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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

December 2014

December 2014

AU to Close for Winter Break

Winter Break 2014

American University will be closed for nine days during the winter holiday season. Offices and buildings, including Bender Library, will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Friday, Jan. 2. The university will reopen on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. During the break, Public Safety staff will provide emergency services and will continue routine patrol of the campus. The AU Shuttle also will not operate during the break.

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How to Contact Us

Office of Community Relations
(202) 885-2167
communityrelations@american.edu

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

Dean of Students
(202) 885-3300
www.american.edu/ocl/dos

Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111

Community Liaison Committee Meeting and Holiday Reception December 2

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 154 of the Katzen Arts Center. Parking for the event will be available in the Katzen garage. The CLC meeting will be followed by a Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. with AU President Neil Kerwin in the AU Welcome Center (Room 201), and a community holiday reception at 8 p.m., all of which are open to the community.

The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the D.C. Zoning Commission Order for AU’s 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

Additional information on the CLC can be found here.

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AU Alumna Elected D.C. Mayor

Bowser

Muriel Bowser, SPA/MPP '00, is the mayor-elect of Washington, D.C. The Democrat, who will be the city's first female mayor in 20 years, won election with 54 percent of the vote. She has represented Ward 4 on the Council of the District of Columbia since 2007 and defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in the April Democratic primary.

Bowser participated in a mayoral debate held at AU in September, where she promised to expedite school reform. She also expressed support for the idea of a stadium for Major League Soccer's DC United team and was open to the idea of Washington hosting the 2024 Olympics.

During her victory speech on Tuesday night at the Howard Theater, Bowser pledged to work hard on education, saying that the status quo isn't good enough. "Today's outcome affirms that you want to be proud of your leadership and your leader," she said. "We are Washington, D.C., and I pledge to you tonight that I will make you proud."

Other notable alumna on the D.C. Council include Chairman Phil Mendelson and newly elected Ward 1 Councilmember, Brianne Nadeau.

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An Artful Relationship: Local Volunteers at AU Museum

Kids @ Katzen

One of the secrets to the success of The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is its close relationship with volunteers.

The museum is the region’s largest university facility of its kind and has cultivated a unique relationship with its roughly 40 volunteers. Most of them live in the same zip code as the museum and have close ties with the university, either as alumni or as local artists. Their strong connection to the university art community allows them to spread the word about upcoming programs and events to communities off campus.

“Many of the volunteers have been with us from the beginning,” said museum Director and Curator Jack Rasmussen. “We could not have opened the museum without them, and we could not be open today.”

"The AU Museum has been an eye-opening experience for me,” said volunteer Sandy Zuckerman. “As a volunteer, I have gained knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art in all its media forms. The education program is excellent, and my fellow volunteers bring so much talent and companionship that the museum is not just a Kunsthalle*, but a second home."

Reception volunteers are the first to greet visitors as they enter the museum. Volunteers also serve as docents, leading tours for a wide variety of groups including visitors from high schools, senior centers, and D.C. art institutions. While docents learn about the exhibit from Rasmussen, they spend their free time doing extra research on each exhibition so they can provide visitors with up-to-date information and new perspectives about the art on display.

Many volunteers also play a pivotal role in designing and implementing museum programs. Volunteers work with Libby O’Kane, the museum’s visitor and operations specialist, to organize and run the Kids@Katzen program, which provides arts experiences and educational programming for children ages 5 to 12.

“The Kids@Katzen committee brings the message of Katzen to the next generation,” said O’Kane, who coordinates the volunteer program. “As part of a learning institution, education is an essential part of our mission.”

The volunteers also are invested in their own learning. The learning program group, headed by volunteer Roxana Martin, works with museum staff to develop the annual agenda for volunteer education.

“Working to establish a learning program on contemporary art for the volunteers was a milestone. I was able to combine my experience as an educator and my interest in art,” said Martin. “The program meets museum and volunteer needs.”

Volunteers have two educational opportunities each month. The first one is a meeting which consists of a director’s tour of the new exhibitions or lecture by a local art expert or artist. The second is a class, or a field trip to a studio or collection. The volunteers work with museum staff to suggest artists or speakers to invite, and field trip locations.

"Being a volunteer allows me to flow in the currents of contemporary art, engage with the art-curious public, serially interact with the continually renewing crop of AU students – all quite invigorating,” said volunteer Ellen King.

Both staff and volunteers appreciate the unique artistic environment that is fostered through the museum. The staff members value the support and dedication of the volunteers. Conversely, volunteers enjoy the opportunity to work alongside the staff and play an important role in the museum.

“The museum is a tremendous resource for the volunteers and the community…it’s a continually changing exhibition format, so there’s always something new to learn, something new to engage in,” said Marie Kissick, who has volunteered at the museum since 2007.

