Issue Number 15
August 2016
In This Issue
Of Note:Note
The gentleman in the photo accompanying the story titled "Distinguished Scholar: Jason Hoffstot (B.P.S. IIST, 2016)" in the June issue of CPS Leads , is not Jason Hoffstot. With apologies to Jason his picture is provided below:

New Book by GSPM Professor

Matthew Dallek, Assistant Professor of Political Management at the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), has just published a book that has received prominent reviews in the media and professional circles: Defenseless Under theNight: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security; Oxford; 2016.

In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the precursor to the Department of Homeland Security named Office of Civilian Defense (OCD). At its head, Roosevelt appointed New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia with the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt being named as assistant director. Yet within a year, amid competing visions and clashing ideologies of wartime liberalism, a frustrated FDR pressured both to resign. 

In  Defenseless Under the Night, Dallek reveals the dramatic history behind America's first federal office of homeland security, tracing the debate about the origins of national vulnerability to the rise of fascist threats during the Roosevelt years. While La Guardia focused on preparing the country against foreign attack and militarizing the civilian population, Eleanor Roosevelt insisted that the OCD should primarily focus on establishing a wartime New Deal, what she and her allies called "social defense." Unable to reconcile their visions, both were forced to leave the OCD in 1942.

More information about the book  can be found here and also in this recent review by the Washington Post.

PAA's New Executive Board
Amy Cushman (Left), Incoming PAA Chair with Professor Toni Marsh, Paralegal Studies Program Director
GW  Paralegal Alumni 
Association's Executive Board elections were held during June and July and the results were announced on July 26. The new board members who will start their term in September are: 
  • Amy Cushman (MPS 2015), Washington, DC - Chair
  • Priya Patel (MPS 2015), Washington, DC - Vice Chair
  • Dominique Williams (MPS 2010), Sacramento, CA - Marketing Chair
  • Kim Barrett (MPS 2011), Montclair, NJ - Education & Ethics Chair

Attention, CPS/GSPM

The GW Career Quest program offers GW students an exclusive opportunity to gain an up-close and personal experience with leading organizations in New York City during Fall Break and San Francisco during Winter Break.

Through this program, select juniors, seniors and graduate students will:
  • hone their informational interviewing and networking skills with employers
  • learn how an organization works and about their job and internship opportunities
  • hear from employers about their professional journeys and the pathways they followed to career success
  • connect with GW alumni in the New York City and San Francisco metropolitan areas
  • explore the culture and experience the pulse of two major cities
  • New York City:
    Sunday, October 23 - Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • San Francisco
    Monday, January 9 - Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Application Deadline (for both Career Quests): Friday, September 9, 2016
For a full list of employers, FAQs and application information, visit .

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SCEPTRE: $0.5 Million Grant for CPS and GWA
Jaroslav Flidr,  Don DuRousseau, and Frederic Lemieux
Earlier this month the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced an award of $499,949.00 to CPS and GW for the creation of an educational program in cybersecurity which will be supported by a highly effective and flexible platform designed to deploy real-world training scenarios while integrating cyber education resources from multiple national sites. The program is titled Substrate for Cybersecurity Education; a Platform for Training, Research and Experimentation (SCEPTRE).

Dr. Jaroslav Flidr, Principal Architect, Research Cloud Computing at GW is named principal investigator for the grant. Don DuRousseau, Director, Research Technology Services and Frederic Lemieux, Professor and Director of Homeland Security and Police and Security Studies programs are named co-principal investigators.

Safe and secure cyber infrastructures require adequately trained human beings with a broad range of applicable technical skills. Such individuals are in short supply and the demand is growing steadily. This new workforce should be trained in realistic and adaptable environments within the context of existing policies and technologies. SCEPTRE is how the researchers plan to address this critical shortage of both people and skills.
In collaboration with the Michigan Cyber Range (MCR) facility operated by Merit Network, and the Cyber Academy operated by the College of Professional Studies (CPS) at the George Washington University, the project proposes to establish and deploy an open and flexible technology platform for broad-context cybersecurity education and hands-on training. Initially, the platform will be used in developing and delivering a credit bearing Practicum (2 credit hours) that addresses Intrusion Detection and Remediation. The course will be transferable toward the undergraduate certificate in Protection and Defense of Computer Networks, which is part of the Bachelor's degree completion in cybersecurity. 
As reported in the February 2016 issue of  CPS Leads , Professor Lemieux has also been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Business Higher Education Forum in order to offer seven scholarships for this Practicum. Scholarship recipients will be adult learners from under-represented social groups who are completing an associate degree from regional community colleges.

