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April 2016

Neighbors Invited to Campus Beautification Day

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April is Earth Month at American University when the campus bustles with activity throughout its grounds. An annual spring-time tradition that we will commemorate once again this year is Campus Beautification Day (CBD), and we invite our neighbors to join us.

This year, AU celebrates its 23rd Campus Beautification Day on April 12. CBD is a university tradition that incorporates campus beautification and sustainability efforts. To participate on the day of the event, register for CBD activities at the flag pole area opposite the Mary Graydon Center entrance on the AU Quad starting at 8 a.m. Campus beautification and sustainability projects offer an opportunity to build and strengthen the AU community by bringing together staff, faculty, students, and neighbors.

CBD features a sustainability theme and this year’s activities highlight AU's commitment to greening the campus. Wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes, and we will supply the rest (gloves, water, T-shirt, and team leaders to guide you in the various activities). Beautification activities wrap up at 11:45 a.m., followed by a barbeque in the AU Amphitheater. All “Campus Beautifiers” will be qualified to enter to win a raffle prize at the barbeque. Be sure to fill out a raffle ticket at the registration desk and be present to win at the giveaway during the barbeque.

Campus Beautification Day also will serve as an opportunity to purge your personal e-waste (computer equipment, mobile phones, electronics, etc.). AU will collect e-waste to be recycled next to the registration desks.

If you’d like to join in on all the activities, contact Andrew Huff, Director of Community Relations, at or (202) 885-2167.

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How to Contact Us

Office of Community Relations
(202) 885-2167

Public Safety
non-emergency: (202) 885-2527
emergency: (202) 885-3636
Community Incident Reporting Form

Dean of Students
(202) 885-3300

Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111

WAMU Community Council Meets April 27

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The WAMU Community Council will hold its next quarterly meeting on April 27. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the community room at WAMU's new Media Center, at 4401 Connecticut Ave., NW.

The WAMU Community Council is the station's community advisory board, serving as the station's "eyes and ears" in the greater D.C. area community. The Council meets with the staff and management of WAMU four times a year. They review the station's programming goals and make significant decisions, as well as advise management about whether the station continues to serve the needs of its listening audience. Community Council meetings are open to the public, and listeners are encouraged to attend.

The Council comprises up to 21 individuals living within the coverage area of the station who are contributing members and who wish to preserve, promote, and strengthen the public radio service provided by WAMU 88.5. The composition of the Council reflects the diversity of the community served by the station. It also provides assistance to station staff in carrying out community outreach activities. The role of the Community Council is solely advisory in nature.

For further information, call Anne Healy at (202) 885-1264 or send an e-mail to

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AU President Neil Kerwin to Step Down in 2017

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American University President Neil Kerwin has announced that he plans to step down after more than a decade of leadership that transformed the institution in academic quality, campus facilities, and national standing.

Kerwin informed the Board of Trustees of his decision to step down when his current contract expires in May 2017.

American University’s 14th president and the first alumnus to serve at its helm, he was appointed interim president in 2005, having served as professor, dean of the School of Public Affairs, and Provost. In 2007 following a national search, the AU Board of Trustees appointed him president. His tenure at AU – as a student, professor, dean, provost, and president – spans 42 years.

“It has been my privilege to lead this extraordinary institution at an important time in its history.” Kerwin said. In a memo to the AU community announcing his plans to step down, he said, “I do so filled with well-founded optimism for the future of our institution.”

Kerwin brought transparency, openness, planning, and strategic thinking to an institution that was confronting governance and leadership challenges in 2005. His steadfast insistence on effective planning, shaped by wide participation and linked to resource allocation, provided a roadmap for a university that is now measurably stronger in terms of academic quality, financial position, facilities and stature.

“Neil Kerwin’s lasting impact on AU has been to elevate the university and advance areas vital to its continued progress,” said Chairman of the AU Board of Trustees Jack Cassell.

“The Kerwin era will be remembered for a new level of academic and research rigor, a culture of tackling the great issues, a commitment to make the university more affordable, accessible, and diverse, a reduction of the university’s carbon footprint and investment in sustainability, increased engagement with alumni, enhanced recognition and reputation, and a period of greater impact in the city of Washington DC, across the nation, and around the world.”

