Ice Skating at the Sculpture Garden and Cocktails

Sunday December 14th
1:00pm Ice Skating at the Sculpture Garden
Cost: $8.00 for Admission $3.00 Skate Rental

4:00pm Cocktails at The Partisan
709 D St NW

As a thank you for your support, the Boren Forum has earned its members discounted admission to the National Gallery of Art’s Ice Rink. We look forward to seeing you. Happy Holidays!

Please RSVP to lkerr at by December 13.

Turkish Dinner at Levante’s Restaurant

Monday November 17th
Dinner at 7:30pm – Cocktails Available at 6:30pm
Levante’s Restaurant
1320 19th St NW in Dupont Circle

Cost: $35

The Boren Forum invites you and your friends to an early Thanksgiving celebration with a Turkish feast. We are kicking off our Annual Fundraising Campaign this year at Levante’s in Dupont, where the restaurant has generously agreed to donate 15% of the proceeds back to the Boren Forum to be reinvested into next year’s programming. So come out and celebrate with great food and networking with other Boren alumni!

Levante’s Restaurant is located right on Dupont Circle. Friends and family are greatly encouraged. The cost of dinner includes a Prix Fixe menu  available here. Wine and spirits may be purchased independently.

Please RSVP by November 15th.

2014 NSEP-Boren Forum Job Information Session

Registration is now open! The Boren Forum will host a career fair with federal contractors on September 23.  This annual career event, part of the multi-day NSEP Federal Employment Seminar, brings together Boren alumni and leading employers in national security and foreign affairs.  The contractor fair is open to all Boren alumni.

What: 2014 NSEP-Boren Forum Federal Contractor Job Information Session
When: September 23, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20037

Space is limited and likely to fill up well before the deadline. This event is an excellent opportunity to meet recruiters and learn about opportunities to serve in the federal government, contracting sector, and NGOs. Alumni Registration

NSEP alumni have advanced skills in critical languages and in-depth cultural understanding and regional expertise that puts them ahead of their peers.  This event is an excellent opportunity for federal government contractors to meet and recruit these highly motivated candidates.  Employer Registration

2014 Symposium Dinner

2014 Symposium Dinner | Cost: $30
Monday, September 22 – 7pm
Alba Osteria DC | 425 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Boren Forum would like to welcome award recipients back from their overseas experience! As part of Symposium weekend you will be attending various events hosted by NSEP and the Boren Forum. We cordially invite you to an evening of socializing and fun over delicious Italian fare with a modern twist.  Get to know other award recipients and learn about the Boren Forum which is celebrating its 10th year and continued growth as the alumni organization for NSEP award recipients.

Alba Osteria is conveniently located in Mt. Vernon Triangle and is easily accessible by public transit (Dupont Circle Metro to Judiciary Square Metro, Red Line) and is a short cab ride from Dupont Circle.  Friends and family are welcome to join.  Cost of attendance is $30 per person which includes a Prix Fixe menu of Artisanal pizzas and salad served family-style along with beverages.  Wine and spirits are sold separately.

Click the PayPal button below to submit payment and RSVP to attend.  Please RSVP by September 17th. Space is limited; priority will be given to Symposium attendees.

*We can accommodate dietary restrictions with advance notice, email by September 17th.


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EHLS program graduated its 2014 scholars with a ceremony at Georgetown University

Eighteen scholars received their certificates from program director Christa Hansen and academic coordinator Suzanne, Matula. Keynote speakers Ambassador Maura Harty and DLNSEO Director of Programs Dr. Samuel Eisen congratulated scholars for their accomplishment and praised them for the variety of critical skills that they will be bringing to the U.S. government.

Led by President Kim Fassler, the Boren Forum board members Meghan Iverson and former EHLS scholar Yenal Kucuker attended the graduation ceremony and congratulated all the scholars. Board members discussed strengthening ties and increasing cooperation with the EHLS staff during the reception. The Boren Forum currently has the Georgetown – Boren Forum Language Exchange (GBFLEx) initiative with the EHLS which connects Boren Scholars, Boren Fellows and Language Flagship Fellows with EHLS scholars.

The EHLS program, which is in its ninth year, has graduated 250 scholars to date. The program is geared toward native speakers of (Amharic, Arabic, Balochi, Bambara, Dari, Hausa, Hindi, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Tajik, Tamashek, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek or Yoruba) critical languages. EHLS trains advanced English speakers to be effective communicators and strong candidates for federal jobs. Scholars receive a full scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) that includes tuition and a living stipend.

The curriculum of the program, which runs through January – August, builds toward a capstone analytical research assignment, the Open Source Analysis Project (OSAP). Using non-classified open source materials, scholars conduct research in English and their native languages on topics provided by federal agencies. They then present their analyses to federal agency representatives and government contractors at a formal symposium in June and in written reports.

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