AU welcomes alumni, families, students, and the community for its annual All-American Weekend October 19 – 21. The weekend features a welcome reception; campus and neighborhood tours; special programs and cultural events at Bender Library, Katzen Museum, and Greenberg Theatre; sports activities; alumni awards; class reunions; guest speakers; and much more. It’s a unique opportunity to celebrate with other members of the AU community and experience all that’s happening at the university. For more information, visit All-American Weekend website.
American University received a 2012 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. As one of only twelve organizations nationwide to receive the award, AU was recognized as a leading green power purchaser for its commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the country’s voluntary green power market.
The EPA’s recognition of AU as a Green Power Partner is the result of the university’s purchase of 55 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually from renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Renewable Choice Energy. The RECs are enough to meet 100 percent of AU’s purchased electricity use.
“We’re proud to receive this prestigious award from the EPA,” said Director of Sustainability Chris O’Brien. “Purchasing green power helps us become more sustainable, meet our Climate Commitment pledge, as well as set an example to others to support clean sources of electricity and help to fight climate change.”
AU is the 14th largest annual voluntary purchaser of green power according to the EPA’s latest Top 20 College & University List. The university’s current green power purchase of 55 million kWh is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 7,000 passenger vehicles per year, or the equivalent amount of electricity needed to power nearly 5,000 average American homes annually.
Green power is electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, biomass, and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity with a net-zero increase in carbon dioxide emissions. Green power purchases also support the nationwide development of new renewable energy generation sources.
For more information about AU’s environmentally-friendly efforts, visit the Office of Sustainability website.
Meet five inspirational women at AU this fall. American University Professor Iris Krasnow will moderate a series of presentations called American Women: Conversations With Inspirational Women Of AU, featuring professors and experts speaking about their areas of expertise. While planning the roster for the presentations, Krasnow said, “I realized that there are many inspirational women right here at AU. By sharing stories of their career ascents and job experiences, they will empower their audiences, both professionally and personally.” There will be dessert and networking receptions following each presentation.
Anita McBride (Department of Government)
Partners in the Presidency: The Legacies of America’s First Ladies
Oct. 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Butler Board Room
Anita McBride is the Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the School of Public Affairs. The former chief of staff for First Lady Laura Bush, McBride will talk about how America’s First Ladies have played an influential role in American politics, domestic policy, and global diplomacy.
Caleen Sinnette Jennings, MFA (Department of Performing Arts)
Women in Black Theatre
Nov. 5, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Katzen Arts Center
Contemporary Black women playwrights come from a tradition of social activism. Professor of Theatre Caleen Sinnette Jennings will reflect on the work and careers of some of the great contemporary black women playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize-winning Suzan-Lori Parks and Lynn Nottage, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Marita Bonner, and Georgia Douglass Johnson, as well as activist Angelina Grimke. The presentation will feature performances by AU actors.
Dr. Patricia Aufderheide (School of Communication)
Women in Documentary Filmmaking
Nov. 12, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Butler Board Room
Increasingly, women such as Barbara Kopple (Shut Up and Sing), Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles), and Joan Churchill (Sarah Palin? You Betcha!) have taken center stage as directors and directors-producers of documentaries. You’ll get the backstory to the role of women in this rising art form.
Dr. Celeste Wallander (School of International Service)
Women in Defense and Security Policy
Nov. 26, 6:30 – 8 p.m., SIS Founders Room
During the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign, School of International Service Professor Celeste Wallander was a member of the small team of advisors who wrote the administration’s strategy for U.S. relations with Russia and Eurasia. When she joined the Pentagon in May 2009, she became part of the team that developed and implemented the policy. Dr. Wallander will share her experiences on the campaign, in government, and as one of the women shaping defense and security relations in U.S. national security policy.
Dotty Lynch, MA (School of Communication)
Women And Politics
Dec. 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m., SIS Founders Room
Dotty Lynch, Executive in Residence in Public Communication and CBS Political consultant, will give an insider’s view of what Election 2012 means to this country. She was the Political Editor for CBS News for 20 years and continues in the role of political consultant for the network. This year marks Lynch’s 22nd election cycle in congressional and presidential campaigns as a professional journalist and pollster. Lynch will offer timely insights on the impact of the gender gap and minority voters as well as how the Tea Party factored into the results.
For more information and to register for the series, visit www.american.edu/spexs/aw.
President Neil Kerwin and Ann Kerwin invite the AU community to our annual private luncheon to celebrate and support the university’s Arboretum & Gardens. The luncheon, to be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 from noon to 2 p.m. in the SIS Abramson Family Founders Room, will feature a unique presentation by professional actor, horticulturist, and historian Kirk Brown. Attendees will be treated to Brown’s dramatic portrayal of Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., the renowned landscape architect credited with designing AU’s first campus plan as well as the U.S. Capitol grounds and New York’s Central Park. AU’s Arboretum and Gardens encompass the entire 84-acre campus, and feature more than 2,500 trees – more than 130 different species and varieties. For more information and to register online, click here.
The American University Community Liaison Committee met for the second time this year on Sept. 18. Topics addressed included undergraduate enrollment management; updates for North Hall construction, Nebraska Hall addition, and McKinley building renovation; measures under way to contain sound at Jacobs Field; and a summary of the university’s off-campus parking enforcement activity. The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and our neighbors. The committee meets quarterly and is chaired by the AU Vice President of Campus Life. All meetings are open to the public. The next scheduled meeting, a town hall and holiday social with the president of the university, will be on Dec. 3. For minutes from the last two meetings, and more information and scheduled future meetings, visit the Community Liaison Committee website.
