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November 2015

AU Arts Fall Performing Arts Schedule

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This year marks an important milestone at American University as it is the 10th anniversary of the Katzen Arts Center. Ten years ago, AU received an extraordinary gift from Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen to build an interdisciplinary center that brought together the performing and visual arts for the AU community and Washington, DC.

AU is excited to launch a year-long anniversary celebration featuring performances, exhibitions, and events that showcase the talents of our students, faculty, and esteemed guest artists.

Celebrate with us by attending one or more performances!

When Spirits Attend in the Balcony

Nov. 7, 8 p.m. and Nov. 8, 3 p.m.

Kay Spiritual Life Center

As the fourth program in the collaboration between Dr. Richard R. Palmer and the American University Music Program, the American University Chamber Singers present Maurice Duruflé’s stirring Requiem alongside Arvo Pärt’s Salve Regina, and works by J. S. Bach, John Tavener and Frank Ticheli. Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

Choreolab 2015: Facing Forward

Nov. 11, 8 p.m.

Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

The culmination of a two-month mentored creative process, join us as AU's student choreographers present this exciting evening of concert dance. Led by artistic director Melanie George, you will see an array of works in progress by AU's emerging choreographers. Following the performance, you will have the opportunity to hear feedback from a panel of local dance professionals. Tickets are $5 general admission, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

Bachelorette

Nov. 12-13, 8 p.m.

Nov. 14, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre

On the eve of her wedding, Becky has arranged the perfect bachelorette celebration. However, two party crashers, one manipulative maid of honor, and a bathtub of booze cause things to not go quite as planned. This show contains mature content. Tickets are $15 regular admission/$10 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

4 x 4: Celebrating Contemporary Chamber Music

Nov. 14, 8 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

The last twenty years have seen the proliferation of many successful contemporary chamber ensembles. These groups have forged a new identity for this genre of music through commissioning and championing new works. Led by director Noah Getz, this concert will focus on these contributions by featuring chamber ensemble configurations within the American University Workshop to bring you exciting and dynamic pieces. Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

American University Symphonic Band Fall Concert

Nov. 15, 3 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

Led by director Ben Sonderman, the American University Symphonic Band presents classic gems and current favorites from the symphonic band repertoire. Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

Fall For Jazz

Nov. 20, 8 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

The American University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joshua Bayer, will perform a varied program of music for big band, including swing, bebop, and blues. Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

Through Tempests And Trials

Nov 21, 8 p.m.

Nov 22, 3 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

The American University Chorus will perform three pieces from the past 75 years of choral music, including Norman Dello Joio’s Song of the Open Road which is a setting of a Walt Whitman text; Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year, a cycle of seven pieces for double chorus and piano; and Georgy Sviridov’s stunning a cappella setting of Pushkin’s Garland.Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Continues Fall Lecture Series

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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 2015 fall lecture series through November with three lectures.

Lectures take place on Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. at the Temple Baptist Church (3850 Nebraska Avenue, NW) and are free and open to the public.

The New Golden Age of Washington (Mary Fitch)

November 3

The current pace of change and development in Washington, DC, is unprecedented. Ms. Fitch will discuss the projects that are transforming the city and helping to achieve its rightful place as a global capital. For years, Washington has suffered from a lack of access to the waterfront and from gashes in the urban fabric that have separated neighborhoods. This lecture will examine four of Washington’s largest new development projects, and how they address major flaws in the city.

Mary Fitch is Executive Director of the Washington, DC, Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Washington Architectural Foundation. Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Long-Range Planning at the National Capital Planning Commission, working most particularly on the Monumental Core Plan.

Raising Wages: Creating Good Jobs and Good Workers to Fill Them (Harry Holzer)

November 10

Professor Holzer will focus on two different problems that limit opportunities for wage advancement among low-income workers: Too few students and workers obtain those skills which employers value and which the labor market rewards; and too few good-paying jobs are being created. He will examine the evidence of each of these problems, then discuss policy solutions.

Harry J. Holzer is a Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a former Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Surviving Survival (R.D. Rosen)

November 17

In 2010, a chance meeting inspired R.D. Rosen to chronicle the lives of three Jewish girls, among the mere 10 percent of European Jewish children to survive the Holocaust. In Such Good Girls, he traces their lives from nightmarish childhoods in Poland, France, and Holland, to remarkable adulthoods in New York City. The author will discuss the perils faced by the last — and most neglected — generation of survivors, as well as his own challenges trying to get three accomplished women to talk about the traumas which they, at first, had no desire to relive for a nosy journalist.

