AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

Katzen Arts Center

February 2011

Campus Plan Draft Available for Review

Architect's rendering of proposed East Campus (looking east from Nebraska Avenue intersection)

American University’s 2011 Campus Plan draft was released this week and is available for review and public comment. The Campus Plan outlines projected facilities growth and campus enhancements for the coming decade. Eighteen months in the making and the focus of lively dialogue with our neighboring community, the plan reflects AU’s intent to strengthen its academic prestige, maintain our standing as an asset to Washington, D.C., and honor a commitment to be an amenity to the surrounding community. In response to community comment we received during the process of creating the draft, we have:  

  • Removed several proposed residence halls  from the plan;
  • Reduced the total projected housing inventory on campus from 4,900 to 4,100 beds and distributed new housing to three different sites throughout the campus;
  • Re-oriented East Campus buildings (currently the Nebraska Avenue parking lot) to mitigate views, reduced the number of beds proposed (from 1000 to 765), added a building to buffer potential impacts on adjacent properties, and retained the location of the vehicular entrance from New Mexico Avenue into the site; and
  • Engaged Tenleytown community members and their architect in discussions regarding the development of the Washington College of Law on the Tenley campus, which helped define the development goals of keeping the new and renovated facilities largely within the footprint of the existing structures, maintaining existing site access points and curb cuts, and preserving and strengthening the historic character of Capital Hall.

We welcome the thoughts of our neighbors regarding the Campus Plan, so please review the plan draft and share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions. You can access the document and attachments online and respond to campusplan@american.edu.

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Reception to Celebrate the New Winter Art Exhibit

Glass Sculpture by Dafna Kaffeman

Dafna Kaffeman, Tactual stimulation, 2006. Orange flame worked glass and silicon. 7.5 in. x 7.5 in. x 7.5 in. Courtesy of the artist.


The opening of a new exhibit at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is always a special time. Join us for a free Artists Reception with refreshments on Saturday, January 29, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as we celebrate the opening of the Winter 2011 Exhibit featuring six women artists: Marisa Baumgartner, Nicole Cohen, Dafna Kaffeman, Julie Linowes, Linn Meyers, and Heather Wilcoxin. Their work ranges from delicate glass sculptures that mimic organic forms including leaves and flowers, to video projections with sound and sculpture. You just might see a connection in some of their works to DC’s traffic circles. One of the artists will spend two weeks in the museum creating a 35-foot drawing on the walls with sinuous and twisting lines. Free parking is available under the Katzen building. The new exhibit will run from January 25 to March 31. For information on the AU Museum, go to www.american.edu/cas/museum.

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Kids @ Katzen: "Meaningful Moments"

Kids at Katzen

Kids at Katzen

Neighborhood families look forward to our special events for children at the AU Museum. The next Kids @ Katzen on Sunday, February 6, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. promises to be another fun one. Kids ages 5-12 will join local artist Linn Meyers, who spent two weeks creating a 35-foot drawing – her largest temporary drawing to date – on the walls of the AU Museum. She’ll guide kids to do their own abstract art work. There is a $7 materials fee (cash only paid at the workshop). Art-safe clothes are suggested.  An RSVP is required at www.american.edu/museum.

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AU Alums Networking Breakfast

Alumni Breakfast

The Washington, DC area has more than 40,000 AU alums working in lots of different fields. If you are one of them and would like to meet and mingle with some other AU graduates, join us on Wednesday, February 9 from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. for a continental breakfast and a chance to learn what others are doing professionally. Members of AU’s Alumni Board also will be there to talk about their roles on the Board and how you might become involved. City Club of Washington at Franklin Square. 1300 I Street, N.W.  Alumni and guests: $15.

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Enjoy a Performance of the Musical "Company"

Students rehearse a musical number from the upcoming musical

Students rehearse a musical number from the upcoming musical "Company". Photo: Catherine Gannon

AU presents the popular musical Company with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, based on the witty, moving story from the book by George Furth. A young man, scared and encouraged by his married friends, seeks the courage to commit to loving one person, for better or worse. AU’s Karl Kippola is the director and the musical director is AJ Welch. Performances are in the Studio Theatre in the Katzen Arts Center on February 10-12 at 8 p.m. and February 17-19 at 8 p.m. There are matinees on February 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, and $10 for seniors. For more information and tickets, call (202) 885-ARTS or go to www.american.edu/auarts. Free parking is available under the Katzen building.