Fast Plane to China: CEPL and CPS Bid Farewell to Chinese BankersB
ICBC Bankers with CEPL's Jing Burgi-Tian third from right 
 and Jiale Wang second from left at the Graduation Ceremony
On August 8, a few days before their return to China, participants in the GWU Global Leadership Development Program celebrated their graduation at a dinner ceremony held at the aptly named City View Room of Elliot School of International Affairs. Sixteen executives from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) spent 10 months at GW acquiring leadership and management skills which included a 10-week practicum at a host company or organization. ICBC is the largest bank in the world by total assets and by market capitalization and it is one of China's 'Big Four' state-owned commercial banks.
Dr. Natalie Houghtby-Haddon, Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL) was the master of ceremony and she welcomed graduates and guests who included Mr. Cen, Jianjun, Minister Counselor of Education at the Chinese Embassy; Mr. Sun, Guoshen, Deputy General Manager of ICBC's New York branch; Dr. Leo Chalupa, GW's Vice President of Research; Dr. Ali Eskandarian, CPS and VSTC Dean; and Mr. Jim Robinson, Executive Director of CEPL.

After congratulatory remarks by Messrs. Cen and Sun and Dr. Chalupa, graduates were called to the stage one by one and they received their certificates and took pictures with the distinguished guests. Dean Eskandarian gave the conferral remarks and Mr. Wenzhong (Alex) Wang, ICBC Class President spoke on behalf of the graduates.

The participants have come a long way since they first arrived in November 2015. During the past 10 months, they have sharpened their academic, business and social English. They have taken classes focusing on finance and leadership and also elective courses in their own professional areas. They went on site visits to organizations and companies in the Washington area, and met with leaders of international organizations.

The President of the class, Mr. Wenzhong Wang said: "I think the program is rich in its content. It includes managerial skills that ICBC could take advantage of, as well as American culture and society in general. It used a variety of formats in and outside of the classrooms, and invited a lot of experienced professionals in different functional areas, which is very impressive. In general, GWU's training program has its unique advantage, and we have gained a great deal studying here".

Minister Counselor Cen's speech at the Graduation ceremony was featured on the Chinese Embassy's website.

Click here to read the report.

Here is a link to a special video (8:36) that was shown at the event.

Learning by Doing: SIWP and NAPLP Students in PhiladelphiaC
By Chancellor Dennison, Deputy Director, SIWP
CPS Students at the DNC Convention
The students participating in the Semester in Washington Politics (SIWP) and Native American Political Leadership Programs (NAPLP) attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. AT&T covered the costs of the week in Philadelphia, while Van Ness Feldman paid for roundtrip transportation. One student opted to attend the Republican National Convention instead of the DNC.

During the weekend before the DNC, our cohort participated in the College Democrats Convention. They attended sessions on issues facing their generation and networked with students from across the country.

Beginning on Monday, our students were actively involved in the Democratic National Convention. During the day they volunteered for many of the policy sessions, including the Native Council, Asian American and Pacific Islanders Council, and LGBT Caucus. Throughout the week, they actively networked with political and tribal leaders from their respective communities, and attended numerous events related to the convention, including a filming of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. 

Our evenings were spent at the plenary sessions of the convention. The students had the opportunity to hear from leaders of the Democratic Party, including Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Tim Kaine, and Hillary Clinton. Many of our students even spent time on the floor of the convention. Four of our students were interviewed on WJLA's Good Morning Washington about the experience.

SIWP's and NAPLP's participation in the convention was not confined to our students. Two of our long-term adjunct faculty members played significant roles in the convention. Rob Engel, who teaches our practicum in political organizing, was a panelist for the Disability Council. Minnesota State Representative Peggy Flanagan, who has taught our practicum in community organizing, addressed the full convention on Thursday afternoon hours before Secretary Clinton accepted her party's nomination. 

The trip to Philadelphia was a great way to end our summer session. Our summer courses were tailored to the presidential primary process and the general election. After seven weeks studying the primary process and general election, in classes taught by Greg Lebel and Rob Engel respectively, they spent the final week in Philadelphia observing the Democratic National Convention in action.

Redefining Outreach: Designing a Paralegal Curriculum for TanzaniaD
On a recent GW University Facilitating Fund-supported research trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar, Paralegal Studies professors Toni Marsh and Ethel Badawi discovered that the curriculum Professor Marsh designed for the University of Bagamoyo's inaugural paralegal studies program is in use throughout the nation of Tanzania.
Professors Marsh (left) and Badawi are flanked by Dr. Helen Kijo-Bisimba, Executive Director, Legal and Human Rights Centre (seated) and Naemy Sillayo, Education Director, Legal and Human Rights Centre
This is particularly significant because Tanzania - a nation of 51,000,000 people - has fewer than 3000 registered attorneys, most of whom work in the major cities of Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Dodoma.  For the majority of people throughout the vast nation, paralegals provide the only point of access to justice.

Tanzania comprises 30 regions and 169 districts. All regions and many districts have at least one paralegal clinic staffed by several paralegals. It is these paralegals that the LHRC is training using the GW curriculum.

In 2012, Professor Marsh traveled to Tanzania to design a paralegal curriculum at the University of Bagamoyo. Forty young law students and lawyers participated in the program; Professor Marsh included the students in the design process so that they learned how to design a curriculum based on local needs. They brought in working paralegals who described what they did in a typical day, week, and month and also described some typical cases from start to finish.

