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June 2017 - AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

Neighborhood Movie Night Slated for August 18

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Mark your calendars now for August 18 and plan to bring a picnic and the whole family to campus for an outdoor screening of the animated classic The Secret Life of Pets.

Max (Louis C.K.) is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York City building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During a walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that's bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who've done them wrong.

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.

For additional information, contact Andrew Huff, Director of Community Relations at 202-885-2167 or

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Community Liaison Committee Meets June 5

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American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Monday, June 5.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Abramson Family Founders Room in the School of International Service (SIS) building on the university’s main campus (4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Neighbors are invited to join AU staff at 6:30 p.m. for pre-meeting coffee and conversation. Parking for the meeting is available in the SIS garage.

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 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

Additional information on the CLC, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found at

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  WAMU Wins Four Regional Murrow Awards

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WAMU has won four regional Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in electronic journalism and those who “demonstrate the spirit of excellence” set by Edward R. Murrow.

Competing against stations from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and DC, WAMU won awards in categories that recognize the station’s depth of coverage as well as its openness to trying new ideas and formats.

WAMU won in the Continuing Coverage category for the Metropocalypse podcast, hosted by transportation reporter Martin Di Caro. The station also took the award for Excellence in Innovation for multimedia reporter Martin Austermuhle’s story Why Can’t Washingtonians Resist Asking Each Other What They Do For A Living? The segment was the first in WAMU’s What’s With Washington series in which the station responds to questions submitted by listeners.

Austermuhle also was recognized in the Investigative Reporting category for his story Permitting Problems: Who’s Working On Your House? In D.C., It’s Not Clear. Power and influence reporter Patrick Madden also was honored in the Hard News category for Has Dominion’s Political Power Clouded The Fight Over Coal Ash?

Regional winners automatically advance to the national competition. National winners will be announced later this month.

WAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington DC area. The station is member-supported, professionally-staffed, and licensed to American University. Since 1961, WAMU 88.5 has provided programming to an audience of listeners that now totals almost 1 million listeners on-air, online, and on demand. Deeply committed to the DC-metro area, WAMU 88.5 produces regular and special programming that reflects the unique environment of our region.

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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 Music and Arts Day Camps. Both camps will hold summer sessions at AU’s Katzen Arts Center.

Imagination Stage returns to the Katzen Arts Center, June 19 – July 7 to continue their 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 including Improvisation, Musical Theatre Dance, Acting 101, Hip-Hop, and many more.

For more information or to register, visit

The Levine School of Music also once again is 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 July 17 through August 3. In its 30th year, Levine’s Music and Arts Day Camp offers kids of all ages and musical background an incredible musical education in a fun environment.

This year’s theme is Music in Our Backyard: Sounds of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, celebrating music, dance, art, play, and stories from and about the DC area. Artists celebrated will include John Philip Sousa, jazz great Duke Ellington, ragtime and early jazz virtuoso Jelly Roll Morton, country legend Jimmie Rodgers, blues legend Bo Diddley, along with Roberta Flack, Patsy Cline, Denyce Graves, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and the children’s duo Cathy & Marcy, to name a few. Music genres include jazz, hip-hop, go-go, country, mountain fiddle, marches, protest songs, and more.

For more information or to register, visit

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Make Music Day Returns to Tenleytown June 21

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Kick off summer by enjoying a full day of free, live music performances along Wisconsin Avenue in Tenleytown. On Wednesday, June 21, Tenleytown Main Street will host the second annual Make Music Day Tenley, joining more than 700 cities worldwide to celebrate the summer solstice through music.

Make Music Day began in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique and has expanded to 120 countries. When the festival started 35 years ago, organizer Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. Different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician – young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion – is encouraged to take to the streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Multiple venues throughout Tenleytown will host free live music performances including the Tenley-Friendship Library, Burger Tap & Shake, Whole Foods Market, Middle C Music, Kitty O’Shea’s, Fessenden Park, Coffee Nature, Guapo’s Restaurant, Tenley Bar & Grill, and others. Make Music Day attendees also can explore their musical talents – or just let loose some workday stress – at an open drum circle hosted by Middle C Music, or learn to play the ukulele during a free class at the library.

Tenleytown Main Street is still actively recruiting musicians for Make Music Day. From folk to funk, jazz to rock, classical to Latin, and everything in between, all musical styles are welcomed. Last year, the concert schedule featured more than 50 performances at 13 locations. The 2017 schedule and information on how to register to perform is available online at

Make Music Day Tenley is produced by Tenleytown Main Street, and sponsored in part by the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development, American University, and Douglas Development Corporation.

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AU Offsets Study Abroad-Related Travel Emissions

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American University recently took a major step towards achieving its goal of climate neutrality by 2020 by offsetting emissions from study abroad-related air travel. Recognizing that certain emissions sources, such as air travel emissions, cannot be eliminated given our current technological limitations, and because they are necessary for the university to fulfill its mission, the Office of Sustainability announced that AU will begin to invest in a portfolio of offsets that will be aligned to certain sources of emissions.  

Specifically, to offset emissions from study abroad-related travel, AU will invest in the Paradigm Project, an endeavor that benefits communities in Africa by empowering women, providing jobs for women, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through reduced deforestation. AU's investment in the carbon offsets from this project enable the Paradigm Project to offer financial assistance to families in Kenya to help pay for wood-burning cook stoves as well as to help expand the Paradigm Project's distribution channels. The stoves are designed to burn wood efficiently thereby reducing the amount of firewood the women in the community will need to collect as well as improving indoor air quality for families.  

