Why Georgetown Needs the Georgetown Review


Georgetown, we like to say, is more than bricks and mortar. Its essence resides not in its beaming spires or steeples but in a shared sense of wholeness, a commitment to common values and long-standing traditions. Georgetown—dare we say it?—has a soul.

And yet we must admit that there exist fundamental disagreements about these values and about the issues that matter most on campus and in politics today. We believe that this conversation has been largely misconstrued.

Let’s face it: a conservative is as welcome at Georgetown as a waiter without a bowtie and an Oxford button-down at the Tombs. Campus liberals are often shocked to discover that there exist views other than their own.

Without a serious medium for public debate, we are perhaps partly to blame. This is the omission, which we seek to correct. We do so, at the very least, to give the passerby some consolation that all hope is not lost.

“Where have all the good men gone?” He might otherwise ask.

Let’s face it: a conservative is as welcome at Georgetown as a waiter without a bowtie and Oxford button-down at the Tombs.

The Georgetown Review aims to offer Georgetown something more—a thoughtful journal of politics and world affairs and an alternative source for campus news. Our view is that Georgetown is best served through a vibrant exchange of ideas; our diagnosis, however, is that this campus has been greatly underserved in this regard.

We the writers, editors and staff of The Georgetown Review begin publishing today to fill what we believe to be a significant void in campus life. And so we take a step into the public debate. We come rushing in, not blushing coyly like a schoolgirl, but with eagerness and cautious optimism, as we provide this university a thoughtful and vigorous journal of conservative news and opinion.