#GWtoDo: Your Curated Arts and Events Agenda

“Hidden Figure” and GW alumna Christine Darden discusses being a black woman at NASA, two lectures on the seldom-discussed aspects of George Washington’s life, celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and more.

Christine Darden
February 05, 2018

Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. Christine Darden

SEH Lehman Auditorium
800 21st St., NW

GW alumna Christine Darden was among the pioneering generation of black women at NASA, and her story was featured in Margot Lee Shetterly's “Hidden Figures,” the book that inspired the 2016 blockbuster film. Join the GW Dean’s Council of Women in Technology for a conversation with Dr. Darden and a screening of the film. Refreshments will be served.



Coming Up:


Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. Pop-Up S’Mores Bar

Kogan Plaza
H St., NW, between 21st and 22nd Streets

Join the GW community for some gooey, toasty, delicious campfire treats on Kogan Plaza as part of Celebrate GW 2018.

never caught

Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Lecture: Never Caught

Marvin Center Continental Ballroom
2130 H St., NW

The enslaved people George Washington owned are part of his contested legacy—and so are those who escaped. Ona Judge fled the president’s home in Philadelphia in 1796 to prevent being given to another white family after Martha Washington’s death. Washington went to great lengths to recover her, but never succeeded. Scholar Erica Armstrong Dunbar will discuss “Never Caught,” her National Book Award-nominated book about the pursuit.

GW lecture

Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. 7th Annual George Washington Lecture

Marvin Center Continental Ballroom
2130 H St., NW

When indigenous people are included in the American story at all, their conquest by the United States can be framed as swift and inevitable. But native tribes, leaders and land were a power to be reckoned with during George Washington’s life and had a significant effect on the leader he became and the nation he helped create. Scholar Colin Gordon Calloway will discuss Washington’s interactions with Native Americans as part of Celebrate GW.

soul revue

Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Soul Revue

Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW

Student performers—some seasoned, some new—bring big energy to JMA with recreations of contemporary soul, R&B and hip-hop music videos. Presented by the GW Black Student Union.

alan duncan

Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. Britain and the World

National Churchill Library and Center, Gelman Library
2130 H St., NW
Free, GWorld Card required

Sir Alan Duncan, the U.K.'s minister of state for Europe and the Americas, comes to the NCLC for a discussion about Britain's engagement with the United States and the rest of the world in the wake of Brexit.

lunar new year

Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Family Day: Chinese Lunar New Year

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

You don’t have to be a dog person to celebrate the Year of the Dog. At the museum’s celebration, enjoy a performance from the Chinese Music Club, create colorful zodiac animals from paper and design your own jewelry inspired by the traditions of China’s Guizhou Province.

Art by Asha Elana Casey

Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Black Artists Mixer

Gallery 102
801 22nd St., NW

What does it take to establish a vibrant artistic community and practice? Established black creators will discuss their own journeys and share their tools at this panel and mixer. Panelists include Asha Elana Casey, Niama Safia Sandy, Maps Glover and Jamal Gray.


Feb. 26 to July 9 “Vanishing Traditions”

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

For centuries, minority cultures in southwest China have donned elaborate handmade textiles, jewelry and accessories for community celebrations. The Textile Museum’s vibrant new collection features pieces from those traditions, now endangered by modernization.


Save the Date:

la haine

March 5 at 6:30 p.m. Film Screening: “La Haine”

2108 G St., NW

When it came out in 1995, Mathieu Kassovitz’s “La Haine” was a financial and critical hit—and mainstream French cinema’s first up-close look at the country’s racial and social crisis. The GW American Studies Film Club will screen it as part of their “Essential Films” series, featuring movies that introduce new perspectives, challenge beliefs, and change one's outlook on the world. (And there’s free food.)

startup fair

March 7 at 11 a.m. Startup Career and Internship Fair

Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
800 21st St., NW
Free, registration required

Entrepreneurial students can network with some of the greater D.C. area’s hottest startups at this fair, sponsored by the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The event opens with “Campus 2 Career,” an hour long panel of experts and notable startup executives.


Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. through April 14 Free tax preparation

Duquès Hall
2201 G St., NW

The tax process can feel overwhelming for some taxpayers. Volunteers from GW’s Department of Accountancy and Community Tax Aid will provide help on a first-come, first-served basis at walk-in clinics 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Earners with incomes of not more than ​$35,000 ​for singles and not more than ​$54,000​ for families are eligible. A list of required documents is available here.