Regarding a search for Kerwin’s successor, Chairman Cassell said, “Mindful of Neil’s intentions to step down when he completes his current contract, the Board has been planning for the search and transition. We will begin with the announcement of the Search Committee, to be led by past Board Chair, Jeff Sine, and with the introduction of the search firm that will help us develop a timeline and process to ensure wide participation and input to shape expectations for the next presidency.”

More details about the university’s search process are expected to be announced shortly.

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Camille Nelson Named New AUWCL Dean

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After an extensive national search, Camille A. Nelson has been appointed as the new dean of the American University Washington College of Law (WCL), beginning July 25.

A widely published scholar and sought-after speaker, Nelson is an expert on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural studies with particular emphasis on criminal law and procedure, health law, and comparative law.

According to AU Provost Scott Bass, “Dean-Designate Nelson brings vitality, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas to one of the nation's most distinctive law schools. She has our full confidence in her ability to lead a dynamic faculty, staff, and student body to the next level of impact in legal education. The Washington College of Law is fortunate to attract such an experienced candidate, ready to lead a law school whose very founders were women. It is only fitting that she is able to draw upon this rich tradition and institutional legacy.”

Most recently, Nelson served a five-year term (2010–2015) as dean of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where she currently is a professor of law. During her time as dean at Suffolk, she led the creation of the school’s first strategic plan and achieved considerable successes in fundraising, grant writing, and program and partnership development.

An innovator in legal education, Nelson is committed to preparing graduates for success in an evolving legal marketplace. Nelson established Suffolk’s Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation and also instituted the nation’s first program concentration in legal technology and innovation. Under her leadership, Suffolk University Law School also launched a ground-breaking “Accelerator to Practice” program – a comprehensive, three-year program that prepares graduates to start or join law practices whose clients are average-income individuals and families.

Under Nelson’s leadership, Suffolk saw an increase in student, faculty, and administrator diversity, and implemented a diversity pipeline program to encourage undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to pursue law degrees.

AU’s Professor Robert Kogod Goldman – who served as the search committee chair – said that Nelson “possesses the requisite skills and vision to take full advantage of our historic strengths, our advantages and opportunities in Washington DC, and our new campus. Camille is poised to successfully lead the law school forward in these challenging times for legal education and the profession.”

Prior to her career at Suffolk, Nelson served on the faculty of the Saint Louis University School of Law for almost 10 years, during which she was named the school’s 2004 Faculty Member of the Year and received the 2006 University Faculty Excellence Award. She also held appointments at Hofstra University Law School, Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, University of Hawaii, Université de Paris-Dauphine (France), and Columbia Law School.

Before entering academia, Nelson clerked for Justice Frank Iacobucci of the Supreme Court of Canada and worked as a litigation associate at one of the largest law firms in Canada.

Nelson’s other contributions to the advancement of legal education and the legal profession are extensive. She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Nominating Committee and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Most recently, she served on the Senator Warren and Senator Markey Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations; the Steering Committee of the American Association of Law Schools Deans Forum; as co-chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section for the Law School Dean; and served on the Boston Bar Association Board. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized her as a “Top Woman of Law” and she was named to the Power 100: Most Influential Black Lawyers in the US.

Nelson comes to WCL just after its move to a new, state-of-the-art facility on American University’s Tenley Campus. The school, which celebrated the 120th anniversary of its founding recently, is home to nationally recognized programs in Clinical Legal Education, International law, Trial Advocacy, and Intellectual Property. With 20,000 alumni, including more than 4,000 in countries around the world, the law school’s impact is wide reaching and provides myriad opportunities for students and graduates.

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AU Catches Justin Fever

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If Canada really is the United States’ often-forgotten neighbor to the north, nobody told Justin Trudeau. During his visit to the United States last week, the charismatic Canadian Prime Minister seemed to be everywhere in the U.S. news media and certainly grabbed the attention of official Washington.

First, Trudeau sat for a prime-time interview on 60 Minutes. Then he met with President Barack Obama at the White House, the first official visit by a Canadian leader since 1997. Trudeau also made a special appearance at American University’s School of International Service, where he gave an inspiring speech and fielded questions from AU students.

Trudeau’s message was largely student-oriented and forward-looking. “The work that President Obama and I did yesterday wasn’t so much focused on the coming months, as much as the coming decades. We’re focused on your future,” he said.

He urged young people to not simply accept the status quo. “We need you to be thinking and challenging us about why we’re doing this, why we’re doing that, why we’re not doing this,” he said. “And that means not just speaking up, but it also means getting involved.”

