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November 2014

November 2014

Entrepreneurship Initiative to Include Student Incubator, Venture Fund

Kogod Class

The theoretical only goes so far when learning certain skills. Launching a business – growing a company from idea conception to business proposal to filing that first tax return – can only be experienced.

That's where Kogod's new Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative (SEII) and the start-up Incubator come into play.

Unveiled last spring, the Entrepreneurship Initiative's mission is to expand Kogod's dedication to sustainable business practice through a combination of research on the subject and environmental advocacy and the implementation of a new venture incubator.

"The Initiative is about harnessing the power of entrepreneurship and focusing on ventures that really create economic, environmental, and social progress – the true meaning of sustainability," said Professor Stevan Holmberg, executive director of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative.

Kogod has been dedicated to encouraging young business ventures since offering its first entrepreneurship course in 1987. The school added an Entrepreneurship minor last fall, and has offered related courses at the undergraduate and graduate level for years.

At the heart of the project is the Incubator – a co-work space for young ventures to develop – located conveniently on campus in the Mary Graydon Center.

The Incubator will match students and young alumni from across American University with a business mentor and provide them with modest seed money and space to get their business off the ground. Teams will work with their mentors to get their product off the paper and into consumer hands.

"We're really trying to provide an environment open to all of AU where venture ideas can become a reality," Holmberg said.

Executives-in-Residence – and experienced entrepreneurs – Bill Bellows and Tommy White serve as co-directors of the Incubator.

"Our goal with the Incubator is to give these budding entrepreneurs the space and the resources to focus on building a successful product," White said. "Kogod already has a lot of great curricula in place to teach the building blocks of writing a business plan and identifying a consumer base."

Once a venture is beyond the initial conception stage, teams may apply for modest seed capital from the Kogod Entrepreneurship Venture Fund (EVF). Designed to be self-sustaining, the Kogod EVF will be built not only on donations, but also on returned contributions from funded ventures that go on to find commercial success.

Students also will benefit from Kogod's new partnership with 1776, a local company dedicated to providing resources and support for new businesses.

Currently under renovation, the Incubator is expected to open to teams by the end of the semester. Application to the Incubator is open now to the AU community – current students, both undergraduate- and graduate-level and young alumni.

Helping to guide the Entrepreneurship Initiative is an advisory council with strong personal histories of entrepreneurial success.

"[The initiative] is one of the most exciting things I've seen come out of Kogod in a long time. There's lots of energy behind this," said Mark Bucher, BA/SPA '90, and founder of multiple D.C. restaurants, including BGR: The Burger Joint and Medium Rare.

For many, their seat on the advisory council is a way to give back to the business community and to AU.

"I started my business because of AU and all that I learned here. I never stopped learning [after school] and I'm excited to be on this council and see how I can help today's students," said George Assimakopoulos, MBA '95 and vice president of Penton Digital Media Services.

These seasoned entrepreneurs know first-hand the importance of starting off on the right foot with a new venture.

"This is the perfect format for today's students to gain real-world experience when it comes to starting a business. It's going to give them a good dose of reality before they hit the ground running [after school] and that's an amazing gift," Bucher said.

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AU to Host MPD Chief Cathy Lanier

Chief Cathy Lanier

As part of the continuing partnership between the AU Office of Community Relations and the Kennedy Political Union (KPU), American University is pleased to host Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier on November 24 at 6 p.m. in the McKinley theatre. Chief Lanier will discuss her experiences policing the nation’s capital and will take questions from the audience.

Lanier has spent her entire law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police Department, beginning in 1990. Much of her career has been in uniformed patrol, where she served as Commander of the Fourth District, one of the largest and most diverse residential patrol districts in the city. She also served as the Commanding Officer of the Department's Major Narcotics Branch and Vehicular Homicide Units.

Chief Lanier was named Commander of the Special Operations Division (SOD), where, for four years, she managed the Emergency Response Team, Aviation and Harbor Units, Horse Mounted and Canine Units, Special Events/Dignitary Protection Branch, and Civil Disturbance Units. During her tenure as SOD Commander, she established the agency’s first Homeland Security/Counter-Terrorism Branch and created an agency-wide chemical, biological, radiological response unit known as the Special Threat Action Team.

In 2006, the MPD's Office of Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism (OHSCT) was created, and Chief Lanier was tapped to be its first Commanding Officer. A highly respected professional in the areas of homeland security and community policing, she took the lead role in developing and implementing coordinated counter-terrorism strategies for all units within the MPD and launched Operation TIPP (Terrorist Incident Prevention Program).

