A Fall Showcase for the Arts, Knowledge, and Community Service
As autumn officially arrives, the campus calendar features an array of events and activities for our neighbors to enjoy. The stages at the Katzen Arts Center and the Greenberg Theatre feature plays with student performers. There’s music to enjoy with an evening performance of Beethoven’s Sonatas. The Human Rights Film Series celebrates its eleventh year, while a new Baby Boomers Film Festival kicks off with a series of Wednesday night screenings and discussions. The weather also is perfect for watching some of the men’s and women’s athletic events on our fields. Meanwhile, our graduate students get a special space of their own on campus for collaborative learning. Also, our undergraduate students, through their student government, have organized a new Community Service Coalition to build new bridges to the community, as they undertake projects from cleaning up parks to helping individual neighbors.
Documentary films dealing with Sierra Leone’s Special Court (Oct. 7, War Don Don), the Mexican prison system (Oct. 21, Presumed Guilty), and military tribunals and Guantanamo Bay (Oct. 28, The Oath) will be featured this month as part of the 11th Annual Human Rights Film Series. The series is sponsored by the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law – created in 1990 by AU’s Washington College of Law and the AU Center for Social Media. This year’s documentary films exhibit excellence in filmmaking and explore a variety of human rights issues. The films are open to the public and shown from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available in the garage under Katzen. For more information on the film series, visit the Center's Film Series Web site. If you would like more information on the Center or to read their fall newsletter, please visit their Web site at: http://wcl/american/edu/humright/center. You also can visit the Center on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.
Did you know the 1960s is now a class at AU? Join our School of Communications Professor Lenny Steinhorn, who teaches Talking About That Sixties Generation for a Baby Boomer Film Festival of some of the most acclaimed films from that era. The screening of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Wednesday, Sept. 29) is sponsored by DeCarlo’s restaurant in Spring Valley, so drop in for dinner before the movie. Other films featured in October are Alice’s Restaurant (Wednesday, Oct. 6); The War at Home (Wednesday, Oct. 13), Easy Rider (Wednesday, Oct. 20), and Coming Home (Wednesday, Oct. 27). November will feature three more films: The Big Chill, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and Network. All of the films will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Wechsler Theater in Mary Graydon Center, Third Floor.
The First Ladies of Namibia, Lesotho, and Sierra Leone met with former US First Lady Laura Bush and RAND staff members during the fellowship program. (Photo credit: James Roderick/RAND)
Representatives of the First Ladies of eight African nations – including Namibia, Lesotho, and Sierra Leone – participated recently as fellows in a pioneering course co-hosted by AU’s School of Public Affairs (SPA) and the nonprofit RAND Corporation. The five-day workshop focused on recognizing and defining the role of First Ladies, and on providing First Ladies from countries with limited resources the tools they need to be effective champions for programs to meet the challenges in their own countries. Anita McBride, former chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush, who has served in the White House under three administrations, said the fellowship program recognizes the role First Ladies play, and the important contributions that they make as effective leaders and catalysts for change. McBride is an executive in residence at SPA’s Center for Presidential and Congressional Studies.
Graduate students have a new home that’s designed to facilitate the collaborative learning that is gaining a foothold among educators as a new learning model. The new space is a 5,400-quare foot Graduate Research Center between the Bender Library and the new School of International Service. It has study space, a classroom, space for groups to work together with display screens, student lockers, and office space for the Graduate Leadership Council. However, you won’t even know it’s there because it is underground with a large skylight that lets in natural light, and is accessed through the lower level of the library or the new School of International Service School garage.
Join AU alumni, families, students, and guests for the All-American AU Celebration October 22-24 that is packed with events including Arboretum tours, a historical walking tour of the campus, tours of the new School of International Service building, a picnic in the Woods-Brown Amphitheater, women’s field hockey, soccer, and volleyball matches, a 5K: Race for Humanity, and an AU Museum exhibit of works by 60 alumni. For a full schedule of events, visit www.american.edu/allamericanweekend.
