The Shapiro Lecture Series
Moderated by Dr. Shirley Graham

Tuesday, October 15 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Jack Morton Auditorium (805 21st Street NW), School of Media and Public Affairs Building

Admiral Michelle J. Howard has served 35 years in the United States Navy. She has led sailors and Marines multiple times in her career as the commander of a ship, an expeditionary strike group, a task force and a Naval theater. In 1999, she became the first African American woman to command a ship in the Navy. In 2014, she was the first woman to become a four-star Admiral in the U.S. Navy, and the first woman to be appointed to the position of Vice Chief of Naval Operations. She is the first African American woman to reach the rank of three- and four-stars in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Dr. Shirley Graham, Director of the Elliott School’s Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA) and Associate Professor of Practice in International Affairs, will moderate. Her doctoral research has examined gendering processes within militaries that position women and men in particular roles formally and informally, supporting and/or inhibiting women’s access to peacekeeping missions.

About the Shapiro Lecture:
Established by the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Foundation, the Shapiro Professorship in International Affairs seeks to appoint distinguished figures in diplomacy whose experiences and reputations bring an added measure of excellence to teaching and scholarship within the Elliott School.



September 19, 2019: Launch of Photo Exhibition titled “Women and War: Evolving the Narrative of Women’s Contributions to Peace & Security” curated by Jessica Smith, GEIA Research Scholar. Watch the event here.

March 7, 2019: International Women’s Day Celebration

February 28, 2019: Leadership, Ethics, and International Affairs: Giving Voice to Value with Dr. Mary Gentile

April 3, 2019: Film Screening with GWI: Roll Red Roll

April 4, 2019: Women, Peace & Security Film Screening

Jan. 31, 2019: U.S. – Georgia Strategic Partnership Expansion Opportunities; New Gender Dynamics in Georgian Politics

Oct. 25, 2018: Film Screening & Discussion: “Mother, Daughter, Sister”

Oct. 24, 2018: Film Screening & Discussion: “In the Name of Your Daughter”

Oct. 1, 2018: ICWA Fellow Onyinye Edeh on Enablers and Barriers to Girls’ Education in Nigeria

Sept. 27, 2018: Brown Bag Lunch: Use of Evidence to Promote Inclusiveness in the NASSP

Sept. 18, 2018: No Alternative: Childbirth, Citizenship, & Indigenous Culture in Mexico

Aug. 22, 2018: Equality: It’s All in the Family (Film Screening & Discussion)

Apr. 11, 2018: Book Talk – Where Women Rule: South Asia with Hasna Moudud

Apr. 3, 2018: GW Diversity Summit – What Makes Us Click? International Perspectives on Dating Culture in the U.S. and Abroad

Mar. 28, 2018: The Status of Women in Pakistan: A Discussion with Fauzia Viqar

Mar. 26, 2018: Exploring Masculinities in International Affairs with Promundo

Mar. 8, 2018: LADIES FIRST Film Screening & Discussion

Mar. 8, 2018: International Women’s Day Celebration – Pathways to Success: Career Accomplishments of Elliott School Women (Session 2)

Mar. 8, 2018: International Women’s Day Celebration with Amina Mama

Mar. 5, 2018: International Women’s Day Celebration – Pathways to Success: Career Accomplishments of Elliott School Women (Session 1)

Feb. 26, 2018: Film Screening & Discussion with Don McPherson: “The Mask You Live In”

Feb. 20, 2018: Careers in Gender Policy & Programming (Part 2)

Jan. 30, 2018: Towards an ‘Inclusive’ Agriculture-Driven Prosperity for Africa: The Potential, Promise and Challenges in Deploying a Gender Lens

Dec. 1, 2017: Global Careers & Sexual Harassment: Workplace Strategies to Confront the Challenge and Thrive

Nov. 29, 2017: GWI Report Launch:“No Safe Place: A Lifetime of Violence for Conflict-affected Women and Girls in South Sudan”

Nov. 29, 2017: Careers in Gender Policy & Civil Rights (Part 1)

Nov. 10, 2017: GEIA Film Screening: “Dark Girls”

Apr. 26, 2017: Women’s Parliamentary Representation: The Case of Poland

Apr. 5, 2017: Untold Stories: African Women Judges in International Courts

Mar. 29, 2017: Bridging Policy with Practice: Due Diligence & State Accountability to End Violence Against Women