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Georgetown University Receives $100 Million to Create New Public Policy School

September 18, 2013

Georgetown University announced Wednesday that it will make a transformational impact on the field of public policy through a gift of $100 million. The gift, from Frank H. McCourt, Jr. (C’75), is the largest in the university’s history and will endow the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University

The McCourt School for Public Policy will leverage Georgetown’s location in Washington, D.C., its relationships with global leaders and its legacy of public service to launch a new approach to public policy. The McCourt School will contribute policy-based, data-driven research and solutions to the urgent policy issues of our time. This world-class research institution will incorporate the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI), a nationally ranked graduate program.

“Georgetown is uniquely positioned, at this moment in our university’s history, to build on our existing strengths as we grow to meet the needs of the complex and evolving public policy field,” says Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. “The McCourt School of Public Policy will build on the foundation we have created while leveraging our most valuable resources – our location in the nation’s capital, our national and global reputation, and our commitment to civil and civic discourse and engagement - to become the premiere academic resource for public policy in the 21st century.”

“There has never been a more urgent need for this work,” says McCourt. “The issues facing global leaders are more acute, dynamic and interrelated than ever before. We recognize an opportunity here to serve the world in a new way through an innovative approach to public policy research and analysis.”

The new McCourt Fellows Program will recruit and offer full scholarships to the country's most qualified future public policy makers and scholars. The McCourt School will also house a new Massive Data Institute, which will harness and navigate the data that new advances in technology and communications have generated in the past decade 

“The generosity and partnership of Frank McCourt brings to life our vision to connect the Jesuit values of service and justice with a critical need in the 21st century for scholars, leaders, policymakers and organizations to work together in new ways,” says DeGioia.  “Understanding the data now available to us and using it in the creation of public policy will be fundamental to shaping the public policy of the future.”

“The McCourt family has had a long relationship with Georgetown over multiple generations, and we are very pleased to partner with the university to bring to life the bold vision of a new public policy school,” added McCourt.  “Georgetown’s unmatched interconnections with the people, institutions and ideas that shape global public policy make it uniquely qualified to develop the preeminent public policy school for our time.”

The McCourt School will become the ninth school at Georgetown University and the first new school since 1957. The university will officially launch the McCourt School for Public Policy at an academic ceremony October 8 and will celebrate at an event with members of the national and international policy communities, dignitaries and Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. on October 9.

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Kulinary Concepts Founders Launch Crowdfunding Project

September 5, 2013

Created very literally in the kitchen by Nahum Jeannot and Faith Davis, Kulinary Concepts, which started as a home-based company, now plans to revolutionize how diners view food, restaurants, and reviews. 

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With their crowdfunding project, Kitchen Wars: A Live Local Culinary Competition, hosting of live cooking competitions, will focus on local restaurants and chefs around the country; one city at a time. “The idea is that local restaurants will compete, local foodies will judge, and our communities will celebrate food,” said Nahum Jeannot, COO/Co-Founder of Kulinary Concepts. “What could be more fun?”

Funds raised from their upcoming Kickstarter (world's largest platform for creative projects) campaign will support the first Kitchen War slated to take place at National Harbor, Maryland in the spring of 2014.  With the help of a Thomas Keller quote, “Food should be fun,” as their motto,  the founders intend to engage the public in helping support their mission of food, fun and thinking outside the box.  

“We just don’t believe that celebrity chefs are better than local restaurant chefs and we mean to prove it with our Kitchen Wars,” said Faith Davis, CEO and Co-Founder of Kulinary Concepts.  “Why should celebrity chefs receive all the fame? They’re not the only ones who can cook. Why should food critics be the only ones who vote on food? We have a voice too and we’re going to have fun using it.”

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Offering an evening of being up-close and personal with excellent food and the impressive chefs that prepare it, each event will take place outdoors in a tent setting, fully equipped with exhibition kitchens.  These events will make culinary history and eventually have a theme base. “We’re working toward competitions much like Top Chef and Iron Chef for local venues,” added Faith.

After an exciting launch at the Georgetown Letelier Theater, DC, this area start-up is coming to the final stretch of their crowdfunding campaign for a Foodie Competitive venture.

For more information, visit Kulinary Concepts.

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DC Holds Pre-March Rally for DC Statehood & Congressional Representation

August 25, 2013

Congresswoman Norton at the podium (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Congresswoman Norton at the podium

DC’s political leaders, led by Mayor Vincent Gray and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, rallied for DC statehood and full congressional representation before Saturday’s main March on Washington. “We have no voting representation in our own Congress,” said the Mayor, tying the District’s disenfranchisement as unfinished business from the 1963 March.

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson at the microphone, with colleagues Marion Barry (left), Vincent Orange and Jack Evans (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Council Chairman Phil Mendelson at the microphone, with colleagues Marion Barry (left), Vincent Orange and Jack Evans

"The District of Columbia is the city to come to march for your causes, but do not march around us, do not march over us," said the Congresswoman.

Councilmember Muriel Bowser show her support for the cause (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Councilmember Muriel Bowser show her support for the cause

The early morning rally was held at DC’s World War I Memorial, on the Mall across Independence Avenue from the new Martin Luther King Memorial.


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