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June 2016

Neighborhood Movie Night Slated for August 19

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Mark your calendars now for August 19 and plan to picnic with the whole family on campus and enjoy an outdoor screening of the animated soon-to-be classic Zootopia.

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she learns quickly how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a wily fox who makes her job even harder.

The movie will be screened at the Woods-Brown Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Free popcorn will be provided and all are welcome to attend. Rain location is the Mary Graydon Center Tavern.

For additional information, contact Andrew Huff, Director of Community Relations at 885-2167 or


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Office of Community Relations
(202) 885-2167

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non-emergency: (202) 885-2527
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Dean of Students
(202) 885-3300

Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111

Public Address by the Dalai Lama June 13

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The Capital Area Tibetan Association (CATA) will host Public Talk By His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama on Monday, June 13 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at American University's Bender Arena.

According to CATA's Executive Board, "We are blessed to have His Holiness in Washington, DC once again, and thrilled that our local community will be able to hear the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s message of peace and compassion."

The Dalai Lama’s address is titled Peaceful Mind in a Modern World.

Tickets will start at $25 and go on sale on Friday, May 20 at 5 p.m. For more information on the event, and to purchase tickets visit: The talk also will be streamed live at:

Ticketholders are urged to arrive early at Bender Arena to allow ample time to pass through event security. Doors to the event will open at noon. Parking at Bender Arena will be limited, so arriving by public transportation is suggested.

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AU Offers Opportunities for DC Entrepreneurs

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This April, the Kogod School of Business at American University opened the AU Center for Innovation in the Capital. The new center provides innovation and entrepreneurship training, application, and research to tool and energize a new generation of business leaders in the greater Washington, DC region and beyond.

The center focuses on providing resources, training, and development for entrepreneurs to help them become leaders in industry and in their communities. The center also provides entrepreneurs with access, on and off campus, to social, intellectual, and financial capital. Upcoming programs include an innovation speaker series, city-wide “hackathons,” research partnerships, business plan competitions, and more.

“For the past two years the Kogod School of Business at AU has provided coursework, programs, and intensive training and funding to support the development and application of new business models, products, and services,” said Melissa Bradley, the center’s executive director.

“After supporting more than 1,000 student-entrepreneurs through diverse delivery strategies, the school has decided it is time to focus its efforts, and cast a wider net across the university and DC.”

At the center’s launch event, DC Deputy Mayor Courtney Snowden announced the inauguration of Project 500, a partnership between the center and the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Greater Economic Opportunity that supports small business in DC. Project 500 – as its name suggests – plans to help 500 disadvantaged, small businesses in the District to grow in revenue and size over the next three years. The center will offer participating businesses hands-on training, capacity building, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Participants also will have access to workshops, cohort groups, and other valuable resources. Skills training will be provided in business planning, presentation pitches and fundraising, market research and strategy, and financial budgeting.

Project 500 is open to all emerging and existing entrepreneurs throughout DC. However, special preference will be given to residents of Wards 7 and 8, as well as business operators in those wards. The project’s goal is to increase the revenues, net income, staff, and/or capital of the selected businesses.

If you are an emerging or existing business interested in participating in Project 500, contact Melissa Bradley at the AU Center for Innovation in the Capital.

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Summer Camps at the Katzen Arts Center

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If you are considering fun and creative activities for your children this summer, consider Imagination Stage or Levine’s Summer Music and Arts Day Camps. Both camps will hold summer sessions at AU’s Katzen Arts Center.

Imagination Stage returns to the Katzen from June 20 through July 8 for a week-long, half-day dance and acting camps for children in grades 7 – 10.

Campers are exposed to an intensive exploration of specific dance styles and acting techniques. Camps include Improvisation, Musical Theatre Dance, Acting 101, Hip-Hop, and many more. Mix and match camps to create a full-day experience.

For more information or to register, please visit

The Levine School of Music also is once again teaming with the Katzen Arts Center to offer top-notch instruction within a fun and collaborative environment for campers ages 3-and-a-half to 12 and Teen Apprentices in grades 7 – 12. The program runs June 27 through July 15 and July 18 through August 5. In its 29th year, Levine’s Music & Arts Day Camp offers kids of all ages and musical background an incredible musical education in a fun environment. This year’s theme is Food, Glorious Food. While participants won’t actually prepare food, they will sing, do art projects, play songs, read stories, and dance to music about food.

For more information or to register, please visit

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AU Receives Second "LEED Gold" Distinction

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American University can count McKinley as another U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified building. It is the second new construction on AU’s campus to receive the coveted distinction. The first building to receive the LEED Gold certification was the School of International Service in 2011.

According to Director of Sustainability Programs Megan Litke, “Washington DC has more LEED-certified square footage per person than any state in the country, and we at American University are excited to contribute to making the Capitol City the greenest in the nation. The McKinley Building has many features that embody what a green building is and we are excited to use it as an educational resource on campus.”

