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Scholarly Communication Events

Our Scholarly Communication events are designed to provide an open forum for discussions of how research and scholarship are changing and for continuing University dialogue surrounding initiatives in scholarly communication.

If you would like to be notified of upcoming events, send an email to Meg Oakley, Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communication.

Past Events:

The Future of First Books

Friday, October 3, 2014

With speakers:

Brett Bobley, CIO of the National Endowment for the Humanities and director of the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities
Greg Britton, editorial director of Johns Hopkins University Press
Rikk Mulligan, Program Officer for Scholarly Publishing at the Association of Research Libraries and ACLS Public Fellow
and moderator Richard Brown, director of Georgetown University Press

The aim of this symposium was to identify current initiatives supporting the publication of first books in the humanities and social sciences and to analyze and assess which initiatives hold promise and why.

Read more about scholarly monograph publishing.
Read more about revising your dissertation for publication.

Communicating Scholarship in the 21st Century

Friday, April 11, 2014

With speakers:

Jeff Collmann, Ph.D., Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University (formerly at the Georgetown Law O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law)
Ranit Mishori, M.D., M.H.S., Global Health Initiative, Department of Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine
George E. Shambaugh, IV, M.I.A., M.Phil, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Affairs and Government, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, (former Chairman of the GU Dept. of Government)
Francis Slakey, Ph.D., Co-Director, Science in the Public Interest (SPI), Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy, Georgetown University
and moderator Carol Benedict, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair, Department of History

This symposium addressed the pressing question of how academic disciplines endure and evolve, and how scholarship is communicated across generations.

Scholarly Uses of the Internet in Science

Friday, November 1, 2013

With panelists Professor Anne Rosenwald, Department of Biology,
Professor Lisa Singh, Department of Computer Science,
and moderator Professor Janet Mann, Departments of Biology and Psychology, Vice Provost for Research

This symposium brought together a panel of experts in computer science and biology to discuss the ways that scientists use the Internet to create knowledge, disseminate and share data and communicate ideas, opinions and concepts. With examples from their own experience, the panelists highlighted some of the greatest opportunities and challenges new technologies offer the sciences.  They also explored the issue of whether the use of the Internet for scholarly communication in science differs from its use in the social sciences or humanities.

Online Courses, Assessment, Certification, and Credit

Friday, April 12, 2013


Lori Breslow, MIT Teaching & Learning Laboratory
Inna Lisker, Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education
John Rinderle, Open Learning Initiative Carnegie Mellon University
Theresa Schlaffly, CNDLS

The spring 2013 symposium focused on a discussion of student learning and assessment in an online environment. This came in the context of the launch of a major campaign to expand Georgetown's technology-assisted learning (ITEL). This new initiative stirred a lively discussion on campus about online learning, and particularly about models for assessment, certification, and credit in massive open online courses. Our symposium brought representatives of some key players in online education to campus, and lets them share their vision, experiences (and evidence!) with our faculty.

Social Media in Academia

Friday, November 2, 2012


Rachel Pugh (GU Office of Communications); Richard Price (CEO, Academia.edu); David Ribes (Georgetown University); Guest of Honor and Moderator: Neeru Paharia (McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University)

At universities, social media enjoy great popularity as tools to connect privately and informally with friends and colleagues. In addition, these tools offer features that allow users to promote and highlight their professional or academic work, to follow the work of others, and even to engage in new types of collaborative research.

This symposium focused on the impact of new information technology on scholarship, and on scholarly networks. It highlighted the ways in which individuals and institutions can harness the power of social media, and provided an overview of Georgetown’s policies and initiatives.