On Thursday, October 1st, Georgetown students, faculty, and staff joined together with friends of the Engelhard community to celebrate 10 years of the Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning. Since 2005, the Engelhard Project has enriched the Georgetown experience and made a lasting impact on our community. To celebrate these ten years, CNDLS hosted a panel discussion with the community and those close to the Engelhard Project to engage in conversation about issues of well-being in higher education. The panel event, held in Riggs Library, and the evening reception that followed, created multiple opportunities to highlight the impact of the Engelhard Project at Georgetown and to thank all those who have supported the project and who continue to make this ongoing journey possible.
The evening began with a welcome by CNDLS Executive Director, Eddie Maloney, followed by opening remarks from President DeGioia who spoke about the importance of Georgetown’s core commitment to cura personalis, through which we “understand that the person is more than the mind; the person consists of the body and the mind and the spirit.” President DeGioia noted that “the Engelhard Project uniquely embodies this part of our tradition.”
The panel conversation, moderated by Eddie Maloney, focused on topics of well-being in higher education today: the importance of focusing on these issues and the transformative impacts that result when a supportive community is created. Among the panelists were special guests Sally Engelhard Pingree and Don Harward, co-founders of the Bringing Theory to Practice Project and two individuals whose passion and energy have been instrumental in the foundation of the Engelhard Project and its continued flourishing at Georgetown. The panel also included Engelhard Faculty Fellow Jennifer Woolard (Psychology) and recent graduate Craig Cassey (C’15), whose intimate involvement with the project through Engelhard courses brought a unique perspective to the dialogue. After a lively and rich conversation among the panelists, Eddie Maloney opened the conversation to the full audience. The program closed with summary remarks by Vice Provost for Education Randy Bass who discussed the narrative of an integrative future of liberal education, and the Engelhard Project’s role as a “powerful beginning.”
The full panel discussion can be found here.
In a reception following the panel, held in the Bioethics Library, Engelhard Health Professional Fellow Patrick Kilcarr and student Kathleen Osea (NHS’16) shared personal reflections from their experiences in Engelhard courses. In addition, a video tribute was unveiled to celebrate voices from a decade of connecting life and learning:
CNDLS wishes to thank Sally Engelhard Pingree and Don Harward for their ongoing support and engagement in this project, as well as the countless others who have enabled the Engelhard Project to flourish at Georgetown and to transform our community. Thank you to all who attended this wonderful event!
Looking forward: Keep an eye out throughout this academic year for upcoming Engelhard Project speaker events, to continue the celebration and the meaningful dialogue around student well-being in our community.
For more information on the Engelhard Project please visit the Engelhard Project website.