Past Events

Now What? Are Congress and Trump Headed for War?

Now What?

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Members of Congress and Washington power players take you inside the halls and offices of Capitol Hill and the West Wing for a behind-the-scenes look at a divided Washington.

The Future of Free Speech on Campus

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Free speech and open inquiry on campus have been critical components of social change throughout American history. 

World Networked Map

Contentious Narratives

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Top academics and journalists convened to share the latest studies on Russian disinformation campaigns and how to respond to it without simultaneously affecting the core values of liberal democracy.
The Press Fights Back event with Chuck Todd

The Press Fights Back

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
“Meet the Press” host and NBC Political Director Chuck Todd discusses Trump, politics, the media and the midterms during this one-on-one conversation with SMPA Director Frank Sesno.
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.
graduate wearing mortarboard

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
A celebration of World Press Freedom Day with a conversation on challenges and new trends in international media freedom, access to information and journalist safety.
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.

film strip

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.
World Network Map

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."