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More Than 20 Georgetown Alums Serving in 117th Congress

December 30, 2020

Georgetown University continues its long legacy of alumni serving the public as more than 20 will be sworn into the 117th U.S. Congress the first week in January. 


With two alumni retiring – Rep. Francis Rooney (C’75, L’78) (R-Florida) and Rep. Peter Visclosky (L’82) (D-Indiana), 27 alumni will be part of the new Congress ahead of Georgia’s historic January 5 runoff election.


August Pfluger (G’19), the only newly elected alumnus, won a House seat in Texas’ 11th District.


Georgetown alumnus Jon Ossoff (SFS’09) is challenging Rep. David Purdue (R-Georgia) in one of the state’s two U.S. Senate runoffs.

Alumni in the 117th Congress represent eight of the nine schools at the university with nearly half graduating from Georgetown Law.


Alumni in the new Congress include:


Sen. Lisa Murkowski (C’80) – R

Sen. Dan Sullivan (G’93, L’93) – R 


Rep. Michael Garcia (G’98) – R

Rep. Ted Lieu (L’94) – D 


Rep. Lois Frankel (L’73) – D

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (G’04) – D 


Sen. Mazie Hirono (L’78) – D 


Sen. Richard Durbin (SFS’66, L’69) – D


Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (G’14) – R


Rep. Steny Hoyer (L’66) – D

Sen. Christopher Van Hollen (L’ 90) – D


Rep. Lori Trahan (SFS’95) – D


Rep. Debbie Dingell (SFS’75, G’98) – D


Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (G’86) – R

New Hampshire

Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (L’84) – D

New Jersey

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (L’07) – D

New York

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (G’94) – D

Rhode Island

Rep. David Cicilline (L’86) – D


Rep. Henry Cuellar (SFS’78) – D

Rep. August Pfluger (G’19) – R

Rep. Filemon Vela (C’85) – D


Sen. Patrick Leahy (L ‘64) – D

Virgin Islands

Rep. Stacey Plaskett (SFS’88) – D


Rep. Pramila Jayapal (C’86) – D


Rep. Mike Gallagher (G’12, G’13, G’15) – R

Rep. Bryan Steil (B’03) – R


Sen. John Barrasso (C’75, M’78) – R

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Christmas at Brasserie Liberté

December 9, 2020

Brasserie Liberté is open on Christmas Eve from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm. and Christmas Day from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. To celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Liberté offers a three course pre-fixe menu for dine in or pre-order for pick-up for $54.95.The cut off for pre-ordering for pick up is December 22nd at 5:00 pm. 


Appetizer choices include “Chestnut Soup” with Ruby Port, Bacon and Rosemary Cream;  “Country Pâté” with Cornichons, Frisée Salad, Grain Mustard; and more! Entrée choices include "Cassoulet” with Confit Duck, Pork Belly, Toulouse Sausage, Flageolet Beans, and Herbed Bread Crumbs; “Coq Au Vin” with Pee Wee Potatoes, Mushrooms, Baby Carrots, Pearl Onions, Parsnip Puree, Bacon Lardons, and Red Wine Jus (GF); “Ratatouille Provençale” with Pommes Anna, Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms, Pickled Beech Mushrooms, Saffron Pickled Cauliflower, and Tomato Consommé (V, GF); and more!


For guests who opt to indulge in “Beef Wellington” with Chestnut Compote, Lardons and Truffle Madeira or “Filet Mignon Steak Frites” with a Petite Salad, Sauce Bordelaise, and Frites there is a $15 up charge. Dessert choices include “Ile Flotante” with Meringue, Crème Anglaise, and Passion Fruit Gelée; “Chocolate Pot De Créme” with Vanilla Whipped Cream; and more!


To make a reservation, guests can visit OpenTable or call 202.878.8404.

To pre-order for pick up, guests can email The cut off for pre-ordering for pick up is December 22nd at 5:00 pm. 

To view the full menu, please visit Brasserie Liberté

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See Chagall's Orphée for Georgetown Patrons Evelyn & John Nef

November 11, 2020

In 1968, Marc Chagall visited the Georgetown home of his friends and patrons Evelyn and John Nef, and decided that he would design a mosaic specifically for the Nefs’ garden.


Chagall designed the maquette for the mosaic at his studio in France and hired Italian mosaicist Lino Melano—who created mosaics for Pablo PicassoFernand Léger, and Georges Braque. Using Murano glass, Carrara marble, and natural colored stones from Italy, Melano executed the ten-panel work and then installed it on site in the Nefs’ garden in Georgetown. 


There the work Orphée (Orpheus)—remained until it was bequeathed to the National Gallery of Art (NGA) by Evelyn (1913–2009). This bequest also included 31 drawings, 46 prints, and 25 volumes from the collection that the Nefs had built together. Orphée is in the NGA Sculpture Garden.  


The mosaic’s large scale—approximately 10 by 17 feet and 1,000 pounds—is belied by its ethereal figures and mystical tone, which also distinguish so much of Chagall’s work in other media. Swooping arabesques and three concentric suns create an undulating rhythm throughout the composition. The colorful, layered narratives are loosely drawn from Greek mythology and from the artist’s personal experience. At center, Orpheus charms animals with his lute, accompanied by the Three Graces and the winged stallion Pegasus. In the bottom left corner of the mosaic, beneath the blazing sun, a group of people wait to cross a large body of water. According to Chagall, this scene not only alludes to the immigrants and refugees who crossed the ocean to reach America, but also references his own past: smuggled out of Nazi-occupied France by the International Rescue Committee during World War II, the Jewish artist found safe haven in New York. In the lower right corner, two lovers nestle in the greenery. Evelyn asked the artist if the figures depicted her and John; Chagall replied, “If you like.”  

Chagall turned to the decorative arts, including mosaic, stained glass, and tapestry, in the latter part of his life. He completed commissions for cathedrals and civic settings in Europe, Israel, and the United States.

At the National Gallery of Art, admission is always free and passes are not required. View the video here.

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