“This is a unique opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder with museum personnel and faculty, and we are given back just as much as we give as volunteers.”

To read more about volunteering, visit the museum website. To apply for a volunteer position, contact Libby O’Kane at museum@american.edu.

*A German term that roughly means, “art gallery.”

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AU Helps Address Food Insecurity With Leftovers

Food Recovery Network

American University’s long-standing commitment to social responsibility is an ideal, as well as a daily pursuit, to contribute to causes that assist communities both local and far reaching. One such daily act of social responsibility is AU’s involvement with the Food Recovery Network, an organization that fights food waste and hunger.

Last year, a group of AU students who were passionate about food insecurity in the Washington, D.C. area approached AU Dining/Aramark with a proposal to partner with the Food Recovery Network. As representatives of the organization, the students lobbied for the university to donate surplus food, which they would deliver to local organizations such as Martha's Table, Thrive DC, and others.

According to AU Dining Services’ Registered Dietician Jo-Ann Jolly, “Once we heard the students’ proposal, we couldn’t wait to get started. With an institution the size of AU and its daily dining needs, it’s inevitable that we will have leftover food, and donating it to reputable, local organizations whose mission is to feed the hungry seemed like the most sensible and socially responsible thing to do.”

Handlers in Dining Services save any extra food from that day’s production. They take great care to follow safety precautions by making sure that food is kept at required temperatures and stored properly. Twice a week, students coordinate and deliver the food items to the various organizations around D.C.

The amount of food donated varies from week to week and is based on the amount of leftovers. Last year, the university donated almost 300 meals, including more than $3,000 worth of fresh produce, ready-to-eat meals, breads, and bagels.

Recently, AU’s food donation and anti-hunger efforts expanded as Dining Services partnered with Hillel and the Public Health Society on Campus to promote community awareness of food insecurity. Students tabled in the university’s dining hall to make sandwiches that were then donated to Martha’s Table. The dining staff also participates regularly in healthy cooking demonstrations and nutrition education seminars with Mary’s Center, another local anti-hunger organization.

Formed in 2012, Food Recovery Network has grown from a student-run organization at four colleges to now encompass more than 95 colleges in 26 states and Puerto Rico, and has recovered more than 400 thousand pounds of food. They are supported by Chartwells, Sodexo, Bon Appetit, and many other independent dining providers.

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Celebrate the Season at the Tenleytown Winterfest

Tenley Winter Fest

Start your holiday celebrations off right with a visit to the 2014 Tenley Winterfest from Friday, Nov. 28 through Saturday, Dec. 6. Enjoy a craft & food market, Yeti scavenger hunt, live music, the Janney 5k race, special deals from Tenleytown merchants, and more. Events will take place at Janney Elementary School (4130 Albermarle Street, NW) and the Tenley-Friendship library (Wisconsin and Albermarle Streets, NW).

“American University is proud to once again join with a host of community partners to support this great Tenleytown event,” said Andrew Huff, AU Director of Community Relations. “I hope to see all of our Tenley neighbors at this year’s Winterfest.”

For additional information and a complete schedule of events, please visit http://www.tenleywinterfest.org/.

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International Cinema Series (ICS) with the National Gallery of Art

Greek Film Festival

Enjoy American University’s Greek film series beginning Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the recently renovated McKinley Building in the Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater.

Prior to the December 5 screening of September, be sure to attend an opening night reception at 6:30 p.m. at McKinley’s Media Innovation Lab. The School of Communication (SOC) will co-host the event, with special thanks to the Embassy of Greece, Greek Film Center, and the James and Theodore Pedas Family Foundation.

The Greek films are part of AU’s International Cinema Series, a collaboration between the SOC and the National Gallery of Art (NGA). Through a multi-year partnership between AU and the NGA, feature films and documentaries from different countries will be screened monthly (while the NGA undergoes renovation through 2016), and generally co-hosted by the embassy or cultural institute of the featured nation. Each series will begin with an opening night reception featuring food from the country that is being represented in film.

The film series is free and open to the public. For a full listing of movie titles and schedules, visit here.

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Rare Showing of Diebenkorn Works Among Late Fall Exhibits at AU Museum

Diebenkorn

There is still time to catch several late fall exhibits at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The following remain on display through December 14:

The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949-1992 features more than 40 works by American painter Richard Diebenkorn, whose early work is associated with abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. In what is the first show produced by the Diebenkorn Foundation, with AU its second museum stop in the country, the selected works – pencil and ink drawings on paper, collages of town paper, and watercolors – portray a richly intimate glimpse into the artist's evolution spanning more than 40 years. According to Museum Director and Curator Jack Rasmussen, "To see these intimate Diebenkorn drawings is to understand the core artistic values taught by AU's Art Department in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s."

