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March 2017 - AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter

Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for March 15

Group of people sitting around a table watching a screen

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Wednesday, March 15.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Abramson Family Founders Room in the School of International Service (SIS) building on the university’s main campus (4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW). Neighbors are invited to join AU staff at 6:30 p.m. for pre-meeting coffee and conversation. Parking for the meeting is available in the SIS garage.

The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the DC Zoning Commission Order for AU’s 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

Additional information on the CLC, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found at


Bike Into Spring with AU

Woman riding a bike

American University’s Office of Sustainability, through a partnership with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), is excited to host biking-related events during spring 2017 for the entire AU community.

Events include:

Everyday Biking 2.0
Wednesday, March 22, noon to 1 p.m., SIS Founder’s Room
This course will cover the basics of daily or occasional biking, plus go into depth on bike maintenance, safety, and best practices. After the presentation, WABA staff will answer your questions, address your concerns, and resolve that nagging issue that has kept you from biking. RSVP is required, as lunch will be provided.

Guided Community Ride
Friday, April 14, noon to 1:30 p.m., location TBD
Join the AU Community for a guided ride right in our neighborhood. If you’re a seasoned city rider, WABA has new tips and tricks for you. If you’re new to biking, WABA will help you master the fundamentals. Ride more comfortably and confidently while exploring the best routes to get to and from campus. Bring your own bike or contact for alternatives. RSVP is required.

For more information on biking at AU, visit:

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  AU “Exploring Social Justice” Series Features DC Center Director

DC Center Director

American University invites you to attend the Exploring Social Justice Series featuring David Mariner, Executive Director of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, at 11 a.m. on March 8 at the Letts Formal Lounge. The series brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues.

Mariner, a longtime LGBT and HIV/AIDS advocate and activist, has a passion for providing people the tools, training, and support they need to help change their local communities for the better. He also volunteers on the board of Empowering Trans Coalition (ETC), a new organization founded by longtime transgender activist Earline Budd.

The DC Center for the LGBT Community educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. To fulfill their mission, they focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts and culture, social and peer support, and advocacy and community building. They envision communities where LGBT people feel healthy, safe, and affirmed.

There are now more than 140 LGBT community centers in the United States, and more abroad. LGBTQ centers serve more than 43,500 individuals in a typical week and refer nearly 6,000 individuals to other agencies for services and assistance. The DC Center for the LGBT Community works to address health and employment disparities, and assists populations with special needs such as LGBTQ seniors, LGBTQ youth, and Queer Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

The Exploring Social Justice Series is cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center.

If you are interested in attending the event, be sure to RSVP.

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Books That Shaped America Community Discussion Continues

Join us for Books That Shaped America, a series of conversations for the American University and DC communities about books that have helped shape American society. While each discussion starts with a focal text, the conversations about them stretch far beyond the pages of the books themselves. Each discussion is led by a faculty or staff member from AU. Attendees are encouraged – but not required – to have read the featured text. Admission and parking are free for this series, and no RSVP is required to attend.

From childhood classics, to books you studied in high school, and those you continue to reread in adulthood, we explore familiar works that resonate with everyone. The latest book for discussion is:

And The Band Played On
Tuesday, March 7
12 p.m. - 1p.m.
Bender Library Training and Events Room 115

Tristan Cabello, Director, American Studies, will lead a discussion about And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts, the story of how the AIDS epidemic spread and how the government’s initial indifference to the disease allowed its spread and gave urgency to devoting government resources to fighting the virus. 

The Books That Shaped America series is co-sponsored by the American University Library and the Humanities Lab at American University.


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Design Your Life for Success

Chris Palmer

American University Professor Chris Palmer invites you to the Design Your Life for Success workshop to explore the goals, strategies, and tactics necessary to live a successful, fulfilled, and productive life.

Participants will reflect on their lives, discuss what really matters to them, consider how to find purpose and meaning in life, explore life goals, think about values, produce personal mission statements, examine how to take better care of themselves, and learn effective time management skills.

This free, noncredit workshop is open to AU students, alumni, staff, faculty, and members of the general public. Advanced registration is required.

Each class will employ a number of pedagogical approaches, such as writing, role playing, small group work, mini-lectures, peer reviews, one-on-one coaching, discussion, student presentations, interviews, and think/pair/share activities. The workshop also consists of three 90-minute, face-to-face meetings.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Formulate what really matters to them and what values are important to them.
  • Create and develop a personal mission statement that reflects the best possible life they want to lead – a life that is passionate, honorable, focused, purposeful, and meaningful.

  • Include in their personal mission statements changes they plan to make to their lives to bring them into closer alignment with their life goals.
  • Learn some essential key time management skills.
This workshop is designed and led by Palmer, a passionate advocate of personal growth and how people can become successful, productive, and fulfilled. Palmer is an author, film producer, and father.