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See "Orpheus Descending" at the Greenberg Theater

Au's Greenberg Theater

Tennessee Williams lyrical play Orpheus Descending will be on stage at AU’s Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre on February 24-26 at 8 p.m. and on February 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The story involves a handsome drifter, who is both a musical tempter and a man with a checkered past, and a lonely woman trapped in a loveless marriage. The play resonates with tenderness and passion, and celebrates Williams’ gift with language and imagery, illuminating the longings of the human heart. Directed by Carl Menninger, the production is presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service on behalf of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. The Greenberg Theatre is located at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.  For information and tickets, call the Greenberg Theatre box office at (202) 885-Tickets or go to www.american.edu/auarts.

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Tired of Football? Join us for Basketball at Bender Arena

Men's Basketball Team

AU’s men and women’s basketball teams will be playing several games on the court at Bender Arena, so come join us and cheer them on. The women’s team takes on Lehigh University (Feb. 5) and Army (Feb. 16), while the men’s basketball team plays Colgate University (Feb. 12), Holy Cross (Feb. 20), and Navy (Feb. 23). For more information on schedules and tickets, call (202) 885-TIXX or go to www.aueagles.com/tickets.

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Sixth Annual Environmental Film Series

SOC CEF Dolphins Environmental Film Fest

This year’s Spring 2011 Film Series kicks off February 8 at 7 p.m. with a showing of excerpts from the National Geographic Society’s landmark series Great Migrations. Producer David Hamlin will discuss the seven-hour series that was shot over three years in 20 countries. On February 15 at 7 p.m., the program will feature an illustrated talk on Using Satellite Images to Protect our Environment by John Amos, founder and president of SkyTruth, a nonprofit organization based in Shepherdstown, WV. All programs are free and open to the public at the Wechsler Theater on the third floor of Mary Graydon Center. The 2011 film series is presented by AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Filmmakers for Conservation and hosted by Chris Palmer and Justine Schmidt.

Additional film series events will be held in March and April. The full list of events is available on the Center for Environmental Filmmaking's list of upcoming events.

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February Events

Tuesday, February 1 at 4 p.m. Panel Discussion: Women in the Arts. Free to the public. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Parking is available under the Katzen Building.

Saturday, February 5 at 2 p.m. AU women’s basketball team plays Lehigh University. Bender Arena. Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for kids. For tickets call (202) 885-TIXX or go to www.aueagles.com/tickets.

Sunday, February 6 at 1 p.m. – Kids @ Katzen: Meaningful Moments. Children ages 5 -12 will work with local artist Linn Meyers to create abstract art. $7 cash-only materials fee paid at event. RSPV required at american.edu/museum. Free parking under Katzen building.

Thursday, February 10, Friday, February 11 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 12 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, February 17, Friday, February 18 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. AU presents the musical Company in the Studio Theatre. Tickets: $10 – 15. For information and tickets, call the Katzen ticket office at (202) 885-3634 or visit www.american.tix.com. The Katzen Arts Center ticket office is open Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets: $10-$15. Call (202) 885-ARTS or visit www.american.edu/auarts.

Saturday, February 12 at 3 p.m. AU men’s basketball team plays Colgate University. Bender Arena. Tickets $7 - $15. For tickets call (202) 885-TIXX or go to www.aueagles.com/tickets.

Saturday, February 12 at 4 p.m. Gallery talk with local artist Linn Meyers, one of six women artists featured in the Winter Exhibit at the AU Museum. Free to the public at the AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking under the Katzen building.

Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. AU women’s basketball team plays Army. Bender Arena. Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for kids. For tickets call (202) 885-TIXX or go to www.aueagles.com/tickets.

Thursday, February 17 at 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Open House at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Temple Baptist Church at 3850 Nebraska Ave., NW. Learn about OLLI’s spring semester of some 60 courses and OLLI members. For more information about OLLI and its spring semester, call (202) 885-4860 or go to www.OLLI-DC.org.

Thursday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. Lecture: The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment. Peter Beinart, senior political writer at The Daily Beast and associate professor of journalism at the City University of New York, delivers the Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture on the tension between liberalism and Zionism in the U.S. Co-sponsored by AU’s Center for Israel Studies and the School of Public Affairs. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking under the Katzen building.

Sunday, February 20 at 2 p.m. AU men’s basketball team plays Holy Cross. Bender Arena. Tickets $7 - $15. For tickets call (202) 885-TIXX or go to www.aueagles.com/tickets.

Wednesday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. AU men’s basketball team takes on Navy. Bender Arena. Tickets: $7 - $15. For tickets call (202) 885-TIXX or go to www.aueagles.com/tickets.

Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 pm. AU presents the Tennessee Williams play Orpheus Descending at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre at 4200 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Tickets $10 - $15. For information and tickets, call the Greenberg Theatre ticket office at 202-885-2587 or go to www.american.tix.com.

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For event details and a full list of all upcoming events, see the University Events Calendar.