Ian Philbrick

City on a Hill: House of Jokers


Georgetown might have flamed out of the 2015 NCAA tournament last weekend, but for the rest of Washington, D.C. the madness of March drags on. Only the players in this game—6 foot 5 Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) aside—don’t tower over the rest of us. There are no referees. Fouling is the norm. The drama unfolds not…

City on a Hill: Hoya See, Hoya Do


According to the website of the International Society on Infant Studies (whose unfortunate acronym is ISIS), babies as young as four months exhibit a behavior called mirroring, by which they mimic the expressions, vocalizations, and emotions of their parents. For most Georgetown University Student Association executive candidates, that mimesis starts a few hours into campaign season….

DC to Qatar: A Georgetown presence in Doha


Next Tuesday, Georgetown’s Qatar campus of the School of Foreign Service kicks off a two-day academic conference entitled “Scapes of Power: A Critical Appraisal” to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Mohammed Reza Pirbhai, an associate professor at SFS-Q and chairperson of the Conference Working Committee, describes “Scapes of Power” in terms that make it seem like…

City on a Hill: Obama’s Odd Duck Politics


With the twilight two years of the Obama administration well under way and the president’s sixth State of the Union address now under his belt, it’s worth remembering that, of the men who have occupied the Oval Office, Barack Obama was always a bit of a political odd duck long before he became a lame…

Interfaith dialogue remains strong on campus despite international turmoil


Despite violence perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists in Paris, controversy over the religious practices of Muslim students at Duke University, and a year of attacks launched by Islamic terrorists in the Middle East, awareness of the importance of interreligious dialogue remains high among Georgetown’s administration, academic centers of study, and student faith and interfaith groups. On…

Despite Eastwood’s efforts, American Sniper misses target


“You’re going to be a fine hunter someday,” prophesies Chris Kyle’s father at the outset of Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, an adaptation of Kyle’s autobiography of the same name. Coming on the heels of two wars at a time when the gap of understanding between America’s civilians and armed forces is growing, the film provokes…

Jurassic World’s High Hopes

Jurassic World’s High Hopes


Though barely a blip on the geological timescale compared to its 65 million year-old subjects, the Jurassic Park film franchise turned 21 this year—and it couldn’t have picked a better way to celebrate than by releasing the first trailer for Jurassic World, a fourth installment hitting theaters next June. Based on the 1990 science thriller…

City on a Hill: Marion in Ferguson


If death marks the beginning of legacy, Washington, D.C.’s so-called “Mayor for Life,” Marion Barry Jr., started strong. Despite a controversial career marred by crack-smoking and womanizing, the four-term mayor and Ward 8 council member was memorialized by the Washington Post after his death on Sunday, Nov. 23 for helping alleviate District poverty. Barry’s handling of…

Saxa Politica: Competitive culture presides on campus


’Tis the season of disappointment. Applications to the Corp and GUASFCU have been written, received, and rejected. Academic Council and, most recently, GUSA Senate committee chair votes have been cast, counted, and alternately celebrated or condemned. According to a project manager for the Hilltop Microfinance Initiative, which provides credit and consulting services to local small…

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