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December 2016 - AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

American University Announces East Campus Opening

American University's East Campus Building

As construction nears completion on American University’s East Campus, plans are under way for students to begin moving into the new residence halls for the spring 2017 semester.

Move-in is scheduled to begin on January 8 for Congressional and Federal Halls, which will accommodate 225 beds. Occupation of Constitution Hall and the classroom and office spaces will follow shortly thereafter.

Anticipating increased foot traffic between East Campus and Main Campus, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has installed a pedestrian crossing mid-block on Nebraska Avenue between Ward Circle and New Mexico Avenue, known as a HAWK (High-Intensity Activated crosswalk) signal. DDOT places a high priority on pedestrian safety and is focusing efforts on “un-signalized” crosswalks on high-volume roadways citywide. Different from standard road signals, the HAWK signal works like other push-button pedestrian-activated traffic signals in the District. Once activated, traffic is stopped with a red signal for motorists and a WALK signal for pedestrians. Additional information on HAWK signals can be found at

East Campus is located on the 8.1-acre parcel of land across from AU’s main campus on the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues. NW. Formerly a 900-space parking lot, the East Campus comprises four buildings, including three residence halls and the Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building that will accommodate administrative and instructional space. In keeping with AU’s tradition of promoting sustainability and energy-efficiency, all buildings on East Campus were built to meet the standards required for LEED certification.

Neighbors are invited to tour the new East Campus on Wednesday, December 14. Tours will take place at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. with refreshments provided. Those interested in attending should RSVP to

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Fall Commencement Scheduled for December 21

Graduate smiling at commencement

American University’s fall commencement ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 21 at 1 p.m. in Bender Arena on AU's main campus. The university anticipates increased activity around campus, as families and friends visit for the occasion.

All parking areas on campus will be open for commencement and participants have been encouraged to use public transportation and reminded of AU’s Good Neighbor parking policy.

American University awarded its first degrees (two doctorates and one master’s degree) in 1916 at a commencement ceremony held in the university’s amphitheater. AU commencements have grown over the years as the university has become larger and more diverse. More than two thousand students from AU’s six schools and colleges participate in commencement ceremonies each year.

For additional information on AU’s fall commencement, please visit

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Be Fit On The Fitness Trail

American University Fitness trail

American University is committed to encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle. Walking is a great form of exercise, recreation, and transportation. We challenge and welcome you to make walking a part of your daily life.

With the recent unveiling of its two-mile long campus fitness trail, American University invites and encourages our local community to make use of the trail and commit to an active and healthy lifestyle. The fitness trail showcases the unique features of the AU campus and highlights the achievements of our students, alumni, and faculty.

Follow our map, available at, or blaze your own trail as you explore and discover American University.

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Neighbors Invited to Town Hall with President Kerwin & New Year’s Reception

People sitting in a room

American University cordially invites its neighbors to the annual Community Liaison Committee (CLC) Town Hall meeting with President Neil Kerwin, to be followed by a New Year’s reception on January 5.

The Town Hall will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 201 of the Katzen Arts Center. Parking for the event will be available in the Katzen garage. The New Year’s reception will begin at 8 p.m. on the 2nd floor rotunda of the Katzen Arts Center. Both events are open to the entire community.

The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the DC Zoning Commission Order for AU’s new 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 at

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AU to Close for Winter Break

AU view in snow

American University will be closed for eleven days during the winter holiday season. Offices and buildings, including Bender Library, will be closed from Saturday, December 24 through Monday, January 2. The university will reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

During the break, Public Safety staff will provide emergency services and will continue routine patrol of the campus. The AU Shuttle will not operate during the break.


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A Mural Project by Carol Brown Goldberg
December 1, 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

A new photographic mural, The Studio: a place of uncertainty, ambiguity, where harmony emerges out of disorder, by Carol Brown Goldberg will be on view in the Kreeger Lobby beginning November 12. For more information, visit

Alex Katz: Black and White
Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition
December 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This exhibition explores the artist's lifelong interest in stripping color out of his prints, and his attempt to replace sensual pleasure with intellectual design. Design versus color has been an artistic debate that dates back to the Renaissance. Similar to the art of Renaissance Florence, Katz's prints are all about design and are based on drawing, ideas, and the structure of things. For more information, visit

Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace
December 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

This exhibition explores the artistic career of pioneering feminist artist Martha Wilson and her work as Founder and Director of Franklin Furnace, a New York-based non-profit arts organization that has supported avant-garde art since 1976. This is the final exhibition in Transformer's four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series, presented at AU over the past two years, in collaboration with Tim Doud, Associate Professor of Art and coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at AU and Victoria Reis, Executive and Artistic Director of Transformer. The exhibit investigates current and future models of art-organizing by highlighting various contemporary platforms, artists, and arts organizations. For more information, visit

Melissa Ichiuji: Make You Love Me

December 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

The latest exhibition by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art features Melissa Ichiuji. By its role and emotional density, the doll reminds us of the first objects that comforted us in childhood. For Melissa Ichiuji, it helped to renew the creative energies within the family space. The doll, with its suggestive and "rudimentary" shape, gives free rein to everyone’s imagination. Anthropomorphism is at the heart of this experience – man projecting himself onto the world around him by attributing human traits and emotions to an object (the doll). For more information, visit

