President’s Report

Highlights of the Georgetown University Association of Retired Faculty and Staff (GUARFS) End-of-Year Overview: 2019-2020
President’s Report

This was an unusual year due to the impact of the Covid-19 virus, but the Association was able to implement a wonderful range of activities.

We did not simply react against this terrible disease and close down everything we might do. The Executive Council decided at its April meeting to donate from the GUARFS treasury $1,000 to GUCares and $1,000 to the GU Hospital, Associate Emergency Support Fund .  

As usual GUARFS offered a variety of events and celebrations including:

  • Luncheon/Lectures
    In the fall, we hosted, Deborah Tannen, who gave a fascinating talk on the language of friendship. In the spring, we had scheduled Lawrence Gostin,    to speak on the extremely timely topic of the Corona virus and global health governance issues. This event had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 crises.
  • Holiday Party
    A Holiday party brought several dozen members together in December.  
  • Special Events and Outings 
    Sara Hager arranged for us to take a tour of the Verrocchio Exhibition at the National Gallery in November.   
    Mary Anne Mahin had arranged a visit in May to Glenstone (a local art museum in Potomac, Maryland).   Unfortunately, Covid-19 closed this museum and cancelled our tour.  
  • Thank You Brunch, Mass of Thanksgiving with Luncheon
    Unfortunately, this year’s events were not possible due to the Covid-19 crises.   

We continued the successful Georgetown University Learning Community.    

Fall Classes

  • James Lamiell “Psychology’s Systemic Misuse of Statistical Methods.” 
  • Veronica Salles-Reese “Great Masters of Latin American Literature: Short Story.”  
  • Elizabeth Malone “From Talk to Argument to Dialogue to Action: Let’s Think about Climate Change.”
  •  Alison Hilton “Crossroads of Cultures: Themes in Russian and East European Art”. 
  • Ron Murphy “The 9th Century Saxon Gospel The Heliand”.  
  • Bruce Douglass “Socialism in Our Time.”

Planned Spring Classes 

  • Antony Tambasco “Mary in Biblical and Ecumenical Perspective”.
  • Paul R. Lilly “Herman Melville and Flannery O’Connor”. 
  • Imam Yahya Hendi “Understanding the Qur’an”.
  •  Rev. Edward J. Ingebretsen, “Animals, Human Culture and Justice.”
  • Mary Ann Griffin “Successfully Navigating the Complex Healthcare System.” 
  • Susan F. Martin “Global Trends in International Migration.”   

Unfortunately, all but one course had to be cancelled. Prof. Martin successfully delivered her course online/ We hope to offer the other courses in the Fall—in person or on-line depending on the University’s decision about re-opening.

Each Year GUARFS awards Research Grants to retired faculty and staff.

This year we approved 7 research grants to applicants. We do not know, at this point (early May) whether the Provost’s office will be able to fund them.

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