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The Year in Review: Stories of CAS

Snapshots of the bright College of Arts and Sciences moments throughout 2022

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2022 has been a time of big news and new beginnings. The American University community came together once again, committed to working towards a more equitable and peaceful future on campus, across the nation, and beyond. College of Arts and Sciences, faculty, students, departments, and centers are working on research and activism with real-life implications for democracy, equity, human rights, and more. The creativity on campus has been inspirational: books published, music and theatre performed, grants received, and breakthroughs across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

Below, we share just a few notable CAS events of the year. We also hope you’ll find inspiration in a book written by one of your favorite faculty members, or in a free artistic performance, or in the incredible work our community is doing to make the world a better place.

Creativity at Work 

National Native American Veterans Memorial and Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial

Professor Elizabeth Rule Creates Award-Winning Guide to Indigenous DC

App showcases Native American history in nation’s capital

Kyle Dargan speaks at a podium

Kyle Dargan Teams Up with Janelle Monáe and Wondaland

Dargan edited award-winning “The Memory Librarian” book with Monáe for Harper Collins

AU student dancing in theatre

Free Student Tickets to the Performing Arts

AU students can now enjoy the arts for free!

Bookstore photographed by Renee Fisher

The Written Word: Latest Books Written by CAS Faculty 

College of Arts and Sciences faculty are publishing across disciplines and genres

World Events

Flag of Ukraine

Russia Invades Ukraine: AU Historians Weigh In

Read what AU historians think about Putin’s invasion and how history brought us to this place

Protestors outside the Supreme Court

Roe v Wade Overturned: What It Means, What’s Next

An interview with Professor of Sociology Tracy Weitz, national expert on abortion care and policy

M. Bashir Mobasher

AU Welcomes Afghan Exile Scholar Postdoc Fellow M. Bashir Mobasher

Appointment follows university tradition of sponsoring displaced scholars

Chinese Flag flying above the street. Photo by: Ezreral Zhang

China Walking Fine Line in Reacting to Ukraine War

Historian Justin M. Jacobs answers our questions about China’s position on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Groundbreaking Research

American soldier carrying child with flag.

Study Shows Hope for Veterans Suffering from Gulf War Illness

AU’s Kathleen Holton receives $6.4 million grant to study connection between diet and Gulf War Illness symptoms

Sea Turtle

Going Green: AU Environmental Scientists Work to Save Our Planet 

Research with implications for our planet’s lands, oceans, and wildlife 

Students work in a biology lab at AU

Scientific Research and Discovery Flourishing in AU’s Biology Department

Hall of Science’s advanced equipment and collaborative opportunities spurring new research breakthroughs 

Conferral of the OPCW-The Hague Award to the CWC Coalition. Professor Costanzi is seventh from left

Professor Stefano Costanzi Attends CSP-27 at The Hague

Advocating for a world free of chemical weapons: the 27th Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention

Changemaking Work

The humanities truck on site in the cumminity

AU Community Focused on a More Equitable and Peaceful World

Faculty and students hard at work on research and action with real-world implications 

Mia Owens

“Slavery and Its Legacies” Fellow Mia Owens Develops Antiracist Research Tool

Owens (CAS/MA ’22) developed key resource to help students research racial histories of AU and DC  

Gloved hand holds cardboard sign reading "We are all immigrants"

AU’s Immigration Lab: Researching “All Things Migration”

Lab established to conduct research, inform policymakers, and correct misperceptions about immigrants and immigration  

Pride parade. Photo by Ian Taylor.

Pride Month 2022: Celebration, Honor, Activism, and Justice

At a time when LGBTQI+ rights are at risk, CAS faculty share what we need to know about Pride

People of CAS

Dean Linda Aldoory

Meet Dean Linda Aldoory!

In this Instagram video, Dean Linda Aldoory talks about her first 100 days in the job and her five favorite things about AU and CAS

People on the AU quad

New College of Arts and Sciences Faculty!

This fall, CAS welcomes a cohort of new professors across the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities

Raychelle Burks

AU’s Detective of Chemistry: Professor Raychelle Burks

Chemistry Professor Raychelle Burks talks forensics, pop culture, and analytical chemistry

The Earth as viewed from a spacecraft

From the Subatomic to the Cosmological: AU’s Professor Nathan Harshman

Physics Professor talks theoretical quantum physics, NASA missions, and self-replicating stardust