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October 2017

Neighbors Invited to Moonlight Arboretum Tour

Fountain, bench, and trees on campus

This fall, enjoy the cool weather and changing season by taking a special moonlight arboretum tour of the AU campus. The tour takes place on October 4 at 7 p.m. (rain date: October 5), and will meet at the lobby of the School of International Service. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.

Designed originally by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., America's most noted landscape architect and the designer of the U.S. Capitol grounds and New York's Central Park, AU's entire campus grounds were designated officially as an arboretum in 2004. The campus currently is home to more than 2,500 trees, pocket parks, sculpture gardens, ponds and streams, rain gardens, green roofs, and even beehives.

To participate in the arboretum and garden tour, RSVP to AU Landscape Architect Michael Mastrota at (202) 885-1145 or

You also may schedule an arboretum tour throughout the year. AU's landscape architects and staff arborists offer free tours to neighbors, garden clubs, and schools. If you are interested in planning a tour, contact Michael Mastrota or Grounds Operations Coordinator Stephanie DeStefano at (202) 885-2544 or

Fall Brings AU’s Farmers’ Market Back to Campus

Assortment of vegetables in baskets

Rain, snow, or sun, every Wednesday (through November 15) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., 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, an intermediary for bringing Amish and Mennonite and “English” farm goods to American University’s campus, as well as to D.C.’s historic Eastern Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

In addition, Girardot's Crumbs Bakery 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.

In addition to supporting locally grown food, the convenience of having fresh food right on campus makes it a great benefit not only to the campus community but to the surrounding neighborhood as well.

All-American Weekend Slated for October 20-22

All American Weekend flyer

American University's annual All-American weekend will take place October 20 - 22, with more than 50 events planned throughout the weekend. Open to alumni, families, students, and community members, the weekend celebrates memories, fun, and the future of AU. The university anticipates increased activity around campus during this weekend, as families, alumni, and friends visit for the occasion.

The weekend gives alumni and families the opportunity to explore the campus together. Alumni can reconnect with friends they have not seen in years, and families will discover more about student life at AU.

The weekend is hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of the Dean of Students.

For more information on alumni events, go to the Alumni Events page. For more information on events for parents and family members of current students, go to the All-American Weekend page.

American University Recognized for Environmental Excellence

Audubon International Certified

American University has been designated Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), an Audubon International program. AU Grounds Operations Manager Stephanie Destefano led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and was recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. American University is the second property in Washington, D.C., and the 33rd property in the world, to be certified in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

"American University's commitment to environmental stewardship is exemplified by their effort to be climate neutral and have zero waste by 2020," said Michael Gildea, the Gardens and Grounds Manager for Chevy Chase Club. "Even the campus police ride bicycles. The sustainable culture is ingrained in the people."

To reach certification, AU demonstrated that it maintains a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, water quality and conservation, resource management, and outreach and education.

"American University has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on their property," said Jessica Latus, Director of Sustainable Community Programs. "By taking action to implement indoor and outdoor conservation projects, the management and staff at American University have demonstrated their commitment to the sustainable management of their natural resources."

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program provides information and guidance to help businesses and organizations preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Businesses, schools, parks, and other properties from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia also have achieved certification in the program.

For more information, email or visit their website at

Malala Yousafzai Wonk of the Year 2017

Malala Yousafzai

Activist Malala Yousafzai accepted her award as American University’s 2017 Wonk of the Year in Bender Arena recently. AU has hosted many dignitaries and world leaders over the years, yet few speakers have had such a meteoric rise, at such a young age, as Yousafzai. She turned 20 years old this summer and already is an international icon.

Though previously an advocate for girls' education in the Muslim world, her activism became global after a brush with death on a school bus when she was shot by Taliban fighters. Since that time, she has gained worldwide renown as a champion of human rights and gender equity.

The youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Yousafzai chronicles her story in the best-selling book I Am Malala.