After assuming leadership of the Metropolitan Police Department on January 2, 2007, Lanier was confirmed unanimously as the Chief of Police by the Council of the District of Columbia on April 3, 2007.

Chief Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She is certified at the technician level in Hazardous Materials Operations.

The event is free and open to the public. Neighbors who are interested in attending are asked to RSVP to

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Continues Fall Lecture Series

OLLI Class

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), an association of, by, and for people in the D.C. area who wish to continue to study and learn continues its 2014 fall lecture series. On November 18 at 12:15 p.m., Nina Shapiro-Perl will deliver a lecture and screen her film Through The Eye of the Needle, about Holocaust survivor and artist Esther Nisenthal Krinitz. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session that will focus on the film’s themes of trauma and healing, transmission of memory, and the perils of treating people as "the others." The lecture will take place at the Temple Baptist Church (3850 Nebraska Avenue, NW) and is free and open to the public.

Nina Shapiro-Perl is an award-winning producer and director who currently is the Filmmaker-in-Residence at American University, where she teaches and leads the Community Voice Project. Before joining the faculty of American University, she worked for twenty years directing the Video Services Department and Greenhouse Cultural Program of the Service Employees International Union. Nina earned her doctorate from the University of Connecticut as a social anthropologist.

OLLI is an independent, nonprofit organization located at American University and is part of the OLLI Network and the Elderhostel Institute Network (RoadScholar). It operates very much like a small liberal arts college. Members come from varied backgrounds and share a common interest in continuing their learning experiences and intellectual stimulation in an organization of like-minded people. Members participate fully in study groups, either by leading or attending them. There are no tests or grades. Members participate purely for the joy of learning. The goal of OLLI is to deliver a high-quality learning experience that is accessible to all.

For more information about the 2014 fall lecture series and all that OLLI has to offer, please visit

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AU Students Tour Solar Power Farm Set To Supply University

Solar Team

“This is the best field trip I’ve ever been on!” beamed Leah Carriere, moments after disembarking from a Bell 429 helicopter, its rotors winding down behind her. Leah was one of ten graduate students who joined Chris O’Brien, director of American University's Office of Sustainability, in Elizabeth City, NC, for a tour of Capital Partners Solar Project, the largest non-utility solar installation east of the Mississippi. The students, from the Kogod School of Business and the School of International Service, visited the largest of three solar power sites that together will provide 50 percent of American University’s electricity needs by the end of 2015.

AU’s ambitious goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2020 requires the university to devise innovative ways to bring green electricity to the campus. To that end, the arrangement that created the Capital Partners Solar Project is a landmark achievement for type and scope. Teaming up with George Washington University and the George Washington University Hospital, AU brokered a deal with Duke Energy Renewables – the utility company handling power distribution – to create three large solar farms within the three entities’ grid system. This means that while the actual electrons created by the solar panels will be used in and around Elizabeth City, they in turn reduce demand for coal and gas-fired “brown” energy in the same grid system from which AU and its partners at George Washington draw their power. This switch is equivalent to taking 12,500 cars off the road annually.

The deal also makes financial sense for AU and its partners. Traditional, extraction-based power generation faces market volatility and increasing regulatory pressure. The cost of the raw materials for brown power generation can be quite high and make unpredictable swings. Sunlight is free. The 20-year deal with Duke provides fixed-commodity pricing at a rate lower than the current mix of “brown” sources of electricity. Factoring in an increase in brown power prices over time, the solar purchase could yield $14 million in total savings throughout the 20-year deal.

AU currently buys renewable energy credits (RECs) equivalent to 100 percent of its electricity. But those RECs are from a mix of projects across the U.S. and those sources change over time. Those RECs are “unbundled” from the green power that produces them. By committing to purchase the power and the RECs from the Capital Partners Solar Project, AU has locked in its green power supply for two decades at a fixed price. In this way, the supplier is guaranteed to have a customer, which reduces risk and results in a better price.

“In addition to securing our own green power supply, the bigger benefit of this project is that it can be used for education,” according to O’Brien. “AU’s own carbon footprint is small when compared to the climate challenge as a whole. But if we can teach students to understand the opportunities created by this challenge, they can replicate projects like this one, and innovate new solutions of their own. That is where an educational institution can really have an impact.”

The students on the field trip are studying sustainability in various disciplines, including business, science, policy and development. They met with representatives from Duke Energy Renewables and SunEnergy1, the contractor handling construction. Sustainability faculty and staff from Elizabeth City State University also joined the group to learn how the University of North Carolina system of schools might replicate this landmark deal to provide renewable energy for their own campuses.

