#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

GW’s Bicentennial culminates at the GW Centuries Celebration Weekend, “Our Moment, Our Momentum.” Plus celebrate Latinx heritage, help push for voter registration and more.

Our Moment Our Momentum
February 01, 2021

Oct 1, 2 and 3 Our Moment, Our Momentum: The GW Centuries Weekend

Various locations
Registration required

This culmination of GW’s bicentennial includes in-person events and activities for alumni, students, faculty, staff and GW families, as well as Commencement for the classes of 2020 and 2021 with keynote speaker Sen. Elizabeth Warren, opportunities to honor Monumental Alumni and a closing Bicentennial Bash.  

Coming Up:

GW Votes



Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. National Voter Registration Day

Various locations and online

Some GW students will become eligible for their first elections this fall, and the right to vote has never been more important. Join GW Votes, the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service and the D.C. Board of Elections for this major annual voter registration drive.

Border conversation


Korea Policy Forum



Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. Korea Policy Forum: U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry and U.S.-ROK Cooperation after the Biden-Moon Summit

Registration required

This spring, U.S. and South Korean Presidents Joe Biden and Moon Jae-in rejuvenated their countries’ longtime alliance by addressing new regional and global issues in the context of the intensifying U.S.-China strategic rivalry—including climate change, supply chains and freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. Join a panel of experts to discuss this evolving chapter in U.S.-Korea relations.




Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. Creative Dialogues in a Changing World: Implications of Afghanistan Under Taliban Rule

In person (masks required) and online
Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 602
1957 E St., NW
Registration required

With the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan this past summer and the fall of the Afghan government in Kabul, the Taliban have gained control of Kabul and most of the country. Afghanistan and its neighbors, including Iran, China and Pakistan, are now left to deal with the consequences or opportunities a Taliban-led government present. This conversation with experts from the Hudson Institute, the Middle Eastern Institute and Foundation for Defense of Democracies will cover the interests of Afghanistan’s neighbors in the greater region and what the Taliban-led government means for their foreign policy strategy.

Segregated city



Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. The Segregated City

Registration required

Racial discrimination in housing has persisted despite extensive documentation. This event brings together leaders in the field to discuss the challenges and strategies for implementing fair housing policies and practices.




Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. Looking Back on Central Asia's Perestroika: Political Narratives and Political Mobilization

Registration required

Life in the USSR was effectively turned upside down by the package of reforms, known as “perestroika,” initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. This was equally true in Central Asia, where young people in particular took advantage of the new opportunities for debate, criticism, political engagement and entrepreneurship. This roundtable invites two of the era's prominent individuals, Davlat Khudonazarov and Zamira Sydykova, to reflect on their experiences in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan respectively.

Fridays @ 5



Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. Fridays @ 5

Phillips Hall, Room B120
801 22nd St., NW

The Corcoran Program of Music’s Fridays @ 5 is back for fall, showcasing genre-spanning performances from jazz to chamber music and electronica to spoken word. Build community and take in sweet jams at this monthly concert.

Billy Goat Trail photo via NPS



Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. Meet La Familia

University Student Center, Grand Ballroom
800 21st St., NW

Grab a buddy and join GW OLAS for mingling and shared stories with the GW Latinx community over delicious cultural dishes. Stay afterwards for a Latinx Professor Talks, a participatory panel at which Latinx professors will answer questions about academia, life experiences and how to navigate GW as a Latinx student. Part of GW’s Latinx Heritage Celebration 2021.




Oct. 4 at noon D.C. Mondays: The Leah Brock McCartney Mural Project

Registration required

Students taking a fall 2019 GW course in Black feminist theory learned about GW Law’s first Black female graduate, Leah Brock McCartney, J.D. ’54. Inspired by her lifetime of achievements, students proposed the Leah Brock McCartney Project as their final project—something that originated as a class assignment but is still underway. Learn about the initiative and how students are fighting to turn a class project into a reality and to honor all the Black women who have been a part of GW since Ms. McCartney’s time.

Save the Date:

GW University Yard



Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. GW History Walking Tour: 100 Years in Foggy Bottom, 200 Years in D.C.

Statue of George Washington, University Yard
2000 H St., NW
Registration requested

Want to know more about GW's history? This tour, led by Professor Phillip Troutman, walks you through its two centuries, first as Columbian College and then as GW. You'll hear how D.C. organizers in 1820 poached the national Baptist college from Philadelphia; how pro-slavery students in 1847 rioted over a classmate's abolitionist actions; and how the college survived the Civil War as an army hospital. You'll learn why we changed our name in 1904 and all about "the campus that never was" on the National Mall. Highlights include Lisner Auditorium's 1947 desegregation crisis, Thurston Hall as the "Holiday Inn of the Revolution" in the late 1960s, and the controversial naming of the student center in 1971. Plan for one hour walking at a casual pace with plenty of stops. Rain or shine (severe storms postpone).




Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. Communicating Harmonies of Art and Science

Registration required

Science, art and activism are closely intertwined in the work of Jonathan Meiburg, writer, researcher and lead singer of the acclaimed bands Shearwater and Loma. At this conversation with Planet Forward founder Frank Sesno, he’ll discuss music, climate action and his book, “A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World's Smartest Birds of Prey.” Mr. Meiburg was the 2020 Writing in in the Disciplines Distinguished Lecturer.