GW Celebrates 100 Years in Foggy Bottom

The George Washington University has been part of the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood since 1912.  A two-week celebration of the university’s 100 years in Foggy Bottom will run Saturday, February 18 through Saturday, March 3, 2012 and feature events and activities for neighbors, local government and business leaders, students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Select events are listed below. For more information and to register, please visit:

Men’s Basketball Homecoming Game
Saturday, Feb. 18 @ 4:30 PM
Charles E. Smith Center
Students and alumni will learn more about the centennial festivities while cheering on the GW men’s basketball team as they play the Saint Joseph’s Hawks on Homecoming.  Halftime will include a recognition of the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees, and fans who arrive early will receive a special centennial giveaway!  (No registration required.)

Seen in Foggy Bottom
Feb. 21 – 23 @ 9-11 AM
School of Media and Public Affairs Building
2nd Floor and Luther W. Brady Art Gallery
Drawn from the University’s collection, this exhibition highlights those important people, events, and locations on campus through paintings, prints, and artifacts.  It will also show works by GW students through the years, giving their own perspective of the campus they inhabited.  A private reception for neighbors and GW Community members will take place on February 22, and the public will be invited to warm up and see the exhibit at one of two Centennial Coffee Bars!  (No registration required.)

George Washington’s Birthday Bonfire and George’s BDay Bash
Wednesday, Feb. 22 @ 6 PM
University Yard
George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 making him 280 in 2012!  To celebrate the father of our country and the university’s namesake, a bonfire is erected in the middle of the University Yard.  The event features colonial-era music, marshmallow roasting, and s’more making. George’s Birthday Bash in Washington, D.C., will be held in conjunction with the bonfire. (No registration required.)

The Real George: A Leader with Character
Thursday, Feb. 23 @ 5 PM
School of Media and Public Affairs Building
Jack Morton Auditorium
Experts discuss the myth, the man, the nation’s first president, and the university’s namesake.  A special emphasis on leadership will explore the different roles in the president’s life including politician, farmer, founder, husband, and entrepreneur.  Planned in conjunction with George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Gardens and Museum.  Registration available at:

Voices: Celebrating the African American Legacy in Foggy Bottom
Tuesday, Feb. 28 @ 6-8 PM
School of Media and Public Affairs Building
Jack Morton Auditorium
This panel discussion will feature long-term Foggy Bottom residents reflecting on the changes in Washington, D.C. over the years and their lives in Foggy Bottom.  A reception will feature D.C. landmark, Ben’s Chili Bowl.  Registration available at:

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