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November 2016 - AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

DDOT to Host Ward Circle Community Meeting

Cars driving around Ward circle

The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a community meeting on issues related to Ward Circle on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Room 2 of the Ward Building on the American University campus. All are welcome.

Meeting attendees will be invited to share their thoughts and opinions on ways to improve transportation safety for all users of the circle.

Parking for the meeting is available at the Katzen Arts Center garage on Massachusetts Avenue, as well as at the School for International Service garage on Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues, NW. The AU campus also is accessible via MetroBus routes N2, N4, and M4.

For additional information on the meeting, please contact Ted Van Houten at DDOT at

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Celebrate the Season at Tenleytown Winterfest

Metro Winterfest

Start your holiday celebrations off right with a visit to the 2016 Tenley Winterfest from Friday, Nov. 25 through Saturday, Dec. 3. 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, visit

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Continues Fall Lecture Series in New Home

Professor teaching a class

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), an association of, by, and for people in the DC area who wish to continue to study and learn, continues its 2016 fall lecture series through November with three lectures.

Lectures take place at 1:30 p.m. at the American University Spring Valley Building (4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW) and are free and open to the public. RSVP is required.

Friday, Nov. 4
Diane Cline
Innovation and the Ancient Greeks: Secrets of their Creativity
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room A-101

Social networks foster creativity and innovation, both today and in ancient Greece. These networks allow people to find the resources and partners they need and help new ideas catch on and spread. The ancient Greeks were remarkably innovative — what was their secret? What can we learn from them to make our own communities more creative? What do we know about innovation today that confirms that the Greeks had tapped into something important, how to make lasting changes and to invent technological solutions to social problems.

Diane Harris Cline is an Associate Professor of History and Classics at George Washington University where she teaches ancient Greek history and is involved in the university’s cross-disciplinary collaboration. She is the author of The Greeks: An Illustrated History, published by National Geographic as a companion book to its highly-acclaimed recent exhibition on the Greeks and an associated PBS series that ran this summer. Professor Cline holds a BA in Classics from Stanford and PhD in Classical Archaeology from Princeton.


Friday, Nov. 11
Edward Alden
Immigration: How Did America Become So Divided?
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room A-101

The United States has long seen itself as a “nation of immigrants,” built by successive waves of newcomers seeking a better life for themselves and their families. In recent years, however, the central issues of immigration – how many people should we admit? What kind? From where? How do they fit into American society? – have become more contentious than at any time since the early 20th century. What explains these growing divisions over immigration, and how might these controversies be resolved in ways that strengthen the U.S. in the 21st century?

Edward Alden is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who specializes in U.S. immigration and international economic policy. The former Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, he is the author of The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11, and was project director for the CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy, co-chaired by Jeb Bush and Mack McLarty.


Friday, Nov. 18
Caron Dale
A Taste of Jewish Soul Music — from Eastern Europe to the Shores of America
4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room A-101

Learn about the roots of klezmer music and Yiddish song with a musical demonstration and a little zingen a lang (sing-a-long), too. This discussion will offer a short history of the Yiddish language, life in the shtetl, Yiddish on the stage and in Hollywood, and klezmer as a form of communication. Come prepared for a journey of centuries, culture, and art, and expect to use your vocal cords.

Caron Dale is founder and lead vocalist for Lox & Vodka, the widely acclaimed Klezmer, Jewish and American music group. She is a WPAS performer, a well-reviewed songwriter, Cantorial Soloist of Hevrat Shalom and founder and CEO of the non-profit, Chords of Courage.


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 much like a small liberal arts college. Members come from varied backgrounds with a common, genuine 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. OLLI's goal is to offer a high-quality learning experience accessible to all.

For more information about the 2016 fall lecture series and all that OLLI has to offer, visit

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Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for December 1

Group of people sitting around a table watching a screen

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Thursday, 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 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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Books That Shaped America Community Discussion Series Continues

Books That Shaped America

Books That Shaped America is an ongoing discussion series about books that have helped shape American society. Each discussion starts with a focal text designed to elicit conversation from attendees from the American University and DC communities. The discussion is led by a faculty or staff member from AU, and conversations extend far beyond the pages of the books themselves. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text.


From childhood classics, to books you studied in high school, and those you continue to reread in adulthood, the series explores familiar works that resonate with everyone. November’s selection is:

The Joy of Cooking
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12 – 1 p.m.
Training and Events Room 115

Stephanie Hartman, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, Department of Literature, will discuss The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. Hartman, who teaches the American Studies course, Food, Media, and Culture, will talk about the book’s significance and the evolution of recipes, cookbooks, and food blogs.

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.

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Countdown to Election '16: The Pollsters
November 1, 6:30 p.m.
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

With exactly one week to go before Election Day, join two of the country's leading polling and political analysts as they shed light on the trends that will shape the outcome of this year's historic presidential race. Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson, hosts of the popular weekly podcast The Pollsters, will share their insights about the state of the race, what factors are driving voters' decision-making, and what we should expect on Election Day. Event is free. For more information, visit

Yoga in the Galleries
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 29 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, $5 for museum members, and free for members at the Associates level and above. aumtickets.

