February 2024

Stories: Spring Break sustainability immersion; Karl Widerquist’s New Book; Black History Month celebrations; Dean Alexander Sens talk; Model UN; Tamara Essayyad event; EC Alumni Panel; National Sport Day feature; Mohamed Zayani’s new book, Daniel Brumberg on Iran; Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series event, Alumnus podcast recognized by New York Times, futurist explores role of higher education; along with social media, and website statistics for February 2024


GU-Q’s Model United Nations Champions Underrepresented Voices

Georgetown Qatar’s Spring Model United Nations (MUN) conference drew nearly 600 enthusiastic high school students representing 34 local and 26 international schools from 14 countries, for a weekend of hands-on engagement in international diplomacy. Read more. Media clippings.

Students Get Inside Look at Qatar’s Sustainability Innovations

Twelve GU-Q students exchanged their textbooks for educational fieldwork over Spring Break, exploring groundbreaking green projects in and around Doha. The week-long immersion program tied into their class on “Water, Climate, and Urban Ecology,” which is taught by Dr. Raha Hakimdavar, Senior Advisor to the Deans of GU-Q and Georgetown University Earth Commons Institute. Read more.

Team Sports Are Vital to Academic Excellence and a Sense of Community

With National Sport Day approaching, students at GU-Q reflected on the importance of campus sports in creating community and helping them to achieve goals on and off the field as part of their holistic academic experience. Read more. Media clippings.


Alumnus’ Podcast Recognized by the New York Times

Salman Ahad Khan, an accomplished audio journalist and GU-Q alumnus is achieving success for his work on the critically acclaimed history podcast More Perfect, recently honored by the New York Times on its “Best Podcasts of 2023” list. Read more. Media Clippings.

Alumna Shayma Al Naimi Shares Path to Success on EC Alumni Panel

A diverse group of seven accomplished alumni from undergraduate and graduate programs across Education City recently converged on the GU-Q campus to share valuable advice and tips with students as part of a Qatar Foundation-wide Career Readiness Week. Read more.


Growing Movement for UBI Finds Expression in Karl Widerquist’s New Book

With the global wealth gap growing each year, Professor Karl Widerquist’s new book Universal Basic Income, part of MIT Press’s “Essential Knowledge” series, asks whether a small cash income, sufficient for basic needs, ought to be provided regularly and unconditionally to every citizen. Read more.

Dr. Zayani Explains How the Digital Era is Affecting Middle Eastern Societies in New Book

Professor Mohamed Zayani has published a new book titled The Digital Double Bind: Change and Stasis in the Middle East. The book is a landmark study of how the Middle East is acclimating to the promises and uncertainties of today’s fast-paced digital transformations. Read more. Media clippings.


Top Lawyer Examines International Legal Response to the War on Gaza

Speaking at the most recent Palestine Speaker Series event at GU-Q, international lawyer and negotiator Tamara Essayyad emphasized the role of international legal systems in the pursuit of peace where negotiations and diplomacy fall short. Read more.

Celebrating Black History Month: An Evening of Jazz 

In celebration of Black History Month, Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) is honoring Black heritage and achievements including hosting a jazz appreciation evening featuring the Doha Jazz band. Read more. Media clippings.

Talk Connects Greek Tradition to Modern Challenges

Dr. Alexander Sens, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University in Washington, DC explored how ancient Greek writers, confronted by massive cultural disruptions strikingly similar to the present times, helped society make sense of their changing world. Read more. Media clippings.

Pioneering Female Education Leader Discusses Regional Dynamics at Dean’s Series

At a Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series event, Dean Safwan Masri discussed the challenges confronting universities, and the evolution of state-building in the Middle East with Dr. Lisa Anderson, Dean Emerita at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and former President of the American University of Cairo. Read more. Media clippings.

Expert Daniel Brumberg Explores Iran’s “Axis of Resistance” Strategy

In a public talk at GU-Q, Middle East expert Dr. Daniel Brumberg shared his observations on evolving challenges facing Iran and its “axis of resistance” as it seeks to contain and control the dynamic of escalation that has followed October 7. Read more. Media clippings.

Futurist Explores Role of Higher Education During Climate Crisis and Age of AI

The future of higher education, the forces driving its transformation, and its potential to provide solutions to an increasingly unstable world were explored by the internationally known futurist, researcher, and author Bryan Alexander at a public talk hosted by GU-Q. Read more. Media Clippings.

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