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Please note that this is a schedule page for 2018, check back in Summer 2019 for an updated schedule. 

Friday, October 19

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Library: First Floor
Bender Library, First Floor
Materials from AU Archives and Special Collections: Exhibit information can be found at american.edu/library.
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Historical Walking Tour of Campus
Self-guided tour of campus and AU’s history. Maps available in the Bender Library.
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Eagles Nest Bagel Breakfast
Mary Graydon Center, Room 247
If you're a staff member AND an AU alumna/us, then you’re part of our ever-growing community called the AU’s Eagles Nest! Please join fellow members of the Eagles Nest for a light breakfast to kick-off All-American Weekend.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration and Check-In at the All-American Weekend Hospitality Center
Friedheim Quadrangle (rain site: Mary Graydon Center, Room 200)
11:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
Arboretum and Sustainability Tours
Meet in front of Bender Library
AU’s entire campus is an accredited and award-winning Arboretum and Gardens. Join Arboretum and Sustainability staff for a 45-minute guided walking tour. Learn about our diverse plant collection and the many sustainable features and initiatives underway.
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Museum
Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center
Six new exhibitions, including paintings by former AU Professor Robert D’Arista and his students, collaborative sculpture by Dalya Luttwak and Emilie Brzezinski, selections from The Artery Collection, and a major sculptural installation by Jim Sanborn.
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Golden Eagles Luncheon
Constitution Hall, East Campus
The Golden Eagles Reunion Luncheon is the opening celebration of the weekend. Members of the Class of 1968 will be inducted as Golden Eagles and all alumni who graduated from AU 50 or more years ago are honored for their long-standing association with the university.
11:20 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
12:55 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
4:05 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.
Open Classes
Various campus locations
A list of courses and their locations is available at check-in. If you would like to attend an open class, please ensure the professor has given permission beforehand.
11:30 a.m.
Tour of AU Museum
Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center, AU Museum
Explore the galleries with a free, 45-minute guided tour.
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Lunch in the Terrace Dining Room
Mary Graydon Center, Terrace Level
Students can use their meal plan to treat family members or guests can pay at the door ($12.60 +tax). 
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
AU Neighborhood Bus Tour
Departs from Hughes Hall
Sign-up at check-in. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Explore local sites and history with AU Library staff. Landmarks may include former homes of presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, Embassy Row, National Cathedral, and Civil War forts. Sponsored by AU Library. Self-guided walking tour map available at check-in.
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
All-American Showcase (weather permitting)
Friedheim Quadrangle
Visit with representatives of campus programs and services.
Noon - 4:00 p.m.
STEAM (Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, the Arts and Mathematics) Faire
Don Myers Technology and Innovation Building, Room 111, and the East Campus Plaza
An exhibition of the intersections of science, engineering and the arts at AU. The celebration begins with a talk from the Associate Director of Government Relations at AAAS, Erin Heath, followed by "tech talks" from our leading researchers, demonstrations from our science and entrepreneurship students and workshops in the Design and Build Lab and Game Design Labs. The evening will conclude with the launch of the AU's new Institute for Integrated Space, Science and Technology.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Internationalizing an AU Education
Butler Pavilion, Butler Board Room, Sixth Floor 
International experience is an essential component of educational and professional development—and personally rewarding. Learn about global opportunities for students through AU Abroad.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Transitioning to AU for Students with Disabilities
Mary Graydon Center, Room 247
Get the facts and learn strategies for success from students and Academic Support and Access Center (ASAC) staff. For information, contact ASAC at 202-885-3360 or asac@american.edu.
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Reception Honoring the Class of 1968
Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service
AU alumni from the Class of 1968 celebrate their 50th reunion at a reception with classmates and friends.
6:00 p.m.
Family and Alumni Shabbat Services and Dinner
Kay Spiritual Life Center and McDowell Hall, Formal Lounge
Free for AU students and guests under 18; $25 for guests over 18. To register, visit au.hillel.org/aaw 
Join the AU Hillel community for student-led services at Kay at 6:00 PM, followed by a kosher Shabbat dinner in McDowell Hall at 7:30 PM. Services are open; advance registration required for dinner.
6:00 p.m.
AU Club Sports Reception
Town Hall DC
Join us for our annual reception to recognize and honor current and alumni club sports members. RSVP by emailing auclubsports@gmail.com.
8:00 p.m. – Midnight
Multicultural Alumni Reunion Mosaic Gala
East Campus, Constitution Hall
Free for AU students; $20 for alumni, family, and guests.
The Gala is an elegant reception that kicks off the Multicultural Reunion during All-American Weekend. The event will feature a red-carpet photo welcome, live entertainment, a silent auction, cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, as well as a lavish dessert, fruit, and cheese buffet. Cocktail hour will begin at 8 p.m. and the main program will begin at 9 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pippin
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Tickets: $10-15; purchase at the box office, 202-885-2787, or www.american.edu/auartstix.
Book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Isaiah Matthew Wooden, director; Britta Joy Peterson, choreographer; Nathan Beary Blustein, music director. With an irresistible score by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, The Prince of Egypt), this perennial musical favorite follows the young prince Pippin on his quest to find meaning and fulfillment in life. Join us as we spin a tale full of humor, illusion, romance, and intrigue. We've got magic to do, just for you!
8:15 p.m.
KPU Speaker: Loretta Lynch
Bender Arena
Free for AU Students with their AU ID; $15 for alumni, family, and guests. Tickets can be picked up at the hospitality center/check-in or at Bender Arena starting at 7:00 p.m. 
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has spent her career fighting to bring change to varying sectors of American life. KPU is excited to collaborate with Women's Initiative, NAACP, American Pre-Law Society, Phi Alpha Delta and She's the First to welcome her to American University for All American Weekend.
KPU is AU’s student-run, nonpartisan campus lecture series, which launched in 1968 to engage the university community in important topics across the political spectrum. KPU strives to bring speakers who enliven our audiences, specifically AU’s body of politically-active, politically-aware students. AU students will be admitted into the event for free with their AU ID. Please note that tickets are available until the arena sells out. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
The event is open to the AU community only.
9:00 p.m.
SASA Presents Jalwa: An Annual Cultural Show
Mary Graydon Center, Tavern
Sponsored by the South Asian Student Association
Jalwa is a showcase of the history and culture of the South Asian Diaspora. Featuring performances, a fashion show, and South Asian food, this event is presented by members of the South Asian Student Association. Join us for a night of singing, dancing, laughter and good food!

