University Seminars

The George Washington University Seminars program was established in 1985 to foster sustained discussion of issues that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries among members of the GW faculty and their distinguished counterparts in universities, research centers, federal agencies, international organizations, and private industry throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Only topics that warrant intensive continuing inquiry are approved as organizing themes for the Seminars.

The goal of the Seminars is to connect the traditional research and inquiry activities of the academy with the major institutions of society, thereby ensuring an exchange of perspectives and information. University Seminars meet periodically during the academic year on the GW campus. The initial nucleus of each Seminar is a group of highly qualified faculty from a range of appropriate departments and schools, along with distinguished individuals from outside the GW academic community. The chair of each Seminar serves as convener. Distinguished guests may be invited to give presentations to stimulate discussion. However, the goal is to encourage dialogue on issues of importance in such a way that there are demonstrable outcomes such as publications, white papers, grant proposals, curriculum reforms, scholarly discussion blogs, the development of GW 700-series courses, conference proceedings, or contributions to public policy.

You may find the list of previous University Seminars for the following years:


Contact Information about University Seminars:

Teresa Murphy, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs
2121 Eye Street NW, Suite 813, Washington DC 20052
Electronic submissions are preferred and may be sent to Monica McGhee (