Officially opened in January 2003, the Mortara Center for International Studies promotes scholarly, interdisciplinary research by faculty and students, advancing policy-relevant knowledge about international political, social, and economic issues, and generating communities of research and practice on key global concerns.
The Mortara Center for International Studies seeks to advance scholarship and inform policy by combining the expertise of scholars and the experience of international affairs practitioners to illuminate the fundamental forces — political, economic, and cultural — that shape international relations. To realize this mission, the Center organizes and co-sponsors lectures, workshops, and conferences; provides support for research and publications; and generates communities of research.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, the Mortara Center hosted dozens of public talks, small research workshops, and book launches in areas from global interenet governance, to the Clean Air Act and climate change, to the organizational culture of terrorist groups, to the role of hip-hop in Iraqi political development. The Center hosted roundtables with Georgetown scholars on the Russian incursion into Crimea and other breaking news events. Finally, the innovative Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow (MURF) program was expanded and the first MURF conference was held. This and more is captured in the Mortara Center's 2013-2014 Annual Report.
Mortara Center: An Intellectual Hub
An article in the Spring/Summer 2009 Georgetown Magazine introduced readers to the history, mission and goals of the Mortara Center.