He expressed a desire for new thinking on many issues, including climate change. “You cannot anymore make a choice between what’s good for the environment, and what’s good for the economy. They go together,” he said.

Trudeau also talked about diversity in the age of globalization. “We have to understand that diversity – while bringing certain challenges with it – ultimately is a tremendous source of strength,” he said. “I’m excited to see the extraordinary mix here at American University, but know that this is again something that this generation gets to a greater degree than previous generations.”

With his sleeves rolled up, Trudeau conveyed a relaxed, compassionate demeanor on stage. He engaged the students with thoughtful, detailed answers. This did not go unnoticed by people in the crowd. “I really appreciated the fact that he was focusing most on students’ questions,” said Tara Weixel, a junior psychology and philosophy major.

School of International Service (SIS) professor Amitav Acharya noted, “(Trudeau’s appearance) is really good for AU and for SIS. I think it’s a huge selling point for us. And just as a staff member, it makes my job easier because I can say, ‘Here’s why you should maybe consider coming to SIS: We have a great curriculum; we have dedicated faculty members; oh, and the prime minister of Canada visited recently.’”

While Trudeau’s appearance at AU coincided with spring break, some students came back to attend his speech. One student explained, “I thought, ‘This is exactly what I want to do for spring break.’ I think that everyone is really hopeful about Trudeau’s election, and just curious about where it’s going to go.”

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Stop By AU’s Farmers' Market this Spring

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Rain or shine, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., the quad space around the Mary Graydon building is home to AU’s farmers’ market. Students, faculty, staff, and neighbors can browse goods ranging from farm-fresh vegetables to homemade breads and desserts.

The market is a coordinated effort between AU and Pennsylvania-based Agora Farms, an intermediary for bringing Amish and Mennonite and “English” farm goods to American University’s campus, as well as to D.C.’s historic Eastern Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition, Girardot's Crumbs Bakery offers a variety of fresh breads including raisin pecan, harvest grain, pain de campagne, jalapeno cheddar, sourdough, challah, whole wheat, focaccia, black Russian, NY rye, artisan baguettes, and tea breads, as well as chocolate chip cookies, mini pies, and cobblers.

The farmers’ market offers the convenience of making available locally-grown, fresh food right on campus for the university community as well as the surrounding neighborhood.

For additional information, visit

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Donna Brazile Accepts 2016 Wonk of the Year Award

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Donna Brazile, often considered the “political insider’s insider,” recently addressed the AU community and accepted the 2016 Wonk of the Year (WOTY) award. Since the award ceremony’s inception in 2012, Brazile is the fourth person to achieve this distinction, following Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, and Laura Bush.

Sponsored by the Kennedy Political Union, a student-run lecture series at AU, the Wonk of the Year award celebrates someone who embodies intelligence, passion, focus, and engagement. Brazile was selected as the latest Wonk because she has engaged in many of the issues of the day throughout her career.

Brazile has been a campaign strategist and is a prolific and informed media commentator. She has worked on every Democratic presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she took the helm of then-Vice President Al Gore’s operations. Working for Gore, she also made history by becoming the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign.

A New Orleans native, Brazile worked on recovery issues after Hurricane Katrina and sat on the Louisiana Recovery Board. She reflected on her life and career in her memoir, Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics. She also discussed her upbringing on the PBS show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The WOTY award is only the latest recognition for Brazile. O Magazine named her to a list of 20 remarkable visionaries, and Essence Magazine called her one of the top 50 women in the U.S. Many colleges, including Louisiana State University and Grambling State University, have bestowed her with honorary doctorate degrees.

In recent years, she’s been an on-air contributor for CNN and ABC and vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. In addition, she ventured into acting, appearing on Netflix’s House of Cards and CBS’s The Good Wife.

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2016-17 Basketball Season Ticket Deposits Now Accepted

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The best seats in Bender Arena for the 2016-17 basketball season are just a phone call away. Call the AU athletics ticket office at 202-885-TIXX today to place your $50 deposit for 2016-17 season tickets to see the AU Eagles basketball teams’ aim to return to the NCAA Tournament. Season tickets are the only way to secure the best sideline-reserved, chair-back seats, all season long.

