#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

Learn where graduate education can take you at the CCAS Graduate Virtual Open House. Plus D.C. food entrepreneurs talk family and culture, “This American Life” guest Abdi Nor Iftin, “Wings + Bingo = Wingo” and more.

GW To Do
February 01, 2021

Oct. 18 through 28 CCAS Graduate Virtual Open House

Registration required

Interested in taking your education to the next level? This two-week virtual session is the perfect opportunity to learn more about graduate study at GW and the 90+ graduate degree and certificate programs within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Attendees can tailor the experience to their own schedule with access to one or many sessions, and current GW graduate students, faculty and admissions team members will be available to answer questions, guide you through the application process and share the resources GW has to offer.

Coming Up:





Flavors of Middle Eastern Food panel


Call Me American



Oct 19 at 7 p.m. Call Me American

Registration requested

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar, learning English by listening to American pop and watching action films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Sporting American clothes and dance moves, he became known around his hometown of Mogadishu as “Abdi American.” But when a radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in Somalia in 2006, it became dangerous to celebrate Western culture. Now a proud resident of Maine on the path to American citizenship, Abdi Nor Iftin’s memoir—parts of which have been heard on “This American Life” and the BBC—is a celebration of life and a vivid reminder of the importance of immigration. This event will feature a keynote followed by a Q & A session with students.




Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. LAHSP 50th Anniversary Celebration with former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla

Online and in person
Lindner Family Commons
Elliot School of International Relations, Room 602
1957 E St., NW
Registration required

Celebrate 50 years of the Latin American and Hemispheric Studies Program with speakers Elliot School Dean Alyssa Ayres and Laura Chinchilla, former president of Costa Rica. Refreshments are provided; visitors not affiliated with GW are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours.

Flourishing in Food



Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. “Flourishing in Food” Speaker Series: How Tech is Transforming the Food World

Registration required

“Technology” isn’t always the first word that comes to mind when it comes to food. But it has changed how we produce, process and find our food—through mobile apps, data collection and more. When developed and used correctly, technology can help restaurant owners and operators cultivate customer relationships, enhance profitability and expand into new market segments. This panel including Shy Pahlevani, founder and president of HUNGRY Marketplace, and Stuart Rock, general manager of JOKR DC, will discuss the positive and negative impacts of technology on the food industry.

Winona LaDuke



Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Conference on Community Writing: Winona LaDuke

Registration required

Winona LaDuke is a nonprofit director, author of five books and internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and healthy food systems. She’ll deliver this keynote for the national Conference on Community Writing, which brings together community activists, writers, scholars and educators to share stories and counter stories that address injustices at local, national and international levels and to create a space for coalition building and action.



Save the Date:

Walter Roberts lecture



Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. 2021-22 Walter Roberts Lecture featuring Ret. Amb. Ted Osius

Online and in person
City View Room
Elliott School of International Affairs, 7th Fl.
1957 E St., NW
Registration required

Former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius will discuss how the relationship between Vietnam and the United States, fraught with tensions after a painful war that cost over 2 million Vietnamese and nearly 60,000 American lives, finally reached reconciliation. He’ll also draw on his own experiences working first-hand with Vietnamese leaders and traveling the country on bicycle to spotlight the ordinary Vietnamese people who helped bring about their nation’s extraordinary renaissance. 

Pop!up Thrift store



Oct. 29 at noon Thrift Store POP!-Up

The George Washington Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St., NW

POP! is a student-run thrift store started by GW undergraduates with the goal of promoting a culture of sustainable fashion, reducing textile waste and contributing to a circular economy on campus. Drop off your own gently used clothes from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 8, 15 and 22 on Kogan Plaza to receive 20% off your entire purchase.

Spirits Zombies and Vampires around the World


Boo Bash