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The Georgetown University Lecture Fund (GULF) is a student-run organization at Georgetown University committed to bringing a wide range of speakers to campus to generate dialogue and debate. The Lecture Fund has a 20-member Associate Board who plan, coordinate, and co-sponsor 60 speaking events a year. [1]


About

The Georgetown University Lecture Fund is an entirely student-run organization advised by a professional staff in the Center for Student Programs.[2] It operates with one of the largest working budgets of any student group with a budget allocated biannually from the Student Activities Commission funding board.[3] The mission of the Lecture Fund is as follows:

“The Georgetown University Lecture Fund exists to provide a forum for the free exchange of speech and expression concerning all issues and/or concerns. We are a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting dialogue and to bringing the Georgetown community together in an atmosphere of discussion to better contemplate contemporary social, political, and cultural issues.”[4][5]

Executive Board

The Lecture Fund has an Executive Board made up of seven individuals who also serve on the Associate Board. The Chair[6] of Lecture Fund serves as the primary leader, liaison, representative, and coordinator of the organization. The Vice Chair for External Affairs[7] manages relationships with outside groups, offices, and media and is the marketing and public relations lead. The Vice Chair for Internal Affairs oversees recruitment, training, and all group cohesion and leadership activities. The Chief of Staff serves as a liaison between the Chair, Vice Chairs, and Associate Members and manages the weekly events emails. The Secretary keeps meeting minutes and attendance and maintains supplies and archives. The Treasurer is responsible for documenting all financial transactions of the Lecture Fund.[8]

2010-2011 Executive Board[9]
Chair Samhir Vasdev
Vice Chair for External Affairs Anna Thomas
Vice Chair for Internal Affairs Ishita Bali
Chief of Staff Ceyda Erten
General Membership Coordinator Jesse Mirotznik
Secretary Aanika Patel
Treasurer Merry Li
2011-2012 Executive Board[10]
Chair John Gwin
Vice Chair for External Affairs Onni Irish
Vice Chair for Internal Affairs Tommy Evans
Chief of Staff Christopher Mulrooney
Secretary Hillary Oneslager
Treasurer Aanika Patel
2012-2013 Executive Board[11]
Chair Sean Keady
Vice Chair for External Affairs Aanika Patel
Vice Chair for Internal Affairs Christopher Mulrooney
Chief of Staff Medha Raj
Secretary Priya Sharma
Treasurer Tucker Cholvin
Chief Media Coordinator Jimmy Ramirez
Director of Alumni Relations James Sharp

Associate Board

The Associate Board is responsible for voting on monetary allocations, initiating and coordinating events, serving as points for co-sponsored events, and managing regular marketing, ushering, and other event-related duties. The Associate Board recruits new members at the beginning of each semester. The application process is competitive, with roughly 10% of applicants accepted each term.[12][13]

2010-2011 Member Class Standing[14]
Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
14% 32% 27% 27%


2010-2011 Member School of Enrollment[15]
College of Arts & Sciences 50%
Walsh School of Foreign Service 41%
McDonough School of Business 9%
School of Nursing and Health Studies 0%


Class of 2011 Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015
Nick Long Tommy Evans Aanika Patel Hillary Oneslager Tucker Cholvin
Tessa Mooney John Gwin Sean Keady Hannah Hauer-King Kabreya Ghaderi
Ted Worm Onni Irish Eric Wright Christopher Mulrooney Manuel Puig
Samhir Vasdev Erin Kilbride Vivian Ojo Jimmy Ramirez
Ishita Bali Chloe Zachary Medha Raj Jamie Sharp
Anna Thomas Corey Stewart
Priya Sharma
Michelle Yaw

General Members

The Lecture Fund also maintains a large General Membership that offers interested students the opportunity to develop event-planning skills and contacts without the time commitment and usual responsibilities of Associate Members.[16]

Alumni

The Lecture Fund maintains a strong alumni network; former participants are now Fulbright Scholars, members of the Teach for America corps, doctoral candidates, and employees at McKinsey & Company, Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Bank, and the Intelligence Community.[17]