The students also looked forward to touring the installation site. However, their enthusiasm turned to excitement when they found out that the tour would not only include a walk-through of the active construction site, but an aerial view by helicopter as well.

From aboard the helicopter, the students got a breathtaking view of the late afternoon sun glinting off the small area where the installation of solar panels had already begun. Teams of about a dozen workers were mounting self-rotating, three-foot-by-five-foot polychrystalline panels to their housings. The panels were wired up 10 to a row, 40 to a group, and repeated across the landscape. Although less than one-fourth of the panels were installed at the time of the students’ visit, all of the panels were expected to be in place within three to four weeks. The entire site spans more than 400 acres of what was previously agricultural land. In all, the three separate installation sites will house 243,000 panels and produce 52 megawatts (MW) of power.

The first site will begin power generation later this year and the other two sites will be online by the end of next year, when AU will be able to enjoy power without a carbon footprint made possible by this landmark green energy deal.

To watch a short video clip the students’ trip to the solar power installation project, click here.

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Time Capsules Recovered from WCL Tenley Campus

WCL Time Capsule

On October 11, American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) and the Office of Planning and Project Management joined the Immaculata Alumnae Association for an event to open two time capsules found on the site of the future home of the Tenley Campus during recent construction. The event was co-presented by the law school, Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and the Yuma Study Center.

The time capsules, dating from 1955, were recovered from the cornerstones of the Immaculata Schools which once included Dunblane School, Imaculata Preparatory School, Immaculata High School, and Immaculata Junior College. The schools were located largely on what is now the Tenley Campus. The historical Immaculata Seminary and Dunblane structures on the Tenley Campus still stand, and are being incorporated into the design for the new law campus.

Sister Lisa Stallings, vicar for Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, provided the welcoming remarks. She explained that there are parallels between the Imaculata Schools and AUWCL – particularly that both were founded by women and fostered justice through education.

"Providing education on the grounds of Immaculata is continuing the mission of the Sisters of Providence and Immaculata…it is in a way handing off the baton," said Stallings.

The ceremony included a presentation about the history of Tenleytown and the role that Immaculata and AU have played in its development. The Office of Planning and Project Management's Virginia Richardson and Associate Dean for Library and Information Services at AUWCL Billie Jo Kaufman spoke about the future of the Tenley Campus as the new home of AUWCL.

"The law school has had a number of homes, but this campus will truly be something special,” said Kaufman. "The Order’s work in social justice, healthcare, education, peace, and justice will be continued on this campus and in the remaining buildings."

The time capsules were opened by Immaculata almnae, AU Construction Manager Frances Pan, and AUWCL Facilities Management Director Walter Labitzky. They revealed such items as a copy of the Immaculata News, the junior course of study for that year, lists of students and the Sisters in 1955, prayer cards, religious medals, and more.

Learn MORE about the law school’s new home at Tenley.

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"Books That Shaped America" Community Discussion Series Continues

Join us again for Books That Shaped America – conversations for the American University and metro-D.C. communities about books that have helped shape American society. Each discussion starts with a focal text, but the conversations stretch far beyond the pages of the books themselves. Each discussion is led by a faculty or staff member from AU. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text. Admission and parking are free for this series, and no RSVP is required to attend.

The Books That Shaped America series is co-sponsored by the American University Library and the Humanities Lab at American University. Upcoming events include:

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Erik Dussere, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, College of Arts & Sciences


Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Richard Wilson, Professor, Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, Washington College of Law


Beloved by Toni Morrison

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Keith Leonard, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, College of Arts & Sciences


The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O'Neill

Tuesday, Mar. 17, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Karl Kippola, Assistant Professor, Department of Performing Arts, College of Arts & Sciences


Family Limitation by Margaret Sanger

Tuesday, Mar. 31, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Mary Clark, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost, Professor, Washington College of Law


Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Tuesday, Apr. 21, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Training & Events Room (115), Bender Library

Discussion Leader: Marianne Noble, Associate Professor, Department of Literature, College of Arts & Sciences


For additional information on the Books That Shaped America community discussion series, please visit here.

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

Czech Film Series

Enjoy American University’s Czech film series beginning Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m. at the recently renovated McKinley Building in the Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater. Prior to the screening of The Uninvited Guest and Every Young Man, 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 the Czech Embassy and the National Gallery of Art (NGA), and also will serve as part of the embassy’s 25th anniversary celebration of the Czech Velvet Revolution.