R.D. Rosen, the eclectic author of more than a dozen books, won an Edgar for the first of his five Harvey Blissberg mysteries, Strike Three, You're Dead, wrote Psychobabble (a word he invented), and more recently explored the American buffalo's 19th century near-extinction and continuing predicament in the 21st century in his nonfiction book A Buffalo in the House.

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 with 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 them or attending them. There are no tests and no grades; members participate purely for the joy of learning. The goal is a high-quality learning experience accessible to all.

For more information about the 2015 fall lecture series and all that OLLI has to offer, please visit http://olli-dc.org/lecture_series.

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Celebrate the Season at the Tenleytown Winterfest

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Start your holiday celebrations off right with a visit to the 2015 Tenley Winterfest from Friday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Dec. 5. Enjoy a craft and food market, Yeti scavenger hunt, live music, the Janney 5k race, special deals from Tenleytown merchants, a neighborhood walking tour, special holiday film screenings, live music, and more. Events will take place at Janney Elementary School (4130 Albermarle Street, NW) and the Tenley-Friendship library (Wisconsin and Albermarle Streets, NW).

“American University is proud to once again join with a host of community partners to support this great Tenleytown event,” said Andrew Huff, AU Director of Community Relations. “I hope to see all of our Tenley neighbors at this year’s Winterfest.”

For additional information and a complete schedule of events, please visit http://www.tenleywinterfest.org/.

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SPExS Dean’s Forum November 5

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Join us for the School of Professional & Extended Studies (SPExS) Dean's Forum Series on Innovative Practices in Professional Higher Education and Workforce Development on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m. in Mary Graydon Center Room 200 for a lecture titled Teacher Education for the Future.

Dr. Arthur Levine, the guest lecturer, will discuss the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning (WW Academy), a new graduate school and lab for teacher preparation established by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The WW Academy, a joint effort with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will serve as an incubator and test bed for innovative teacher training and educational leadership for schools in the 21st century. It will seek to apply competency-based education principles to increase the effectiveness and impact of teacher education. Dr. Levine will share the academy’s underlying rationale and broader vision for this new approach.

Dr. Levine is President of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and former President of Columbia University's Teacher College and Bradford College. He is an internationally-renowned expert and author on higher education management and innovation, undergraduate education, and access to college.

The event is open to the public, students, faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at american.edu/spexs/forum.cfm.

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Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for December 1

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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 D.C. 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 http://www.american.edu/communityrelations/clc/index.cfm.

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Kay Spiritual Life Center (KSLC) Celebrates 50 Years

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The Kay Spiritual Life Center (KSLC) invites neighbors to join in its 50th anniversary celebration. The KSLC has stood on the north end of American University’s campus as an enduring expression of the friendship between then-AU President Hurst Anderson and Abraham Kay, one of Washington DC’s most influential civic and business leaders. The partnership of the prominent Jewish businessman and Anderson, who was a devout church goer and prominent Methodist leader, resulted in the establishment of the interfaith KSLC.

Affirming their respective faith traditions, the two men envisioned creating a space that would be open and welcoming to everyone, regardless of religious identity or creed. Long before “interfaith” entered the popular lexicon, the two men established the KSLC in the fall of 1965. According to the language printed on the KSLC’s ground-breaking ceremony program, the Chapel was to “stand at the head of the campus quadrangle in a place of unique prominence symbolizing the importance of the worship and service to God in the aims of the university, and bearing witness to a belief in religious freedom which is in accordance with one of the best features of American life…The KSLC will provide a place for the sharing of different faiths and denominations, and will allow more fully for encounter, for questioning, and for seeking…”

As an integral part of life at American University, the Kay Spiritual Life Center continues to live up to the interfaith vision of Anderson and Kay. To help celebrate the KSLC’s 50th anniversary milestone, all are invited to the Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Parking will be available in the Katzen Arts Center parking garage. A reception will follow in the Battelle Atrium. For additional questions and to RSVP, please email KSLC@American.edu.