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Calendar of Events

AU Design Show

April 1 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Katzen Rotunda 1st Floor

The AU Design Show is an exhibition of selected student design work. Support the next generation of leaders in graphic design. Free and open to the public.

Members Only Preview

April 1, 5:30 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Director Jack Rasmussen invites members to a preview of the spring exhibitions. At 6 p.m., artist William Dunlap will discuss his exhibition Look At It – Think About It. To become a member to attend this event, contact (202) 885-3656.

Spring Swing: AU Jazz Orchestra

April 1, 8 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall

Swing into spring! The AU Jazz Orchestra and special guest, Chuck Redd, will play swingin’ big band jazz. Tickets: $10 regular admission; $5 students, seniors, and AU community. RSVP required:

Kevin MacDonald: The Tension of a Suspended Moment

April 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

An empty booth at a diner. The façade of a suburban cottage. Factory chimneys outlined against a gray sky. These are just a few of the images rendered in color pencil, pastel, or oil paint by the artist Kevin MacDonald. For more than 30 years, MacDonald’s artwork found critical praise and popular acclaim in the Washington, DC region and beyond. When MacDonald died of kidney cancer in 2006, he was at the height of his powers. Ten years after his passing, the museum is proud to be able to present the first major exhibition of his work.

Master of Fine Art First-Year Exhibition

April 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

AU’s Department of Art presents the works of current Master of Fine Art candidates. The multidisciplinary Studio Art program showcases an exciting range of emerging artists’ works in painting, sculpture, collage and material studies, photography, and new media. The exhibition will run through April 20 and feature the works of Mills Brown, Aaron Eckstein, Yaroslav Koporulin, Jean Jinho Kim, Sarah Ellen Norman, Sarah O’Donoghue, Jen Noone, and Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva.

Southern Constellations

April 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

Southern Constellations is the third exhibition in Transformer’s four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series, presented over two years in the AU Museum. Curated by Victoria Reis, executive & artistic director of Transformer, in collaboration with Tim Doud, associate professor of art and coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at AU, this exhibition highlights the work of Elsewhere, a living museum and residency program set in a three-story former thrift store in Greensboro, NC. It profiles the works of six artists and highlights their curatorial initiative to extend experimental practices and creative networks in the South.

Twisted Teenage Plot

April 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

Coinciding with a retrospective of Kevin MacDonald, the Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents Twisted Teenage Plot. Besides being an excellent artist, MacDonald also played in bands, most notably Twisted Teenage Plot. The Alper Initiative exhibition will showcase visual artists who played in bands in Washington in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, including Dick Bangham, Michael Baron, Jay Burch, Kim Kane, Clark Vinson Fox (aka Michael Clark), Steve Ludlum, Michael McCall, JW Mahoney, Michael Reidy, Robin Rose, Judith Watkins Tartt, and Joe White. Sound recordings, posters, videos, and memorabilia also will be featured. Exhibition will run in the AU Museum until May 29. A gallery talk will take place on April 2.

William Dunlap: Look At It – Think About It

April 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition

Jack Cowart, former Deputy Director/Chief Curator of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, said of William Dunlap’s art, "Narrative is tricky business. Yet the telling of universal stories through art can bind us together and bring new, enhanced areas of self-understanding. William Dunlap’s assemblages of elements taken from his life, our lives, and the world around us reflect his sensuous and infectiously energetic view of life." Dunlap’s exhibition will run through May 29.

Women's Lacrosse vs. Lafayette

April 2, 1 p.m.

Jacobs Field


Books That Shaped America – The Snowy Day

April 5, 1 p.m.

Bender Library Training and Events Room

Books That Shaped America is a series of conversations for the American University and metro-D.C. communities about books that have helped shape American society, based on the list developed by the Library of Congress. Alex Hodges, curriculum materials & education librarian, will discuss The Snowy Day, the first full-color picture book with an African-American as the main character. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text. Admission is free for this series and no RSVP is required to attend.

Race, Sports and Culture: A Conversation with Kevin Merida

April 5, 7 p.m.

Butler Boardroom, 6th floor Butler Pavilion

Kevin Merida, former Managing Editor of The Washington Post and now Editor-in-Chief of ESPN's site, The Undefeated, discusses the intersection of race, culture, and sports. He will be interviewed by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter John Sullivan. The event is sponsored by AU School of Communication and its Journalism Division and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Event will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m. Free to attend, first-come, first-seated. For more information:

Yoga In The Galleries

April 6, 13, 20, 27 10 a.m.

