National Women’s History Museum and The George Washington University Collaborate on Public Outreach Programs



Four-part academic lecture series entitled “Initiating Change/Adapting to Change” to begin Wednesday, October 2, 2013 on GW Foggy Bottom Campus

WASHINGTON, DC, Monday, June 3, 2013 –Joan Bradley Wages, President and CEO of The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) and Steven Knapp, President of the George Washington University (GW), signed a memorandum of agreement Thursday, May 30, 2013 to collaborate on public programs that will engage the local community on topics of historical relevance to women.  The National Women’s History Museum and GW are excited about this new opportunity.

The partnership will launch in the fall of the 2013-14 academic year with a program entitled “Initiating Change/Adapting to Change.”  This four part series will examine the historical and contemporary aspects of women effecting change on the selected topics.  Audiences will interact with women’s history scholars, people engaged with the issue today and each other to better understand the role of change in their own lives and how they can be change agents.  The topic for the 2014-15 academic year will examine women “Making a Difference.”  Every day women make a difference in their communities, their countries, and the world through projects that benefit others. These initiatives create a better and more equitable world.

Each program will be conducted in front of a live audience and recorded and will be led by a well-known moderator who will promote vigorous exchange of views among the presenters. The audience will be invited to participate in the discussion with their questions and thoughts.

“The National Women’s History Museum is truly honored to work with The George Washington University’s History Department to provide a forum to continue to educate people about the significant impact women have had in the development of our nation and our society,” said Joan Bradley Wages.

The three-year agreement with George Washington University follows up on the lectures series begun by NHWM and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars two years ago.

“We’re delighted to embark on this partnership with the National Women’s History Museum,” George Washington University President Steven Knapp said. “The museum is a cultural institution devoted to an important subject area that is not only of great interest to our students but also a focus of many of our departments and programs — from our Global Women’s Institute and Women’s Leadership Program to our women’s studies and history departments.”
Proposed lectures and dates are Wednesdays at 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm.

  • Oct. 2, 2013.  Women and the Military
  • Nov. 6, 2013.  Women and Peace
  • Feb. 19, 2014.  Women and Education
  • March 26, 2014.  Entrepreneurship
  • October, 2014.  Women and Sports

Other dates proposed include November, 2014, February, 2015 and March, 2015. Moderators and speakers to be announced.   All lectures will take place at the GW Foggy Bottom campus in Northwest, Washington DC.  A reception follows immediately after each lecture.  Lectures are free and open to the public but reservations are required.  Audiences include from 100-200 attendees per lecture.

About the National Women’s History Museum
Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum is a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation’s history, currently located online at The Museum hosts online exhibits, physical exhibits, educational programs, and outreach efforts that communicate the breadth of women’s experiences and accomplishments to the widest possible audience.  Legislation is underway to secure federally owned land on which to build the National Women’s History Museum. A coalition of 49 business and professional women’s organizations representing eight million members supports NWHM’s efforts for a permanent site, along with 50,000 members who have supported the Museum. The women’s coalition has publicly advocated for building the Museum on or near the National Mall. NWHM is a 501(c) (3) organization

About The George Washington University
In the heart of the nation’s capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and more than 130 countries.


For photos, promotional information and interviews, please contact:

National Women’s History Museum: Jan Du Plain – 202-486-7004 or

George Washington University: Angela Olson – 202-994-3087 or

One Response to “National Women’s History Museum and The George Washington University Collaborate on Public Outreach Programs”

  1. NWHM says:

    Hi Georgiana,

    Thank you for your interest in our lecture series! It is our intent to record the lectures and make them available on our website.

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