#GWtoDo: Your Weekly Events Agenda

Corcoran School unveils a moving exhibition on migration, Ina Garten comes to Lisner, and more.

Images from “Push Factors: Guatemalan Migration in Perspective.”
October 07, 2015

This week:

Oct. 9 “Push Factors: Guatemalan Migration in Perspective” Corcoran Building Atrium

500 17th St., NW 


The Corcoran School brought on its new director, Sanjit Sethi, last week, and now it’s getting ready to launch its first exhibition of the school year. “Push Factors: Guatemalan Migration in Perspective” is a powerful collection of photographs that illustrate the violence and political strife that have driven migration from Guatemala to the United States. Three photographers share their images of the poverty and human suffering Guatemalans have endured in the post-war country. 

The show was put together by Heidi McKinnon, the executive director of Curators Without Borders. The organization brings art to underserved communities to promote education, outreach and advocacy. 

The exhibition doesn’t shy away from the brutality of migration stories, so viewers should be warned that some of the photos are graphic. But that honesty serves the show’s goal of igniting conversation about patterns of immigration today. 



This Week:


Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. Lucinda Williams

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Tickets: $40-$60; 15 percent discount for GW students

Lucinda William comes to Lisner Wednesday to show why media outlets have called her “America’s best songwriter.” She’ll showcase her talent alongside her energetic backing band Buick 6. Buick 6 released its own album recently and will serve as the opening act for Ms. Williams. 


Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Ina Garten – Barefoot Contessa

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW
Tickets are $64.75


Bestselling cookbook writer and GW alumna Ina Garten returns to GW to talk about her TV show and hosting tricks. The TV personality is best known for her hit show “The Barefoot Contessa,” which she’ll discuss on campus. 


Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Latino Heritage Celebration: Latino vs. Hispanic

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
2127 G St., NW 


Characterizing the Latin-American community as “Latino” or “Hispanic” has been a longstanding debate. As part of Latino Heritage Month, the Multicultural Student Services Center will be leading a discussion about the two terms and how they relate to identity and labeling. 


Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. “Girl Rising” Screening with Freida Pinto

Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave., NW


"Slumdog Millionaire" star Freida Pinto will attend this screening of “Girl Rising.” The documentary, which Ms. Pinto helps narrate, follows nine girls from nine different countries and chronicles their struggles to gain access to education. 

LEs Choristes

Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m.: “Les Choristes” Film Screening

Eckles Library
2100 Foxhall Rd., NW 


Mount Vernon continues its French Film Festival with “Les Choristes,” the story about a music teacher who starts a chorus at an unruly boarding school in France. The film received an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film in 2004. 


Upcoming This Month


Oct. 15 at 11:45 a.m. Fred Ramos

Corcoran Building
500 17th St., NW 


The Corcoran hosts El Salvadoran photojournalist Fred Ramos. His work has a focus on violence and human rights. The award-winning photographer was a finalist for the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation’s “Nuevo Periodismo” award. 



Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.: David Sedaris

Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St., NW

$35-$50 with 15 percent discount for students.


One of the country’s most idiosyncratic humor writers shares his razor-sharp wit and biting observations on the Lisner Stage. He’s known for his distinctive, nasally voice, which you can hear for yourself when he reads from some of his new works.