We are delighted to welcome you to Berlin for our 4th GMAP Alumni Weekend from August 23-25, 2013!
The theme for this weekend is Europe: Its Achievements, Promises and Challenges. At a time when Europe is abuzz with conversations about Germany’s role in the European Union, we hope to jump into the thick of current discussions about developments. In many ways, Berlin is a great metaphor for how the global political system have changed since the last decade. Europe now stands at another inflection point in history, and there are many big questions that still need answers: where will Europe go from here? Will it continue its expansion? Will its southern membership be able to regain financial health and stability? And what of the Euro, which has become a key reserve currency for global financial markets? Can Europe have a single identity in foreign affairs and defense policy?
I invite you to be a part of this incredible weekend of learning, fun, and the always-valuable GMAP conversations and friendships. Formal panels and sessions will take place on the mornings of Saturday and Sunday. After completing a total of 6 hours of education, you will be presented with a Certificate of Completion. We want this to be a place of choice for you to undertake continuous learning, a member of a life-long, exclusive club dedicated to understanding the world as it changes.
But the Alumni Weekend is more than classroom sessions. As with any residency, we will have some great meals and sightseeing in memorable places. We will begin the weekend with a formal opening dinner on Friday evening, where there will be a keynote speaker and where you will get a chance to meet the current March Class of 2013/14. On Saturday, we plan to have lunch at the historic Cecilienhof Palace in Potsdam, followed by tours of Sanssouci Palace and Potsdam. On Sunday, we have scheduled a tour of Berlin, followed by meals at some of Berlin’s best restaurants.
I cannot wait to see you all again, and look forward to another amazing reunion weekend. More than just a community of lifelong learning and of the intellectually curious, the GMAP alumni are a special group. You are a part of our GMAP family, and these Weekends are our family reunions.
Welcome home to GMAP.
Deborah Winslow Nutter, Ph.D
Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Practice
Director, Global Master of Arts Program