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Quad Fall 2014

October 2014

AU Hosts Night Of Impassioned Debate In The Race For DC Mayor

Mayoral Debate

American University hosted the first DC mayoral debate of the 2014 general election campaign season on September 18. Presented in collaboration with the Kennedy Political Union, Palisades Citizens Association, and Ward 3 Vision, the event was moderated by NBC4's Tom Sherwood and featured WAMU's Patrick Madden and Kavitha Cardoza and The Washington Post's Clinton Yates as panelists.

As advertised, the 90-minute event was a "conversation with the candidates," albeit a lively one filled with heated rhetoric between the candidates on their policy differences and a fair share of one-liners at their opponents' expense. Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser and Independent candidates David Catania and Carol Schwartz wasted no time engaging each other before a boisterous at-capacity crowd of more than 200 at the Katzen Arts Center's Abramson Family Recital Hall. Demand for tickets to the debate was so high that additional live-stream viewing locations were set up in the building to accommodate the overflow crowd. Simulcast on the internet, the debate was viewed by more than 3,000 additional people.

Issues of fierce contention between the candidates – especially Bowser and Catania – included education and ethics reform as well as the District's homelessness problem. Bowser promised to expedite school reform and warned that Catania would push "untested and unproven" ideas. Catania dismissed Bowser's ethics reform bill as a compilation of proposals made by other councilmembers, and criticized her work as chairman of the Council's Committee on Economic Development. Meanwhile, Schwartz criticized her two opponents for passing campaign finance reforms that would take effect only after the election.

The candidates did find common ground on the need to craft the strictest possible legislation with regards to DC residents being allowed to carry concealed firearms. Bowser and Catania supported the idea of a stadium for Major League Soccer's DC United team and were open to the idea of Washington hosting the 2024 Olympics. However, Schwartz opposed bringing the Olympics to Washington.

AU President Neil Kerwin noted that, "AU is proud to serve as a venue to host public forums such as this where leading issues of the day can be discussed and debated."

The debate marked the second time in a year that American University played an integral role in the DC Mayoral election process. It also hosted a Democratic debate back in February among six candidates who ran in the April primary election.

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Fall Brings AU’s Farmers’ Market Back to Campus

Farmers' Market

Rain or shine, every Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., 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, an intermediary for bringing Amish and Mennonite and “English” farm goods to American University’s campus, as well as to D.C.’s historic Eastern Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

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.

In addition to supporting locally grown food, the convenience of having fresh food right on campus makes it a great benefit not only to the campus community but to the surrounding neighborhood as well. For additional information, please visit here.

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AU Basketball Season Tickets On Sale Now

Men's Basketball

Season tickets for the 2014-15 American University men's and women's basketball teams are on sale now. Lock in the same great seat location for the entire 2014-15 regular season and postseason. The men's team will play 11 games in Bender Arena, while the women's squad will host 13 exciting home games. 

To purchase tickets, or to renew your season tickets by October 15: 

•Visit AUeagles.com 24 hours a day, seven days a week;  

•Call (202) 885-TIXX, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; or 

•At the Bender Arena Box Office, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Both the men’s and women’s teams will tip off regular season home play on Monday, November 17 in double-header action.

Don't miss out – reserve your seats today!

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AU Brings Late-Night Rail Service To Nats Fans For Post-Season Games

Nationals Tenleytown

As the Washington, DC area gears up for the Nationals to make a post-season run for the World Series, American University and the Nats have announced an extension of their three-year partnership into the playoffs, by ensuring access to special late-night Metro train service, as needed.

Following home games Sunday through Thursday nights that are still in play as of 10:30 p.m., Metro will extend service for an additional hour – until 12:20 a.m. – from Navy Yard-Ballpark Station for the last connecting train. If necessary due to rain delay or extra innings, Metro also will have the ability to further extend service until as late as 1:20 a.m. On Friday and Saturday nights, Metrorail already stays open until 3 a.m., with the last connecting train departing Navy Yard at 2:20 a.m.

Fans will receive information about the late-night service through in-stadium announcements as well as via Twitter, email and text advisories, digital screens at station entrances, public address announcements, and social media and wmata.com.

AU President Neil Kerwin said, “AU is known for its leadership in promoting public transportation and sustainability, so we are pleased to assure Nats fans that they will be able to rely on Metro for a ride home, no matter when a game ends.”

Sign up for MetroAlerts (wmata.com/metroalerts) to be notified of Metrorail and Metrobus service disruptions.