The Czech films are part of AU’s International Cinema Series, a collaboration between the SOC and the National Gallery of Art. 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 with 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

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Calendar of Events

Sam Noto: Steel Sculpture, Anxiety, and Hope

November 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Sculpture Garden

Sam Noto allows his materials to generate form and occupy space in a dynamic way. These large steel constructions, largely made of found materials, are both serious and playful and express the artist's improvisational technique.

Some Uses of Photography: Four Washington Artists

November 1, 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, DC 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.

Lauren Adams: American Catastrophe Report

November 1, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Katzen Rotunda, Second Floor

Artist Lauren Frances Adams has created American Catastrophe Report, an installation that acts as both homage and critique of the decorative frescoes in the United States Capitol Building, originally painted in the 19th century by Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. The site-specific artwork by Adams is installed in both the upper and lower rotunda in the center of the Katzen, less than six miles from where Brumidi's paintings are located. The prints forming American Catastrophe Report have the appearance of paintings due to the unique process Adams uses, where hand-painted originals are scanned digitally, then printed for long-term public display.

Women’s Soccer vs. Colgate University

November 1, 1 – 3 p.m.

Reeves Field

American University Chambers Singers: Voices Heard from Abroad

November 1, 8 – 10 p.m; November 2, 3 – 5 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall

Join us for a delightful evening of choral music performed by the AU Chamber Singers. In preparation for their spring 2015 international tour to the Balkans, the Chamber Singers will explore music from the Balkans, European Renaissance, Romantic, contemporary, and spiritual choral spheres. RSVP Required: Tickets: $10, $5 AU community and seniors.

Gallery Talk: Some Uses of Photography: Four Washington Artists

November 2, 1 – 3 p.m.

Katzen AU Museum

What is the definition of photography? Join exhibition curator Phyllis Rosenzweig as she discusses the evolution of photography since the 19th century and the variety of techniques seen from today. Presented in conjunction with the Feminist Art History Conference. Admission is free.

Yoga in the Galleries

November 5, 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:

AU Farmers' Market

November 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


The AU Farmers' Market will be on campus every Wednesday from 11am - 4pm on the Quad. Don't miss out on the fresh fruits and vegetables and Amish cheese and yogurt from Agora Farms as well as the hearth-baked breads, pastries, and cookies from Upper Crust Bakery.

Men’s Soccer vs. Princeton

November 5, 2 – 4 p.m.

Reeves Field

McCabe Lecture Series: Ta:Nehisi Coates

November 5, 7 – 9 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall

The McCabe Lecture Series features American writer, journalist, and educator Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is one of the most original and perceptive voices in black America – and one of our best writers. With rich emotional depth and a sonar sense of how pop culture, politics, and history shape discussions of diversity, Coates is “the young James Joyce of the hip hop generation.” His Atlantic cover story on slavery and race, "The Case for Reparations," is one of the most talked-about pieces of nonfiction in recent memory. His lecture, based on his Atlantic article, lays out this painful history but also an actual plan to repair, and correct, some of the damage done. Coates explains that openly admitting to, and apologizing for, the injustice is the only hope of moving forward to a unified future. For more information, visit: The event is free and open to all. RSVP at:

“Antisemitism Rising?” Discussion with Rabbi Andrew Baker

November 5, 7:30 p.m.

Ward Circle Building Room 2

Andrew Baker, AJC’s director of International Jewish Affairs and Ira Forman, Department of StateSpecial Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Co-sponsored by AU Center for Israel Studies and Jewish Studies Program. To RSVP:

Lecture by Visiting Artist Michelle Grabner

November 6, 6 p.m.

Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition

Michelle Grabner will discuss her artistic practice, with particular attention to her most recent work, My Oyster #7, which begins its exhibition at the Katzen on November 8.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Holy Cross

November 7, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

American University Symphonic Band: Fall Concert

November 7, 8 – 10 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall

The Symphonic Band presents a fall concert of both new and standard repertoire for winds and percussion. This compelling performance presents musicians from the AU student community and the greater DC area. Tickets: $10, $5 AU community and seniors. RSVP Required:

Members Only Tour and Discussion with Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant

November 7, 5 – 7 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

Members and their guests are invited to preview The Intimate Diebenkorn, Drawings 1952 – 1992 exhibition early with Director Jack Rasmussen, as special guest Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant shares her insights on her father’s works. The Diebenkorn exhibition opens on November 8.

Ad Infinitum

November 8 – 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

November 8 – December 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

Gallery Talk: November 8, 5 p.m. – artists Alan Sonfist and Karin F. Gusti will discuss their joint 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

November 8 – 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

November 8 – December 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

Gallery Talk: November 11, 5 – 7 p.m. – director Pavel Stingl, artist Xenie Hoffmeisterová a, and author Patrik Ouředník discuss their exhibition, followed by a presentation on the Shoah Memorial Prague.