Tuesday, October 2 John Cage's STEPS: A Composition for a Painting, Selected Watercolors, and Ephemera, includes five enormous watercolor works resulting from Cage's STEPS project, a showing of the progression of graphically inventive musical scores, and never-before-exhibited items from the archives of Cage's publisher. This exhibition is part of a citywide celebration of the 100th anniversary of Cage’s birth. Exhibition runs Tuesdays through Sundays until October 21 at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 2 Occupy This! combines art, photojournalism, historic documents, and films to consider – in a broad, historic context – the causes, activities, and representation of the Occupy Movement. Exhibition runs Tuesdays through Sundays until October 21 at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, October 2 PLATFORMS is an outdoor sculpture exhibition presented in the Myrtle Berlin Katzen Scupture Garden, curated by Jeff Spaulding and featuring the work of Damian Yanessa, Patrick McGowen, Kate Kauffman, Steven Jones, Linda Hesh, Robert Bickey, Greg Braun, and M Frank. Exhibition runs Tuesdays through Sundays until October 21.
Tuesday, October 2 Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski. Widely regarded as one of America’s last classic modern painters, Jules Olitski (1922–2007) created brilliant color harmonies and chromatic shifts that became one of the hallmarks of Color Field painting. The exhibition presents 30 large-scale paintings from five decades of creative endeavor, ranging from the artist’s first essays into stain painting to his visionary last compositions. Exhibition runs Tuesdays through Sundays until October 21 at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.
Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. From the Fields: An American Journey As part of Hispanic Heritage month activities, SOC presents Carolyn Brown's 30-minute documentary that follows the life of Damian Trujillo from farmworker in the Salinas Valley to San Jose State University to the NBC Newsroom. A Q&A will follow with director/producer and SOC professor Carolyn Brown and Eric Hershberg, Director of the AU Center for Latin American and Latino Studies. Wechsler Theater. Admission is free. Contact info: Kim Husted, kimh@american.
Friday, October 5 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Lehigh University at Reeves Field.
Friday, October 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Navy at Bender Arena.
Saturday, October 6 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery Talk: Jeffrey Spaulding from the Washington Sculpture Group. AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.
Sunday, October 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Lafayette College at Reeves Field.
Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. Investigative Reporting: How it's Done Charles Lewis, executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and creator of the website Investigating Power, will talk about "moments of truth" in recent U.S. history and the journalists behind them. Two of those journalists, Don Barlett and Jim Steele, authors of the New York Times best-seller, The Betrayal of the American Dream, will talk about how the practices in Washington and on Wall Street continue to hurt the middle class. Barlett and Steele will be available for book signing following the event. Refreshments at 6:30 pm. Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Recital Hall. Admission is free. Contact: Kim Husted, kimh@american.
Wednesday, October 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.
Wednesday, October 10 7 p.m. DC Startup Forum: Innovating from the Inside with Vijay Ravindran. Wondering how smart people make smart ideas happen? Come hear how DC's entrepreneurs and intra-preneurs are turning the region into a hotbed of young startups, tech innovations, and new media businesses. Wechsler Theater. Admission is free, RSVP requested: http://dcstartupforum.eventbrite.com/. Contact info: Kim Husted, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Field Hockey vs. College of the Holy Cross at Jacobs Field.
Saturday, October 13 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Swimming & Diving vs. George Washington University and Catholic University at Large Pool.
Sunday, October 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Towson University at Jacobs Field.
Wednesday, October 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.
Wednesday, October 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Longwood University at Reeves Field.
Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, October 20-21 at 2 p.m. Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors. Event Website: https://www.american.edu/auarts
Friday, October 19 – Sunday October 21 Annual All-American Weekend, a unique opportunity to celebrate with other members of the AU community and experience all that’s happening at the university. For more information, All-American Weekend Schedule of Events websites.
Saturday, October 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. United States Naval Academy at Reeves Field.
Saturday, October 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery Talk: E.A. Carmean, Jr. and Karen Wilkin on Jules Olitski’s Revelation: Major Paintings. AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.
Tuesday, October 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. University of Maryland at Bender Arena.
Wednesday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.
Friday, October 26 – Saturday, October 27 at 8 p.m., and Saturday October 27 at 2 p.m. Guys and Dolls, a musical fable of Broadway. Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre. Tickets: $15 regular admission, $10 AU community and seniors. Event Website: https://www.american.edu/auarts
Saturday, October 27 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Field Hockey vs. Bucknell University at Jacobs Field.
Saturday, October 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. Colgate University at Reeves Field.
Saturday, October 27 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Swimming & Diving vs. Howard University at Large Pool.
Saturday, October 27 at 8 p.m. The Gorenman Piano Project: Schubert Edition Internationally acclaimed concert pianist and American University Musician in Residence Yuliya Gorenman explores masterpieces by Schubert. Tickets: Tickets: $25 regular admission, $10 AU students. Abramson Family Recital Hall. Event Website: https://www.american.edu/auarts
Tuesday, October 30 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Princeton University at Reeves Field.
Wednesday, October 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AU Farmers’ Market on the quad next to Bender Library.
Wednesday, October 31 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Mary Washington University (exhibition) at Bender Arena.
For event details and a full list of all upcoming events, see the University Events Calendar.
For a listing of upcoming events for AU alumni, please visit the Alumni Events Calendar.