“Malala is internationally known for her courage and advancing the right of everyone to receive an education," said AUSG Kennedy Political Union Director Shyheim Snead. "She is one of the most inspirational and influential leaders of our generation and embodies the integrity and values that the AU community aims to achieve.”

“Malala's background is steeped in standing up for what is right in the face of great adversity, an experience that may be relatable to many AU students. I believe that she can offer guidance and encouragement to a group of young, enterprising students aiming to find their place in various movements for change.”

The Wonk of the Year award honors individuals who demonstrate engagement, focus, intelligence, and passion.

Yousafzai is the fifth recipient of the Wonk Of The Year award, following former President Bill Clinton, journalist Anderson Cooper, former first lady Laura Bush, and political strategist Donna Brazile. The student-run lecture series AUSG Kennedy Political Union, the university, the AUSG Women's Initiative, and the Muslim Student Association co-hosted the event.

After Yousafzai's opening remarks, President Burwell moderated a question-and-answer session.

“It was truly an honor to host Malala Yousafzai on our campus. She's an incredibly brave individual with a demonstrated commitment to meaningful change. Her dedication to education and the potential of girls is inspirational," said Burwell. "The AU community is excited to celebrate her courageous and remarkable story.”

Off-Campus Students Learn Good Neighbor Tips

Students at meeting, listening to speaker

American University’s Office of Community Relations held its annual Off-Campus Living orientation recently, as students returned for the fall semester. University administrators at the orientation covered a wide range of topics including a review of students’ rights and responsibilities as good neighbors, the importance of maintaining appropriate noise levels, proper trash disposal, renters’ rights, and tips on how to be proactive members of the local community.

As in previous years, the orientation was a collaborative effort between the Office of Community Relations, Greek and Sorority Life, Athletics, Public Safety, Housing and Dining, and the Dean’s Office.

WAMU Debuts New Programming Schedule Starting Oct. 2

Beginning Monday, Oct. 2, WAMU 88.5 debuts several changes to their programming schedule in an effort to serve you better. Prompted by the end of the beloved public radio program Car Talk, the radio station's changes are designed to accommodate new and exciting shows and to provide more news updates and analysis throughout the day.

Change highlights include an additional hour of Weekend Edition Saturday and It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders, one of NPR's newest news-in-review programs at 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

On weekdays, Here & Now will air from 2 - 4 p.m., offering news updates and analysis for those looking to catch up before the commute home. Now in its 30 th year, Fresh Air will continue to bring in-depth conversations with a variety of guests from 1 - 2 p.m. New to the airwaves on Wednesdays from 9 - 10 p.m. beginning October 11, Hidden Brain is a one-hour science program created out of the much-loved segment on Morning Edition, hosted by Shankar Vedantam. Highly produced, smart, and irresistibly accessible, Hidden Brain informs listeners about the science behind their everyday lives.

The changes are part of WAMU's commitment to delivering the greatest impact and highest value to listeners.


Changes to WAMU Schedule
Date/Time New Program Replacing
Monday-Friday 6:45 a.m. Morning Edition Writer's Almanac
Monday-Friday 1-2 p.m. Fresh Air Here & Now
Monday-Friday 2-4 p.m. Here & Now Fresh Air; Science Friday
Wednesday 9-10 p.m. (Starting Oct. 11) Hidden Brain This American Life
Friday 10-11 a.m. The Big Listen The MOTH Radio Hour
Saturday 10-11 a.m. Weekend Edition Car Talk
Saturday 4-5 p.m. It's Been a Minute With Sam Sanders The Big Listen




Calendar and Events

Arab Modern and Contemporary Works from the Barjeel Art Foundation

Now through December 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

This exhibition, Between Two Rounds of Fire, The Exile of the Sea, draws on a diverse selection of works from the collection of the Barjeel Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates, that illustrate an array of technologies of conflict. Conflict is defined in a wider sense and refers to what takes place on either a sociological or psychological plane, through assertions of language, between histories or between peoples, and the body itself. The exhibition explores mechanisms of power and of the power of artists to employ them in their work.