Saturday, October 20

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration and Check-In at the All-American Weekend Hospitality Center
Bender Arena Lobby 
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Library
Bender Library, First Floor
Materials from AU Archives and Special Collections: Exhibit information can be found at american.edu/library.
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
President's Welcome
Bender Arena
AU president Sylvia M. Burwell will discuss her vision and plans for the university.
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Multicultural Alumni Reunion Books and Brunch
School of International Service, Abramson Family Founders Room
Free for AU students; $20 for alumni, family, and guests.
MCAR Books and Brunch showcases AU’s multicultural authors and provides a glimpse into their writing journey. Co-sponsored by the DC Young Alumni Chapter.
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Legacy Alumni Network Brunch and Pinning Ceremony*
Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center
AU Legacy students and alumni, along with their guests, are invited to celebrate and be recognized for making AU a family tradition. Students and alumni are presented with a specially-designed legacy pin by their AU alumni family members. To RSVP, please email legacy@american.edu.
*This event is by invitation only.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
AU Basketball Chalk Talk 
Bender Arena
Join head coaches Mike Brennan and Megan Gebbia as they share news about the upcoming basketball season. Watch the teams in action, win prizes, and join the fun at this free event. Learn more about the teams and AU Athletics at AUeagles.com.
11:00 a.m. - Noon
AU Ed Talks: New Frontiers in the Study of Security at American University
Featuring Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin

