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Georgetown University
Michael Jurist Distinguished Alumni Roundtable Series

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On April 2, 2008, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Paula Drobiansky (SFS’77), gave the inaugural talk in the Michael Jurist SFS’07 Distinguished Alumni Round Table Series. The Series was designed to expose School of Foreign Service undergraduates to the rich and varied accomplishments of SFS alumni who returned to campus in an informal, round table luncheon setting to speak about where their degree has taken them, their personal experiences, successes and challenges they have faced since graduation.

Michael’s inquisitive and adventurous spirit as well as his role as a leader and mentor to his peers inspired the Series, which was made possible by the generous support of Michael’s family and friends. The Series relaxed and informal format, in following with Michael’s personality, featured alumni from all fields at different stages in their careers enabling students with broad and varied interests to benefit from the dialogue.

Events were limited to a small number of students in order to preserve the personal interaction between students and alumni and hosted over 20 speakers.

In late 2011, it was decided to reallocate MJDARTS funding to a new program, “The Michael Jurist Memorial Scholarship for Study Abroad” to reflect Michael’s keen interest in International Affairs, languages and other cultures.

Past Roundtable Events:

  • Telling Tales of Mischief in Africa: Amb. Ed Brynn Shares Reflections on a Career in the U.S. Foreign Service, 10/17/11
  • Brent Woolfork and Lauren Druck, Working on the Hill, 03/28/11
  • Osman Ashai and Indra Sen, Forming Your Own Non-Profit, 02/28/11
  • Bob Gage (F'77, L'80), Winning the Unwinnable, 10/28/10
  • Members of the Hoya Diplomatic Network, Sharing Insights from the Front Lines of U.S. Foreign Affairs, 09/28/10
  • Parag Khanna (F'99, SSP'05), 04/08/10
  • Carol Lancaster (F'68), (then-) Interim Dean of SFS, 03/01/10
  • Maria Eitel (F'88), Founding President, Nike Foundation, 11/13/09
  • Jeremy Goldberg (F'99), Former Co-Chairman of Generation Obama, 10/21/09
  • Anthony Coscia (F'81), Partner, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP and Board of Commissioners, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, 09/16/09
  • Carmen Twillie Ambar (F'90), President, Cedar Crest College, 04/22/09
  • David A. Catania (F'90, L'94), Councilman (At Large), District of Columbia, 03/24/09
  • Stephen D. Cashin (F'79), Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Capital Group, 02/11/09
  • Paul Clement (F'88), Former Solicitor General of the United States, 10/24/08
  • Mark Abbott (F'86), President, Major League Soccer (MLS), 10/17/08
  • Paula Dobriansky (F'77), U.S. Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, 04/02/08