If you love Beethoven, you won’t want to miss this evening with internationally acclaimed concert pianist and AU musician in residence Yuliya Gorenman on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center. As part of the Gorenman Beethoven Project, Gorenman will present the seventh in a series of eight concerts devoted to performing the complete cycle of sonatas for piano by Ludwig van Beethoven. The performance includes Sonata No 27, Op. 90 in E minor; Sonata No. 28, Op. 101 in A Major; and Sonata No. 29, Op. 106 in B-flat Major (“Hammerklavier”). The concert will be held at Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. For tickets, call the Katzen Arts Center box office at (202) 885-3634 or visit www.american.tix.com.
There is a lot to enjoy on stage at AU this month. Acclaimed Russian director Alice Ivanova brings her unique perspective as she directs Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters starting Thursday, Oct. 7, through Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Studio Theatre at the Katzen Arts Center. The play delineates the decay of the privileged class in Russian and the search for meaning in the modern world. The musical Nine opens later this month on Thursday, October 21, for two weekends (Oct. 21-23, and Oct. 29-30) at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theater at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue. Directed by Carl Menninger of AU’s Department of Performing Arts, the story follows Italian filmmaker Guido Contini as he attempts to sneak away to Venice while trying to find an idea for his next film. For tickets and more information about performances, visit http://www.american.edu/cas/auarts, or call the Katzen Box Office at (202) 885-3634 or the Greenberg Theatre box office at (202) 885-2587.
Do you need help with a project in your neighborhood? AU’s undergraduates have organized a new Community Service Coalition that is looking for ways to help out in the community. Organized last spring, the Coalition is made up of student government, various clubs, and campus groups that have joined together to do community service. To date, they have worked to clean up local parks like Glover Archibald, Battery Kemble and Soapstone Valley, and along the Potomac River. They have helped out at DC Central Kitchen, recycled science lab supplies for DC schools, and held a clothing drive for vets. “It’s incredible to see people work together for a common purpose,” says Stephen Bronskill, Director of the Coalition. “AU students are interested in so many things, and we’re putting these passions to work. We’re making friends, seeing new places, and making a real impact on the community.” The Coalition’s goal is for AU students to work collaboratively with neighbors. The Coalition wants AU’s neighbors to know they are ready and willing to help. “We’re open to any projects that neighbors need done,” Bronskill says. To read more about the Coalition, go to http://csc.ausg.org/, or contact them for help with a project by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 2 at 9:30 a.m. American University and George Washington University Art History Symposium. Katzen Arts Center, Rooms 112 and 201.
Saturday, October 2 at 8 p.m. The Gorenman Beethoven Project. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.
Monday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Panel Discussion: Verdi’s Requiem at Terezin. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.
Wednesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. Free Baby Boomer Film Festival showing Alice’s Restaurant. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, Third Floor.
Thursday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. Human Rights Film Festival showing War Don Don. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.
Thursday, October 7 and Friday, October 8 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 9 at 2 p.m.Three Sisters in the Studio Theatre at the Katzen Arts Center. Free parking is available under the Katzen building.
Saturday, October 9 at 4 p.m. Gallery Talk with artist Luciano Penay, whose works currently are on display. AU Museum in the Katzen Arts Center.
Tuesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. Art Colloquia: Dan Steinhilber. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.
Wednesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. Free Baby Boomer Film Festival showing The War at Home. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, Third Floor.
Thursday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. Small Nation’s Poetry Reading. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.
Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m. Fiction Reading: Andre Dubus III. School of International Service Lounge.
Wednesday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Free Baby Boomer Film Festival showing Easy Rider. Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, Third Floor.
Thursday, October 21 at 5:30 p.m. Human Rights Film Festival showing Presumed Guilty. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.
Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Student production of the musical Nine. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre. 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. For tickets and information, call the box office at 202-885-2787.
Friday, October 22 at 1 p.m.19th Annual McDowell Conference on Philosophy and Social Policy. Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center.