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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.



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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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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.
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.
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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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Lecture: Spies in Washington

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 12:00pm
Vince Houghton, curator at the International Spy Museum, will discuss the presence and actions of spies in Washington, D.C., during World War II.
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.
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Lecture: Norman Rockwell and American Freedom

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 5:30pm
Virginia Mecklenburg, chief curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will discuss Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings from their evolution to their impact.
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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 discussed led by curator Theadore Gonzalvez 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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Artist Talks: 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.