Join us Monday 4/27 for a HSM Movie Night!

It’s 2006: Rihanna is calling S.O.S. (please) and it’s the Disney Channel movie premiere of High School Musical. Join us for a much needed throwback on our High School Musical movie night with Student Staff Ronnie and Program Manager Ben! One thing that will make this night extra special is, that’s right, it will be Ben’s first ever HSM viewing!!! Exciting!!!!

It will be on Monday, 4/27 at 7PM EST. 

Join us here: https://gwu.webex.com/meet/ronniericcobene

See you there…

Virtual Front Office with Josh

Miss hanging out in the front office with Josh and the student staff, and probably Jared as they all do work? Well we’re replicating the same feeling here in the Digital Townhouse! Welcome to the Virtual Front Office– where you can drop by Josh’s WebEx room and just, like, hang out and do work with him and Jared. This will be on Wednesday afternoons throughout the rest of the semester, starting next Wednesday, 4/29, from 1-3 PM EST.

Josh’s active involvement in conversation cannot be guaranteed, though his presence can. Join us at https://gwu.webex.com/meet/jmays1.

Virtual Reading Group with Professor Christov

Want to dive into a philosophical story of plague and bravery and determination in the midst of great collective suffering? Well join Professor Theo Christov on Saturdays at 2pm throughout the rest of the month to discuss Albert Camus’ The Plague with him and other UHP students. Sign up by Friday, April 10, at 5pm to join in on this journey! In order to sign up, send him an email at christov@gwu.edu

Career Advice with Peer Advisor Nicky and Brianna

Worried about your career in the context of the Coronaverse? You and everyone else! But have no fear, Nicky and Brianna are here to give you resume and LinkedIn advice! Nicky will give a presentation on resume tips and tricks (and, if there’s time, can look over some individual resumes!), and then Brianna will give a presentation on LinkedIn and how you can use it to advance your career. This event will be hosted via WebEx this Friday 4/10 at 3pm here. Hope to see you there!

The Fax Lunch Bunch with Professor Trullinger

Do you miss casual front office/club room conversations from the physical townhouse? Well Professor Trullinger is helping us take them virtual! This semester, join him on Fridays for some casual philosophy (or non-philosophy) discussion in Zoom! The next Fax Lunch Bunch will be Friday, 4/24, with link/precise time TBA.

See you there!

Food for Thought w/ Professor Restrepo!

If you missed our first Food for Thought, have no fear! Our second one is coming right up. Join us for free lunch, next Friday, March 6th at 12pm in the townhouse, and an exciting talk about negotiations in Cuba and differing interpretations of truth and justice. Read the note from professor Restrepo for more details and RSVP with the form below!

Truth and Justice in the Colombian 2016 Peace Accord

After 5 years of complex negotiations that took place mainly in Havana, Cuba, the Colombian government completed a Final Peace Agreement with the FARC in November 2016, thereby ending the oldest conflict in the southern hemisphere. Despite the extraordinary tangible achievements that preceded the signing of the original Accord, a referendum to confirm the people’s approval was held in October 2016. Against all predictions and polls, the original Peace Accord was defeated by a small margin polarizing Colombians and negatively impacting its implementation.   In this talk I will argue that a great part of this divide stems from a misunderstanding of the meaning of truth and justice in the Peace Accord.

UHP Trivia Night 2020

Sadly due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak, we will be cancelling this semester’s trivia night. We’re sad too!! But that’s how it goes sometimes. Please be safe, take care of yourselves, and remember to take care of those you love! This is a stressful time, and we could all use an extra dose of kindness at the moment. Much love to you, UHPers!

Who was the legendary Benedictine monk who invented champagne? What do you call a duel between three people? What is the closest city to the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull?

That’s right, the UHP is hosting a trivia night!

Join us on Sunday, March 29 for UHP trivia from 4-7 PM. We’re bringing in a professional trivia host and filling up the Vern’s Post Hall to give YOU the opportunity to show everyone how much stuff you know! I bet you know SO much stuff!

Tables at the event will hold teams of up to 10. If you’re signing up with a team, each person will need to sign up individually – make sure you decide your team name before signing up! And please, make sure it’s unique enough that you won’t be overlapping with other teams. Single players or smaller teams should sign up and will be grouped together to form a full table. Snacks will be provided, as will prizes for the winning table!

Also…feel free to invite a faculty member that you want on your team! Those faculty truly can be an excellent asset…

Sign up below!

The Hunt for Lost Nazi Uranium Colloquium

Check out the following colloquium event passed along by Professor Kung!

Title: The Hunt for Lost Nazi Uranium

Abstract: 1944 saw the height of the Manhattan Project efforts which was distributed between Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, and Hanford. Since the Manhattan Project was spurred by the fear that Germany was building nuclear weapons, Allied anxiety continuously pondered the Nazi atomic progress. As Germany began to fall, Gen. Groves commissioned the military and scientific intelligence mission code-named Alsos. It was to be at the forefront of the defeat so as to immediately assess the German advancement towards an atomic bomb. Alsos uncovered what the Manhattan Project had feared: the Germans had a two-year lead on the American nuclear program and being the birth place of nuclear fission, the Germans began with an incredible sprint of discovery. But then they found, just as the Americans were getting their feet wet, the German program miraculously had slowed. In April 1945 in the sleepy village of Haigerloch, Alsos found the culmination of the German nuclear program: a failed reactor experiment, named B-VIII. It was on the scale of Enrico Fermi’s successful Chicago Pile 1. This incomplete nuclear reactor, built of 664 uranium cubes had come very close to criticality. What had happened? How did Germany miss the mark? The answer is straightforward: unlike the U.S. efforts, spearheaded by Groves’ singular defining military force, the German atomic program was not administered by a competent manager. Their adequate resources were distributed and not gathered, their superb intellect was competitive and not collaborative. The failure of their atomic program can be pinned to a critical mass of German confidence moderated by ego and arrogance. Had they more humility and collaboration, history would have taken a different path. Instead, their reactor was scattered to history. What happened to the German B-VIII reactor? The United States acquired it; however, the question remains: what did they do with it?

When? Thursday, Feb. 20, from 4-5 PM

Where? In Corcoran 101

Sunday Brunch with the UHP!

March 1 (next Sunday). 11am (until 1pm). Townhouse Club Room. Be there!! We will have:

  • Free brunch food
  • Board games
  • Student staff Ronnie (always a delight)
  • The warm, comforting lighting of the Club Room chandeliers on a cold March morning
  • The UHP community!

RSVP below if you’ll be coming!

Islam in India and Pakistan: A Historical Look into Interreligious Dialogue

Check out the following event passed along by Professor Aviv!

Please join us on Thursday, February 20 at 5pm in the Marvin Center, Room 307 for the 2020 Berz Lecture: “Islam in India and Pakistan: From the First Conquests to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)”

Speaker: Dr. Shankar Nair, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Abstract: As the still young Islamic empire spread into the lands of India, Muslims encountered, for perhaps the first time, a grand-scale religious civilization entirely unmentioned in the Qur’an or in the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. With so little explicit guidance from their scriptural sources, how were Muslims to navigate this new land or make sense of the incredibly diverse Hindu populations of South Asia? Though one might have expected Muslims to reject Hindus outright as mere idolaters and unbelievers, the historical response was surprisingly nuanced and accommodating. As modern nationalist forces in the region threaten to overturn this legacy, this talk surveys the often forgotten history of Islam in South Asia, offering insights into how the region arrived at the crises it faces today.

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