Upcoming Events

Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference

CAS Students: Share your research, build your resume & win an award

Submit an Abstract for the Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference by February 5

Learn More about the Conference

The 33rd Annual Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference will be held in person on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building.

This annual event provides CAS students the unique opportunity to present original research, scholarship, and creative work before colleagues, faculty, and friends. Student presenters are able to hone their presentation and public speaking skills while boosting their confidence and resumes.

All CAS students (undergraduate and graduate students) are invited to submit an abstract of their research, capstone project, performance, etc.  

Abstracts are due by Sunday, February 5, 2023, 11:59 p.m. ET.


AU Arts Events

Sam Vernon

Visiting Artists Series:
Sam Vernon

Studio Art MFA Program
February 2, 6:00 p.m., Katzen 201

The phenomenon—“transgenerational epigenetic inheritance” – can be proven by studying powerful historical intersections between art and activism amidst globalization and paradigm shifts in the States and beyond. This talk will explore the essential function of Sam Vernon's interdisciplinary studio practice and archival research to address socio-political impact using installation to confront questions concerning personal narrative, historical memory and identity. Learn more about Sam Vernon.
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Faculty Music Concert

Faculty Music Concert

February 4, 7:30 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Department of Performing Arts
Tickets are free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, children, and senior citizens (55 and older), $15 general admission. 

Music faculty collaborate in a varied program that includes pieces by Eric Whitacre, William Grant Still, Golijov, Ysaye, Jessie Montgomery, and songs from The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Featuring: Kelly Smith Jones (voice), Susan Derry (voice), Bill Wielgus (oboe), Eric Dircksen (bassoon), Kevin Jang (violin), Nancy Jo Snider ('cello), Nobue Matsuoka (percussion), and Barbara Wilkinson (piano.)

Bat Boy: The Musical


Story and Book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe
Licensed under agreement with Weekly World News
February 16-25
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Directed by Clancey Yovanovich
Department of Performing Arts
Tickets are free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, children, and senior citizens (55 and older), $15 general admission. 

“Heed the tale of a filthy freak…. who’s just like YOU.” 

Bat Boy is an American rock musical that has become a beloved cult classic in the musical theatre world and beyond. Based on one of Weekly World News’ most sold headlines, Bat Boy heeds the tale of Edgar—the half-bat, half-American teenage boy discovered in a cave in small town West Virginia. Though campy and comedic in style, Bat Boy explores the trials of being different; the danger in misinformation; the fear of change; the journey to acceptance—and the price we pay when that acceptance comes too late. 

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing. (www.broadwaylicensing.com)

Content Warning: Bat Boy: The Musical is a tabloid-style, tongue-in cheek musical that deals with difficult issues including Othering, Physical Violence, Sexual Assault, Rape, Incest, Murder & Suicide.

More AU Arts events.

"Palestine: Land, Life, Dignity" series is hosted by AU’s Arab World Studies and Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

Land, Life, Dignity2022-23 Virtual Speaker Series

The series will host Palestinian speakers across the 2022-23 academic year whose work engage central questions relating to land, life, and dignity within anti-colonial struggle. Their critical interventions bring to the forefront the living textures of colonial existence. They underscore the centrality of innovation and collaborative visions in working against colonial erasures and in helping to forge emancipatory futures. Learn more and register for "Palestine: Land, Life, Dignity".

  • January 30: Nadera Kevorkian-Shaloub: Occupation of the Senses
  • February 28: Vivien Sansour: Cultivating Imaginations

Center for Israel Studies Events

Economics Research Seminar Series Wednesdays at 12:00 | In person & Zoom

See Econ Research Seminars for Zoom and other details — next up:

Feb. 1: Secil Akin, American University Program on Gender Analysis in Economics

Feb. 8: Arie Beresteanu, University of Pittsburgh

Feb 15: Eran Arbatli, HSE University (Russia)

Feb. 22: Sherman Robinson, IFPRI, "Meeting Dietary Needs of Poor Households Under Stress: An Integrated Commodity/Food Group Household Simulation Model"

AU Museum: Spring Exhibitions & EventsFebruary 4 through May 21

Mithili Wanambi, Wuyal at Yanawal, c.1972. From the Madayin exhibit. Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark.Upcoming events, free and open to all:

Light and Metamorphosis: Joshua Weiner Reads from his New Translation of Nelly Sach's Poetry
February 9, 2023 | Mary Graydon 200Register for 2/9

Please join us for a poetry reading by Joshua Weiner from his extraordinary new translation of Nelly Sachs’s book Flight and Metamorphosis.

Nelly Sachs (1891-1970), one of the great German poets of the 20th century, is best known for her poems for the Holocaust victims for which she won the Nobel Prize in 1966.

Joshua Weiner is a poet and professor of English at the University of Maryland. This volume was recently selected as one of “The 5 best poetry collections of 2022” by the Washington Post.

This reading is presented by the Humanities Lab, the Department of Literature, the Jewish Studies Program, and the German Studies Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

This event is free and open to the public. Join us for refreshments and conversation after the reading.

Journal of Molecular Evolution Advances Meeting 
March 17-19, 2023 | Hall of Science

Registration is free and closes January 31, 2023
Register by 1/31

The Journal of Molecular Evolution, with support from Springer Nature, American University, and the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine at Temple University, presents the Journal of Molecular Evolution Advances Meeting. This meeting will be hosted by American University and held in AU's new Hall of Science, March 17-19, 2023. Featuring talks from editorial board members, selected talks from submitted abstracts, a poster session, and presentations for new investigators on the US funding landscape for molecular evolution from both an NSF program officer and a NASA Astrobiology program officer, this is an industry event not to be missed.

New Approaches to Borges: Reading Notes, Talks, Work Life, Manuscripts
April 5, 2023, 2-4 p.m. | DMTI Collaboration Lab 111

Register for 4/5

This talk will focus on new lines of research on the works of the influential Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986). Recent years have seen the publication of many of his reading notes (starting with the book by Rosato and Álvarez), his editorial work (Benedict), his manuscripts and compositional practices (Balderston), his talks and courses (Blanco) and his work life (Saítta and others). I will show how these various approaches intersect in interesting ways, and are the focus of several collective projects (Balderston and Benedict's forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Jorge Luis Borges, Blanco's several forthcoming edited books on the talks and courses, and an edition of selections from Borges's notebooks being prepared by Balderston, Blanco, Alonso Estenoz and Esplin.