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An event in the Doyle/Forman Theater with CNN's Jake Tapper and SOC Professor Jane Hall

Signature Series Events

American University School of Communication Signature Series events include film screenings, discussion forums, and special events co-sponsored by invited partner organizations. SOC Signature Series screenings and panel discussions are free and open to students, faculty, and the greater Washington, DC community on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Events are hosted in the McKinley Building unless indicated otherwise. Campus directions.

For more information or to request a disability-related accommodation or accessibility information, please contact Lydia Schindler at

Ongoing Events

  • Signature Series Events: Film screenings, discussion forums, and special events co-sponsored by invited partner organizations.
  • Media that Matter: Social impact films and discussion on major issues of our time. Aimed at social engagement, MTM events generally feature Q&A with filmmakers and expert guests.
  • International Cinema Series: Foreign film screenings and discussion hosted by SOC, National Gallery of Art, AFI and respective Embassies.

Upcoming Events


Documented with Jose Antonio Vargas

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Classroom In The Wild

Classroom In the Wild

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Miss Navaho

Screening of "Miss Navajo" with Director Billy Luther

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Faculty Forum with Kyle Brannon

The Synaesthetic Experience with Kyle Brannon

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Chris Palmer

How To Pitch with Chris Palmer

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Trails of Hope & Terror

Trails of Hope & Terror

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Past Events

The Changing Political Landscape

The Changing Political Landscape: 2016 & Beyond

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Risking It All: Children At the Border

"Risking It All: Children At the Border" with Maria Elena Salinas

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Refromation at 500

Reformation at 500: Enduring Lessons of Media, Technology and Disruption

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Chris Simpson

Faculty Forum with Chris Simpson: Spectacle, Media and Propaganda

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Poster of film "Drunktown's Finest"

Screening of "Drunktown's Finest" with Director Sydney Freeland

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Geoff Daniels

Nat Geo Goes Wild – with Geoff Daniels

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