I Am: East-West Arts Initiative Organized by CARAVAN

Now through October 22, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

I AM is a strategic peace-building exhibition organized by CARAVAN (a peace-building arts NGO) that showcases the insights and experiences of Middle Eastern women as they confront issues of culture, religion, and social reality in a rapidly changing world both in the Middle East and West. It addresses the critical and increasing need to create respect, develop understanding, and encourage friendship between the Middle East and West.

Making a Scene: The Jefferson Place Gallery

Now through October 22, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

September 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of The Jefferson Place Gallery, a small, cooperative gallery dedicated to showing the work of DC-area contemporary artists of the late 1950s. Founded in 1957 by five American University professors and their student Alice Denney, the gallery evolved quickly from an extension of AU's pedagogy to an early supporter of the Washington Color School and now plays host to exhibitions featuring prominent national and international contemporary art figures, including Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns. The exhibition includes works by the 11 founding gallery members.

Tethered To The Cradle: Kinetic Work by Christopher Carter

Now through December 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

Christopher Carter's substantial and important sculptures are intended to invite viewer interaction, reflection, and contemplation. The ready-made forms draw on Carter's experiences and memories of his adolescence for their inspiration. The individual pieces comprising the totality of the work resonate and interact with each other, eliciting viewers to reflect on the weight and meaning of their own experiences of growing up. Carter is a contemporary American artist and sculptor of African-American, American Indian, and European descent who was born in New Mexico, grew up in Massachusetts, and lives and works as a full-time artist in Miami.

Twist Layer Pour: Sondra N. Arkin, Joan Belmar, Mary Early

Now through October 22, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum Second Floor Exhibition

In Twist Layer Pour, the unexpected grouping of artists Sondra N. Arkin, Joan Belmar, and Mary Early, yields a dynamic, site-responsive meditation on systemized components and accumulated wholes. Step by step, link by link, their obsessive object-making becomes a metaphor for conscious and intuitive gesture, relational interconnectivity, and the passage of time. At once public and private, monumental and intimate, the works profess an unswerving passion for their chosen materials: steel wire, synthetic papers, and beeswax. Individual variances and details invite close attention while, in the aggregate, distilled shapes and rhythmic patterns emerge.

William Woodward: The Seven Deadly Sins

Now through December 17, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum Third Floor Exhibition

For the past two decades, William Woodward has delved into the rich history and aesthetic possibilities of the seven deadly sins as a subject matter for our own time. The master drawings and narrative paintings in this exhibition continue the artist's fascination with painting figures and animals, which began more than 25 years ago while painting his landmark 880-square foot circus mural at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. Woodward's version of the sins owes a great deal to the films of Federico Fellini, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and the commedia dell'arte tradition. The artist tries to imagine, had these directors and actors been painters, how they might have depicted their subjects in whimsical and elusive ways rather than strident and explicit interpretations. In creating The Seven Deadly Sins, Woodward is not preaching about sin. Rather, he paints pictures that no one, including himself, had ever seen before.

Field Hockey vs. Longwood University

October 1, 1 - 3 p.m.
Jacobs Field

Drawing Tools You Can Use with Artist Beverly Ress

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 2 - 4 p.m.
Katzen Museum First Floor Exhibition

This six-week class teaches the basic components of drawing representationally, translating the three-dimensional scene to the two-dimensional plane of paper. The class is taught by Beverly Ress, artist and teacher for more than 15 years, on Sundays through October 22 from 2 - 4 p.m. This intimate drawing class costs $200 for the entire course. Students are invited for a private session for an additional fee. Space is limited. Enroll:

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Women's Soccer vs. Colgate

October 1, 2 - 4 p.m.
Reeves Field

News Games 2017

October 3, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Media Innovation Lab (McKinley 100)

The fourth annual News Games are part of a coordinated effort to highlight the importance of staying engaged with the news. This program is organized by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and is presented in conjunction with journalism schools in all 50 States and about half a dozen countries. Free and open to the public. First come, first seated.