Katzen Museum

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides mental clarity and relaxation in the peaceful surroundings of art. Participants are required to bring mats. $10 per class and free for museum members. Cash, credit, or check accepted:

Farmers’ Market

April 6, 13, 20, 27 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Rain or shine, every Wednesday, the quad space around the Mary Graydon building buzzes with activity as students, faculty, staff, and neighbors browse goods ranging from farm-fresh vegetables to homemade breads and desserts at the AU Farmers’ Market. The market is a coordinated effort between AU and Pennsylvania-based Agora Farms. Girardot's Crumbs Bakery also offers a variety of fresh breads, including raisin pecan, harvest grain, pain de campagne, jalapeno cheddar, sourdough, challah, whole wheat, focaccia, black Russian, NY rye, artisan baguettes, and tea breads, as well as chocolate chip cookies, mini pies, and cobblers.

Home and Wandering

April 6, 7:30 p.m.

McKinley Theater

Acclaimed Israeli writer Eshkol Nevo will address "home and wandering" in his latest books, Neuland and Homesick. Neuland has been described as a "New Age Odyssey to a Latin Zion." Nevo’s remarks will be followed by a discussion and book-signing reception. Nevo grew up in Jerusalem, Haifa, and Detroit. He is the grandson of Levi Eshkol, the late third prime minister of Israel. He studied copywriting at the Tirza Granot School and psychology at Tel Aviv University. Professor Nevo teaches creative writing and thinking at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv University, Sapir College and the Open University of Israel.

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Art In Captivity: Today’s Relevance Of Art At Terezín: Panel Discussion

April 7, 5:30 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall

Explore what can be learned from art created at the Theresienstadt concentration camp through a panel discussion with AU faculty, musicians, scholars, and other guests. How does this artwork relate to the present day? The discussion will connect the present with the past. Audience members will be invited to participate. The event is part of The Terezín Project, a multi-day collaboration between the American University Chamber Singers and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. Through performance, discussion, and reflection, the arts explore the meaning and contemporary understanding of the “Model Camp.” A reception sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences will follow the discussion. Admission is free.

Art When All Is Lost

Apr. 7, 8 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center

April 10, 3 p.m.

Kay Spiritual Life Center

Part of The Terezín Project, the AU Chamber Singers perform rarely heard works and traditional Jewish song arrangements by Gideon Klein and Viktor Ullmann. The AU string faculty will perform chamber works by Pavel Haas, Hans Krása, and Ullmann. The program concludes with the stirring contemporary cantata Songs of Children – a setting of a Terezín poem by American composer Robert Convery for chorus, piano, and string trio.

Friday Gallery Tour

April 8, 15, 22, 29 11:30 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Each Friday, explore the museum with docent-led tours of the current exhibitions. The tours are free and open to the public and last about an hour. Current exhibitions include: William Dunlap: Look At It - Think About It; Twisted Teenage Plot; Kevin MacDonald: Tension of a Suspended Moment; and Southern Constellations.

Images and Reflections: A Journey Into Adoor’s Imagery

April 8, 6 p.m.

McKinley Theater

Acclaimed Indian filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli explores the work of his equally esteemed contemporary and friend of four decades, Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Divided into five sections, each named after one of Gopalakrishnan’s films, the retrospective delves into the aesthetic, intellectual, and political motivations behind the subject’s subtle, powerful, and pioneering body of work through judiciously selected clips, rich conversations, and beautiful imagery of Gopalakrishnan’s native state of Kerala. University of Colorado Professor Suranjan Ganguly will be a featured guest speaker. The event is sponsored by the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Embassy of India’s Community Affairs Office, and AU School of Communication. The opening night reception will take place at 6:15 p.m., followed by a film screening at 7 p.m.

Second Annual Tenley Tiger Run

April 9, 9 a.m.

Wilson High School / Ft. Reno Park

Register today for the Second Annual Tenley Tiger Run benefitting Wilson High School's six championship running teams. The simultaneous 5k and 2.5k races loop through the Tenleytown neighborhood. There will also be a Fun run for the younger set at the end of the race. Sponsored by the Wilson PTSO and Track Boosters. Visit to register, donate, or sponsor ($100 gets your name on the race shirt, $250 gets your business' logo).

