CCAS Undergraduate Studies Events

The CCAS Office of Undergraduate Studies hosts frequent webinars and other events to share information from the associate dean and field questions from current undergraduate students. Check back on this page for upcoming events and past recordings.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, send an email to [email protected].


Upcoming Events

All GW students, faculty and staff are invited to participate. Registration is required. The CCAS Office of Undergraduate Studies events may be recorded.

Past Event Recordings

Recordings of past workshops will be available here for future reference.

Destination Moon: The National Air and Space Museum's New Look at Lunar Exploration

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am
In mid-2022, as part of the complete renovation of the National Mall Building, NASM will open Destination Moon, its new exhibition on lunar exploration from ancient dreams to the missions happening today. At its center will be the story of the Cold War Moon race and Project Apollo.

Building the Nation’s Fossil Hall, Excavating the Evidence for the Continuing Importance of Museums

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Exhibition developer and project manager Siobhan Starrs will take you behind-the-scenes of the seven-year mammoth undertaking to renovate, design, and rebuild the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Fossil Hall. Starrs will provide an overview of the project’s breadth, surprising discoveries unearthed along the way, and the continuing cultural relevance of museums.

“How Did You Get That?”

Friday, March 26, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
“How Did You Get That?”  -- when the “Explore the Universe” gallery opened on September 11, 2001 (!), many people asked me that question after they toured the exhibit.  In the late 1990s we collected, by acquisition and by loan, some of the most important astronomical instruments of the modern era. On loan are: William Herschel’s original 20-foot telescope with which he “gauged” the universe. 

Climate Crisis: An exhibition in-development at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
To invoke the word “crisis” is to stake out a strong position in presenting the topic of climate change and its increasing impacts on life on our home planet. This “crisis” is human-centric—human actions and choices, especially those in highly-developed nations, are altering fundamentally Earth as a physical system, threatening the viability of Earth’s biosphere. 

The First Moon Landing: A History in Artifacts

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
The material legacy of the Apollo program is immense. Thousands of artifacts from rocket engines to spacesuits to the ephemera of life aboard a spacecraft are represented in the Smithsonian’s collections. In this presentation, Teasel Muir-Harmony, curator of the Apollo collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, reassesses the history of the Moon landing through the most evocative objects of the Space Age.

GW Day of the Dead

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 2:00pm
Did you know that GW has a burying ground? Before the Civil War, several students, faculty (and their children), were interred in Columbian College's burial ground on the original 1821 campus in Columbia Heights, along with major donor John Withers, who figured into DC's Snow Riot of 1834.

CCAS Scholar Roundtable: Exploring and Addressing Racism Through Scholarship

Friday, October 30, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
The Office of Undergraduate Studies and CCAS Advising is organizing a faculty roundtable that will address systemic racism by faculty from across CCAS disciplines. The roundtable will provide a multi-disciplinary perspective on systemic racism with a focus on this summer’s protests and social justice movements.

Making Museum Visitors Part of the Exhibition Design Team

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 4:00pm
Seminar participants have an opportunity to explore displays from one of the most popular museums in Washington and follow behind the scenes as the staff makes changes to the spaces.

In Slavery’s Wake: Slavery, Race and the Making of Our World

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 4:00pm
This discussion introduces students to the new exhibition, “In Slavery’s Wake: Slavery, Race and the Making of Our World” at the Smithsonian’s African American History Museum.

Witnessing Supreme Court History

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 1:20pm
Zachary Wolfe, a University Writing Program professor, will lead a discussion on the singular experience of Supreme Court oral arguments and the significant “no fly list” case.