#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

Black Lives Matter co-creator Alicia Garza discusses the challenges of community organizing and the fight for racial justice. Plus a chat with deans Cissy Petty and Colette Coleman, documentary screenings on the West Bank and border migration, GW’s premie

image of Alicia Garza
November 04, 2019

(All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time.)

Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. P&P Live! Black Lives Matter Co-Creator Alicia Garza, “The Purpose of Power”

For questions, contact [email protected].

In 2013, Alicia Garza wrote what she called “a love letter to Black people” on Facebook after the acquittal of the man who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin: “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.” In 2020, #BlackLivesMatter has become a rallying cry for a generation. Ms. Garza’s new book, “The Purpose of Power,” shares lessons from decades of organizing on how to inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve.

Coming Up:

Group fitness classes


the viewing booth



Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. Viewing Booth: Film Screening and discussion with filmmaker Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

Registration required

In a lab-like location, a young Jewish-American woman watches videos portraying life in the occupied West Bank and verbalizes her thoughts and feelings in real time. As she navigates and negotiates the challenging images, she also reflects on the way she sees them. Her candid and immediate reactions form a one-of-a-kind cinematic testimony to the psychology of the viewer in the digital era—an unusual encounter between filmmaker and viewer.

queer threads



Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. Queer Threads: Fresh Voices

Registration required

A conversation with curator John Chaich and artists André Terrel Jackson and Zoe Schlacter on how queerness informs their fiber art practices and works. Moderated by Caroline Kipp, curator of contemporary art at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, and Victoria Reis, executive and artist director of Transformer.

civic engagement dialogue


Sean Roberts event



Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. New Books in Asian Studies: “The War on the Uyghurs” with author Sean R. Roberts

Registration required

Within weeks of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Chinese government warned that it faced a serious terrorist threat from its Uyghur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim. Of the 11 million Uyghurs living in China today, more than a million are now being held in so-called reeducation camps. Author Sean Roberts, director of GW’s M.A. in International Development Studies Program, reveals how China has been using the U.S.-led “global war on terror” as international cover for increasingly brutal suppression of the Uyghurs, and how the war’s targeting of an undefined enemy has emboldened states around the globe to persecute ethnic minorities and severely repress domestic opposition in the name of combatting terrorism.




Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. Real Good Coffee with Compass Coffee

Open to a limited number of GW students only; registration required

Take a virtual look inside D.C.’s own Compass Coffee to learn about the sourcing, trade and the business of coffee, followed by a roasting and brewing demonstration. Attendees will also receive a complimentary tin of Compass Coffee grounds—and capacity is limited, so reserve a spot quickly.

boo bash



Oct. 23 at noon Boo Bash Costume Contest Deadline

Open to GW students only; registration required

This Halloween, it’s OK to be all dressed up with nowhere to go. Wherever you’re trick or treating from, GW students can submit and vote on each other’s costumes in categories from “punniest” to “laziest.” Winners will strut their stuff in a live event Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. Check the link for rules and restrictions.


WGSS Event


Chat with the deans



Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. Chat with the Deans

Registration required

Join Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Cissy Petty, Senior Associate Dean of Students Colette Coleman and Jessica Parrillo, director of counseling and psychological services in the Colonial Health Center for a candid conversation on managing anxiety and stress at home.

Exorcist DC


Save the Date:

Movie and game night



Oct. 28 at 7:25 p.m. Movie and Game Night

Open to a limited number of GW students; registration required

Grab your popcorn and candy and join Student Life and GW Program Board for a classic Halloween movie (follow @StudentLifeatGW on Instagram for clues on which one), plus games and awesome prizes.

Border South


Dior and I



Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. Fashion on Film: Dior and I

Registration required

Join fashion historian Michelle Finamore, Penny Vinik Curator of Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for a discussion of “Dior and I,” a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as artistic director of Christian Dior. The film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who make couture possible.

CCAS Scholar Roundtable



Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Scholar Roundtable: Exploring and Addressing Racism Through Scholarship

Registration required

How can different academic fields help us reflect upon and understand the events of the past few months, from the unequal impact of COVID-19 on different communities to the protests in response to George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police? And how can different fields provide paths forward? This roundtable, organized by the Office of Undergraduate Studies and CCAS Advising, will provide a multi-disciplinary faculty perspective on systemic racism with a focus on this summer’s protests and social justice movements.