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All-American Weekend Slated for October 17-19

All-American Weekend 2014

American University’s annual All-American Weekend will take place October 17 – 19, with more than 50 events planned throughout the weekend. The university anticipates increased activity around campus, as families, alumni, and friends visit to celebrate the memories, fun, and future of AU.

Alumni and families will have the opportunity to explore the campus together. Alumni can re-connect with friends they haven't seen in years, and families will discover more about student life at AU.

The weekend will be hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of the Dean of Students. For additional information on this year’s All-American weekend, please click here.

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15th Annual Human Rights Film Series Returns to AU

15th Annual Human Rights Film Series

The 15th Annual Human Rights Film Series brings four exceptional human rights documentaries to American University. The aim of the series is to educate and advocate for human rights by exploring a broad spectrum of issues that are addressed in the films. Following each screening, filmmakers, human rights advocates, and professors will discuss the films and its issues with the audience.

The featured films include:

October 1, 7 p.m.

E-Team - An elite investigative squad exposes human rights abuses around the world.

October 8, 7 p.m.

15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story - Should a teen serve a life sentence intended for dangerous criminals?

October 15, 7 p.m.

The Supreme Price - One woman’s life traces the Nigerian pro-democracy movement.

October 22, 7 p.m.

The Hand That Feeds - Workers battle for rights under threat of deportation from the U.S.

The films will be screened at the Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater at the School of Communication, and will be free and open to the public. The series is organized by the Center for Media & Social Impact and the Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law. For more information, be sure to visit AUhumanrightsfilmseries.org. For special access or accommodations, contact asac@american.edu.

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WCL Dean Announces Schedule Change For Tenley Campus Opening

WCL Map

Claudio Grossman, Dean of the Washington College of Law, recently announced a change in the schedule for the Washington College of Law at Tenley. His message to the WCL community is below.

Dear AUWCL Community,

In August I conveyed the news that a significant part of the Tenley project, the Capital Hall renovation, would not be ready for occupancy until spring or summer 2016. Capital Hall will house all student services including OCPD, financial aid, admissions, all law reviews and briefs, and many other critically important parts of WCL. Still, at that time it seemed that it was in the best interest of the law school to move faculty and some administrative staff into the new facilities next summer, taking advantage of the new classrooms and library, and then move the rest of the offices into Capital Hall in summer 2016.

In rapid succession, two major developments have occurred since my last message. First, the architects and construction team have found a solution to expedite the renovation of Capital Hall that will allow us to occupy that building in late fall 2015 instead of summer 2016. Second, after a month of intense planning and recalculation, we have concluded that while the classrooms and library will be in the final stages next summer, testing and refinements necessary to ensure the smooth and successful operation of complex systems could take us into September or even October 2015.

Accordingly, we have determined that the best course of action is to move all components of the law school in one grand move in late fall 2015. While, for testing purposes, we will move some operations to the new buildings during the fall semester, the core of the law school will move after final exams in December. This decision gives us the ability to hit the ground running at the start of the spring 2016 semester. By moving the entire institution as a unit, instead of piecemeal, we will save money, eliminate the need to operate out of two separate campuses, and achieve a continuity of operation with the least possible disruption to the ongoing academic mission of WCL.

Throughout fall 2015, we will be able to test all the systems including audio visual and other classroom technology, central heating and cooling, security, and more. As part of this testing process we will ask some faculty and administrators to hold classes and conduct meetings in our new law school campus to ensure that all systems are sound and reliable. Pushing our move to December also allows us to account for possible delays due to weather and other variables. With careful planning already underway, this move will be the beginning of a new and exciting future for our community.

Sincerely,

Claudio Grossman, Dean

Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law

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Calendar of Events

AU Farmers' Market

October 1, 11 am. – 4 p.m.

Quad

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.

Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos

October 1 through October 19, Tuesday – Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum, Second Floor

The exhibition comprises prints, video, collage, and installations created by Cuban artist Sandra Ramos. The artist reflects on the conflicting experiences of living in her beloved homeland with all of its many challenges. Her work often takes a narrative form in which she depicts herself as a child-like explorer or modern-day Alice in Wonderland. Ramos' prints and mixed media works feature exquisite craftsmanship and use of color and naivete, tempered by wit and irony.

Memorial Modeling: Peter Belyi and Petr Shvetsov October 1, Tuesday through Sunday 11a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum, Third Floor

The installations created by Peter Belyi and Petr Shvetsov refer to a specific doctrine of so-called “monumental propaganda” that the artists have been developing in recent years. The exhibition is influenced heavily by the artists' shared experience of the collapse of the Soviet Union during their youth. The work comments on the unifying characteristics of suspicion and detachment of all youth that endured the tempestuous times of the collapse.

