Past Events




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Political Communication APSA Preconference 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 9:00am
For the 2019 Political Communication APSA Preconference, we invite paper submissions that deal with topics related to media and democracy in troubled times.
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SMPA Graduation Breakfast Reception 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Director Frank Sesno and the faculty of the School of Media and Public Affairs invite 2019 graduates and their families to attend a graduation breakfast reception celebrating SMPA's class of 2019.
The second annual SMPA Celebration Night

The Second Annual SMPA Celebration Night

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Featuring special guests, premier catering and announcing the winners of over $135,000 in SMPA awards, scholarships and prizes, this is a celebration of all things SMPA.
President Donald J. Trump delivers a speech at a rally

Whose Right? Where Trump is Taking the Conservative Media

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:00pm
The Trump presidency brought revolutionary change to the Republican Party. Where will the American right's decisive turn lead the conservative media?
2019 Planet Forward Summit

2019 Planet Forward Summit

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:30pm
Discover what “impact” really means for communicators and creatives alike, and network with influential people and organizations in sustainability and science.
"Should the News Take Sides?" with fractured Washington landmarks in background

Should the News Take Sides?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 6:00pm
There's never been a better time to explore the importance of a free press and what Americans want from their news.
Dorothy Butler Gilliam sits at a desk with a typewriter in black and white photo of a newsroom

An SMPA Book Talk with Dorothy Butler Gilliam: Trailblazer

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 6:00pm
Dorothy Gilliam returns to GW to discuss her experience as the first African-American female journalist at The Washington Post and her efforts to increase diversity in the media.
April Ryan with hand raised in the White House briefing room

SMPA Book Talk with April Ryan: 'Under Fire'

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 6:00pm
Veteran White House correspondent and former SMPA Terker Distinguished Fellow April Ryan returns to campus for an inside look at reporting from the front lines of the Trump White House.
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.
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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. 

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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.
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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.

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