Summer 2016 Archive

Summer 2016

Armies on the March

The Ups and Downs of a Presidential Campaign and the Army of GW Alumni Along for the Ride


Fasting for Love

When the flame of an old tradition gets snuffed out, should it be rekindled—or reengineered?



The Fight and Fury of the Z-Man

Iconic photographer and eternal San Franciscan Michael Zagaris, BA ’67, has shot rock gods and all-stars, stood up to The Man and almost died twice. He’s spent his life doing everything you always wanted to do, and now that he’s getting older ... absolutely nothing’s changed.


More from the summer issue

Found in Translation

In the decade that it took a renowned Islamic scholar to produce an English-language Quran thick with commentary, he became less of a tourist and more of a local inside the pages of the holy book.

President Knapp Announces Final Year

GW President Steven Knapp announced in June that he will not seek to renew his contract as president when it expires at the end of July 2017, after a decade at the helm.


War Stories

For nearly two decades, Ken Samuelson, BA ’53, has interviewed vets about combat, life and loss.

The Engine of High-Speed Rail

California bullet train CEO Jeff Morales, BS ’83, works to lay a foundation of steel and public support en route to the nation’s first fast-track railway.



Brooke C. Stoddard, MA ’73, explores the metal that undergirds American might—a story thousands of years and thousands of degrees in the making.
 Plus: A history of psychiatry, an inside look at the Navy SEALs, and more.

About Death

Retiring professor Pamela Woodruff, BA '76, MPhil '92—who for decades taught the popular class "Attitudes Toward Death and Dying"—addresses 
the inevitability 
that’s not taxes.


Stitches in Time

The narrative of NASA biochemist Iwao “Vance” Oyama—who received a master’s degree from GW in 1960—and his wider family is captured by his daughter Denise Oyama Miller in a quilt called “Connecting Threads."

Flying Colors

Marian Osher, MFA '72, conquered her fear of flying through art. The result, which hovers between abstraction and realism, will be on view in an exhibition at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus.


'Your Generosity Amazes Me'

During the 2015-16 school year, donors contributed more than $13 million to Power & Promise scholarship fund.