Readymade@100

October 1, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Museum, First Floor Exhibition

Curated by art theorist, Corcoran College of Art and Design professor and artist, Mark Cameron Boyd, Readymade@100, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp's readymade concept. This juried exhibition includes contemporary artists’ submissions of "new" readymades that expand significantly on Duchamp's original idea to celebrate his vision and allow the concept to evolve.

Sam Noto: Steel Sculpture, Anxiety and Hope Katzen Sculpture Garden

October 1, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Sculpture Garden

Sam Noto allows his materials to generate form and occupy space in a dynamic way. The 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

October 1, Tuesday through Sunday, 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 dialogue about craft, authenticity, the role of the artist, and other concerns that define photography. The exhibition is curated by Phyllis Rosenzweig.

Lauren Adams: American Catastrophe Report

October 1, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 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 levels of the Katzen rotunda, 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 and then printed for long-term public display. Adams updates Brumidi's Capitol ornamentation directly by addressing ecological disasters in America that have been caused by human activities.

Group 932: Alumni & Associates – New Work Painting Sculpture Prints & Drawings

October 1, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Katzen Rotunda Gallery Exhibition

If Group 932 had a manifesto it would be, "Every painting speaks for itself." The exhibition features paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures critiqued by the 2014 colloquia. Discussions support risk taking regardless of style, which leads to individual solutions for each work. The 21 artists share years of experience in visual language and an affiliation with the American University where they meet regularly.

Women’s Volleyball vs. UMES

October 1, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Gallery Talk: Sam Noto, Steel Sculpture: Anxiety and Hope

October 4, 4 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Meet sculptor Sam Noto and learn about his improvisational technique and use of found metals to create the masterpieces featured in the sculpture garden.

https://www.facebook.com/events/361569377326967/

Men’s Soccer Tailgate

October 4, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Leonard Picnic Area

Men’s Soccer vs. Holy Cross

October 1, 1 – 3 p.m.

Reeves Field

AU Farmer’s Market

Every Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Quad

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.

Yoga in the Galleries

October 8, 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 $5 for non-members and free for museum members.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1533674803529813/

Women’s Volleyball vs. Lehigh

October 10, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Women’s Volleyball vs. Colgate

October 11, 2 – 4 p.m.

Bender Arena

Gallery Talk: The Artist: Genuine Creativity and (Cultural) Identity with Fré Ilgen

October 15, 5:30 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Artist and art theorist Fré Ilgen will discuss his long-awaited art theory book, ARTIST? The Hypothesis of Bodiness. The presentation will include a discussion with the DC artists Carol Brown Goldberg and Anil Revri.

https://www.facebook.com/events/828355363861778/

Women’s Volleyball vs. Navy

October 17, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Art at Katzen (All-American Weekend)

October 18, 1 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Expand your imagination by engaging in a fun, creative art class inspired by the exhibition Readymade@100. Free, all ages welcome. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/286908858182571/

Field Hockey vs. Colgate University

October 18, 12 – 2 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Men’s Soccer vs. Army

October 18, 1 – 3 p.m.

Reeves Field

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, A New Musical

October 18, 2 – 4 p.m., 8 – 10 p.m.

Greenberg Theatre

A musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's beloved film of the same name, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a story about women and the men who pursue them . . . Finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. It is presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). Tickets: $15, $10 AU community and seniors. RSVP required:

http://american.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=629

Gorenman Piano Project: French Edition

October 18, 8 – 10 p.m.

Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman continues exploring masterpieces of the great composers in the seventh concert of the Gorenman Piano Project. This semester's concert will feature some of the great works of Franck, Ravel, and Debussy. Tickets: $25, $10 AU students. RSVP Required: http://american.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=682382

Yoga in the Galleries

October 22, 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 $5 for non-members and free for museum members. For more information, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1533674803529813/

Women’s Soccer vs. Loyola (MD) University

October 22, 3 – 5 p.m.

Reeves Field

Women’s Volleyball vs. Loyola (MD) University

October 22, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

Field Hockey vs. Boston University

October 24, 3 – 5 p.m.

Jacobs Field

Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, A New Musical

October 24, 8 – 10 p.m.; October 25, 2 – 4 p.m., 8 – 10 p.m.

Greenberg Theatre

A musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar's beloved film of the same name, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a story about women and the men who pursue them . . . Find them, lose them, need them, and reject them. The adaptation is a presented by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). Tickets: $15, $10 AU community and seniors. RSVP required:

http://american.tix.com/Schedule.aspx?OrgNum=629

Women’s Volleyball vs. George Washington

October 29, 7 – 9 p.m.

Bender Arena

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