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Faculty Programming Brings a New Way to Reconnect

By McKinley Doty

Alumni and faculty will enjoy more diverse opportunities to interact with two new series of programs.

Alumni and faculty will enjoy more diverse opportunities to interact with two new series of programs.

The alumni of American University have spoken and the Office of Alumni Relations is listening. Alumni have indicated a desire to interact with faculty, so two new series of events will offer a more value-added experience. The Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to announce a “how-to” series and the AU Culture Wonk series.

The “how–to” series will focus on working with AU experts in various fields to learn a new skill, while reconnecting with friends and faculty members. These events are for those who crave a well-rounded experience, combining the entertainment of a social event while learning a practical skill. The first took place on October 10 and was called “The Art of the Memoir.” The workshop, taught by esteemed Professor Iris Krasnow, answered questions of preserving your own story for future generations.

Meanwhile, the AU Culture Wonks Series brings a unique collaboration of hands-on experience, followed up with a lecture by one of AU’s distinguished faculty. Tara Lang, director of alumni programs, describes the Culture Wonks series best, saying it “focuses on alumni hoping for a cultural and educational experience.”

On November 3, alumni from the Los Angeles chapter will engage in Culture Wonk’s debut gathering. A food tour of Little Tokyo with Professor Richard Linowes will involve touring eight restaurants in the Little Tokyo area, while learning about the intersection of Japanese and American cultures. In Washington, alumni will gather for a presentation on crime and punishment with Professor Rob Johnson. This event will include history of prisons and the death penalty, followed by a tour of the Crime and Punishment Museum. These events are an excellent preview of the other Culture Wonks events to come.
Alongside these new programs, the “Faculty on the Road” series is still active, with an event in Miami on November 1. Professor Allan Lichtman, named “Distinguished Professor” by the AU Board of Trustees, will present at this reception and lecture, answering the question: “Who Will Be the Next President of the United States?” The Office of Alumni Relations is hard at work, planning events that cater to the needs of the university’s distinguished alumni. The two new series, along with our Faculty on the Road program, will undoubtedly bring more AU alumni together and celebrate their wonky ways.