George Welcomes

“Historical fiction is trying to do exactly what history can’t do.”
 
Playwright Tony Kushner, the writer behind Academy Award best picture nominee Lincoln and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, talked with Ari Roth, artistic director at Theatre J, in April for the culminating event of GW ’s Jewish Literature Live series. (Photo by Jessica McConnell Burt.)
“It’s hard to become an adversary of people you understand.” 
 
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson spoke with Fortune Magazine Managing Editor Andrew Serwer in April about the environmental and political goals of China and the country’s ongoing relations with the United States. It was a pre-event for the Fortune Global Forum. (Photo by William Atkins.)
“I hear there is a revolution going on in this country. I guess the question is: What are we revolting against, and what are we going to replace it with?” 
 
Former U.S. Rep. and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul (R-Texas) spoke to students at a GW College Republicans and Student Association event in March. (Photo by Jessica McConnell Burt.)
“We know that we can’t lie around on the couch eating French fries and candy bars and expect our kids to eat carrots and run around the block, but too often that’s exactly what we’re doing.”
 
First lady Michelle Obama talked about how parents affect children’s health at Lisner Auditorium at the “Building a Healthier Future 2013” summit hosted by the Partnership for a Healthier America. Ms. Obama was joined at the March summit by Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. (Photo by Jessica McConnell Burt.)
“Part of what’s important in addition to how we shape the narrative is that we all have the courage to talk about it. We’re as sick as our secrets, and the shame keeps us in isolation— and when we find that shared experience, we gather our strength and our hope.”
 
Activist and actress Ashley Judd discussed public health issues at a School of Public Health and Health Services event in March. (Photo by Jessica McConnell Burt.)
“By venturing into space, we improve life for everyone here on Earth.”
 
Buzz Aldrin, astronaut and the second human to walk on the moon, addressed a crowd at the Humans2Mars Summit organized by GW and Explore Mars Inc. in May. (Photo by William Atkins.)
“Over the next few years, more than a million servicemen and women will end their military careers and transition back to civilian life. That’s why, in our campus communities, we need to make sure that our veterans have access to the programs that will help them succeed.”
 
Second lady Jill Biden kicked off a listening tour on veterans’ issues in April at GW. (Photo by Jessica McConnell Burt.)
“I sometimes call it ‘dead’ to get a rise out of people. It’s enduring, is what it is. What it meant then, it means now.”
 
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, describing his rejection of the concept that the Constitution is a “living document.” He participated in a conversation with National Public Radio’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg in February. The Smithsonian Associates-sponsored event took place at Lisner Auditorium. (Photo by William Atkins.)