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Human Trafficking film screenings at Arlington Campus

Join ArtWorks for Freedom, the Mason School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and the University Libraries on Wednesday, October 18 to learn about modern slavery and human trafficking. We will be showing two documentaries: The True Cost and Not My Life.

The True Costdirected by Andrew Morgan, is a story about clothing – about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Not My Life, directed by Robert Bilheimer and narrated by Glenn Close, depicts the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on 5 continents over a period of 4 years, combining testimony from survivors, opinion and analysis from their advocates with vivid depictions of the exploitation, Not My Life is a powerful indictment of the global trade in human beings and the abuse of vulnerable people.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 18, 12pm – 1:45pm (The True Cost and Not My Life) OR 7:30pm – 10pm (The True Cost).

WHERE: 5th floor, Vernon Smith Hall, Arlington Campus (within S-CAR space)

REGISTRATION: Please sign up at The event is free!

New exhibition: “Call + Response: Invisible” opens Wednesday

Fenwick Gallery is pleased to announce our newest exhibition, “Call + Response: INVISIBLE,” opening on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

Call + Response is a collaboration between writers and visual artists, in which one calls and one responds. The result is a set of paired works, resonating with each other, demonstrating the interplay of artistic media, and speaking to the issues of our times.

The theme for this year’s Call + Response is INVISIBLE, developed in conversation with ArtWorks for Freedom’s campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking, “invisible crimes,” and unlawful actions against marginalized communities. The visual and literary artists participating in Call + Response begin at this point, but may diverge in their creative responses to the theme.

Be sure to join us on Wednesday, Oct. 11 from 3:00-4:15pm for our opening Artists’ and Writers’ Panel, presented as part of Fall for the Book’s activities at Mason. This discussion will be followed by an walkthrough and opening reception at 4:30pm in the Fenwick Gallery, with refreshments generously provided by Argo Tea.

Learn more about the exhibition, artists, writers, and related events on the exhibition’s page here.

We hope to see you there!



TOMORROW: Spike Trotman and Ariell Johnson! Seats still available!

Have your tickets for tomorrow’s closing talk for Our Comics, Ourselves with Spike Trotman and Ariell Johnson? They’re free, and they’re here! Register now to save your spot:


In the meantime, why not learn more about our speakers?

About Spike Trotman

Headshot photo for C. Spike Trotman.C. Spike Trotman was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Maryland, and lives in Illinois. An artist, cartoonist, and bestselling writer, she founded Iron Circus Comics in 2007, which has since grown to become the Chicago region’s largest comics publisher. Her notable work includes the webcomic Templar, Arizona, the Smut Peddler series of erotic comic anthologies, the #1 Amazon bestseller Yes, Roya, about a femdom threesome in 1960s California, and Poorcraft, a graphic novel guide to frugal living. A Kickstarter early adopter, she singularly pioneered the widely-adopted bonus model that’s since completely reshaped the pay system of the small press, jump-starting the current renaissance of alt-comics anthologies. Iron Circus is also the first comics publisher of note to fully incorporate crowdfunding into its business model, inventing one of the single most effective uses of new media in comics publishing today.

Spike enjoys Korean food, feminist hip-hop, god games and hairless animals. She has a husband and a dog. Both are very good.

Check out Spike’s interview with NPR’s Code Switch, and featured press on the A.V. Club, Paste Magazine, and Women Write Comics.

About Ariell Johnson

Ariell Johnson was born in Baltimore, MD, before relocating to Philadelphia to attend Temple University.  In December 2015, she opened Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse, which was recently awarded a $50,000 Knight Foundation Cities Challenge grant to support a community comic education programs. “I got the idea for the shop when a coffee shop across the street from my local comic book shop closed. In the beginning, my goal was to create a similar kind of coffee shop. She had a dope, warm environment in there that I wanted to recreate. As I’ve gotten older and become more aware, I’ve used this platform to promote inclusivity in comics and other forms of geek culture.”

Learn more about Ariell and Amalgam Comics on ABC NewsBleeding Cool, and Philadelphia Magazine.

Our Comics, Ourselves

Local Authors Comics Reading at Fantom Comics

Moving slightly east of campus, we’ll be co-hosting a comics reading at Fantom Comics  this Saturday, September 30 from 7-9pm. Join us to hear selections from authors and artists Kendra & Kat, Athena Naylor, and Anna Sellheim!

Fantom Comics is located near Dupont Circle at 2010 P St. NW, Washington D.C.

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