GW Magazine 2020 Archive

Fall 2020


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Gift Guide: Pandemic Edition

For our seventh gift guide, we're banking on the fact that after spending the better part of a year (and counting) weathering a once-in-a-century global health crisis, comfort might be top of mind when it comes to making a list and checking it twice....


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The Line Between Public Health and a Healthy Public

Oxiris Barbot, GME ’94, spent two years as New York’s health commissioner and headed its COVID-19 response, navigating politics as much as the viral outbreak that quieted the city that never sleeps.



David Holt campaigns for mayor with his son George in 2017

A Mayor in the Middle

In March, David Holt, BA ’01—Oklahoma City’s youngest mayor in nearly 100 years and the first Native American to hold the office—found himself, thanks to the NBA, at ground zero for America’s coronavirus shutdown.


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Baseball Island Dreams

Derek Haese moved the Dominican Republic to coach the sport he played at GW. What started as a shot at fulfilling a dream, slowly became more. Now, after getting two pitchers signed with MLB organizations, Haese has founded an academy that's about more. 


Dallas Renegades quarterback Philip Nelson passes during a March 7 game against the New York Guardians at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas

XFL 2.0: What Could Have Been

Dallas team president Grady Raskin, BA ’96, had built what had the makings of a successful franchise for the well-received second act of Vince McMahon’s infamous football league. Then the pandemic hit.



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A Class of 2020 Vision

GW and its alumni are working to help the university’s most recent grads, who are facing the worst U.S. economy in a decade and the most virulent public health crisis in 100 years.

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From the GWAA

Executive committee announces its goals and priorities


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The Native Voice

As a producer and writer on the PBS children’s show “Molly of Denali,” Princess Daazhraii Johnson, BA ’96, helps the first nationally distributed kids’ TV series starring a Native American tell stories from the perspective of her people.

Mounir Alafrangy

Living in a Martian Simulation

Mounir Alafrangy, MS ’18, spent 45 days in isolation with three people as part of a NASA program studying a red planet mission’s effects on human physiology and the human mind.



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COVID-19: Fighting the Pandemic

With the onset of a global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, hundreds of GW researchers have trained their attention and expertise on the virus and its disease, COVID-19, to better understand, track, treat and stop the virus’s spread.

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Out of the Silence

GW psychologists Lisa Bowleg and Lillian Comas-Díaz and epidemiologist Mary Ellsberg examine through a prism of empathy HIV and AIDS in African American communities, violence against women and girls, and the mental health of those living after trauma.

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The climate is changing. Can we?

Public policy professor Jorge Rivera studies how companies and people respond (or fail to respond) to natural disasters. Here, he talks about what’s at risk and how we can do better.



Spring 2020


Lonnie Bunch

A Late Morning With the Smithsonian Secretary

Lonnie Bunch spent a decade as a GW professor and then founded the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In March, he talked with “GW Magazine” about the importance of history, how we tell stories—and who tells them.


Mike Corcoran accepts the medal of valor from John Wetzel, the Pennsylvania secretary of corrections

How Mike Corcoran, BFA ’06, Foiled a Bank Robbery

In October 2018, the corrections officer, photographer and former Marine was waiting in line to make a withdrawal from a northwest Pennsylvania bank. When a masked man tried to rob it, Corcoran intervened.

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The Legacy of ‘Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’

Fifty years ago, alumnus Dee Brown published his seminal work on Native Americans, humanizing a group of people and destroying stereotypes. Here, GW history professor David Silverman talks about the book’s impact then and today.




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If This Hall Could Talk

Ahead of a major renovation on Thurston Hall, GW Magazine delves into its history–the joys, the tragedies and the birthday pies to the face–as told by denizens from the past half-century. 


Max Davidson

Technological Wonder

Magician Max Davidson, CCAS ’22, has performed at Caesar’s Palace. Here, he explains what it’s like trying to dazzle people in the wonder-challenged modern era.

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A School for Girls

Northwestern professor and alumna Sally A. Nuamah examines a more “gender-sensitive” education.