To achieve Gold status, the McKinley Building, which houses the School of Communication (SOC), met a number of rigorous LEED-specified environmental and human health-related standards. The building’s green features include:

  • Green roofs (viewable from the third floor);
  • Water-efficient landscaping that features native and adaptive species;
  • A location that is walking distance from numerous community resources including a bank, pharmacy, church, convenience store, and restaurants;
  • Easy access to the MetroBus and the AU shuttle to the Tenleytown Metro station;
  • Toilets and sinks that are low-flow, water-saving fixtures;
  • Energy efficient design that uses 22 percent less energy than a traditionally-built building;
  • The purchase by AU of 100 percent renewable energy credits;
  • Lighting level controls at work stations and shared spaces; and
  • Usage of a green cleaning plan.

The LEED certification comes as a result of AU’s concerted effort to adhere to the university’s Green Building Policy which states that all construction implemented on campus must meet or exceed LEED Gold status. To meet that self-imposed standard, AU followed strict green practices whereby nearly 30 percent of building materials, by cost, contained recycled content; 26 percent of the building materials were local, and manufactured and extracted within 500 miles of the building site; all adhesives, sealants, carpeting, and paint used contained low or no levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC); and more than 96 percent of construction waste was recycled.

School of Communication Dean Jeff Rutenbeck said, “At the School of Communication we seek to instill a forward-thinking, entrepreneurial spirit in our research, teaching, and creative work, and the LEED Gold designation celebrates those sensibilities. We are grateful to both the university as well as the donors and partners who have made this possible.”

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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 team’s 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

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

June 18 – August 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum

The exhibition explores how the ancient cultures of Africa blended with indigenous and colonial Portuguese traditions to form the vibrant and complex cultural mosaic of modern Brazil. This eclectic collection of popular art – photography, sculptures, paintings, religious objects, and books of poetry – depicts the vibrant culture of the Northeast of Brazil and the Nordestinos. It explores the coming together of diverse traditions of the region through work by historical and contemporary artists.

The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington

June 18 – August 14, 11a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum

The exhibition celebrates ten artists who left Latin America for many different reasons during the last sixty years – primarily for safety, freedom, and opportunity – and made their homes and their artistic careers and contributions in the Washington, DC area. Artists include Joan Belmar and Juan Downey from Chile; Carolina Mayorga from Colombia; Ric Garcia, Lenny Campello, and Jose Ygnacio Bermudez from Cuba; Muriel Hasbun from El Salvador; Frida Larios from Honduras; Irene Clouthier from Mexico; and Naul Ojeda from Uruguay.

Contemporary North Korean Art: The Evolution of Socialist Realism

June 18–August 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum

The forms and structure of contemporary North Korean art, a central and highly developed dimension of the national culture, are largely unknown to the outside world. This exhibition, the first of its kind in the U.S., seeks to broaden understanding of North Korean art beyond stereotypes of propaganda and kitsch to show sophisticated and nuanced expressive achievements. It investigates previously unrevealed evidence of North Korean artistic experimentation and the evolution of Socialist Realism within this culturally homogeneous context. The works in the exhibition focus on the development of Chosonhwa, North Korea’s predominant painting medium that is revered as the nation’s most refined. The exhibition is curated by BG Muhn, artist and professor at Georgetown University.

South Korean Art:Examining Life through Social Realities

June 18 – August 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum

Coinciding with the exhibition of North Korean art, Examining Life Through Social Realities documents and examines life and the social realities of people living on the Korean peninsula through the Realist paintings of ten South Korean contemporary artists. As explained by exhibition curator GimChoe Eun-yeong, definitions of Realism have changed over time, but the Realism of South Korea closely approximates 19th century French Realist painter Gustave Courbet’s use of the term: to manifest artists’ perspectives of the world through expressive techniques and methods.

Art Cart: Honoring the Legacy

June 18 – August 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum

This exhibition ties together two cities – Washington, DC and New York City – in an intergenerational, interdisciplinary project. Eight DC-area professional visual artists aged 62 and older were matched with students in art, healthcare, and aging disciplines to document and preserve their artistic legacy. The exhibition includes painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, and installation works by the artists who participated over the last nine months in the project. Their work included database documentation, oral histories, and life review with each artist, and interdisciplinary experiential learning with professors from American University, Howard University, George Washington University, the Corcoran School of the Arts + Design/GWU, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The exhibition highlights turning points in the artists’ lives and careers, including the Civil Rights and Women’s Movements. Curated by Pamela Harris Lawton and Adjoa Burrowes, it has a counterpart exhibition in September at New York University’s Stovall Gallery with 10 NYC-based artists. The DC exhibition features Alonzo Davis, Cheryl Edwards, Annette Fortt, Cianne Fragione, Pauline Jakobsberg, E.J. Montgomery, Annette Polan, and Terry Svat.

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