AU Farmers’ Market
November 2, 9, 16, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Every Wednesday, the quad space around the Mary Graydon building buzzes with activity as students, faculty, staff, and neighbors browse goods ranging from farm-fresh vegetables to homemade breads and desserts at the AU Farmers’ Market. The market is a coordinated effort between AU and Pennsylvania-based Agora Farms. Upper Crust Bakery also offers a variety of fresh breads, including raisin pecan, harvest grain, pain de campagne, jalapeno cheddar, sourdough, challah, whole wheat, focaccia, black Russian, NY rye, artisan baguettes, and tea breads, as well as chocolate chip cookies, mini pies, and cobblers.

From Cronkite to Trump: Journalism's Evolution
November 2, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building
A conversation about how news is covered with Leonard Downie, Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, and Charles Lewis, executive editor of The Investigative Reporting Workshop. Event is free. For more information, visit

Objects of Desire: The Films of Luis Buñuel | Los Olvidados
November 4, 7 p.m.
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

The masterpiece from Buñuel’s Mexican years, Los Olvidados was savaged initially by Mexican critics who faulted the film for its unapologetic depiction of savagery among Mexico City’s disenfranchised youth and other unchecked social ills. Championed by poet Octavio Paz, then Mexico’s cultural ambassador to France, the film was selected for the 1951 Cannes Film Festival where Buñuel won Best Director, reintroducing him to the world stage and reigniting his stalled film career. The film is a unique blend of Italian-style neorealism, with its real locations and non-professional cast, and Buñuel’s trademark surrealism, exhibited most spectacularly in a slow-motion Freudian nightmare that is one of the director’s most iconic scenes. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Screening is free. For more information, visit

Gallery Talk with Martha Wilson

November 10, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum, Room 201

The American University Studio Art Program presents Martha Wilson, a pioneering feminist artist and founder and director of Franklin Furnace, a New York-based non-profit arts organization that has supported avant-garde art since 1976. This public talk is presented as part of Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace from November 12 - December 18 at the AU Museum, the final exhibition in Transformer's four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series.

Members’ Preview
November 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Katzen Museum

Museum members are invited to take a first look at the Late Fall Exhibitions. The evening will feature a conversation with Carol Brown Goldberg, whose new mural will be on view in the Kreeger Lobby through December 18. For more information, visit or call (202) 885-3656.

A Mural Project by Carol Brown Goldberg

November 12, 11a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

A new photographic mural, The Studio: a place of uncertainty, ambiguity, where harmony emerges out of disorder, by Carol Brown Goldberg will be on view in the Kreeger Lobby beginning November 12. For more information, visit

Alex Katz: Black and White
Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition
November 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This exhibition explores the artist's lifelong interest in stripping color out of his prints, and his attempt to replace sensual pleasure with intellectual design. Design versus color has been an artistic debate that dates back to the Renaissance. Similar to the art of Renaissance Florence, Katz's prints are all about design and are based on drawing, ideas, and the structure of things. For more information, visit

Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace

November 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

This exhibition explores the artistic career of pioneering feminist artist Martha Wilson and her work as Founder and Director of Franklin Furnace, a New York-based non-profit arts organization that has supported avant-garde art since 1976. This is the final exhibition in Transformer's four-part Do You Know Where Your Art Comes From? series, presented at AU over the past two years, in collaboration with Tim Doud, Associate Professor of Art and coordinator of the Visiting Artist Program at AU and Victoria Reis, Executive and Artistic Director of Transformer. The exhibit investigates current and future models of art-organizing by highlighting various contemporary platforms, artists, and arts organizations. For more information, visit

Melissa Ichiuji: Make You Love Me
November 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

The latest exhibition by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art features Melissa Ichiuji. By its role and emotional density, the doll reminds us of the first objects that comforted us in childhood. For Melissa Ichiuji, it helped to renew the creative energies within the family space. The doll, with its suggestive and "rudimentary" shape, gives free rein to everyone’s imagination. Anthropomorphism is at the heart of this experience – man projecting himself onto the world around him by attributing human traits and emotions to an object (the doll). For more information, visit

Squeak Carnwath: Crazy Paper and Sister Objects
November 12, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

While Squeak Carnwath is known primarily as a painter, she has worked across many media. This exhibition highlights the unique surfaces and textures that each medium affords, while sharing the artist’s distinct visual language of symbols, phrases, and colors. Works on view in Crazy Paper and Sister Objects span more than 30 years of the artist’s exploration in painting, drawing, and printmaking. For more information, visit

The High Stakes of Macedonia’s “Colorful Revolution”
November 12 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