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AU Basketball Teams Tip-Off Play in November – Discounted Tickets for Neighbors

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The American University men's and women's basketball teams start their seasons this month in Bender Arena. The men's home opener versus Hampton University will be on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Two nights later on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., the women’s basketball team will open against Hoftra University, and also will raise their 2015 Patriot League Championship banner into the rafters of Bender Arena in a special pre-game ceremony. The first 500 fans to enter Bender for the women’s opener will receive a free commemorative replica Patriot League Champions mini-banner courtesy of GEICO.

AU In The Neighborhood newsletter recipients can use discount code NOV15 to get $5 off per ticket to any men's home game and $3 off per ticket to any women's home game played in November. This special offer is available for online purchases only. Visit AUeagles.com/Tickets to purchase your seats today!

November Basketball Home Games in Bender Arena

Tuesday, Nov. 17 Men's Basketball vs. Hampton at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19 Women's Basketball vs. Hofstra 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 22 Women's Basketball vs. Elon at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 29 Women's Basketball vs. Wake Forest at 2 p.m.

November also features a full line-up of volleyball and soccer matches.

November Volleyball Home Matches in Bender Arena

Friday, Nov. 6 vs. Lehigh at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 7 vs. Colgate at 4 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 13 vs. Loyola (Md.) at 7 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22 Patriot League Tournament*

November Men's Soccer Home Matches at Reeves Field

Saturday, Nov. 7 vs. Lehigh at 12 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals*

Friday and Sunday November 13 & 15, Patriot League Tournament*

*if AU is high seed and hosts, check AUeagles.com for schedules

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Calendar of Events

Yoga in the Galleries

November 4, 11, 18 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 and free for museum members. www.tinyurl.com/ aumtickets.

Weekly Gallery Tours

November 6, 13, 20 12:30 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Explore the galleries each Friday afternoon with our knowledgeable volunteer docents. Guided tours highlight current exhibitions and cover a new subject every week. Free.

Members Only Late Fall Artists’ Preview

November 6, 5:30 – 7:30

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Director Jack Rasmussen invites members to a special Members' event in celebration of the museum’s 10-Year Anniversary to honor the artists, curators, and museum supporters.

Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art Series with Titus Kaphar

November 6, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

The Studio Art Program at American University is thrilled to host visiting artist Titus Kaphar of The Vesper Project.

Volleyball vs. Lehigh

November 6, 7 p.m.

Bender Arena

United Methodist Women’s Annual Bazaar

November 7, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Metropolitan Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW.

The United Methodist Women’s Annual Bazaar will feature gently-used, donated items ranging from attic treasures, Christmas items, jewelry, crafts, gifts, as well as fresh-baked goods to go. There also will be a Harvest Soup lunch. All proceeds will benefit projects supporting the welfare of women and children locally, nationally, and globally. Kay Spiritual Life Center is one of the sponsors. Free parking. For more information, call 202-363-4900.

Men’s Soccer vs. Lehigh

November 7, 12 p.m.

Reeves Field

Gallery Talk with Susanne Kessler

November 7, 5 – 6 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Meet the artist Susanne Kessler and hear about the process behind her installation.

Gallery Talk with Marc Pekala and Michael Graham

November 7, 6 – 7 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join the artists for a discussion about the progression of their work from trained graphic designers to painting, drawing, and collage art.

Late Fall Artists’ Reception

November 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Mix and mingle with the artists, curators and museum patrons at the Late Fall Opening Reception. Free and open to the public.

Volleyball vs. Colgate

November 7, 4 p.m.

Bender Arena

When Spirits Attend in the Balcony

Nov. 7, 8 p.m. and Nov. 8, 3 p.m.

Kay Spiritual Life Center

As the fourth program in the collaboration between Dr. Richard R. Palmer and the American University Music Program, the American University Chamber Singers present Maurice Duruflé’s stirring Requiem alongside Arvo Pärt’s Salve Regina, and works by J. S. Bach, John Tavener and Frank Ticheli. Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

Gallery Talk with Facing Change

November 8, 7 – 8 p.m.

Busboys and Poets

In conjunction with the Fotoweek DC exhibition Documenting America, join the photography collective Facing Change at Busboys and Poets (14th St. location) to hear about their ongoing project.

Men’s Soccer Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinals*

November 10, 13, and 15

Reeves Field

*if AU is high seed and hosts, check AUeagles.com for schedules

Gallery Talk with Joseph White

November 10, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Meet the artist Joe White and hear about his prolific career and latest work based on Post-It drawings.