Using the paralegals' descriptions of the work they do, the skills they use, and the tools they need, Professor Marsh and the class designed a paralegal curriculum perfectly suited to the unique Tanzanian legal environment.

Rural Tanzanians live in small, remote communities their families have occupied for centuries. Relationships are crucial and must be preserved, so legal settlements must be negotiated and mediated rather than mandated. Therefore, a course on mediation and arbitration was included as a required course. Also, there are few funds available for paralegal clinics, which must raise their own money and obtain their own materials to operate.  Therefore, a course on fundraising and office management was included as a required course.

Several students from the cohort are working in the legal and human rights fields and are having an impact in those areas. 

George Mollel Zachayo & Naemy Sillayo
Cohort member  George Mollel Zachayo is the program director at Tanzania Network of Legal Aid (TANLAP) and cohort member  Naemy Sillayo is program  director at the Legal and Human Rights Centre, having previously served as director of the paralegal studies program at the University of Bagamoyo.

Being Bullish on International Collaborations: GSPM in PamplonaE
Professor Parnell 
Early in July, CPS/GSPM professor Larry Parnell travelled to Pamplona, Spain to participate in graduation ceremonies for the University of Navarra's Masters in Corporate and Political Communication (MCPC) program. This is an annual activity for GSPM faculty and reflects the long standing working relationship between two of the world's leading schools.

George Washington and Navarra signed a cooperation agreement in 2004 when Navarra started to offer a Master's degree in Political and Corporate Communication. The program includes a 4-week stay for the students in Washington DC for coursework and field trips planned by GSPM. The DC visit is designed to introduce the MCPC students to strategic communications and political management in the US capitol.

As a result of the success of this program, other joint academic programs have been organized. For example, every year since 2013, students from both universities have worked together in a one-week course on international advocacy issues in Brussels, co-organized by GW and the UN. 

In addition, Professor Parnell lectures in the school's MEGEC (Executive Master in Business Management Communications) program, which includes a weeklong trip to New York to study business, communications and the media industry. 

At the MCPC graduation, 22 students from 8 countries (Spain, Uruguay, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and the Philippines) received their diplomas in a ceremony that took place on the Navarra campus.

The ceremony was presided over by the Dean of the School of Communication, Mónica Herrero, Larry Parnell and GW and other Navarra faculty members. 

Professor Parnell was invited to speak to the students and assist in the distribution of the diplomas. In his remarks Professor Parnell spoke about the US Presidential campaign, the Brexit vote and the role of political communications professionals in impacting and influencing public opinion.

"My visit was coincidental with a lot of news in the political and business arena, and I took the opportunity to talk to the students about these events and the ethical challenges we face as political and communications professionals.  I spoke about the potential for conflict between winning your campaign and doing the right thing - and reminded them that more was expected of them as graduates of this joint program," said Parnell. 

"Since 2004, over 240 of our students have graduated from the MCPC program and now work in different parts of the world in influential positions in business and government. They all remember GW fondly as their second home," commented Dean Herrero.
9th Annual GW Ethics and Publishing Conference F
By Tony Harvin, Executive Director, CPS Office of Alumni Relations

This year's GW Ethics and Publishing Conference, sponsored by the CPS Publishing Program under the leadership of program director Dr. Arnie Grossblatt, was arguably the most robust and ambitious to date, featuring 11 presentations and panel discussions, led by 12 speakers and panelists.

The conference took place on Monday, July 11, 2016 at the GW Media and Public Affairs building and focused on "Choice andChallenges in Scholarly Publishing".  The choices and challenges presented were direct; sometimes disturbing, sometimes reassuring, but always a revealing account as to the presenter's insights into the impacts and implications which lie below the surface.

The conference, as we have come to expect, featured industry leaders, researchers, professors and decision-makers who are on the "front-lines" shaping scholarly publishing today. 

Scores of alumni, students and publishing professionals attended the day-long conference, engaged in post-session Q&A, and networked during lunch and session breaks.

Here are some of this year's topics and speakers:

Gender, Inclusivity, and Tunnel Vision
Barbara Kline-Pope, Executive Director, National Academies Press

Why Accessibility Matters
Becky Brasington Clark, Director of Publishing, Library of Congress

Indie Bookstore Resurgence.  Can it Continue?
Oren Teicher, CEO, American Booksellers Association

The Operating System of Our Lives:  What Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon Dream About
Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor, University of Virginia

Funding Challenges in Academic Publishing
Valentina Kalk, Director, Brookings Institution Press

Ethical Dimensions of University Press Publishing
Peter Berkery, Executive Director, Association of American University Presses

The Antitrust Case Against Amazon
Ryan Fox, Editorial Director, Authors Guild

ATF Visits with Security and Safety Leadership ProgramG
Mr. Brandon is seated in the front row, third seat from the left.
On Tuesday, August 9th, Mr. Thomas Brandon, the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) visited the Graduate Education Center, Arlington.  The purpose of Mr. Brandon's visit was to meet with twenty-one ATF agents who are completing their final semester of the Security and Safety Leadership Program.  

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