Kerwin Hall, Terrace Level, Room 1
In this complex developing world, our students need to be prepared to face tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities in security. This presentation will provide an overview of research and teaching about the ethical, legal, and strategic aspects of the technological renaissance that is underway, what many people call the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We’ll talk about how people can think about and grapple with the implications of emerging technologies such as commercial drones, 3-D printing, military robotics, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence. This will be an interactive session, with ample opportunity to engage with the professor, a current graduate student, and a current undergraduate student.
11:00 a.m. - Noon
AU Ed Talks: Data in the Everyday
Featuring Dr. Heng Xu

Mary Graydon Center, First Floor, Rooms 3-4
There is little question that we are living in the Big Data era. Countless business decisions, policy discussions, even legal instruments are shaped by the outcomes of data analytics everyday. While we cherish the advent of data analytics technologies and their great potential of turning data into insights and then into actions, we must also understand the challenges and caveats facing the robustness and reliability of data analytics. In this talk, Dr. Xu will visit some common myths and misconceptions about analytics in the Big Data era. Highlighting the importance of these issues in business practices, Dr. Xu will present several real-world stories about the pitfalls in designing, performing, and interpreting data analytics. At the end of the talk, Dr. Xu will briefly discuss the ongoing research to address these challenges in her research group at AU, which aims to make data analytics a robust and integral part of future endeavors in business research and practices.
11:00 a.m. - Noon
AU Ed Talks: Health & Mindfulness
Featuring Dr. Deanna Kerrigan

Kerwin Hall, Terrace Level, Room 2
Mindfulness has become a popular buzz word in the media today, however, it has a long spiritual and social history. More recently, a number of rigorous scientific studies and review articles have begun to link mindfulness to a variety of mental and physical health outcomes. In this talk, we will explore the meaning, practice, and implications of mindfulness for health behavior change including among university students as they confront stress and anxiety related to schoolwork, professional choices, and life transitions. We will also explore the possibilities for mindfulness-based practices to stimulate solidarity and social change in the midst of growing concerns regarding social division.
11:00 a.m. - Noon
AU Ed Talks: Social Equity and Economic Well-being: The Role of Local and Federal Economic Policy
Featuring Dr. Bradley Hardy

