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Wikipedia Description: George Washington University
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The George Washington University (GW), is a private, coeducational university located primarily in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The school was founded in 1821 as The Columbian College in the District of Columbia by Baptist ministers who were in part trying to fulfill the vision of George Washington for a institution of higher learning in the nation's capital. It has since developed into a nonsectarian research institution known especially for its social sciences, international affairs, medical and law programs.
Most of the university's undergraduate and graduate studies are conducted on its 43-acre, downtown Foggy Bottom campus, which is situated just a few blocks from the White House and the National Mall. Barring a few outlying buildings, the boundaries of campus are delineated by Pennsylvania Avenue, 19th Street, E Street, and Virginia Avenue. However, the University owns much of the property in Foggy Bottom, and leases it to various tenants, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. GW is said to be the second-largest land-owner in the District of Columbia, following the federal government.
Since the GW campus is integrated with the city, it has less of a traditional campus than those of other major universities. However, the university has a significant presence in the area. Signs indicating the relative location of various university buildings can be found on almost every street corner. The student union (known as the Marvin Center), several residence halls, the Media and Public Affairs building, and other major academic buildings are located within a three-block radius of the University Yard (the original quadrangle on campus).
The nearby area surrounding GW's main library, Gelman Library, forms the busy heart of the campus. The seven-story library building, which contains over two-million volumes, is construct ...More...
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GWU_110902_12.JPG: THIS BUILDING IS DEDICATED IN HONOR OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (1767-1848) SIXTH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Classicist, Poet, Harvard Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, Lawyer, Polemicist, Public Servant, Antislavery Champion, Special Friend of Columbian College- Later Renamed The George Washington University
Columbian College (now The George Washington University) during its early trying years had no more constant friend than John Quincy Adams. In 1820, then Secretary of State, he was one of several patrons in high government positions who contributed to funds raised for the purchase of land and the erection of buildings that made possible the establishment in 1821 of Columbian College. He subsequently became the College's principal creditor. From his first association with the College until his death almost thirty years later, he gave generously of his means, his advice, and his presence. He attended commencements and public exercises of the College with great regularity and was a friend and adviser of President Chapin, the second president of the College.
Born on July 11, 1767, in Braintree, Massachusetts, John Quincy Adams was the son of John Adams, Second President of the United States.
In 1825 he was elected sixth President of the United States. This is the first time in U.S. history that a former President's son has become President. In his inaugural address he recommended the construction of a national university. He believed also in government funding for higher education and scientific research.
Prior to his Presidency he held several important diplomatic posts, including that of Minister to the Netherlands, Minister to Russia, and Minister to Great Britain. In 1796 President George Washington called him "the most valuable public character abroad." In 1814-15 he helped negotiate the Treaty of Ghent that ended the War of 1812 with the British. He also served in the Massachusetts Senate as well as the United States Senate. In 1817 he was appointed Secretary of State. One of his most important achievements in that post was to draft the Monroe Doctrine.
After his one term as President, he was in 1830 elected to the United States House of Representatives where he served for seventeen years and became a popular hero for his fierce opposition to slavery. To date he is the only ex-President ever to be elected to the House. In the celebrated Amistad case of 1841 he successfully defended before the Supreme Court the rights of thirty-nine mutinous African captives. In 1844, after an eight-year battle, he finally persuaded the House to repeal the Gag Rule that had been adopted to prevent antislavery petitions from being read on the floor. He became the first congressman to assert the right of the government to free slaves during time of war. Upon the arguments of Adams, Abraham Lincoln subsequently based the
In 1846 Adams suffered a paralytic stroke but recovered and returned to Congress. On February 21, 1848, however, he suffered a second stroke and collapsed at his House desk while rising to speak. Too ill to be moved from the building, he was carried to the Speaker's Chamber where he died two days later on February 23. The public mourning that followed was unprecedented. At the state funeral of John Quincy Adams on February 25, 1848, the faculty and student body of Columbian College marched in the civic procession from the Capitol to the Congressional Cemetery.