Events

Lecture Fund events cover a variety of topics and host a multitude of personalities. However, the Lecture Fund’s constitution maintains that every event must be free of charge, open to the entire campus community, and contain a period of question and answer.[18] Associate Board members are responsible for organizing all stages of an event. The process includes reaching out to potential speakers, agents, or speakers’ bureaus, obtaining commitment or, at times, a written contract, negotiating honorariums and other fees, booking transportation and hotel accommodations, seeking co-sponsors within the University, reaching out to campus media, producing fliers and posters, organizing day-of logistics, and presenting the speaker. Organizing an event can take anywhere from six months to two weeks. In order to move forward with an event, an Associate Board member or representative from a co-sponsoring student group must present at the Board’s weekly meeting and a majority vote must be achieved in order for financial or marketing assistance to be allocated.[19][20]

The Lecture Fund alternates between hosting large, popular events, usually at the beginning and conclusion of the semester, and smaller niche events that cater to specific student groups and interests. The Lecture Fund also assists with events coordinated through the Office of the President, including heads of state and other noteworthy figures. In recent years, the Lecture Fund has welcomed Bradley Cooper[21], Sergei Khrushchev, Karl Rove[22][23], Michael Uslan, Hayden Panettiere[24], Melissa Anelli[25][26], Craig Newmark[27], Michael Bloomberg[28], Jane Goodall[29], and then-Senator Barack Obama[30]. Other speakers have included Romero Britto, Joel Salatin, Robert Baer[31], Eric O’Neill[32], and Temple Grandin.[33]


Recap of the 2011-2012 Year: </h4></font size="5"></center>
<p> Lecture Fund members helped organize a tremendous amount of events on campus that recieved media coverage from The Hoya[34], The Georgetown Voice[35], The Washington Post[36], CNN[37], The Atlantic[38], PBS[39], Politico[40], The Los Angeles Times[41], Slate[42], Salon[43] , Time[44], Fox News[45], USA Today[46], Huffington Post[47] , CBS[48], and ABC News[49] . </p>

<p>The Lecture Fund hosted a sleu of speakers to help enrich dialogue on campus. The organization kicked things off by hosting Oscar winning documentarian Michael Moore[50] to Georgetown. The board worked with College Republicans to host Republican commentator Ann Coulter.[51] Lecture Fund also hosted Time Magazine's 1995 Man of the Year and Former Speaker Newt Gingrich[52] while he was running for president. Lecture Fund hosted Comedy Central's Kent Alterman[53] who produces and directs comedies for the small and big screen. Lecture Fund collaborated with the Corp to welcome Robert X. Forgarty, founder of "Dear World,"[54] to campus and won a Saxa Award for the event. The Saxa Award recognizses excellence in Student Programming.</p> <p>Lecture Fund also hosted well known Chinese dissidents Wei Jingsheng[55] and Yu Jie[56] to campus, who are among the most influential advocates for democratic change in China.[57] Lecture Fund members also got to host with NPR's Tavis Smiley from the Tavis Smiley Show and well known academic and author Cornel West.[58] Mike Daisey[59] chose to work with the Lecture Fund and the Kalmonowitz Institute to make Georgetown the site of his first public appearence since his expose by NPR.</p> <p>Lecture Fund also collaborated with the Walsh Exchange to bring well known academic P. W. Singer[60] to campus as part of a research conference deemed first in its kind: geared towards undergraduate scholarly work on international relations. Lecture Fund was proud to host Rick Stengel,[61] the managing editor for Time Magazine as well as Sandra Fluke[62] who symbolized a national push for contraceptive health care coverage across the nation. Lecture Fund helped to put on an event with Former Zambian President, Rupiah Banda[63] who ruled from 2002 to 2008. Lecture Fund sponsored the Kony 2012 event, bringing Invisible Children Co-Founder Bobby Bailey[64] to Georgetown. Lecture Fund helped organize an event with the Center for Security Studies featuring the Macedonia's Minister of Defense Dr. Fatmir Besimi.[65] The board hosted well known restauranteur, Danny Meyer,[66] who serves as CEO of Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, El Verano Taqueria, North End Grill, and Box Frites, restaurants that are renowned in New York City. Lecture Fund also hosted Bill Clinton[67] who spoke on his economic policies of his presidency.</p> <p>In addition, Lecture Fund worked with the Office of Communications to staff events with Paul Ryan,[68] Prince Charles,[69] Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown,[70] and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.[71] The board worked with the Campaign for Georgetown to help promote its kickoff event with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Alonzo Mourning, and Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.[72]

