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Many scholars are fascinated with the American millennial generation and what trends arise as this group enters adulthood. Hillel and leading polling firm Penn  Schoen Berland have been at the forefront of studying the millennial Jewish generation as they progress through university and beyond. During his tenure with Hillel and his seven years as President and CEO, Wayne Firestone has become an expert on the trends emerging with Jewish students across the country. He will take you through what he has learned, examining some common misconceptions and ultimately giving you a glimpse of the impact this generation will have on the Jewish future.

About Wayne Firestone

Wayne L. Firestone is the President and CEO of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, the largest Jewish student organization in the world with over 500 local campus affiliates around the world.  He has held leadership positions in Jewish communal affairs dating to his days as a Soviet Jewry activist at University of Miami Hillel and the Georgetown University Law Center. Wayne lived and studied in Israel for almost nine years, serving as director of the Israel Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League; lecturing at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology; and founding Siliconwadinet Ltd. In 2002, he was appointed executive director of the Israel on Campus Coalition, and Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations in September 2005.  He also currently sits on the Board of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues and serves on the Advisory Board of Repair the World and serves as an MLK Jr. Ambassador of Service for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Wayne lives in Rockville, MD with his wife Stephanie and three daughters.

About Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel provides opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity through its global network of regional centers, campus Foundations and Hillel student organizations. Hillel is working to provoke a renaissance of Jewish life.

Hillel's mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. Hillel student leaders, professionals and lay leaders are dedicated to creating a pluralistic, welcoming and inclusive environment for Jewish college students, where they are encouraged to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially. Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood. Hillel is committed to excellence, innovation, accountability and results.

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This talk discussed the army's endgame as Pakistan approaches an important inflection point on its path to greater democratization. While Fair focused on near term developments such as the appearance of Imam Qadri, she contextualized his recent arrival on Pakistan's political scene within the larger landscape of Pakistan's judicial activism, the army's ongoing interest in retaining control of domestic politics and international affairs, and the refusal of political parties to confront internal democratic reforms.

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Professor Victor Cha discusses the 2012 presidential elections in South Korea, the opportunities and challenges that await President-elect Park Geun-hye, and the path ahead for the US-ROK relationship.

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Katie Martin graduated in 2011 with an undergraduate certificate in Asian Studies. She was also the 2011 recipient of the Henry Chen Memorial Scholarship. In this podcast she discusses her public health project "Youth Hygiene in Rural China". The project focused on teaching 200 fourth graders at a rural Chinese elementary school about oral and personal hygiene. It was a great success, every student received a toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap (for some it was their first toothbrush!).

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With the Inauguration close by, President Barack Obama is about to begin his second term in office. Would there be changes in the US-Asia relationship? Here we have Professor Michael Green, Victor Cha and Kristen Looney to discuss about possible directions for the Obama administration concerning US-Japan, US-Korea and US-China relationships in the next four years.

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Mind-Body Medicine class

Feeling stressed?  "Mind-Body Connections: An Experiential Introduction" (IDST-019) introduces students to practical skills in self-care.  Students learn a variety of exercises including meditation, guided imagery, journal writing, and movement, and reflect on ways these skills can be helpful personally and professionally.  Limited space is available in both the Tuesday section (4-5:30 pm) and Thursday section (4-5:30 pm).  If you have any interest or questions, please feel free to contact Anthony Pirrotti (alp27@georgetown.edu).

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To declare your major, you need to meet with the curricular dean of the major and deans' schedules fill up.  If you plan on declaring IPOL or CULP, you MUST attend an info session before meeting with the curricular dean one on one.  Students who do not meet this deadline, FRIDAY, March 1st, will be blocked for preregistration, and the fact that you missed an important deadline will be noted in your file. Please don't go there. The procedure of major declaration can be found at: http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/majors/declaration.   Major declaration forms can be found at: http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/students/forms/.  More information on the majors can be found at: http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/majors.

The deans for each of the majors are as follows:

CULP: Dean Maura Gregory

IECO: Dean Mitch Kaneda

IHIS: Dean Anthony Pirrotti

IPEC: Dean Mitch Kaneda

IPOL: Dean Elizabeth Arsenault (I-LAW and I-SEC) and Dean Kendra Billingslea (FPP)

RCST: Dean Emily Zenick

STIA: Dean Mini Murphy

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CULP Info Sessions

All sophomores interested in learning about the Culture and Politics Major must attend one session before meeting with Dean Gregory individually.  Sign ups are at the SFS Front Desk.  All sessions will take place in McGhee Library.  These are the last dates and times available before the March 1st Major Declaration deadline.

Wed, January 23rd, 10-11am

Thurs, Jan 31st, 2:30-3:30 pm
Thurs, Feb 7, 10:50-11:30am
Wed, Feb 13 12:45-1:30pm
Mon, Feb 19 2:30-3:30
Mon, Feb 25 4-5pm

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Come to the SFS Major/Certificate Fair Tuesday, January 29th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the ICC Galleria!

  • Learn about the school's 7 majors
  • Think about how a certificate program may complement your SFS major
  • Hear how you can utilize the Career Center's resources starting now
  • Gather information about your study abroad opportunities

Talk to deans, faculty, staff and fellow students about your academic options and what would be a good fit for you.

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IPOL Information Sessions for the spring semester will be held in McGhee Library.  All students intent on declaring IPOL for a major MUST attend an information session prior to scheduling individual appointments with Dean Arsenault (concentrations International Law and International Security) or Dean Billingslea (Foreign Policy and Policy Processes).  More information about the IPOL major can be found at http://bsfs.georgetown.edu/academics/majors/ipol/.

Sophomores, the major declaration deadline is Friday, March 1st.

Tuesday, January 22, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Friday, February 1, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 6, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Friday, February 15, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 20, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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