Yoga in the Galleries

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 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

October 4, 11, 18, 25, 1 1 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. Girardot'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.

Men's Soccer vs. United States Naval Academy

October 4, 3 - 5 p.m.
Reeves Field

Women' Volleyball vs. Delaware State University

October 4, 7 - 9 p.m.
Bender Arena

The Sins in Concert

October 5, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

This musical performance will prompt you to reflect on your experience as viewers in new and surprising ways. In partnership with Conductor James Blachly and the Experiential Orchestra, AU Museum presents an evening of newly-commissioned musical works created in response to William Woodward's exhibition, The Seven Deadly Sins. Guests will be invited to examine each painting while listening to two contrasting pieces of music. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets can be purchased for $25 online:

RSVP Required:

Friday Gallery Tours

October 6, 13, 20, 27, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Free, docent-led tours of the Fall Exhibitions are held every Friday through December 15. Tours highlight themes of the current exhibitions and last 45 minutes to one hour. Tours meet at the museum front desk at 11:30 a.m. No RSVP required. For more information, visit

Swimming & Diving vs. Loyola University

October 6, 4 - 6 p.m.
Bender Large Pool

Women's Volleyball vs. Lehigh University

October 6, 7 - 9 p.m.
Bender Arena

Men's Soccer vs. Colgate University

October 7, 2 - 4 p.m.
Reeves Field

Women's Volleyball vs. Lafayette College

October 7, 4 - 6 p.m.
Bender Arena

The Gorenman Bach Project

October 7, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall

Yuliya Gorenman, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist and AU musician-in-residence, presents Book I of Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier. With its unlimited source of inspiration and unparalleled beauty, The Well-Tempered Clavier is considered by many to be the "Old Testament" of the Western classical canon and one of its greatest achievements. Tickets: $10-25. RSVP Required:

Women's Volleyball vs. George Washington University

October 11, 7 - 9 p.m.
Bender Arena

Free Parking featuring the Jefferson Place Gallery

October 12, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Katzen AU Museum

Free Parking, a salon-style conversation series in the Alper Institute, features curator John Anderson in conversation with artists and friends of the Jefferson Place Gallery - Washington's premiere contemporary art space, opened by artists in 1957 - and includes newly minted facts and revived fictions. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. RSVP Required:

Data Hygiene Clinic

October 13, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Media Innovation Lab (McKinley 100)

This clinic features both informational resources and hands-on training related to online privacy and data security. Led by Harlo Holmes of Freedom of the Press Foundation, the clinic teaches about the risks of online communications and about the types of data that people typically "leak," and the potential uses of these data by commercial, state, and criminal actors. The clinic also teaches how to employ free and secure technology and common sense techniques to limit data leakage and secure online privacy. Free and open to the public. First come, first seated.

Women's Soccer vs. College of the Holy Cross

October 14, 1 - 3 p.m.
Reeves Field

Zeta Psi Frisbee for In Flanders Fields Fund

October 14, 2 - 5 p.m.
Jacobs Field

Birds and People that Inspire Conservation Storytelling with Aditi Desai

October 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Malsi Doyle-Michael Forman Theater (McKinley 201)

As Director of Multimedia at American Bird Conservancy, Aditi Desai produces stories to promote bird conservation across the Western Hemisphere. From a ten-second clip featuring the charismatic Lear's Macaw on Facebook to a short documentary about the impact of free-roaming cats on birds on YouTube, Aditi leverages visual media to take viewers on a journey and highlights interesting bird-related stories. Her work has taken her from young forests in Minnesota to the arid grasslands of Mexico to share stories that raise awareness of threats to birds and foster conservation action.Free and open to the public. First come, first seated.

Drunktown's Finest with director Sydney Freeland

October 18, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Malsi Doyle-Michael Forman Theater (McKinley 201)

Director Sydney Freeland presents her critically acclaimed film Drunktown's Finest, which explores the lives of three Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - as they strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation. Premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Drunktown's Finest received the Jury Prize at LA Outfest and a GLAAD Media Award nomination. Freeland also directed the web-series Her Story, which received an Emmy nomination and won a Gotham Award. Her second feature, Deidra and Laney Rob a Train, is a Netflix Original film and premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Free and open to the public. First come, first seated.

