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SAIS at 75

November 1, 2019 by Renee Fischer

Johns Hopkins celebrates 75 years of preparing international leaders

As the culmination of a year of anniversary events, more than 500 members from the Johns Hopkins community gathered on Oct. 24 to mark the 75th year of the School of Advanced International Studies. The celebratory event was held at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, the future DC-based home of the school.

Recognizing the foresight of founders Paul Nitze and Christian Herter in 1943, Dean Eliot A. Cohen said, “That was the greatness of Nitze and Herter: in the midst of chaos, during a war that was far from won, and when more suffering lay ahead than behind, to envision the great challenges of the future and then to create a school informed by those insights.”

“We’re one university, and SAIS will benefit enormously from those interactions that will take place here, a place in short that allows SAIS to re-consecrate its critical mission for a new century,” said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, alluding to the even greater opportunity for multidisciplinary connections to take place once the new building is renovated.

“The last 75 years were inspiring and exciting. The next 75, I promise you, will be truly extraordinary,” said Cohen of the enduring mission of SAIS, which now boasts campuses on three continents and more than 20,000 alumni.

The formal presentation concluded with a panel discussion led by Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor Jessica Fanzo with Isabel Studer (SAIS ’92) and Kristie Canegallo (SAIS ’06). A reception highlighting the international aspect of the school followed.

Topics: School of Advanced International Studies, Strengthen Communities