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Yoga in the Galleries
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 a.m.
American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class provides mental clarity and relaxation in the peaceful surroundings of our art galleries. Please bring a mat. Cost is $10 for non-members, $5 for museum members, and free for members at the Associates level and above. aumtickets.

AU Farmers’ Market
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Every Wednesday, the quad space around the Mary Graydon building buzzes with activity as students, faculty, staff, and neighbors browse goods ranging from farm-fresh vegetables to homemade breads and desserts at the AU Farmers’ Market. The market is a coordinated effort between AU and Pennsylvania-based Agora Farms. Girardots's Crumbs Bakery also offers a variety of fresh breads, including raisin pecan, harvest grain, pain de campagne, jalapeno cheddar, sourdough, challah, whole wheat, focaccia, black Russian, NY rye, artisan baguettes, and tea breads, as well as chocolate chip cookies, mini pies, and cobblers.

Joe Cameron: Touching Air
March 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum, First-Floor Exhibition

The sixth exhibition in the Alper Initiative for Washington Art features Washington photographer Joe Cameron’s black and white photographs. Few photographers have been more interested in drawing and design, or more steeped in imagery whose analogues are poetic, musical, and phenomenological. Despite the continuity and traditionalism of his professional life as a long-time Washington, DC resident and teacher at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Cameron ultimately has found himself in a milieu whose boundaries were perhaps more than ordinarily porous in relation to “purity” of any medium. He has found a way to use the camera in service to a visual quest that balances the subjective and the objective in a singular balancing act. A catalog featuring an essay by Jane Livingston accompanies this exhibition.

Julie Wolfe: Quest for Third Paradise

March 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum, Second-Floor Exhibition

What if we could better understand our own human social systems – the means by which we communicate with each other, the patterns that govern our interdependence, and the minutiae that form those larger structures? And what if we could appreciate the infinitely more complex systems that thrive in our natural world? Perhaps we, as humans, could then see how we fit into a larger universal system housed by nature: an ecological world in which our relationship to nature is not adversarial, but one of peaceful coexistence. This is the vision of Julie Wolfe's Quest for a Third Paradise.

March 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum, First-Floor Exhibition

This exhibition presents a survey sample of the early Color Field paintings of Howard Mehring (1931-1978). Building on the late 1950s breakthrough stain paintings of Morris Louis and Ken Noland, Mehring was prominent amongst the artists of the loosely-defined Washington Color School. His initial Color Field pictures were made of dappled zones of subtle colors. By the mid-1960s, he changed his abstract style to one of geometric patterns using bolder colors, and by the end of the decade, Mehring had quit painting. He died prematurely in 1978 at age 47. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with a guest essay by art historian E. A. Carmean, Jr.

Mike Shaffer: Towers and Monuments
March 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum, First-Floor Exhibition

This exhibition presents sculptures and paintings that incorporate the artist’s career-long fascination with grid-patterning and perpendicular stacking techniques, selected from a body of work created by the artist beginning in the early 1970s to the present. The exhibition highlights Shaffer’s inventive combination of styles of Minimalism, Pop, and Conceptual art and is rooted in an empirical scientific method. The exhibition is curated by Bobby Donovan.

New Ruins
March 1, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum Second-Floor Exhibition

This exhibition explores the tactile, perceptual, and temporal dimensions of surface and form among a resonant grouping of abstract works. Physical processes such as rubbing, layering, building, wearing away and, on occasion, obliterating, combine to offer an alternative to the traditional painter’s mark, altering perception of time and presence. Materials such as bronze, marble, plaster, stone, metal, clay, and wood are used to expand the language of painting and its traditional viewing modes. New Ruins features works by N. Dash, Jessica Dickinson, Donald Moffett, Sam Moyer, Nathlie Provosty, and Brie Ruais. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with the AU Studio Art Department, and is curated by Danielle Mysliwiec and Natalie Campbell.

Gallery Talk: New Ruins

March 1, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Join curators Danielle Mysliwiec and Natalie Campbell for a tour of New Ruins and a discussion of how each artist featured has expanded the language of painting. New Ruins is a collaboration with the Studio Art Program, Department of Art.

Tickling Giants
March 3, 6:30 p.m., Reception; 7 p.m. Program
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater

Film screening and moderated discussion with Professor Sarah Menke-Fish. Filmmaker Sara Taksler documents the work of Dr. Bassem Youssef, a heart surgeon who left his medical career to embark on a career in satirical comedy following Egypt’s Arab Spring. Youssef incorporated his observations from Jon Stewart's The Daily Show into Al Bernameg, the first political satire show in Egypt. Thirty million viewers watched each episode.