Prague, The City of Eugenic Minds comprises a documentary by Pavel Stingl, animations and paintings by Xénia Hoffmeisterová, and literary artwork by Patrik Ouředník. The show offers timeless meditation on the abuse of the human pinnacles of science and education. It also addresses the question of academic careerism, which under totalitarian regimes reaches self-destructive proportions. The exhibit was coordinated by Czech NGO Shoah Memorial Prague.

Sculpture Now 2014: WSG 30th Anniversary is a celebration of the Washington Sculpture Group's 30th anniversary. The notion of sculpture has evolved dramatically in the last 30 years. In 1978, the art theorist Rosalind Krauss declared that sculpture as a discipline had collapsed because of the wide range of practices. More recently, Johanna Burton remarked that the category of sculpture had not collapsed, but was rather "a state of being." This exhibition responds to Krauss’ and Burton's speculations and prejudices with a selection of contemporary sculpture that highlights the vibrant state of the medium today. Sculptural materials include steel, bronze, wood, stone, plastic, drywall, fabric, and more. The show is curated by Jack Rasmussen.

My Oyster #7: Michelle Grabner & Brad Killam is a collaboration of husband and wife Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam. For their My Oyster series, Grabner and Killam employ a large hanging support system to display a selection of their works. The project includes other artifacts that demonstrate their familial relationship to a life of art, including sculptures, working drawings, and other material. Grabner received the prestigious honor last year to serve as one of the curators for the Whitney Biennial in New York. The show was organized by AU art professor Tim Doud.

Ad Infinitum brings together the work of Clifford Borress, Ian Pedigo, and Letha Wilson, who all were asked to create new, site-specific works for this exhibition. Each artist explores the relationship between form and context to investigate the possibilities of meaning embedded within the aesthetic experience. They explore the space between discursive research-based practice and formal or heuristic approaches to installation, exhibition, and display of ideas. This exhibition is curated by Lauren Rice and Brian Barr.

Lay of the Land: Alan Sonfist & Karin F. Giusti. In 1965, Alan Sonfist began to create Time Landscape, a work of art that brought to life a magical primeval forest located where Manhattan is today. On the 50th anniversary of Time Landscape, Alan presents Surface Memory, paying homage to his original masterpiece and continuing to elucidate “his childhood memories of the destroyed forest of his youth.” Karin Giusti's Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm is a monumental, six-component installation utilizing sculpture and photography to meld environment and time into a singular experience. Void of figures, except the artist's shadow, these photographs appear as kaleidoscopic membranes that embed love and loss into the context of an environmental, photographic experience.

Additional information on the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center can be found at http://www.american.edu/cas/museum/.

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American University Athletics’ Special Events And Offers

Men's Basketball

As part of American University Athletics’ tradition of involving neighbors and children in “Eagle Mania,” this season the university once again will host a full roster of events and offer discounted tickets to AU fans in the community.

AU Athletics to Host Local Elementary School Students at Men’s Basketball Game

For the eighth consecutive year, AU Athletics will host its annual Elementary School Day basketball game. This year’s event will be in conjunction with the AU men's hoops contest versus Mount St. Mary’s University, on Saturday, December 20 at 1 p.m. in Bender Arena. Students from participating schools, grades Pre-K through 6, will again be provided a free ticket to the game, while parents can purchase discounted tickets for themselves, family, and friends. Participating schools for this special event include: Annunciation Catholic, Bancroft, Bethesda, Eaton, Hearst, Janney, Key, Mann, Murch, Our Lady of Victory, National Presbyterian, Reed, and Stoddert Elementary Schools. Call (202) 885-TIXX for more information.

Discount Ticket Offer for Men’s & Women’s Basketball Patriot League Home Openers on Jan. 3 and 7

The defending Patriot League Champion AU Eagles Men’s Basketball team will host their league home opener in Bender Arena on Saturday, January 3 at 1 p.m. versus rival Holy Cross, and the Women’s Basketball team will host their conference home opener on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. vs. Loyola (Md.). With the majority of AU students away on winter break, AU would like to extend a special invitation and ticket discount to our neighbors to attend these marquee games, helping provide a home crowd advantage for the Eagles. Neighbors can purchase discounted tickets for these dates by using the code NEWYEAR15 at checkout at www.AUeagles.com/Tickets. Special pricing for these dates are: Men’s Game: $15 for sideline reserved seats, $6 for endzone reserved and Women’s Game: $4 General Admission for adults and youth.

Scout Day Games

Saturday, January 3 at 1 p.m. versus Holy Cross, and Girl Scout Day will be Saturday, January 17 at 2 p.m. versus Lafayette. Each scout that attends will take part in a post-game leadership talk from an AU basketball coach and will receive autographs from AU players, as well as earn a free commemorative, limited edition AU Scout Day patch. Call (202) 885-TIXX to sign up your son or daughter's troop today and to purchase discount tickets starting at $4 each for scouts.

