Washington DC Course Info

"Dreams and Disillusion in Nineteenth-Century France"

Registration            $395.00

Susanna Lee, ’92, '99 Ph.D. Professor of French, Georgetown University                                          

Mondays, March 5- April 9,  6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Location:  NoMA Workspaces, Union Station, 840 First Street NE, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20002 


Course Description

This mini-course studies two of the greatest literary hits of the French nineteenth-century, Balzac’s Le Père Goriot and Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Balzac’s 1835 novel tells the story of a young man who has come to Paris from the provinces and hopes to make his fortune. Revolted but mainly fascinated by the corruption he finds, he sets out to conquer high society. Flaubert’s 1857 Madame Bovary chronicles a discontented married woman who dreams of passion and romance, pursuing her fantasies into the gates of madness and ruin. Focus will be on close readings of plot, character, and style, as well as on political ideologies, the role of religion, the meaning of narrative authority, the importance of gender and class, the rise of industrial production and capitalism, the definition of morality and moral authority, the relationship between reality and writing, and the nature of literary and cultural modernity.      


Course Material:

Balzac, Le Père Goriot (Translated by Henry Reed, Signet)

Flaubert, Madame Bovary (Translated by Lydia Davis, Penguin)

Course Syllabus



Professor Susanna Lee '92, '99 Ph.D.

Susanna Lee is Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Georgetown University, where she also directs the program in Comparative Literature. Her most recent book, Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Decline of Moral Authority, came out in 2016 from Ohio State University Press. She is also the author of A World Abandoned By God: Narrative and Secularism, published by Bucknell University Press in 2006. She has written numerous articles on the nineteenth-century French novel, crime fiction, and law and humanities, and edited the Norton Critical Editions of Proust’s Swann’s Way and Stendhal’s The Red and the Black. Her current book project is entitled A Hard-Boiled History of the United States.

"Natural Resources and International Security: Energy, Water, Land, Conflict Minerals, and Food"

Registration              $450.00

Paul Sullivan, ’86 PhD, Professor of Economics at the National Defense University, Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University                                          

Saturdays, March 10- April 14,  10:00 - 12:00 pm
Location:  UCDC Washington Center 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036                    Parking available at location.

Course Description: 

This class will look into how to make the use of natural resources more sustainable and less wasteful. It will also look into how to handle resource conflicts better. Climate change will also be considered across the resources to be discussed. The areas of focus will be South America (Chile, Argentina and Bolivia), North and East Africa (the Nile Basin, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, etc), China-India-Pakistan-Tibetan Plateau, and the conflict minerals areas of Western and Central Africa. The domestic and international security aspects will include water conflicts, land disputes, minerals tensions, food security, and other resource-based social and political (and even military and diplomatic) tensions and the like.

All readings will be via the internet. No need to purchase any books.



Week 1- March 10:  An Introduction to Natural Resources, Nexus Thinking, and the Diplomacy, Economics, Politics, and Military Aspects of Natural Resources​

Week 2- March 17:  Natural Resources and South America (Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina)

Week 3- March 24:  Natural Resources and North and East Africa (The Nile, Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, etc)

Week 4- March 31:  Natural Resources and the China-India-Pakistan-Tibetan Plateau Nexus

Week 5- April 7:      Natural Resources (Conflict Minerals especially) in Western and Central Africa

Week 6- April 14:    Natural Resources and Climate Change: What Else Might Change?




Dr. Paul Sullivan, '81 M.A., '82 M.Phil, '86 Ph.D 


Dr. Paul Sullivan has been a professor of economics at the National Defense University (NDU) since July 1999. He has been a primary faculty adviser to U.S. officers at the colonel and equivalent ranks, and flag officers from the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Latin America and East Asia while at NDU. He has been part of the leadership and faculty of the NDU Energy Industry Study for 15 years. Dr. Sullivan has run field studies on the energy, environment and agribusiness industries in Tanzania, Egypt, Morocco, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Greece, Turkey, the UAE, Qatar, Australia, Japan, Mongolia, China, and many other places as part of his duties at NDU. Dr. Sullivan is an Adjunct Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University, where he has taught classes on global energy and international security (which include analyses of energy issues for the EU, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, India, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia, the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Arctic) for over 13 years. He is a Senior International Fellow at the National Council of U.S. Arab Relations and an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Future Global Resource Threats at the Federation of American Scientists. He is an internationally recognized expert on the economics, politics, and energy, water and security in the MENA region and parts of Asia. He has a Ph.D. (highest honors) from Yale, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brandeis, and was in the 2006 class of Seminar XXI at MIT. His experiences and knowledge from professional and personal travels in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, Latin America and elsewhere will also contribute to the class. 


"Understanding al-Qa’ida and Isis"

Registration            $450.00

Mary Habeck, ’89 MA, '96 Ph.D.  Professor at Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and Georgetown University                                          

Tuesdays, March 6- April 10,  6:00 - 8:00 pm 
Location:  NoMA Workspaces, Union Station, 840 First Street NE, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20002 


Course Description

This course will examine in-depth the two main extremist groups, al-Qa’ida and ISIS, showing the clear distinction between extremism and ordinary Islam.  We will analyze as well the war that they are fighting with the rest of the world, beginning with the historical roots of their hateful ideology, the rise of al-Qa’ida, and the creation of their strategies.  The course will then take a chronological look at the war itself, showing how the extremists viewed 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, and much more.  The course will end by asking if this is a war that we can win.



Week 1- March 6:  The ideological roots of extremism and the foundations of jihadi-salafism.

Week 2- March 13:  The origins of al-Qa’ida and development of its strategic methodology, 1979-2001.

Week 3- March 20:  9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, 2001-2006:  al-Qa’ida turns near defeat into near triumph.

Week 4- March 27:  From the Iraq Surge to the Arab Spring, 2007-2011:  al-Qa’ida reacts to the set-back in Iraq and reforms again.

Week 5- April 3:      Co-opting the revolutions in the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State, 2011-2015.

Week 6- April 10:    Dealing with the rebels and planning for the future, 2015-present: can we defeat extremism?



Mary Habeck '89 MA, '96 Ph.D.

Mary Habeck is a strategic planner and an expert on military matters, Islam, and extremism.  She teaches on al-Qa’ida and ISIS at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and at Georgetown, while running her consulting firm, Applied Grand Strategies (www.appliedgs.com).  Dr. Habeck is also a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  From 2005-2013 she was an Associate Professor in Strategic Studies at SAIS, teaching courses on extremism, military history, and strategic thought.  Before moving to SAIS, Dr. Habeck taught American and European military history in Yale’s history department, 1994-2005.  She received her PhD in history from Yale in 1996, an MA in international relations from Yale in 1989, and a BA in international studies, Russian, and Spanish from Ohio State in 1987.

Dr Habeck was appointed by President Bush to the Council on the Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (2006-2013), and in 2008-2009 she was the Special Advisor for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff.

In addition to books and articles on doctrine, World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and al-Qa’ida, her publications include Knowing the Enemy:  Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror (Yale, 2005) and three forthcoming sequels, Attacking America:  Al-Qa’ida’s Grand Strategy (2018), Managing Savagery: Al-Qa’ida’s Military and Political Strategies (2019), and Fighting the Enemy:  The U.S. and its War against al-Qa’ida (2020).