60-60-60 Video Art Festival

April 9, 2 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Presented by the American University Studio Art Program, the festival comprises 60 one-minute videos made by American University students during the last three years. Vote for your favorite! Event Website:

Reflection & Reconciliation

April 9, 8 p.m.

Kay Spiritual Life Center

Part of The Terezín Project, the Choral Arts Chamber Singers perform The Ethics for violin, chorus, percussion, and piano, by violinist/composer Ittai Shapira, and other chamber works. The AU Chamber Singers perform Songs of Children.

Kids@Katzen Family Day

April 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

The Family Day Kids@Katzen program offers a fun, creative class for the whole family. The art-making workshop is based on the Look At It – Think About It exhibition of work by local artist William Dunlap. Cost is $15 for a family of four and $5 for each additional child. Advance registration is recommended:

Campus Beautification Day

April 12, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.


This annual event will take place throughout the campus (rain date: April 13), as students, faculty, staff, and the AU community are invited to help plant trees and flowers, spread mulch, and participate in a variety of “green” activities. Sign-up is from 8 - 11 a.m. in front of the steps of Mary Graydon, where participants can pick up free gloves, water, and a T-shirt. Barbeque and raffle will follow in the amphitheater at noon.

A Climate For Crime

April 13, 7 p.m.

McKinley Theater

Set in the 1940s, A Climate for Crime tells four separate stories of characters driven to misdeeds by the economic and social crises brought on by World War II in then British-ruled India. From petty theft to corruption to murder, these absorbing tales explore their characters’ motivations with psychological acuity. It is a perfect example of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s deeply committed brand of cinema. The event is sponsored by the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Embassy of India’s Community Affairs Office, and AU School of Communication. In Malayalam, with English subtitles.

Russkii Prazdnik (Russian Celebration)

April 16, 8 p.m.; April 17, 3 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall

Collaborating with the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History, the American University Symphony Orchestra and AU Chorus perform an all-Russian program, featuring masterpieces by Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Tickets: $10 regular admission, $5 students, seniors, and AU community.

Studio Art Senior Seminar Exhibition

April 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Katzen Rotunda 1st Floor

The Senior Seminar exhibition displays the capstone projects of undergraduate senior art majors and selected minors. Free and open to the public. Exhibition runs through April 25.

Books That Shaped America – The Great Gatsby

April 19, 1 p.m.

Bender Library Training and Events Room

Books That Shaped America is a series of conversations for the American University and metro-D.C. communities about books that have helped shape American society, based on the list developed by the Library of Congress. Marianne Noble, associate professor, Department of Literature, will discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Once ranked by AU’s faculty, staff, and students as their favorite book, the novel explores the themes of class, wealth, and social status. Fitzgerald takes a cynical look at the pursuit of wealth among a group of people for whom pleasure is the chief goal. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text. Admission is free for this series and no RSVP is required to attend.

Women's Lacrosse vs. Navy

April 20, 4 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Final Home Game

Senior Theatre/Musical Theatre Capstone

April 21, 8 p.m.; April 22, 8 p.m.; April 23, 2 and 8 p.m.

Katzen Studio Theatre

This performance is the product of the Senior Capstone course, which is the culmination and synthesis of study by AU theatre and musical theatre majors. Graduating students present original dramatic work and songs. This year's Capstone will be based on Aphra Behn's Restoration comedy The Rover. Join us for this unique showcase and celebration. Production contains mature themes. Tickets: $15 regular admission; $10 students, seniors, and AU community. RSVP Required:

Cinematic Sound: AU Symphonic Band

April 24, 3 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall

The American University Symphonic Band, directed by Ben Sonderman, presents an engaging performance that celebrates the music of the screen, both big and small. Tickets: $10 regular admission; $5 students, seniors, and AU community. RSVP Required:

Artist Talk: George Scheer

April 28, 6:30 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

George Scheer is the co-founder and executive director of Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency set in a former thrift store in Greensboro, NC. He is a writer, scholar, and artist who fosters creative communities at the intersection of aesthetics and social change. Other projects include Kulturpark, a public investigation of an abandoned amusement park in East Berlin, and South Elm Projects, a curated series of place-based public art commissions for downtown Greensboro. He holds an MA in critical theory and visual culture from Duke University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in political communications. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in communication and performance studies, writing about the cultural economy of art and urbanism.

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