National Girls & Women in Sports Day

On Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m., American University’s Department of Athletics is proud to celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day during their women's basketball game versus Holy Cross in Bender Arena. Following the game, each of AU's seven varsity women's teams – basketball, cross country/track, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, and volleyball – along with the cheer and dance squads will lead skills clinics and sign autographs for kids on the floor of Bender Arena. The clinic is free for all kids, and children are asked to wear athletic shoes. Purchase $4 discounted tickets in advance with the code NGWSD15 at checkout at AUeagles.com/Tickets and be sure to register your child in advance for the post-game clinic by calling (202) 885-TIXX.


Tickets for all of the above special promotional dates and offers, as well as all other home men’s and women’s basketball games through February, can be purchased online at AUeagles.com/Tickets.

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Calendar of Events

Ad Infinitum

December 1 – December 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition

Ad Infinitum, curated by Lauren Rice and Brian Barr, brings together the work of Clifford Borress, Ian Pedigo, and Letha Wilson. The three artists will create new, site-specific works for this exhibition. Each artist will explore the relationship between form and context, investigating the possibilities of meaning embedded within aesthetic experience.

Lay of the Land: Surface Memory by Alan Sonfist and Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm by Karin F. Giusti

December 1 – December 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

Alan Sonfist created Surface Memory to elucidate his childhood memories of the destroyed forest of his youth. It pays homage to Sonfist's earlier masterpiece Time Landscape. Karin Giusti's Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm is a monumental installation utilizing sculpture and photography to meld both environment and time into a singular experience. Void of figures, except the artist's shadow, these photographs appear as kaleidoscopic membranes that embed love and loss into the context of an environmental, photographic experience.

My Oyster #7: Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam

December 1 – December 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition

The My Oyster projects are a collaboration between Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, a husband and wife pair working together since 1992. For their My Oyster series, Grabner and Killam employ a large hanging support system to display a selection of their works. The project includes other artifacts that demonstrate their familial relationship to a life of art, including sculptures, working drawings, and related support material. This show is organized by Tim Doud.

Prague, The City of Eugenic Minds

December 1 – December 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

The Eugenic Minds project, comprising a documentary by Pavel Stingl, animations and paintings by Xenia Hoffmeisterová, and literary artwork by Patrik Ouredník, offers timeless meditation on the abuse of the human pinnacles of science and education. It also addresses the question of academic careerism, which under totalitarian regimes reaches self-destructive proportions. This exhibition is the first presentation abroad by the organization Shoah Memorial Prague.

Sculpture Now 2014

December 1 – December 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

The Washington Sculptors Group celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibition of sculpture curated by Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the AU Museum. In 1978, the art theorist Rosalind Krauss declared that sculpture as a discipline had collapsed because of the wide range of practices. More recently, Johanna Burton remarked that the category of sculpture had not collapsed but was rather "a state of being." This exhibition endeavors to respond to Krauss and Burton's speculations.

The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper: 1949 – 1992

December 1 – December 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper: 1949-1992 is the first show produced by the Diebenkorn Foundation. This extraordinary exhibition features 40 pieces, most of which have never been viewed publicly. The selected works of pencil and ink drawings on paper, collages of torn paper, and watercolors portray a richly intimate glimpse into the artist's evolution spanning more than 40 years.

Some Uses of Photography: Four Washington Artists

December 1 – December 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

The definition of a photograph and its relationship to other visual art forms has undergone enormous changes since the invention of photography in the 19th century. The work of four female Washington, D.C. artists – Jenn DePalma, Sandra Rottmann, and Siohban Rigg – represents this ongoing dialog about craft, authenticity, the role of the artist, and other concerns that define photography. This exhibition is curated by Phyllis Rosenzweig.

Symposium on International Justice

December 2, 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Abramson Family Founders Room

Speakers include: François Rivasseau, Delegation of the European Union to the United States; John Bellinger, Arnold & Porter LLP; David Bosco, School of International Service; Somini Sengupta, United Nations Correspondent, The New York Times; Stephen Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, U.S. State Department.

RSVP: http://goo.gl/58EVLB

Yoga in the Galleries

December 3, 10 – 11 a.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides mental clarity and relaxation in the peaceful surroundings of our art galleries. Please bring a mat. There is a $5 fee for non-members; free for museum members.

RSVP Required: http://goo.gl/UEId5z

Women’s Basketball vs. UMBC

December 3, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Men’s Basketball vs. Mount St. Mary’s

December 20, 1 – 3 p.m.

Bender Arena

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