About the Project

About the Project

History of the Project | Collected Stories | Special Thanks | Awards

History of the Project

In 1789, Georgetown University was established to be an academy to develop leaders for the new nation. For more than two centuries, the university has fulfilled this mission—and it has enlarged it, as we work to form compassionate and capable leaders for our global community.

The ranks of notable alumni demonstrate how Georgetown graduates have made, and continue to make, a profound difference in our world. The Witness to History project is an effort to collect compelling oral histories from some of the extraordinary individuals who have studied on our campuses. These stories illustrate the influence that the Georgetown experience has on our graduates…our university’s enduring heritage of faith, scholarship, and service…and the impact that members of our community—in the spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola—continue to make as women and men for others.”

— President John J. DeGioia.

Inspired by alumni who exemplify the Jesuit ideal of service, the Witness to History project aims to create a historically valuable product – a rich collection of alumni stories that further tells the story of Georgetown and the impact graduates are making around the globe.

Listen. Learn. Be Inspired.

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Collected Stories

To date, oral histories have been collected from the following alumni. Their video interviews will be posted on an ongoing basis.

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Special Thanks

The Witness to History project is made possible through the support and leadership of:

  • John J. DeGioia (C’79), President, Georgetown University
  • William G. Reynolds (C’79), Executive Director, Georgetown University Alumni Association and AVP, Alumni Relations and Annual Fund
  • Scott Fleming (F’72), Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
  • Dr. Bernie Cook (C’90, G’92), Associate Dean, Georgetown College
  • The Witness to History team, including Project Consultant and Executive Producer Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06), Joannah Pickett and Bridget Bowers.
  • The Office of Advancement Communications team.
  • University Librarian Artemis G. Kirk, University Archivist Lynn Conway and Mark Jacobs of the Lauinger Library. Photographs are courtesy of Georgetown University Archives.

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Witness to History is the recipient of two 2010 CASE District II Accolades Awards:

  • Gold for Best Practices in Communication
  • Silver for Best Practices in Alumni Relations