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In this PULP (Pop-Up Learning & Politics) Fact and Fiction seminar, go beyond the headlines and engage with your fellow Hoyas about critical issues surrounding border disputes around the world.

In the first and last week participants will participate in simulations about border disputes. These two simulations will bookend discussions about border and security concerns around the world. Short articles, videos, and guided discussions on an online forum will guide the learning. Participants from around the world are encouraged to sign up for the course.

The course instructor is Professor Elizabeth (Betsi) Hervey Stephen, a member of the Georgetown University faculty since 1987 who has now taught well over 2000 students. She has served in numerous administrative positions including Chair of the Department of Demography and she was the Director of the Science, Technology and International Affairs Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Dr. Stephen has been a visionary instructor and has participated in numerous pedagogy innovations and linking global education with activities on the main campus. She has the distinction of being the only Georgetown faculty member who taught at the McGhee Center for Mediterranean Studies and Villa Le Balze during the academic year, and is now the first professor to have taught an undergraduate on-line course during the academic year. The course, “Borders and Security Concerns” was initiated in the Spring 2017 semester with sections at the Main Campus, SFS-Q, and Villa Le Balze, and will be offered again in the Fall of 2017. She is excited to develop a new course involving the main campus and SFS-Q for the Spring 2018 semester called “Politics and Sports.”

But most of all, she is very excited to guide alumni in the first ever PULP Fact or Fiction offering through the Bridge Initiative at Georgetown!





As part of the launch of the Bridge Courses, this summer’s offerings will be absolutely FREE; the courses will be seminar-sized, and open on first-come, first-served basis. They are designed exclusively for Hoyas who have graduated in the past 5 years, and who want to connect back with their former Georgetown peers to learn about themselves and about how to choose and prepare for their next important steps in life. Bridge is meant to open up a new way to connect back with the life of the mind present at Georgetown, so that your learning continues to be supported even after you graduate.


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WEEK 1 (Sept. 12 - 16): Opening Simulation – The Temple of Preah Vihear. Expect to spend about 5 hours throughout the week on simulation exercises.

WEEK 2: The US/Mexico Border

WEEK 3: India/Pakistan

WEEK 4 (Oct. 10 - 13): Closing Simulation – India/Pakistan. Expect to spend about 5 hours throughout the week on simulation exercises.


For more information about this Bridge Course or all Bridge Course offerings, click here.

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