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

November 8 – 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

November 8 – 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 publicly viewed. 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.

Late Fall Artists’ Reception

November 8, 6 – 9 p.m.

Katzen Museum

Join artists and curators for a reception. Light refreshments will be served.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Army

November 8, 4 – 6 p.m.

Bender Arena

AU Farmers' Market

November 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


The AU Farmers' Market will be on campus every Wednesday from 11am - 4pm on the Quad. Don't miss out on the fresh fruits and vegetables and Amish cheese and yogurt from Agora Farms as well as the hearth-baked breads, pastries, and cookies from Upper Crust Bakery.

SPA Presents Conversation with U.S. Ambassador On Human Trafficking

November 12, 8:15 p.m.

Join School of Public Affairs Policy Forum for a conversation with U.S. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, the head of the State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.

The Ambassador will talk about the extent of the human trafficking problem, and how NGOs and the private sector are working with governments around the world to help solve on of the most serious human rights issues of our generation. There will be a Q&A session following his remarks. The even will be held in Ward 1. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, click below to reserve a spot:

To learn more about the SPA Policy Forum:

The Rez Sisters

November 13 – 14, 8 – 10 p.m.; November 15 2 – 4 p.m., 8 – 10 p.m.

Katzen Studio Theatre

The Rez Sisters, by Cree Canadian writer Tomson Highway, was first performed in 1986 and is inspired by Michael Tremblay's Les Belles-Souers and Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters. A group of seven women on the fictional Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, dream of escaping the "rez," and embark on a quest to attend and win "The Biggest Bingo in the World" in Toronto. The play employs gritty naturalism, magic realism, and humor to highlight life on an Indian reserve. Tickets: $15, $10 AU community and seniors. RSVP Required:

Do The Loop: Katzen, Kreeger, and Book Hill

November 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Get to know the art-rich area of Northwest Washington/ Upper Georgetown by visiting nine galleries and three museums in an art-filled afternoon.

Wrestling vs. Campbell University

November 15, 2 – 4 p.m.

Bender Arena

American University Chorus: From Age To Age

November 15, 8 – 10 p.m., November 16, 3 – 5 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall

The American University Chorus presents a program of mixed repertoire from the Renaissance to present day. Experience the grandeur of choral performance and a wonderful variety of music from early music to modern day spirituals. Tickets: $15, $10 AU community and seniors, $5 AU students. RSVP Required:


November 16, 1 p.m.

Katzen Museum

Expand your children’s imagination by engaging them in a fun, creative art class inspired by one of the Katzen’s current exhibitions. Tickets: $10 per child. One week advanced registration suggested.

Women’s Basketball vs. George Washington

November 17, 5 – 7 p.m.

Bender Arena

NO BOUNDARIES: Staged Reading of Carin

November 17, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center

As part of the NO BOUNDARIES series, the Theatre/Musical Theatre Program presents a staged reading of Carin, an original play by Karl Kippola. Admission is free.

Men’s Basketball vs. St. Francis (PA)

November 17, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Yoga in the Galleries

November 19, 10 – 11 a.m.

Katzen AU Museum

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides metal 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:

Books That Shaped America: Red Harvest

November 19, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Bender Library Training and Events Room

Books that Shaped America is a special series of conversations for the local community and American University students, faculty, and staff. Attendees do not need to have read the book. Admission is free and no reservation is required.

Women’s Basketball vs. James Madison

November 20, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

"A Little Night Music" with Yaniv Dinur and the AU Orchestra

November 20, 8 p.m.

AU Museum Galleries

An evening of Israeli and American music with conductor Yaniv Dinur and the AU Orchestra. The orchestra will play selections reflecting Professor Dinur's personal journey from Israel to America. Co-sponsored by Department of Performing Arts Music Program and CIS. To RSVP:

American University Jazz Orchestra: Jazz in the Fall

November 21, 8 – 10 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall

Join the American University Jazz Orchestra with special guest, world-class pianist Robert Redd, for an evening of big band jazz, funk, and swing. Tickets: $10, $5 AU community and seniors. RSVP Required:

Panel Discussion: Sculpture in an Expanding Field – New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation

November 22, 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum

Panel discussion moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Tebow. In Rosalind Krauss’ essay, Sculpture in an Expanded Field (1978) she speculated that the category of sculpture might collapse because of the wide range of practices. Join the Washington Sculpture Group as they respond to Krauss’ speculation and examine the ever-expanding definition of sculpture.

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