GW is monitoring the COVID-19 situation in relation to our alumni and donor events. The university, the GW Alumni Association, and the Office of Alumni Relations, continue to evaluate and proactively communicate about event status on a case-by-case basis. Please continue to monitor the alumni events website and the university's COVID-19 website,, for more information about GW campus events and activities.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

"Masks for this Medical Moment"


Ana M. Rule, Phd, Assistant Professor and Director of Exposure Assessment Laboratories, Johns Hopkins University



Tuesday, July 7 


Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and others, have recommended patterns to help the public make their own masks at home. Caroline Kipp, curator of contemporary art talks with Ana M. Rule, Ph.D., about mask making from a medical perspective.


About the Series: "The Art of Masks":


Since April 2020, the U.S. Center for Disease Control has asked for people to wear face masks in public to curb the spread of COVID19. This shift has given rise to a mass movement of cloth mask making. Artists leapt into action to produce masks for healthcare and frontline workers or as an alternative economy for lost income, while others customize masks to communicate identity, beliefs, or concerns. Further, mask making has raised questions about the future of fashion with regards to health and sustainability. 


Through a series of conversations with the museum’s curator of contemporary art, Caroline Kipp, experts from a range of disciplines will discuss various issues and questions raised by the proliferation of mask making and wearing. Join us on Zoom or Facebook Live for the special lunchtime series July 7-8 and July 15-16 at 12pm. 


About the Speaker:

Ana M. Rule is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University and is the Director of the Exposure Assessment Laboratoires. Dr. Rule has been helping the public understand the spread of particulates spread and the importance of masks. At Johns Hopkins University, the hospital is taking action, providing a pattern for effective homemade masks and partnering with apparel industry companies in Baltimore like Under Armour to make masks.