I believe it is urgent and important that we recognize the…mutually reinforcing elements of formation, scholarship and a commitment to the common good—this is the work of the university.

President John J. DeGioia


Red House Speaker Series: Victor Saad

September 29-30, 2015; Healy Family Student Center

Victor Saad, founder of the Experience Institute and The Leap-Year Project, visited Georgetown to discuss the importance of learning that integrates real-world experiences with traditional modes of learning.

Formation x Design Symposium

June 15-17, 2015, Healy Family Student Center

The second annual Formation x Design Symposium welcomed international leaders, Georgetown faculty and designers in higher education to conceive of new ways to explore “whole student” formation. Throughout the symposium, attendees participated in design activities centered on integrative learning experiences and imagining higher education for 2025 and beyond.



Future(s) Project Showcase

May 18, 2015, 4:00 PM, Healy Family Student Center

Representatives from five Future(s) projects will present their work to Georgetown faculty who are attending the Teaching, Learning & Innovation Summer Institute. Throughout the project showcase, faculty are also invited to join Future(s) in exploring the driving questions of its work.

Nadia Roumani visits Georgetown

February 2015

The Designing the Future(s) Initiative and the Beeck Center co-sponsored a visit with social entrepreneur and researcher Nadia Roumani. A lecturer of design at Stanford University’s d.school and the Walter and Esther Hewlett Fellow at Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Roumani spent her visit to Georgetown meeting with members of the university’s design community and the inaugural class of the Board of Regents Future(s) Fellows.

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Mimi Ito Lecture

January 26, 2015, 5:00 PM, Fisher Colloquium

Dr. Mimi Ito, cultural anthropologist and Professor in Residence in the Department of Informatics at the University of California-Irvine, discussed new media and connected learning in our second installment of the 2014-2015 Future(s) Speaker Series.

Teresa Sullivan Lecture

October 27, 2014, 5:00 PM, Fisher Colloquium

Teresa Sullivan, President of the University of Virginia and champion for innovation in higher education, will be headlining the 2014-2015 Future(s) Speaker Series, starting on October 27, 2014. Join us in the Fisher Colloquium for a lecture, followed by a reception and the opportunity to engage with Dr. Sullivan.

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Winter Faculty Institute - Impactful Learning

Alumni Career Services Webinar with Randy Bass

Series is ongoing

Join us for a multi-part series from The Office of Career Services and the Designing the Future(s) initiative. This event for Georgetown Alumni will explore the Future(s) initiative over a period of weeks, engaging our alumni in this exciting community-wide discussion.

Discussion with Stephen Kosslyn

May 5, 2014, 11:30 AM, Fisher Colloquium

Behavioral Psychologist, Cognitive Scientist, Founding Dean of Faculty of the Minerva Project.

Discussion with Jonathan Cole

April 1, 2014, 5 PM, Lohrfink Auditorium

Former Provost of Columbia University, author of “The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected.”

Leadership for the 21st Century

March 18, 2014

This event marked the start of a new partnership between Georgetown and Arizona State University to develop university presidents as innovative leaders for the 21st Century. President John DeGioia of Georgetown, President Michael Crow of ASU and author and higher education expert Jeffrey Selingo discuss shaping a generation of leaders who think creatively and reach beyond traditional “walls” of academia.

Georgetown at SXSW

March 5, 2014, SxSW

Georgetown brings the Future(s) Initiative to SXSWedu in Austin, TX to present “Designing the Future of the University from the Inside.” The university’s Chief Information Officer Lisa Davis, Provost Robert Groves and Michael Wang present a panel at the interactive conference.

Skillhack: 2nd Annual Hackathon

February 15, 2014, Fisher Colloquium

How can we bridge the spheres of academia and the workplace? Teams of students take on the challenge of designing a more connected platform to gain practical skills during their years on campus.

Discussion with Susan Hockfield

January 30, 2014, Lohrfink Auditorium

Former President of MIT and advocate for research support—and Georgetown alumna (GUMC ’79)—speaks on collaboration and experimentation with new educational methods.

The Launch Event

November 20, 2013, Fisher Colloquium

President John J. DeGioia and Provost Robert M. Groves frame the Designing the Future(s) of the University Initiative.