth for the poorest 40 percent of the population. And just two days after Dr. Kim’s visit, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde delivered an address on the state of her organization and took questions from students at the Jack Morton Auditorium. Her remarks were a precursor to the IMF’s annual meeting, held on campus from Oct. 8 to 12.

A stone’s throw from the Capitol, GW’s Foggy Bottom campus also regularly hosts sitting lawmakers. During the course of a week in mid-September, Va. Sen. Tim Kaine delivered the opening remarks at the George Washington University Writing Program’s debate on war powers. A few days later, Mass. Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke to GW Law School students and staff about financial regulations.

Beyond politics, government and finance issues, the university attracts an expansive slate of speaker topics. Award-winning video game designer and New York Times bestselling author Jane McGonigal came to campus in early October to speak about her book “Reality Is Broken,” which was chosen as this year’s First Chapter Freshman Reading Program selection. A couple of weeks later, Oscar-winning director of “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” Kathryn Bigelow spoke at the Jack Morton Auditorium about filmmaking and the role of women in the industry.

So if you’re interested in politics, film or even video games but you weren’t able to make it to last semester’s functions, don’t fret. It’s more than likely another influential personality will be speaking around the corner before you know it.

From Far and Wide

GW attracts a wide array of speakers from many disciplines across the country and the world. Here's a timeline of some of the industry leaders who have visited the Foggy Bottom campus this Fall Semester and where they hail from.