Homecoming 2020 - Livestreamed Ethics & Leadership class with Ghaith al-Omari - Shared screen with speaker view
Thanks, everyone, for joining us! We will begin our session with Ghaith Al-Omari shortly!
Right now there isn’t any sound. Let us know if you have trouble when the session starts!
Welcome to Family/Homecoming Weekend 2020! We are so delighted that you are with us and hope you enjoy today’s live look-in to our Ethics and Leadership session with Ghaith Al-Omari.
I am SEGL’s Founder and Head of School Noah Bopp and will be managing the chat window this afternoon. If you have a question about what you’re seeing or the Fall 2020 semester, please feel free to write something in the chat box.
The only thing I will have trouble fixing is technology. So far, so good!
The location for this event is 228 East Capitol Street, our temporary Academic building. 228 is just down the street from our permanent residences. We’ve leased this building so that students do not have to ride the Metro during the COVID-19 era.
As you can see, the courtyard behind 228 serves as our primary in-person speaker location. So far this semester we have welcomed former Bush White House official Khary Cauthen, Congressman Greg Walden, White House speech writer Lissa Muscatine, and others.
Mr. al-Omari has been speaking at SEGL since 2010. He won our “Golden Mug” award, given by graduates to the speaker who has made the biggest difference in their lives, in 2015.
We’ll see what we can do, Vandana!
The students have already received an overview of the conflict’s history (this semester we delivered our lecture in the Folger Shakespeare Theatre across the street!) and met with Elad Strohmeyer, the Israeli Embassy’s spokesperson. Next month they will meet with Aaron David Miller, who advised six different Secretaries of State on this challenge and worked with Mr. al-Omari on the Camp David II negotiations in 2000.
The students also know that if they would like to hear additional points of view on this or any other issue, they can petition the group.
You may have noticed that Mr. al-Omari is not wearing a mask. Several of our speakers have elected to do this, and we’ve made adjustments to ensure students remain safe. As you can see, our students are 10-15 feet away from him and are all wearing masks themselves. We have also installed a clear Plexiglass screen between the speaker chair and the students. And, of course, we are meeting outside in an area with good circulation.
You may also notice that we have installed a canvas canopy on the courtyard. This is useful when it rains (although we’ve been lucky so far) and helps to keep outdoor noises out. This was particularly useful after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, when the line to pay respects to her stretched around our block and there were preachers, t-shirt hawkers, and TV newspeople on the sidewalks.
Mr. al-Omari’s Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/ghalomari
Hi Ufon! You have a very good memory. You may remember that your semester we went to the Aspen Institute to speak with former Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Salaam Fayyad. I’m guessing he brought that up.
Ufon, here is a photo of you speaking with Fayyad: http://schoolforethics.org/school-week-segl-israeli-palestinian-conflict/
Hi Joe! Yes, he’ll take questions. Given past experience I’m pretty sure he is wrapping up his remarks now.
Recent op-ed from Mr. al-Omari on the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/israel-uae-deal-achieves-middle-east-rarity-it-s-win-ncna1236694
You are welcome to type your question in the Q&A section at the bottom of your Zoom screen. Christian will then read out a question or two from the audience at the end of the session.
The question Mr. al-Omari is responding to: “What is your opinion on President Trump’s peace plan?”
Mr. al-Omari is answering questions from Sanjeev, who is from California, and Tigerlily, who is from New Mexico. (Sometimes our speakers take multiple questions at a time to answer more quickly.) Sorry that I couldn’t hear either question; it sounds like the microphone on that side of the courtyard is giving off some feedback!
Ah, it sounds like Tigerlily is asking about the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement.
You’re hearing Alison Pratt, one of our Ethics and Leadership teacher, who is doing a time check. It sound like we’ll take one more question and then adjourn. It is very likely that Mr. al-Omari will stay around to answer individual questions for some time.
This question is from Dani, who is from Texas.
Jane is following a long SEGL tradition that dates back to our first guest speaker. Every guest volunteers her/his time and gets an SEGL mug in return. They are highly coveted!
Thanks to everyone for joining us this evening. We had a wonderful turnout and I’m pleased that our technology worked! Please join us this evening at 8pm for our official Family/Homecoming Weekend kick-off. We’ll have break-out rooms for everyone to join for smaller conversations. It should be lots of fun! We’re also looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow afternoon starting at 2pm Eastern. Thanks again!
Special thanks to SEGL Board Chair Paige Cottingham-Streater for joining us this evening. Paige and many other trustees will be with us throughout the weekend.
Thanks also to Christian Starling and our Ethics and Leadership team for facilitating this afternoon’s technology.
As you can see, the students are all sticking around to ask more questions (from a safe distance!).
We’re going to keep the camera on for a few more minutes and then shut things down until 8pm’s kick-off. Thanks again to everyone for joining.