Culture Buffs Head to National Zoo, Air and Space Museum, the Ballet and More

culturebuffsThe second year of GW Culture Buffs is in full swing, with events scheduled in D.C., Chicago and Philadelphia, and more to come.

With the aim of bringing together alumni, faculty and friends for one-of-a-kind cultural experiences, the series kicked-off Aug. 25 in two locations: D.C. and Philadelphia.

“For me, this series represents the intersection of three circles of history – the unique culture and history of Washington, D.C., our country and our GW experience,” says Diane Stoy, GSEHD BA ’80, MA ’83, EdD ’93. “The series brings these together in a fantastic, fun way – we eat, we drink, we share, and we learn together.”

At the Phillips Collection in D.C., 65 GW Culture Buffs enjoyed a private reception and gained insight into the creative process of world-renowned artist Vasily Kandinksy during a lecture with Art History Professor Bibiana Obler. (event photos)

“My wife and I are Bauhaus followers, and we have gone to other Kandinsiky exhibits in New York and in Germany,” says Frank Moy, SEAS BS ’65. “Dr. Obler’s lecture was the reason we went to the Phillips, and she was the highlight of the event.”

In Philadelphia, about 15 Culture Buffs took a self-guided tour through the National Constitution Center’s exhibit Discover the Real George Washington, and afterward they gathered at a nearby restaurant for drinks. (event photos)

Other events this year will lead participants to the National Zoo, where they’ll hear from Francys Subiaul, professor of speech and hearing sciences, about how humans and primates learn, to Chicago’s Second City, an improv-based sketch comedy theater, to see a performance of “The Sky’s the Limit.”

Events are still being scheduled in D.C. and across the country, so stay tuned for announcements.  For more information, visit GW Culture Buffs and the Calendar of Events.

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