Several years ago, the government of the Republic of Macedonia embarked on a highly controversial and hugely expensive "urban renewal" of the capital city, Skopje. Most of this renewal consisted of large monuments of "historic figures" and new, quasi-classical facades over old buildings. This year, these monuments and buildings came under attack by various groups of citizens of this multi-ethnic country who rose together in street protests. Some of the protesters have been arrested and indicted for vandalism. Nevertheless, the protests have continued unabated. This exhibition of photographs tells the story of the "Colorful Revolution." Exhibition will be on view in the Kreeger Lobby, outside of the museum’s front doors. For more information, visit

Women’s Volleyball vs. Loyola University
November 12, 2 – 4 p.m.
Bender Arena

Gallery Talk with Squeak Carnwath

November 12, 5 – 6 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Squeak Carnwath has explored monoprinting, etching, aquatint, and numerous other techniques that allow her to build layers of color and imagery. Learn about her journey through media as she tours selected works from 30 years of art-making featured in her solo-exhibition Crazy Paper and Sister Objects. For more information, visit

Late Fall Opening Reception
November 12, 6 – 9 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Meet and mingle with the artists, curators, and fellow museum patrons at the opening reception of the Late Fall Exhibitions. Exhibitions include: Squeak Carnwath: Crazy Paper and Sister Objects; Melissa Ichiuji: Make You Love Me; Alex Katz: Black & White; Martha Wilson & Franklin Furnace; Slyvia Snowden: The Feel of Paint; The High Stakes of Macedonia's "Colorful Revolution;" and The Studio: A Place of Transformation. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Schubert, Sibelius, Bartok, Bizet, and Tcherepnin

November 12 8 – 10 p.m.; November 13 3 – 5 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall

The American University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Matthew Brown, kicks off its season with a wide variety of great works. The program begins with the little-known La Princesse Lointaine by Nikolai Tcherepnin. Violist Christopher Hacnik, Class of 2018, one of the three winners of the 2016 AU Concerto and Aria Competition, performs Bartók Viola’s Concerto. Selections from Bizet’s Carmen Suites I and II are followed by Franz Schubert’s Symphony no. 8 (Unfinished). The program concludes with the epic tone poem Finlandia by Sibelius. Tickets are $5 – 10. RSVP required:

Wrestling vs. Clarion & Campbell
November 13, 10 – 4 p.m.
Bender Arena

Classroom in the Wild - Film Screening Followed by Q&A

November 15, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

Hear first-hand accounts from students about their extraordinary experiences during this screening and presentation. Vanina Harel, who co-led the Chesapeake Bay course, will attend and lead the presentation and Q&As. Through photos and videos taken by the students, you will learn more about this unique experiential learning course, as well as future opportunities to practice environmental filmmaking in Classroom in the Wild in 2017. Screening is free. For more information, visit

Objects of Desire: The Films of Luis Buñuel | llusion Travels by Streetcar
November 17, 6:30 p.m.
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

Comic, surreal, political, with marvelous cinematography, La Ilusion Viaja en Tranvia is the story of two entrepreneurial transit workers who renovate a streetcar on their own time, while their boss has a separate deal to replace it. The workers steal streetcar #133 on a mission to educate the public and crisscross Mexico City, giving free rides to a cross-section of humanity. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Screening is free. For more information, visit

Friday Gallery Tours

November 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Free, docent-led tours of the Late Fall Exhibitions are held every Friday through the close of the exhibitions on December 16. Note: the museum will be closed November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving. Tours highlight themes of the current exhibitions and last 45 minutes to 1 hour. Tours meet at the museum front desk at 11:30 am. No RSVP required. For more information, visit

The Music of Steve Reich
November 18, 8 – 10 p.m.
Abramson Recital Hall

The AU Workshop explores the music of Steve Reich in celebration of his 80th birthday. Reich was one of the founders of minimalism and remains one of its most creative and active proponents. Enjoy works by Reich and other minimalist composers who have been influenced by this renowned American composer. Tickets: $5-10. RSVP Required:

Kids@Katzen Family Day
November 20, 1 – 3 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Bring the whole family for an art-filled afternoon inspired by one of our current exhibitions. The class includes an age-appropriate tour, followed by a hands-on workshop for children and adults alike. Cost is $20 per family of four. Advanced registration is recommended. Museum members receive priority registration. RSVP required:

James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Lectures

November 20, 2 – 3 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

This year’s Distinguished Artist series highlights "local treasures," artists who contribute significantly to the richness of the artistic environment in Washington, DC. This month’s lecture will feature renowned sculptor Barton Rubenstein. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

November 22, 2 – 4 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

This new program is designed to bring community members of all art backgrounds into the museum for a focused look and stimulating discussion on works from a current exhibition. This conversation will focus on Squeak Carnwath's Crazy Paper and Sister Objects, and will be followed by a performance by AU Theater students. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Men’s Basketball vs. Wagner College
November 22, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Bender Arena

Men’s Basketball vs. St. Francis (PA) University

November 25, 2 – 4 p.m.
Bender Arena

Men’s Basketball vs. Western Illinois University
November 29, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Bender Arena

Women’s Basketball vs. UMBC
November 30, 7 – 9 p.m.
Bender Arena

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