March Madness
March 6, 7 p.m.
Bender Arena
AU's Women's Basketball has earned a First Round Bye, the No. 4 seed, and will host No.5 seed Boston University in the Quarterfinals of the upcoming 2017 Patriot League Women's Basketball Championship Tournament. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for seniors and youth. On sale now via

An Evening with Stanley Nelson
March 7, 6 p.m., Reception; 6:30 p.m. Program
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater

Stanley Nelson, award-winning documentary filmmaker, shares his experiences of race and racial identity through the films he has made over the past two decades (The Murder of Emmett Till, Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Sweet Honey in the Rock, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution). Film clips will be screened and discussed, followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public.

Katzen Sound Bites
March 9, 12:35 – 12:55 p.m.
Katzen Rotunda, First Floor

Join AU student and faculty performers for live midday mini-concerts. Free and open to the public.

Artist Talk: Valerie Hegarty

March 9, 6 – 8 p.m.
Katzen Event Space

Valerie Hegarty introduces students and the public to her interdisciplinary practice, which includes painting, sculpture, and installations that address themes of memory, place, and history. Free and open to the public.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Central Connecticut State University
March 15, 1 – 3 p.m.
Jacobs Field

Cybersecurity in an Age of Uncertainty – U.S.-Israel Perspectives
March 20-21, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Abramson Family Founders Room, SIS Building

American University's Center for Israel Studies, Washington College of Law, School of Communications Internet Governance Lab, Kogod School of Business, and School of International Service present a two-day conference in partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. From an opening keynote by Ben-Gurion Professor Yuval Elovici on The Internet of Things: The New Frontier of Cyber Conflict through a series of four expert panels, we will explore cutting-edge U.S.-Israeli cyber-policy issues involving national security, crime, human rights, and the digital economy. Topics to be discussed include active cyber military operations, Internet freedom, cybertheft, and technological capabilities. For more information, contact Laura Cutler, 202-885-3780.
DC's Environmental Film Festival
March 21 – 24, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater

The annual DC's Environmental Film Festival is the result of a partnership between AU's School of Communication and Center for Environmental Filmmaking. This year’s festival will feature film screenings, discussions, Q&As, and more.

  • An Evening with Chris Palmer – The Most Important Food Films of All Time
    Tuesday, March 21

    Film producer Chris Palmer describes the best food films of all time, illustrating his remarks with compelling clips.

  • Student Short Environmental Film Festival
    Wednesday, March 22

    Screening of fascinating and entertaining films made by top film students, followed by a Q&A with the audience and filmmakers.


  • OK, I've Watched the Film, Now What?
    Thursday, March 23

    Panel consisting of award-winning filmmakers, Samira Goetschel, Ellie Walton, Brandon Kramer, and Lance Kramer will discuss how to produce films that make a difference, as well as address the challenges of producing films that have a tangible and measurable impact on their audiences and society.


  • At the Fork
    Friday, March 24

    At the Fork
     offers an unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. It asks the tough questions behind every item of food and finds that American farmers grapple with the same issues as conscious eaters. Q&A with top executives from the Humane Society of the United States and Whole Foods will follow the screening.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Lehigh University
March 25, 1 – 3 p.m.
Jacobs Field

The Gorenman Russian Project
March 25, 8 – 10 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman performs masterpieces of Russian composers. Tickets: $10 – 25. RSVP required:

Women’s Soccer vs. George Washington University
March 26, 3 – 5 p.m.
Reeves Field

Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water
March 28, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater

This documentary – conceived, written, produced, filmed, directed, and edited by students in Environmental & Wildlife Production (COMM 568) class – will air during Maryland Public Television's Chesapeake Bay Week in April. The film examines efforts of three local river keepers to hold polluters accountable along the Potomac River watershed. The film is the work of students Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Anthony Brunner, Doaa Nour, Sam Sheline, Raffi Paul, Sarah Liebman, Kent Wagner, Chelsea Greene, and Xinyi Song, and American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking, in association with Maryland Public Television. A panel discussion, hosted by Professor Chris Palmer, will follow the screening. The panelists will include student filmmakers and Professor Mike English, who taught the Center for Environmental Filmmaking class.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Loyola University
March 29, 3 – 5 p.m.
Jacobs Field

March 30, 8 – 10 p.m.
Greenberg Theatre

This endlessly imaginative adaptation of Greek mythology follows Jason and his spunky band of Argonauts as they endeavor to retrieve the coveted Golden Fleece. Bursting with humor and fantastical creatures, Zimmerman refashions the enduring tale into a timely theatrical event that explores the complexities of the human condition and the resilience of the human spirit. Adapted from The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts. Tickets: $10 – 15. RSVP Required:

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