Connect & Socialize

The Georgetown University Association of Retired Faculty and Staff (GUARFS) provides a number of opportunities throughout the year for retirees to connect with each other, enjoy cultural events and socialize. These include:

  • guided tours of museums, galleries, and other sites of cultural and historical interest in the area; and
  • luncheon meetings with featured speakers from the Georgetown community.

We offer a mix of in-person and virtual events. Not a paid-up member? Click here to join or pay your dues. Sign-up information will be sent in the GUARFS newsletter and special announcement emails will be sent in the GUARFS newsletter and special announcement emails.

Summer 2023 Special Events

All of these events are for GUARFS members only. Not a member yet or need to pay this year’s dues? Click here (new window).

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 11 AM

Philippines on the Potomac – A Walking Tour (1.5 hours)

Meet at the Old Chancery near Dupont Circle (1617 Massachusetts Avenue NW)

Led by Erwin R. Tiongson, Professor of the Practice and Deputy Director, Global Human Development Program, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

The Philippines on the Potomac Project (POPDC) is a family project that seeks to find traces of Philippine-American history and culture in the metro DC area. From an initial listing of 30 places, the number of sites has grown to more than 200. This walking tour features 12 of those sites in downtown Washington, including places from the early 1900s, when the Philippines became a U.S. colony following the Spanish American War, through the post-Second World War period, when the Philippines became independent. The sites reflect the complicated relationship between the U.S. and Philippines—the narratives of colonialism, the negotiated and renegotiated ties between two nations, and the stories of individuals who lived through this turbulent half-century. The tour takes about 1.5 hours, starting at the Old Chancery near Dupont Circle (1617 Massachusetts Avenue, NW) and ending in Foggy Bottom.

The Philippines on the Potomac Project (POPDC)
Learn more about POPDC in The Washington Post, White House History Quarterly, Fairfax Connection, Peitho, WETA

Click here to register, one or two tickets can be requested.

  • Special Events from the 2021-22 Season culminated in the
    • Spring Mass and Luncheon with Guest Speaker, held in Dahlgren Courtyard on May 9th, 2022. Please see the President’s report for a description of his event.
  • Other special events included a visit to
    • Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland – an in-person and on-site gathering.

Virtual events included:

  • “The Kennedy Institute of Ethics: Past, Present, and Future,”
    • Daniel Sulmasy, current Director of the Institute
  • “Reflections on the 2020 Census”
    • Robert Groves, GU Provost & former director of the US Census Bureau
  • “White Space, Black Hood”
    • Sheryll Cashin, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Civil Rights & Social Justice, GU Law Center
  • “GU’s Role in the District of Columbia Today”
    • Christopher Murphy, Vice President for Government Relations & Community Engagement, and
    • Heidi Tseu, Associate Vice President for Local Government & Community Engagement
  • “Child Development Revisited: All the Things We Thought We Knew”
    • Diane M. Jacobstein, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, GU Center for Child & Human Development
  • “Meaningful Philanthropy”
    • Mindy S. Bopp, Executive Director of Planned Giving