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Please view the final exam schedule at http://registrar.georgetown.edu/schedules/finals/201310/.

By room location: http://registrar.georgetown.edu/schedules/finals/201310/rooms/.

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Besa: The Promise is the never-before-told story of the Muslims of Nazi-occupied Albania who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II. It’s witnessed through the prism of two men joined together in a remarkable and unexpected quest: Norman H. Gershman, a renowned Jewish-American photographer determined to record the bravery and compassion of the Albanians; and Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian toy shop owner who sets out to return three precious books to the last surviving member of the Jewish family his father sheltered sixty years before. When these two men meet, an extraordinary and utterly unexpected personal drama is set in motion–one that bridges generations and religions…uniting fathers and sons…Muslims and Jews.

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From the Registrar's office:

Pre-Registration Completion begins with MyAccess. If you have difficulty or don't use MyAccess come to Pre-Register in-person at the Office of the University Registrar on April 30, May 1 or May 2.  Confirmation of Advisement from your advisor and dean are required to initiate registration. Registration will be closed during the final exam period and reopen the day after exams end.

Registration will open up again May 12-June 24.

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Dr. Cecilia Van Hollen, a professor at Georgetown University, has recently published a book through Stanford University Press entitled Birth in the Age of AIDS: Women, Reproduction, and HIV/AIDS in India. In this installment of the Spotlight: Asia Podcast, Professor Van Hollen discusses her new book and extensive field research in India.

About the Book

Birth in the Age of AIDS is a vivid and poignant portrayal of the experiences of HIV-positive women in India during pregnancy, birth, and motherhood at the beginning of the 21st century. The government of India, together with global health organizations, established an important public health initiative to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. While this program, which targets poor women attending public maternity hospitals, has improved health outcomes for infants, it has resulted in sometimes devastatingly negative consequences for poor, young mothers because these women are being tested for HIV in far greater numbers than their male spouses and are often blamed for bringing this highly stigmatized disease into the family.

Based on research conducted by the author in India, this book chronicles the experiences of women from the point of their decisions about whether to accept HIV testing, through their decisions about whether or not to continue with the birth if they test HIV-positive, their birthing experiences in hospitals, decisions and practices surrounding breast-feeding vs. bottle-feeding, and their hopes and fears for the future of their children.

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If you would like to be a proctor for the Map of the Modern World Final Exam on Friday, May 10th, from 9-11am, please sign up in the SFS Deans office at the front desk by Monday, April 29th.   All proctors will receive a $25 bookstore gift certificate.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Ben Zimmermanbwz2@georgetown.edu

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SFS Dean’s Office Seeking Ushers for Tropaia and Graduation

The SFS Dean’s office is looking for enthusiastic and responsible volunteers to assist with the Tropaia and/or Commencement ceremonies in May. This is an opportunity to help the School of Foreign Service and learn about the behind the scenes of the SFS Tropaia and Commencement Ceremonies. Those who are interested and will be available during the weekend of May 17th and can sign up at the front desk in the SFS Dean’s Office. A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk until the last day of classes. Those who volunteer will receive a gift card ($35 for Tropaia and $50 for Commencement/Graduation). Unfortunately, the SFS is unable to provide housing for students.

Responsibilities include:

• Attending a mandatory ushers meeting a week prior to Tropaia and Commencement in the SFS Dean’s Office.

• Helping guests during the ceremonies along with other responsibilities related to ceremony preparation.

Assisting with the setup of both the Tropaia and Commencement ceremonies on May 17th and 18th, respectively.

    1. Tropaia  (2013 BSFS Tropaia Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 17th at 3:00 pm in Gaston Hall)

      1. Ushers arrive at 2:00 pm at ICC 301.  End of ceremony is 4:00 pm.  Usher work ends by 4:30 pm.

    2. Commencement (3:00 p.m. School of Foreign Service (Undergraduate)) Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rain site: McDonough Arena)

      1. Ushers arrive at 1:30 p.m. at ICC 301.  Usher work ends by 8:30 pm.

Please direct questions to Ben Zimmerman, bwz2@georgetown.edu


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In the wake of the colossal acts of terrorism of the last decade, the legal historian and human rights lawyer Sadakat Kadri realized that many people in the West had ideas about the origins and implications of the shari‘a, or Islamic law, that were hazy, contradictory, or simply wrong. Even as “shari‘a” became a loaded word and an all-encompassing explanation, most of us remained ignorant of its true meaning. And we were doing this at our peril. In Heaven on Earth, Kadri brings lucid wit and analytical skill to the thrilling and turbulent story of Islam’s foundation and expansion, and explains how, just in the last 40 years, the shari‘a has been appropriated and transformed by hard-liners desperate to impose their oppressive vision. In the second half of the book, Kadri takes us on an extraordinary journey through more than half a dozen countries in the Islamic world, where he explores, in striking detail, how the shari‘a is taught, read, reinterpreted, reverenced and challenged.

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Islam is the largest religion in Bulgaria and Muslims constitute the largest religious minority of the country. According to the 2011 census, the total number of Muslims in the country stood at 577,139, corresponding to 7.8% of the population. For the most part of Bulgaria’s modern history its Muslims remained at the margins of the country’s political life and were often regarded as second-class citizens. With the collapse of communist totalitarianism in 1989 Muslims for the first time gained political representation in the Bulgarian parliament through the establishment of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF), a political party whose major electoral base has been Bulgarian Muslims. The MRF has been a stabilizing factor in the country’s post-communist life and has had a positive role in the country’s transition to political pluralism after 1989. It participated in many coalition governments and has pushed hard for improving Bulgaria’s records of human rights and people’s living standards as well as for securing Bulgaria’s pro-Western foreign policy orientation through accession to the European Union and NATO. This briefing aims to explain the reasons for this change – i.e. what were the reasons leading to the establishment of a “Muslim” political party – and discuss the extent to which this development has contributed to a real improvement of Muslims’ political, economic and social life in Bulgaria and had a positive effect on Muslim-Christian relations.

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Application (see attached) due to Dean Billingslea (kpb2@georgetown.edu) by April 26, 2013. Information for the fall program will be available at a later date.

Function: The peer mentors from SFS will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors who volunteer to share their success strategies and insights into the many aspects of academic life, social life, and professional development while at Georgetown. Interested incoming students will be given access to the peer mentor profiles with their enrolling student paperwork in June, and reach out directly to peer mentors at their convenience. Moreover, peer mentors are not obligated or assigned to reach out to incoming students.  Peer mentors will be trained on Wednesday, May 1st at 10:00 a.m. with how to appropriately interact with incoming students.

Timeline of Needs:

April 26, 2013: Peer mentor application due.

Spring 2013: Following the peer mentor application process, peer mentors will attend a training in early May..  This training will outline the general expectations (eg. Dos and Don’ts) for the mentor/mentee interaction over the summer and leading into the academic year.  Mentors will be introduced to a communication script and craft the profile they will share with incoming students.

Early July - end of August 2013: Incoming students will reach out to peer mentors either via email.  Peer mentors can then provide additional contact information, if they desire.  Incoming students will also be given useful tips on how to best utilize peer mentors as a valuable resource.

Fall 2013 and thereafter: Continued contact between peer mentors and students on a need base.  There will be an opportunity the following spring 2014 to help train the next fleet of mentors.


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