Response to Projections at GW’s Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library

October 25, 2023

Dear Members of the George Washington University Community,

Last night, multiple images were projected onto GW’s Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library by a group of individuals, including GW students, acting in violation of our university policy. They do not speak on behalf of the George Washington University. 

These images included antisemitic phrases that have caused fear and anxiety for many members of our Jewish and broader GW community, and we wholly denounce this type of conduct. Further, these statements do not contribute to the environment of rigorous debate and discussion that is expected at GW.

Our students, faculty, and staff have the right to be vocal and engaged but must do so within the boundaries of the law and our university policies. As members of our GW community, they also have an obligation to do so in a way that models productive disagreement.

These images were removed as quickly as possible, but I know this does not heal the deep and painful wounds it has opened across our campuses. As our university stated this morning, GW is reviewing this incident and will take appropriate steps in accordance with university policies. 

I want to continue to stress the importance of respect and care for one another. Despite our many differences, we are one GW community, and we must stand united against antisemitism and Islamophobia, as well as all forms of harassment, discrimination, and violence. We must remain dedicated to conducting ourselves in a way that reflects the shared values of our community. 


Ellen M. Granberg