Movies that Matter: Chaplains

November 11, 6:30 p.m.

Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

Chaplains is a documentary film that takes the viewer into the dynamic world of chaplains – men and women who represent their own particular faith tradition but are trained to be of comfort and support to everyone – religious or not. Sponsored by the Kay Spiritual Life Center, Center for Media & Social Impact, and the School of Communication, the movie screening is free and open to the public. For more information contact Joseph Eldridge, eldridg@american.edu, or visit american.edu/moviesthatmatter.

Choreolab 2015: Facing Forward

Nov. 11, 8 p.m.

Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

The culmination of a two-month mentored creative process, join us as AU's student choreographers present this exciting evening of concert dance. Led by artistic director Melanie George, you will see an array of works in progress by AU's emerging choreographers. Following the performance, you will have the opportunity to hear feedback from a panel of local dance professionals. Tickets are $5 general admission, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

Bachelorette

Nov. 12-13, 8 p.m.

Nov. 14, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre

On the eve of her wedding, Becky has arranged the perfect bachelorette celebration. However, two party crashers, one manipulative maid of honor, and a bathtub of booze cause things to not go quite as planned. This show contains mature content. Tickets are $15 regular admission/$10 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

Volleyball vs. Loyola (MD)

November 13, 7 p.m.

Bender Arena

4 x 4: Celebrating Contemporary Chamber Music

Nov. 14, 8 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

The last twenty years have seen the proliferation of many successful contemporary chamber ensembles. These groups have forged a new identity for this genre of music through commissioning and championing new works. Led by director Noah Getz, this concert will focus on these contributions by featuring chamber ensemble configurations within the American University Workshop to bring you exciting and dynamic pieces. Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

Kids@Katzen Family Day

November 15, 1 – 3 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Engage your children’s imagination by engaging the whole family in a fun, creative art class inspired by one of our Late Fall exhibitions. Appropriate for ages 4-12. $15 per family of four, $5 for each additional member. Advanced registration recommended.

American University Symphonic Band Fall Concert

Nov. 15, 3 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

Led by director Ben Sonderman, the American University Symphonic Band presents classic gems and current favorites from the symphonic band repertoire. Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

An Evening with Maria Elena Salinas

November 16, 6 p.m.

Media Innovation lab (MIL), McKinley Building

Peabody Award-winning anchor María Elena Salinas, who is described as the “Voice of Hispanic America” by The New York Times, will share film clips from her storied career and answer questions from the audience. As a trail-blazing Latina journalist and anchor, Salinas witnessed history as she covered most major news stories for Univision during the past 30 years. Salinas is one of the most recognized and influential journalists in the United States and reaches a multitude of audiences in 18 Latin American countries. All are welcome to attend this free event. For more information, contact Lydia Schindler, lydias@american.edu, or visit American.edu/soc.

Men’s Basketball vs. Hampton

November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Bender Arena

Gallery Talk with Micheline Klagsburn

November 19, 5:30 – 7:30

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Artist Micheline Klagsbrun and curator Vesela Stretenović will discuss the body of work shown in Free Fall Flow.

Women’s Basketball vs. Hofstra

November 19, 7 p.m.

Bender Arena

Fall For Jazz

Nov. 20, 8 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

The American University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Joshua Bayer, will perform a varied program of music for big band, including swing, bebop, and blues. Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts

Gallery Talk with Beverly Ress

November 21, 4 – 5 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join curator Aneta Georgievska-Shine for a discussion with the artist on her latest work featured in The World is a Narrow Bridge.

Through Tempests And Trials

Nov 21, 8 p.m.

Nov 22, 3 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall

The American University Chorus will perform three pieces from the past 75 years of choral music, including Norman Dello Joio’s Song of the Open Road which is a setting of a Walt Whitman text; Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year, a cycle of seven pieces for double chorus and piano; and Georgy Sviridov’s stunning a cappella setting of Pushkin’s Garland.

Tickets are $10 regular admission/$5 AU community and seniors, and may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting american.edu/auarts.

Women’s Basketball vs. Elon

November 22, 7 p.m.

Bender Arena

Women’s Basketball vs. Wake Forest

November 29, 2 p.m.

Bender Arena

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