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The museum is partnering with GW departments, schools, and institutes to present a wide variety of lectures, films, and discussions. Join us for one of these Four Freedoms programs at the museum and other sites across the university's Foggy Bottom Campus.



Detail of WWII Poster

Workshop: WWII and Knit Your Bit

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 12:00pm
Join us for a quick talk on how the American Red Cross engaged the public to knit much-needed items for soldiers during World War II.
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Exhibition: "OPEN" by Robin Bell

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 6:00pm
The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design presents "OPEN," an installation of lights and projections by artist Robin Bell, is a celebration of transparency, belonging, and accessibility. Bell is a Washington, D.C., video artist, filmmaker, and projectionist whose guerilla projections transform government buildings and hotels into conversation pieces.
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Exhibition Opening Reception: "OPEN" by Robin Bell

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Celebrate the opening of the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design's exhibition "OPEN," an installation of lights and projections by artist Robin Bell.
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Student Writing Competition: Alternative Labels

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:00am to Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 5:00pm
In partnership with the Department of American Studies, the museum invites GW undergraduates to to write alternative labels for artworks featured in the exhibition.
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Faculty Preview: "Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

GW faculty are invited for a special tour with museum staff highlighting how to use the exhibition in their curriculum. 

Detail of print by Bri Hermanson

Student Social Hour: Meet the "Four Freedoms" Artists

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
GW students are invited to the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design to meet visiting artists featured in the exhibition, and enjoy art activities and snacks.
Photo with text that reads "Love More, Love Better, & Fear Less. February 14th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Student Night: Love More, Love Better, and Fear Less

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

GW students are invited to celebrate the opening of the exhibition at a special event organized in partnership with GW's Program Board, Students Against Sexual Assault, Feminist Student Union,

Hugo Boss: Secret Nazi History

Film: "Hugo Boss’ Secret Nazi History, Fashion at War"

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:00pm
Explore the unknown, dark history of fashion brand Hugo Boss in this documentary produced by Made to Measure, a new fashion video network.
A conservator working on a World War II bombers

Lecture/Show and Tell: “Frass-tacular!” Textile Conservation for WWII Aircraft Fabric

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:30am
Join conservation fellow Meghann Girard for a talk on the collaborative and innovative textile conservation techniques developed at the National Air and Space Museum to treat fabric panels from a World War II bomber.
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Book Talk: "Lipstick Brigade"

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
Author Cindy Gueli will discuss the captivating, surprising, and moving first-person stories she collected for her book about the incredible women who supported the WWII effort in Washington, D.C.
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Lecture: Religious Freedom and U.S. Foreign Policy

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 5:30pm
How does a commitment to religious freedom impact U.S. foreign policy? Join us for a lecture by Sam Brownback, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, on how this American value shapes relationships abroad. A collaboration with GW's Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom.
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Family Day: Freedom from Want

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
GW students and Washington, D.C., area families are invited to collaborate on a service project to support local families in need. A collaboration with GW's Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.
Winston Churchill addresses Congress

Lecture: Winston in Washington

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 12:00pm
Join us as Lee Pollock, interim executive director of the International Churchill Society, shares stories and history of Winston Churchill in Washington D.C.
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Film and Discussion: "By the Dawn’s Early Light: Chris Jackson’s Journey to Islam"

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:30pm
This timely film documents the history of anti-Muslim racism and xenophobia through the story of NBA all-star Mahmoud Abdul Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson). A collaboration with GW’s Institute for Middle East Studies.
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CANCELED: Lecture: Spies in Washington

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:00pm
This program has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Gisela Cambia, JD '18

Panel Discussion: Freedom from Fear: Young Women and Asylum

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
GW law professors Alberto Benitez and Paulina Vera will interview GW alumna Gisela Camba, JD '18 and her client K-A-, who was granted asylum to the United States. A collaboration with GW's Law School.
Hugo Boss: Secret Nazi History

Film: "Hugo Boss’ Secret Nazi History, Fashion at War"

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:00pm
Explore the unknown, dark history of fashion brand Hugo Boss in this documentary produced by Made to Measure, a new fashion video network.
Photo of students in the Corcoran galleries

GW Arts Walk

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Celebrate the inspiring creativity on campus at GW's first-ever arts walk, with an after party at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.
Detail of "The Right to Know"

Lecture: Norman Rockwell and American Freedom

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:30pm
"Enduring Ideals" exhibition curator Stephanie Plunkett will discuss Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings from their evolution to their impact. A collaboration with GW's Department of American Studies and Art History.
This says "SHOULD THE NEWS TAKE SIDES" over graphics of famous DC monuments and a power fist holding a microphone

Panel Discussion: Should the News Take Sides?

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 6:00pm
Speakers from the Commission on Presidential Debates, Pew Research Center, White House Correspondents’ Association, and GW's School of Media and Public Affairs discuss how facts, civil discourse, and real engagement can be reinforced amid fractious politics and distrust.
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Film and Discussion: "The Delano Manongs" and the Legacy of the Filipino Farmworkers

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 5:00pm
"The Delano Manongs" tells the story of Larry Itliong and a group of Filipino farm workers whose 1965 strike brought about the creation of the United Farm Workers Union. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a discussion led by film director Marissa Aroy and curator Theodore Gonzalves from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
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Discussion: Twenty-Five Years After the Rwandan Genocide

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
Join us for a discussion reflecting on the legacy of the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi in the lives of its survivors. A collaboration with GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs.
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Lecture: Red Cross in D.C.

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 12:00pm
Join Susan Robbins Watson, Red Cross archivist and manager of historical programs and collections as she discusses the chapter’s impact on the war effort and its unique perspective on wartime Washington, D.C.
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Panel Discussion: The Ethics of Using Fear in Politics

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 5:30pm
Join GW professor Matt Dallek and experts from across corporate, military, and political sectors to discuss how our nation has historically used fear in politics. A collaboration with GW's Graduate School of Political Management and its Paul O'Dwyer Lecture Series for Political Ethics.
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Lecture: National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 12:00pm
The National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism allows us to reflect on the legacy of Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II. Dough Ichiuji will provide insight into the memorial's design and impact.
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Conversations that Matter: Art that Uplifts

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 5:00pm
Join us for a discussion with celebrated local educator, youth activist, and international hip-hop artist Gabriel "Asheru" Benn and Maia Sheppard, assistant professor of curriculum and pedagogy at GW's Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
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Artist Talk: Reimagining the Four Freedoms in Fiber

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:00pm
Join local artists Amy Wike and Esther Iverem for a discussion of their fiber artworks featured in the exhibition.
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Freedom of Expression: The Problem of Compelled Government Speech

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:00pm
Join GW Law Professor Mary Cheh for a lecture on Freedom of Expression.