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg President of the University
Charles T. Manatt Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
Lilien F. Robinson Chair, Faculty Senate Executive Committee
John D. Zeglis Chairman, Board of Trustees
Sheldon S. Cohen Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
Kuyomars "Q" Golparvar President, Student Association
GWU_110902_28.JPG: Marquis de Lafayette Hall
Dedicated in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834), a hero of the American Revolution, defender of liberty, statesman, and good friend of George Washington.
In 1777 the 20-year old Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, purchased a ship and sailed with a party of soldier-adventurers from France to America to join Washington's army. So impressive was the young marquis that he was made major general (without pay) by the Continental Congress and joined George Washington's staff. He was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine, served at Valley Forge, and played a vital role in the Yorktown Campaign. He returned home as a hero and at the age of 24 was raised by King Louis XVI to the rank of marechal-de-camp (brigadier general) in the French Army. A hero in both countries, he was influential in France and America, continuing to work diligently and diplomatically on behalf of American interests.
In 1784 Lafayette revisited America and stayed with Washington at Mount Vernon. On his farewell visit in 1824 he was magnificently entertained as a guest of the City of Washington. During this festive triumphal tour of the United States (1824-25), Lafayette and his Suite attended the first Commencement exercises of Columbian College, which later became The George Washington University. Held precisely at half past 10 o'clock a.m. on 15 December 1824 at Dr. Laurie's Meeting House on F Street between Fourteenth and Fifteenth Streets, the graduation was also attended by President James Monroe, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, Secretary of War John C. Calhoun, Speaker of the House Henry Clay, and many other members of the two Houses of Congress. After the ceremony General Lafayette was welcomed by the First President of Columbian College, The Reverend Dr. William Staughton, at a reception at the College with the trustees, faculty, students, and other distinguished guests, followed by dinner at the home of the President.
All in all the First Commencement Day of our very young Columbian College was truly splendid-Čexceeding all expectations. Indeed it was one that would have done honor to any of the older universities in the nation. The press was enthusiastic in its reports of the Commencement. The weather was unusually fine. "Every part of the performance evinced talents and mental cultivation of a high order." The house was crowded with an "intelligent and fashionable auditory." Music was furnished by the United States Marine Band. Lafayette expressed his thanks for the honor done him, the pleasure with which he had witnessed the Commencement, and his wishes for the prosperity of the College. Each student was then introduced. The General shook hands with each one and spoke to all the students in terms of paternal affection. Such was the First Commencement Day.
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President
John D. Zeglis, Chairman, Board of Trustees
Charles T. Manatt, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
Sheldon S. Cohen, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
Lilien F. Robinson, Chair, Faculty Senate Executive Committee
Kuyomars "Q" Golparvar, President, Student Association
18 October 1997
GWU_110902_40.JPG: Note that this used to be called "The Gelman Library" but now it's called "The Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library"
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2011 photos: Equipment this year: I mostly used the Fuji S100fs camera as well as two Nikon models -- the D90 and the new D7000. Mostly a toy, I also purchased a Fuji Real 3-D W3 camera, to try out 3-D photographs. I found it interesting although I don't see any real use for 3-D stills now. Given that many of the photos from the 1860s were in 3-D (including some of the more famous Civil War shots), it's odd to see it coming back.
Trips this year: Savannah, GA in March to cover a Civil War Trust conference. New Jersey over Memorial Day for my birthday -- people never seem to visit New Jersey -- it's always just a pit stop on the way to New York. I thought I might as well spend a few days there. Despite some nice places, it still ended up a pit stop for me -- New York City was infinitely more interesting. I did my annual pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic-Con in July, adding a few days in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Chattanooga, TN to cover the Civil War Trust's Grand Review conference.
Ego strokes: Author photos that I took were used on two book jackets this year: Jason Emerson's book "The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow As Revealed by Her Own Letters" and Dennis L. Noble's "The U.S. Coast Guard's War on Human Smuggling." I also had a photo of Jason Stelter published in the Washington Examiner and a picture of Miss DC, Ashley Boalch, published in the Washington Post.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 390,000.