Little Women

October 19 - 20, 8 - 10 p.m.; October 21, 2 - 4 p.m., 8 - 10 p.m.; October 27, 8 - 10 p.m.; October 28, 2 - 4 p.m., 8 - 10 p.m.
Greenberg Theatre

This musical version of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel follows the exploits of the March sisters as they struggle to find balance between domesticity, work, and true love. As only musical theatre can, it glorifies the magical moment when a great love story and a noble quest for personal fulfillment are one and the same. Little Women is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. Tickets: $10-15. RSVP Required:

Women's Volleyball vs. United States Naval Academy

October 20, 7 - 9 p.m.
Bender Arena

Field Hockey vs. Lafayette College

October 21, 12 - 2 p.m.
Jacobs Field

Men's Soccer vs. Lehigh University

October 21, 2 - 4 p.m.
Reeves Field

Identity and Inclusion: How can images capture who we are and what we endured?

October 22, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Media Innovation Lab (McKinley 100)

Join Pulitzer Center grantee and award-winning photojournalist Daniella Zalcman as she shares her work documenting the forced assimilation education of indigenous youth in Canada, and the persecuted LGBT community in Uganda. Free and open to the public. First come, first seated.

Nat Geo Goes Wild - with Geoff Daniels

October 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Malsi Doyle-Michael Forman Theater (McKinley 201)

Join Nat Geo WILD's Executive Vice President and General Manager Geoff Daniels for a wild night of stories about what goes on behind-the-scenes at cable television's #1 animal-focused network. From broadcasting live safaris from the middle of Kenya in Safari LIVE, to launching fun, digital series like Untamed, Nat Geo WILD is pioneering new frontiers in a quickly evolving industry. Hear from Geoff about how Nat Geo WILD plans to captivate animal-lovers everywhere with exciting new shows featured on innovative platforms, and how he plans to stay one step ahead of the competition. Free and open to the public. First come, first seated.

Reformation at 500: Enduring Lessons of Media, Technology, and Disruption

October 25, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Malsi Doyle-Michael Forman Theater (McKinley 201)

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the cathedral door in Wittenberg, sparking the Protestant Reformation. To commemorate its anniversary, the AU community will embark on a nine-week reflection on the significance of that event for our world. This program will feature a wide-ranging and audience-interactive discussion by two media historians of the School of Communication - Dean Jeff Rutenbeck and Professor W. Joseph Campbell. They will address the disruptive effects of "new media technology" that spurred the Reformation, and consider evidence of such effects in contemporary contexts. Free and open to the public. First come, first seated. Registration link:

Opening Night FILMS ACROSS BORDERS: Stories of Migration

Risking it All: Children at the Border with Maria Elena Salinas

October 27, 7 p.m., with 6:30 p.m. Reception in the Media Innovation Lab
Malso Doyle and Michael Forman Theater (McKinley 201)

Maria Elena Salinas travels to Central America and the US/Mexico border to explore why children are risking it all to cross the border. In El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, Salinas interviews fleeing children and their families, along with other pivotal players such as politicians, immigration experts, human rights supporters, human traffickers, and gang members. Introduction and discussion with Maria Elena Salinas, co-anchor of Univision Network News' Aqui y Ahora and host of The Real Story on Investigation Discovery. Q&A will follow the screening, moderated by Professor Jane Hall. For more information, visit Free and open to public. Registration required:

Women's Volleyball vs. United States Military Academy

October 27, 8 - 10 p.m.
Bender Arena

Women's Soccer vs. United States Military Academy

October 28, 12 - 2 p.m.
Reeves Field

Women's Volleyball vs. College of the Holy Cross

October 28, 2 - 4 p.m.
Bender Arena