Squeak Carnwath: Crazy Paper and Sister Objects

December 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

While Squeak Carnwath is known primarily as a painter, she has worked across many media. This exhibition highlights the unique surfaces and textures that each medium affords, while sharing the artist’s distinct visual language of symbols, phrases, and colors. Works on view in Crazy Paper and Sister Objects span more than 30 years of the artist’s exploration in painting, drawing, and printmaking. For more information, visit

The High Stakes of Macedonia’s “Colorful Revolution”
December 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

Several years ago, the government of the Republic of Macedonia embarked on a highly controversial and hugely expensive "urban renewal" of the capital city, Skopje. Most of this renewal consisted of large monuments of "historic figures" and new, quasi-classical facades over old buildings. This year, these monuments and buildings came under attack by various groups of citizens of this multi-ethnic country who rose together in street protests. Some of the protesters have been arrested and indicted for vandalism. Nevertheless, the protests have continued unabated. This exhibition of photographs tells the story of the "Colorful Revolution." Exhibition will be on view in the Kreeger Lobby, outside of the museum’s front doors. For more information, visit

Friday Gallery Tours

December 2, 9, 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Free, docent-led tours of the Late Fall Exhibitions are held every Friday through the close of the exhibitions on December 16. Note: the museum will be closed November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving. Tours highlight themes of the current exhibitions and last 45 minutes to 1 hour. Tours meet at the museum front desk at 11:30 am. No RSVP required. For more information, visit

Fall For Jazz
December 2, 8 – 10 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall
The AU Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joshua Bayer, and the Jazz Academy of Music, directed by Paul Carr, will perform a varied program of big band music including swing, bebop, and blues. Tickets: $5-10. RSVP Required:

Guise and Dolls: Melissa Ichiujis Two-Day Doll-Making Workshop
December 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Dolls have long functioned as playthings, magical dream keepers, and spiritual intermediaries. Join Melissa Ichiuji for a two-day doll-making workshop inspired by her exhibition Make You Love Me, on view in the Alper Initiative through December 18. Workshop participants will draw inspiration from personal history, memories, and desires, and then learn basic techniques for building armatures and found objects to create a unique art doll. Cost: $185 per person. All materials and lunch will be provided for the two-day workshop, located in the Alper Initiative space. Registration required:

Women’s Basketball vs. College of William & Mary

December 3, 2 – 4 p.m.
Bender Arena

An Evening with Alex Katz
December 3, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Join us for an intimate evening with the artist. Alex Katz will discuss his rationale for stripping color from his prints in this rare Black and White exhibition. Free and open to the public. RSVP Required:

Amid The Winter Snow
December 3, 8 – 10 p.m.; December 4, 3 – 5 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall

Join the American University Chorus in an exploration of modern and ancient themes of love, marriage, and the birth of a child. Featuring works from Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Daniel Pinkham, and Benjamin Britten’s holiday favorite, A Ceremony of Carols. Tickets: $5-10.

Faith, Values and the Common Good Forum
December 4, 10:15 a.m.
St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street, NW

St. Columba's Episcopal Church's election-focused series of forums continues with David Gregory, news correspondent, former NBC anchor, and Meet the Press host. Now a political analyst on CNN and the host of the David Gregory podcast featuring interviews with newsmakers and thought leaders, Gregory is a sought-after speaker on politics and world affairs, as well as faith since the release of his book, How's Your Faith? His critically acclaimed memoir is about attempts to deepen his own faith amid the rough and tumble of broadcast news. Gregory will present The Path Toward Spiritual Awareness on his journey to spiritual citizenship in a contentious political climate. This event is free.

St. Columba's Episcopal Church Community Conversation
December 6, 7 p.m.
Great Hall, 4201 Albemarle Street, NW, second floor

St. Columba's Episcopal Church will host a Community Conversation on Ward 3's response to Mayor Bowser's plan for city-wide, short-term housing for families moving out of homelessness. Laura Zeilinger, the Director of DC's Department of Human Services, the agency charged with leading implementation of the city's strategic plan on homelessness, will speak. She also is a Ward 3 resident and community liaison. Schroeder Stribling, Executive Director of N Street Village and a St. Columba member, also will speak. Participants will gather in strategy circles to discuss action. This plan has met with some opposition in Ward 3, and faith communities are offering public support in conjunction with the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN). Contact the Rev. Kate Heichler, 202.363.4119.

Men’s Basketball vs. University of New Hampshire
December 6, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Bender Arena

Yoga in the Galleries
December 7, 14, 10 a.m.
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

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. Cost is $10 for non-members, $5 for museum members, and free for members at the Associates level and above.

Blue Christmas Service of Hope and Healing
December 7, 7 p.m.
St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street, NW

St. Columba's Episcopal Church will hold a holiday service for those who aren't so happy during the holidays; those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, job, or home; or are troubled by seasonal depression or the ghosts of Christmases past. Space is given for feelings of grief and anxiety as this service serves to move people out of despair into hope, and out of darkness into light. Through music and prayer, worship, and an invitation to move through rituals of healing, attendees are intended to find release and peace. Contact the Rev. Kate Heichler, or call 202.363.4119 for more information.

Women’s Basketball vs. George Washington University
December 7, 7 – 9 p.m.
Bender Arena

Men’s Basketball vs. Youngstown State University
December 10, 2 – 4 p.m.
Bender Arena

Men’s Basketball vs. University of Maryland – Eastern Shore
December 19, 12 – 2 p.m.
Bender Arena

Men’s Basketball vs. Loyola University
December 30, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Bender Arena

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