MEDIA ADVISORY: Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska to Speak at Georgetown University


WHAT: During her remarks at Georgetown the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska is expected to call for development of Ukrainian studies programs at American universities and discuss the impact of Russia’s unprovoked full-scale invasion of her country on universities and schools. Zelenska is expected to address the worsening humanitarian conditions, including access to children’s education, as well as critical needs of communities that have suffered heavy damages during the war. She will also gift 260 books about Ukraine to Georgetown University’s Library, part of the “Ukrainian Bookshelf” project which brings Ukrainian publications to the world’s leading libraries.


  • The First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska 


  • Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 12:50 pm EDT
  • (Doors open at 11:45am and close at 12:45pm)


  • In Person: Gaston Hall Georgetown University, 37th & O Streets NW, Washington DC
  • The event will also be livestreamed; a viewing link will be available here

RSVP:  Media who are interested in attending in person must RSVP by emailing Please indicate if you are requesting a camera position. In person attendance, including camera positions, will be extremely limited and are not guaranteed until confirmed. Accredited members of the press will receive a detailed confirmation email. A livestream of the event will be available on this page.

Following the program, the speaker will answer questions from the Georgetown community. 


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Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security seeks to promote a more stable, peaceful, and just world by focusing on the important role women play in preventing conflict and building peace, growing economies, and addressing global threats like climate change and violent extremism. First Lady Zelenska was honored by the Institute last year with the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women, Peace and Security. Housed within the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, the Institute is headed by the former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @giwps and on Instagram @georgetown_wps.

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