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The School of Media and Public Affairs hosts dozens of events each year on topics related to media, communication and journalism with some of the most renowned academics and practitioners in the world. 

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Contentious Narratives

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Press Fights Back event with Chuck Todd

The Press Fights Back

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

You heard it first on “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd

Students at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design "Spiked" exhibit

Kickoff at the Corcoran

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Mix and mingle with special guests, faculty and classmates at a special kickoff to the school year hosted at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

graduating students

SMPA 2018 Graduation Breakfast Reception

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Graduating SMPA undergraduate majors are invited to attend a graduation breakfast reception with their families prior to the Columbian College Celebration ceremony.
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SMPA 2018 M.A. Graduation Brunch Reception

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 10:30am to 1:00pm
A brunch reception for graduates of the M.A. in Media and Strategic Communication program following the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences Celebration Ceremony.
World Press Freedom

World Press Freedom Day 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:45am to 2:00pm

SMPA Celebration Night

The First Annual SMPA Celebration Night

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Featuring special guests, premier catering and announcing the winners of over $150,000 in SMPA awards, scholarships and prizes, this is a celebration of all things SMPA.
Keeping Our Eye on the Future of News

Keeping Our Eye on the Future of News

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm
In the age of Twitter, how does the news compete? In the age of Trump, can the news be saved? CBS News President David Rhodes discusses the future of news.
Jonathan Turley and Michael Avenatti

A Conversation with Professor Jonathan Turley and Michael Avenatti

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

A conversation with GW Law Professor Jonathan Turley and Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti, JD '00, moderated by GW Law Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law Blake Morant.

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The Business of Film and Entertainment

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
A free interactive workshop with award-winning producer and studio executive Sig Libowitz that explores the inner workings of filmmaking, budgeting, distribution, copyright and more.
James Clapper

Digital Technology and the Attack on Democratic Norms

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 7:10pm to 8:30pm
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will address the issue of digital attacks and disinformation campaigns by foreign actors on democratic institutions.
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Contentious Narratives

Monday, April 2, 2018 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:15pm
The conference focuses on the effects of disinformation on peacebuilding and on efforts to document human rights abuse and war crimes. 
D. Bruce Wharton

Public Diplomacy in an Era of Truth Decay: Constructive Responses

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Ambassador Bruce Wharton presents his lecture "Public Diplomacy in an Era of Truth Decay: Constructive Responses."
Brittany Packnett and W.E.B. Du Bois

What Would Du Bois Do?

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Professor Imani M. Cheers hosts an exhibition and activism workshop for students and campus leaders facilitated by educator and activist Brittany Packnett.
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Presidents Day

Monday, February 19, 2018 - 12:00am to 11:59pm


The university will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Monday, February 19, 2018.