Dean's Lunch Seminars

Throughout the academic year, Dean Gillis invites alumni back to the College for lunch and conversation with current students. These guests come from all professions, including government, journalism, business, entertainment, education, and law. Past seminar guests have included writer Thomas Chatterton Williams (C’03), environmentalist and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau (C’98), and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mary Jordan (C’85).

Each graduate’s experience is unique, but they share a common thread: the Georgetown College education. During these seminars, students have the opportunity to ask alumni about:

  • Their experiences at Georgetown, in and out of the classroom
  • The convergence or divergence of their academic interests and their chosen careers
  • The evolution of their plans, from their start as first-years to today

Through conversation with graduates, students can imagine new possibilities for the future, reflect on the transition from college to the “real world,” and hear how today’s decisions affect life after graduation. The Dean’s Lunch Seminars demonstrate the value of a liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition, and remind students of their freedom in their curricular choices and in their life’s work.


2015–16 Dean’s Lunch Seminar Schedule
  • September 24, 2015: Rachel Pacheco (C'04, mathematics), JP Morgan Chase
  • October 29, 2015: Emma Green (C'12, government), The Atlantic
  • February 18, 2016: Mark Poirier (C'91, English), Screenwriter and Novelist, Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University
  • April 1, 2016: Mark Lindsay Bierman (C'87, history and French), Chancellor, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Additional dates will be added as they are confirmed.

To register for a seminar, contact Assistant Dean Javier Jiménez: javier.jimenez@georgetown.edu. All seminars take place at noon in the ICC 303 conference room. Lunch is included.