What does Ingrid Bergman have in common with Walt Whitman, a horse named Nelson and the developer of the big bang theory? They’ve all played a part in the George Washington University’s 200-year history. Drawn from the GW Archives and Gelman Library’s Special Collections, are those and 197 more stories and images from two centuries of GW.
GW Magazine talks to Dr. LeBlanc about what it means to celebrate two centuries, where the university is now and what he envisions for the future.
Among their ranks are acclaimed actors, best-selling authors, journalists, politicians, diplomats, activists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, executives, and more than one astronaut and Olympic medalist. They have served their country and humanitarian causes; championed progress in industry, research and practice; informed and entertained us—and made their alma mater proud.
The year Columbian College was founded Washington, D.C., was a watery, underwhelming capital city and the United States was striking an uneasy—and ultimately untenable—compromise on slavery. It was also a year of revolution that altered the world landscape as much of Latin America waged independence wars and the Greeks rebelled against the Ottoman Empire.
GW Magazine tapped 10 professors from across the university to get their forecasts for the future in their discipline, from transportation to pandemics to education, health equity and criminal law reform.