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Student Exhibitions & Competitions
Concerto & Aria Competition
Each year the American University Symphony Orchestra hosts a Concerto & Aria Competition open to all AU students. Competition winners have an opportunity to perform in the spring with the orchestra.
Department of Art Spring Exhibitions
The Department of Art exhibits students' work in the Katzen Arts Center every spring. The annual exhibition features undergraduate students, first-year MFA students, and second-year MFA students.
Robyn Rafferty Mathias
Student Research Conference
The annual student research conference, funded in part by a generous grant from Robyn Rafferty Mathias, an AU trustee and alumnus, provides a competitive forum for CAS undergraduate and graduate students to present their original creative works before colleagues, friends, and faculty.
Colloquia, Speaker & Performance Series
Bishop Hurst Lecture Series
The Bishop John Fletcher Hurst Philosophy Lecture Series, named for the founder of American University, brings to the American University campus some of the most distinguished thinkers from this country and abroad.
Bishop C.C. McCabe Lecture Series
The Bishop C.C. McCabe Lectures, established by the Board of Trustees in 1907 in memory of the Bishop and through his generous bequest to the College of Arts and Sciences, brings diverse speakers to AU, including Ann Beattie, Lonnie Bunch, Peter Dans, Charles Holt, Peter Selz, and Natasha Trethewey.
The Fall 2013 CHRS Seminars featured a combination of works in progress sessions and general talks by local and outside speakers. Some of the sessions particularly aimed at following up on the topic of community disruption and health that the seminars started the previous year.
Economics Brown Bag Seminars
The Department of Economics presents lunchtime seminars that focus on a variety of topics in the field of economics. Visiting lecturers present on their area of expertise.
Department of Art Visiting Artists
& Critical Inquiry Colloquia
The Department of Art's Visiting Artists & Colloquia Series help students to examine their research and studio-based work. By focusing each semester on a different theme in modern and contemporary art, the series encourages participants to explore connections between the arts and other disciplines—and within the arts.
Department of Literature Colloquium
Each fall since 2002, American University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other members of the greater community come together for one day to explore a great book. The colloquium aims to bring together a diverse community of readers from across American University and beyond.
Department of Performing Arts Performance Seasons
The Department of Performing Arts fall and spring performance seasons feature an eclectic combination of music, dance, and theatre productions that showcase each program's talented students and faculty.
Durfee Lecture Series
Endowed by Harold A. Durfee and Doris G. Durfee, the Durfee Series from the Department of Philosophy and Religion provides our students and colleagues with the opportunity to meet distinguished thinkers.
Literature Graduate Speaker Series
The Graduate Speaker Series brings two to three outside scholars to speak to students and faculty in the Department of Literature each semester. Since 2005, the series has attracted diverse dynamic intellectuals of national and international standing to speak about their work.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics presents visiting professors, scholars, and industry experts to lecture in their area of expertise in annual colloquia series.
Philosophy & Religion Matters Speakers Series
Annual Philosophy & Religion Series brings national and international speakers on diverse topics ranging from an Islamic perspective on patriotism and food politics to William James.
Symposium on Behavioral Neuroscience
The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience will sponsor a special topics seminar course titled “Special Lectures in Behavioral Neuroscience.” This graduate level course identifies important contemporary problems or “hot topics” in behavioral neuroscience research. Beginning in 2014, and continuing during the years when the Special Lectures course is not offered, the center will initiate a biennial international symposium. The symposium will focus on a topical issue. The world’s leading researchers on the issue will be invited to join scientists from the center to present their most exciting and recent work.
Visiting Writers Series
Since 1980 the Visiting Writers Series has presented readings and workshops with hundreds of established and emerging fiction writers, poets, and memoirists. Hosted by the Department of Literature, the series serves as a lively venue for creative work.
Writer as Witness Colloquium
Each year, the Department of Literature and the College Writing Program select a book that is called a "community text" for students arriving in August. All incoming students are required to read the text and the author visits campus during an annual colloquium. This text sets in motion a shared experience of intellectual inquiry, prompting conversations that resonate in classes long after the authors visit.