According to Director of Sustainability Programs Megan Litke, "As we move closer to our goal of climate neutrality, we will continue to use offsets to complement emissions that cannot be mitigated easily through reduction or new technologies. Study abroad is the perfect place to start. AU's program connects our students with communities around the world, and the Paradigm Project in Kenya provides an opportunity for us to further our contributions to one of our premiere study abroad locations, while bringing real examples of sustainable development to our classrooms."

Sara Dumont, the Executive Director of the AU Abroad program added, "We are thrilled that AU's Office of Sustainability Programs has not only identified a mechanism for offsetting emissions from study abroad-related travel, but also that the chosen project has a Kenyan focus. AU established its Nairobi Center more than 13 years ago and it has developed into one of our most important sites abroad, serving hundreds of AU students and developing strong connections with Kenyan communities. The Paradigm Project will further strengthen these connections for AU."

Every year, nearly 1,000 AU students participate in programs throughout the world. Emissions from air travel for these programs are included in the calculations of the university's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions along with emissions from buildings, commuting, and other campus sources. Previously, AU achieved a 53 percent reduction in GHG emissions from the baseline established in 2005. Further progress has been made from the use of 100 percent renewable electricity including half of the university's electricity now being derived from the Capital Partners Solar Project, improved energy efficiency across campus, and expanded use of alternative transit options for commuting.  

The Paradigm Project develops distribution networks that serve customers at the base of the economic pyramid. They sell efficient stoves, water filters, solar-powered lights, and other socially beneficial products, and sell carbon credits generated from their use to fund growth and keep product pricing low.  

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Limitless Film Screening: The Infinitely Generous Francis Victus

June 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Malsi Doyle/Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

A screening of the internationally recognized short film by American University student Barry Worthington and peers, hosted by Limitless Films.

Members Preview featuring Frederic Kellogg

June 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Museum members are invited to preview four new summer exhibitions prior to their opening. The evening includes a gallery talk with the artist Frederic Kellogg, curator E.A. Carmean Jr., and Museum Director Jack Rasmussen.

Frederic Kellogg: Works in Oil and Watercolor

June 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

The work of Frederic Kellogg belongs within – and extends beyond – what could be called a river of traditional American landscape, figural, and still-life painting. It comprises a broad, quarter-millennium course flowing from John Singleton Copley and Thomas Cole to Milton Avery and Andrew Wyeth. Kellogg works with a combination of sketches made in his constant-companion notebook of watercolors done en plein-air, and by painting in oil on canvas. The exhibition features landscapes from Maine and Washington, DC, where Kellogg divides his time.

Performing the Border

June 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art, this group exhibition explores the borders that separate people where change is constant and often arbitrary, yet the importance placed on them would seem to suggest otherwise. Featuring Washington, DC artists Clay Dunklin, Amy Lin, Susana Raab, Jenny Wu, and Street Light Circus, the exhibition explores borders and boundaries – both the ways in which we perform within them, and the way the border often is itself a performance.

States of Being: Photographs of Cuba and North Korea by Carl De Keyzer

June 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

This exhibition features 60 photographs of scenes from two Communist nations, North Korea and Cuba, by Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer. States of Being is the first time these photographs will be shown together and is the result of De Keyzer’s extensive stay in each country, including more than 40 nights in North Korea spent visiting and documenting each province in the country. De Keyzer is a globally-renowned photographer and member of Magnum Photos, an international photographic collective, and the recipient of 17 international awards. The photographs in this exhibition powerfully capture both the struggle and leisure of everyday Cubans and North Koreans in uncommon scenes.

Val Lewton: From Hollywood to Breezewood

June 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition

This retrospective brings to bear Lewton’s lifetime in front of the canvas, his knowledge of color, his unerring command of the paint-loaded brush, and his certitude about how best to structure a painting. Lewton was born in California, the son of a film director, and moved to Washington, DC to work as an exhibit designer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (then the National Collection of Fine Arts). His paintings use the artifacts of traffic including run-of-the-mill objects – cars, trucks, roadways, semi-demolished buildings, and paint cans – to create improbably beautiful and personal compositions.

Gallery Talk: States of Being

June 17, 5 – 6 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Join artist Carl De Keyzer and American University faculty members Louis Goodman, Sarah Gordon, and Leena Jayaswal for a discussion on the state of North Korea and Cuba, as represented in De Keyzer’s series of 60 photographs from the Communist-led countries on view in States of Being. Free and open to the public.

Summer Opening Reception

June 17, 6 – 9 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Mix and mingle with artists, curators, and fellow museum patrons at the opening of four new summer exhibitions: States of Being: Cuba and North Korea by Carl De Keyzer, Frederic Kellogg: Works in Oil and Watercolor, Val Lewton: From Hollywood to Breezewood, and Performing the Border (Alper Initiative). The evening will feature performance works by the Street Light Circus. Free and open to all.

Friday Gallery Tours

June 23 and June 30, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Explore the galleries this summer with a free, docent-led tours of current exhibitions every Friday through August 11. No RSVP required. Tours cover a different topic every week. Tours last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

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