The Lecture Fund and Georgetown University

The Lecture Fund maintains a close relationship with the University and frequently collaborates with the Office of the President, Office of Protocol, Alumni Career Services, and other student groups to plan, coordinate, and produce lecture events. The Lecture Fund has a particularly close relationship with the Center for Student Programs, Campus Security, the Office of the Registrar, the Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center, and many other administrative offices. Associate Board Members often serve as valuable resources for other student groups looking to bring speakers, offering advice on funding, logistics, marketing, and university policies.[73][74]

External links

References

  1. "Lecture Fund Homepage"
  2. "CSP Staff"
  3. Alolod, Gerard P. (3 May 2005). "Lecture Fund Brings Diversity to Georgetown". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/opinion/lecture-fund-brings-diversity-to-georgetown/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  4. Jurist, Michael (3 November 2006). "Lecture Fund Remains Committed to Free Speech". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/opinion/lecture-fund-remains-committed-to-free-speech/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  5. "Lecture Fund Constitution"
  6. Mahen Gunaratna and Jessica Schachter (1 February 2008). "Lecture Fund Defends Choice of Speaker". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/opinion/lecture-fund-defends-choice-of-speaker/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  7. Mahen Gunaratna and Jessica Schachter (1 February 2008). "Lecture Fund Defends Choice of Speaker". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/opinion/lecture-fund-defends-choice-of-speaker/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  8. "Lecture Fund Constitution"
  9. "Lecture Fund Staff Page"
  10. "Lecture Fund Staff Page"
  11. "Lecture Fund Staff Page"
  12. Levy, Stephen (27 April 2010). "Lecture Fund Leader Discusses Notable Speakers". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/lecture-fund-leader-discusses-notable-speakers015. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  13. "Lecture Fund About Us Page"
  14. "Lecture Fund Staff Page"
  15. "Lecture Fund Staff Page"
  16. "Lecture Fund About Us Page"
  17. "Lecture Fund About Us Page"
  18. "Lecture Fund Constitution"
  19. Alolod, Gerard P. (3 May 2005). "Lecture Fund Brings Diversity to Georgetown". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/opinion/lecture-fund-brings-diversity-to-georgetown/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  20. Levy, Stephen (27 April 2010). "Lecture Fund Leader Discusses Notable Speakers". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/lecture-fund-leader-discusses-notable-speakers015. Retrieved 20 September 2010. 
  21. Patterson, Julie (3 September 2010). "Bradley Cooper speaks in Gaston, campus population swoons". Vox Populi. http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/09/03/bradley-cooper-speaks-in-gaston-campus-population-swoons/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  22. Hu, Dawn (23 April 2010). "Karl Rove Promotes New Book, Shares Political Experiences". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/karl-rove-promotes-new-book-shares-political-experiences/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  23. Siyyan Tate, Imani (22 April 2010). "An evening with The Architect: Karl Rove brings his strategy to Georgetown". Vox Populi. http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/04/22/an-evening-with-the-architect-karl-rove-brings-his-strategy-to-georgetown/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  24. Lario, Courteney (29 January 2008). "Actress Calls for End to Whaling: 'Heroes' Star to Meet With Ambassdors to Advocate Change". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/actress-calls-for-end-to-whaling/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  25. Levy, Stephen (30 April 2010). "Leaky Cauldron Webmistress Discusses Magic Behind Career". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/leaky-cauldron-webmistress-discusses-magic-behind-career481/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  26. Patterson, Julie (29 April 2010). "Georgetown alum speaks on Harry Potter, college experience". Vox Populi. http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/04/29/georgetown-alum-speaks-on-harry-potter-college-experience/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  27. Suyo, Kevin (27 February 2009). "Craigslist Creator Aims for Quality of Service". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/craigslist-creator-aims-for-quality-of-service/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  28. Row, Elizabeth (19 September 2008). "Bloomberg: Stimulus Plan Not Working". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/bloomberg-stimulus-plan-not-working/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  29. Rogers, Kenny (11 September 2009). "Goodall Discusses Career in Gaston". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/goodall-discusses-career-gaston/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  30. Santulli, Stephen (22 September 2006). "Obama Promotes Energy Alternatives". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/obama-promotes-energy-alternatives/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  31. Pilch, Eric (1 April 2009). "Insipration for Syriana Speaks at Alumni House". Vox Populi. http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2009/04/01/insipration-for-syriana-speaks-at-alumni-house/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  32. Szypulski, Stephen (26 March 2010). "Former Agent Reveals Spy Stories". The Hoya. http://thehoya.com/news/former-agent-reveals-spy-stories/. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  33. "Lecture Fund Facebook Page"
