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CAS Events: What to Do This Spring

Something for everyone in upcoming College of Arts and Sciences events

If you're looking for the best things to do on campus (or virtually) over the next couple of weeks, the College of Arts and Sciences has you covered. You can join the Worldwide Climate Justice Teach-In, listen to experts discussing Russia and Ukraine, attend a concert, and much more. Scroll down to find some of the best things to do this spring.

Ukrainian flags
Credit: Karollyne Hubert

Ukraine and Putin’s Invasion: A Conversation with Serhii Plokhy
March 30 | 3:30 p.m.

In this zoom webinar, Serhii Plokhy will share his perspectives on Ukraine’s history and Russia’s invasion in conversation with AU History Department Chair Eric Lohr. Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University.  

Worldwide Climate Justice Teach-In: Youth Advocacy with Sunrise AU March 30 | 5 p.m. | Founders Room, SIS Building

Looking for a way to take action on climate change, but aren’t sure how? Learn from climate leaders at AU who are taking direct action, telling their climate stories, and making a difference on our campus and beyond. This interactive event will feature a panel of student leaders from AU’s hub of the Sunrise Movement and an opportunity for audience discussion and participation.

AU students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend this event in person or virtually. Members of the public should plan to attend this session virtually via Zoom by registering for the Youth Advocacy with Sunrise AU zoom.

Worldwide Climate Justice Teach-In: Campus Sustainability Tour
March 30 | SIS Lobby

Join AU’s Office of Sustainability on a guided campus tour of AU’s green buildings, vegetated roofs, energy systems, and other sustainable features. Most of the tour will be conducted outside, rain or shine. Please wear walking shoes and consider wearing a mask.

This event is part of the Worldwide Climate Justice Teach-In: DC happening throughout the day on Wednesday, March 30 on campuses across the city.

World-Wide Climate Justice Teach-In (In-Person) and Cross-University Livestream (Virtual)
March 30 | 4 p.m.

Jack Morton Amphitheater, George Washington University 

American University is participating in a cross-university panel at George Washington University featuring student leaders from each college and university in Washington, DC. Each student will give a 5-minute talk highlighting a climate-focused efforts that they are leading on their campuses and beyond. AU will be represented by junior Maxwell Rubin, co-founder and Executive Director of the Energy Democracy Coalition, which seeks to organize public support for a just transition to clean energy.

A 2022 Israeli Writer Series Event: The Art of Leaving with Ayelet Tsabari
March 31 | 1 p.m.

Ayelet Tsabari’s celebrated memoir was named “one of the best books of the year” by Kirkus Reviews and won multiple awards since its publication in English in 2019. The Art of Leaving traces her journey around the globe from New York to India. Born to a large Yemenite Jewish family in Israel, Tsabari’s unique history leads her to memorable and universal truths. 

A trumpeter. Credit: Chris Bair
Credit: Chris Bair

AU Jazz Orchestra: Some Spring Swing
April 1 | 7:30 p.m.

Join the AU Jazz Orchestra and the AU Jazz Combo for a night of Big Band swing, funk, and straight-ahead Jazz! The AU Jazz Orchestra plays tunes in the tradition of Ellington, Basie, Mingus, and Goodwin. 

Yuliya Gorenman in Recital 
April 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Katzen Arts Center

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman celebrates her return to the concert stage by performing two of Beethoven’s beloved piano sonatas and Chopin’s powerful and passionate Ballades.  

The 15th Annual Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium: Reopen & Revitalize 
April 3 | Katzen Arts Center

As we reopen our doors to shared space, arts leaders are being called to resist a return to the status quo. We invite emerging arts leaders to join us as we ask: How are we opening our doors to equitable funding practices? To new models of leadership? To innovative approaches to our work? To the communities and the artists that have been marginalized? How are we opening our doors to the revitalization of the arts?  

A saxophonist. Credit: Jens Thekkeveettil
Credit: Jens Thekkeveettil

AU Jazz Workshop
April 8 | 7:30 p.m

Join the Workshop as we explore exciting new chamber music from diverse voices. The AU Workshop explores the intersection between jazz and other kinds of music including (but not limited to) funk, fusion, rock and contemporary classical. 

Danceworks 2022
April 8-9 | 8 p.m.

The American University Dance Company returns to the Greenberg Theatre stage for their first in-person production in two years. The company performs a contemporary ballet by Filipino American guest artist Bennyroyce Royon, as well as new works by AU faculty choreographers. 

An orchestra. Credit: Larisa Birta
Credit: Larisa Birta

AU Symphonic Band Presents "Musical Explorations"
April 10 | 3 p.m.

AU Symphonic Band performs an eclectic mix of old and new works.