  34. Garbitelli, Elizabeth. Moore Talks Student Activism. The Hoya. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  35. Jovanovski, Tori. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley offer their Poverty Manifesto. Vox Populi. The Georgetown Voice. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  36. Wemple, Erik. Mike Daisey tells Georgetown of his Apple story: ‘The essential idea is true’. Opinion. Washington Post.
  37. Marica, Dan. In culture war skirmishes, Georgetown becomes political football. Belief Blog. CNN. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  38. Rosen, Rebecca. Mike Daisey's First Public Talk After the 'This American Life' Retraction. The Atlantic. The Atlantic. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  39. Paul Ryan and Tom Reese: Catholic Social Teaching. Religion and Ethics News. PBS Video. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  40. Boak, Josh. Bill Clinton: Fixing housing crisis helps add jobs. Politico. Politico. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  41. Ng, David. Mike Daisey speaks out against media in Apple controversy. Culture Monster. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  42. Weigel, David. The Theatre That Launched Mike Daisey's Apple Monologue is Sorry. It's Also Bringing Him Back.. Reporting on Politics and Policy. Slate. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  43. AMANDOLARE, Sarah. Paul Ryan’s Religion Problem. Salon. Salon. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  44. Altman, Alex. Newt Gingrich’s ‘Big Ideas’ Campaign Lumbers Toward a Small End. TIME Complete Coverage of the 2012 Presidential Election. Time Magazine. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  45. McGurn, William. Paul Ryan's Cross to Bear. Fox Nation. Fox News. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  46. Kucinich, Jackie. Newt Gingrich revamps campaign in order to stay in GOP race. Election 2012. USA Today. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  47. Fung, Katherine. Mike Daisey Blames Other Journalists For Not Challenging Fabricated 'This American Life' Story. Huff Post Media. Huffington Post. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  48. Gingrich Shares “Big Ideas” For Privatizing Social Security And More In Georgetown Speech. CBS DC. CBS.
  49. Gingrich shares 'big ideas' in Georgetown speech. ABC News. The American Broadcasting Station.
  50. MICHAEL MOORE TALKS ABOUT CORPORATE GREED, NEW BOOK AT LECTURE. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  51. ANN COULTER: 'FLASH MOB METHOD ARGUMENT' GOT OBAMA ELECTED. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  52. An Address By Newt Gingrich. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  53. Alterman Talks Comedic Path. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  54. The Lecture Fund Presents: Dear World Live at Georgetown. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  55. Perry, Jackson. Striking the Balance: panel debates the morality of Georgetown’s relationship with China. Vox Populi. The Georgetown Voice. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  56. Hoffman, Keaton. Dissident Chinese Writer Yu Jie addresses hidden agenda of Confucius Institutes. Vox Populi. The Georgetown Voice. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  57. Chinese dissidents slam U.S. handling of Chen Guangcheng case. World Now. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  58. THE MICHAEL JURIST MEMORIAL LECTURE: DR. CORNEL WEST AND TAVIS SMILEY. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  59. DAISEY APOLOGIZES, TALKS ABOUT GLOBAL LABOR AT GEORGETOWN. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
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  61. Collins, Will. TIME Editor Rick Stengel discusses the present state of journalism and campaigning. Vox Populi. The Georgetown Voice. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  62. Mora, Edwin. Georgetown Invites Sandra Fluke to Talk to Undergrads About Contraception. CNS News. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  63. African Leadership: The Downfall or Opportunity for a Continent?. African Studies Program. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  64. Niu, Jamie. Invisible Children co-founder Bobby Bailey visits the Hilltop. Vox Populi. The Georgetown Voice. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  65. Accession to NATO: Macedonia's Road toward Integration. Center for Security Studies. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  66. Niu, Jamie. Restaurateur Danny Meyer espouses the tenets of hospitality. Vox Populi. The Georgetown Voice. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  67. BILL CLINTON: ANTI-GOVERNMENT STANCE NOT EFFECTIVE. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  68. Whittington Lecture Series. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  69. PRINCE CHARLES ADVOCATES FOR FOOD SUSTAINABILITY. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  70. GORDON BROWN CALLS FOR NEW GLOBAL INSTITUTIONS. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  71. WEBCAST: U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
  72. CAMPAIGN FOR GEORGETOWN KICKOFF WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS. Georgetown University News. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 25 August 2012.
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  74. "Lecture Fund Co-Sponsorship Form"
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