Kay Spiritual Life Center
AU’s faculty experts and renowned scholars will discuss their work at AU and beyond. This session will focus on social equity issues and their impact on various communities.
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Covering DC: Q&A with ABC Senior White House Correspondent Cecilia Vega
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater
What's it like to cover the White House in one of the most dynamic periods of American journalism? Find out from Cecilia Vega, senior White House correspondent for ABC News and SOC alumna, who will share insights with students, parents, faculty, alumni, and other guests during AU's All-American Weekend. Moderated by Amy Eisman, director of SOC's Journalism Division, the event promises to provide a unique glimpse of politics and media in our nation's capital.
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Museum
Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center
Six new exhibitions, including paintings by former AU Professor Robert D’Arista and his students, collaborative sculpture by Dalya Luttwak and Emilie Brzezinski, selections from The Artery Collection, and a major sculptural installation by Jim Sanborn.
Noon - 1 p.m.
Multicultural Alumni Reunion Red and Blue Table Talk
Butler Pavilion, Butler Board Room
A lighthearted talk show format that will feature distinguished alumni from the Black Alumni Alliance, Latino Alumni Alliance, Asian and Pacific Islander Alumni Network.
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
All-American Fall Festival
Eric Friedheim Quadrangle (Rain site: Mary Graydon Center, First Floor)
Tickets: $15 for students, family, alumni, and guests; $8 for children 10-years and under.
Enjoy food, fun activities, and live music by the Knuckle Dusters, an old-time bluegrass band. Tickets purchased through registration.
Noon - 2 p.m.
School of Communication Open House
McKinley Building, Media Innovation Lab
Please join Dean Jeff Rutenbeck and the School of Communication (SOC) to celebrate 25 years as a school and generations of making media that matter. During this open house, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and students will have an opportunity to celebrate this tremendous milestone for SOC through networking opportunities, panels, and other assorted activities. Buffet lunch will be provided.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Reception
East Campus, Constitution Hall, Rooms 1-3
Please join Dean Peter Starr for a reception to celebrate All-American Weekend with fellow CAS students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Kogod School of Business Dean's Reception
Kogod School of Business, Student Lounge
Please join Dean John Delaney for a reception to celebrate All-American Weekend with fellow Kogod students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
School of International Service Dean's Reception
School of International Service, Atrium
Please join Dean Christine Chin for a reception to celebrate All-American Weekend with fellow SIS students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
School of Public Affairs Dean's Reception
Kerwin Hall, 1st Floor, Lobby
Please join Dean Vicky Wilkins at Kerwin Hall for a reception to celebrate All-American Weekend with fellow SPA students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
2:00 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball Home Match
Bender Arena
Tickets: $8 for adults; $5 for youth (under 17) and seniors (65+); free admission for AU students with a valid AU ID.
Support the women's volleyball team as they take on Lafayette.
2:00 p.m.
Pippin
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Tickets: $10-15; purchase at the box office, 202-885-2787, or www.american.edu/auartstix.
Book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Isaiah Matthew Wooden, director; Britta Joy Peterson, choreographer; Nathan Beary Blustein, music director. With an irresistible score by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, The Prince of Egypt), this perennial musical favorite follows the young prince Pippin on his quest to find meaning and fulfillment in life. Join us as we spin a tale full of humor, illusion, romance, and intrigue. We've got magic to do, just for you!
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
AU Ed Talks: Library Plenary Session featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Kerwin Hall, Terrace Level, Room 1
Join us as for a discussion led by renowned author and leading scholar on racism, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi, professor and director, Antiracist Research & Policy Center, is an award-winning scholar of racism and antiracism and a New York Times best-selling author. His second book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation, 2016), won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. At 34 years old, he was the youngest ever winner of the NBA for Nonfiction. Stamped was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and a NAACP Image Award. Stamped was named to several Best Books of 2016 lists, including by the Boston Globe, The Root, The Washington Post, and Buzzfeed. The Washington Post also named Stamped the most ambitious book of 2016.
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate! Multicultural Student-Alumni Reception
Katzen Arts Center, Rotunda
An MCAR tradition that is truly a celebration of the cultural tapestry that enriches AU. This event is a coming together of inter-generational multicultural alumni as they revel in diverse cultural performances.
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

AU Athletics Alumni & Friends Celebration
Bender Arena, Palmer Lounge

All Athletics alumni, letterwinners, friends and supports are invited to celebrate another exciting season with fellow Eagles, fans and head coaches.
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
1893 Society Appreciation Reception featuring A Taste of AU*
School of International Service, Abramson Family Founders Room
In recognition of their philanthropic loyalty, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations invites members of 1893 Society to a reception featuring drinks and small plates from alumni businesses.
*This event is by invitation only.
5:00 p.m.
A Gospel Extravaganza
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Performed by the AU Gospel Choir, with special appearances by members of the AU Gospel Choir Alumni Network.
5:30 p.m.
Wrestling Ranking Match
Bender Arena
Get your first look at the team in action as they head into the 2018-2019 season.
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Pride Alliance Reunion Reception
National Union Building
$15 per person
Calling all LGBTQ and ally alumni and friends: Join members of the AU Pride Alumni Alliance in honoring LGBTQ History Month with a lively and engaging networking reception during All-American Weekend.
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
2018 Alumni Awards Dinner & Ceremony
Washington College of Law, Claudio Grossman Hall
$35 per person
Meet the 2018 Alumni Award winners at a special dinner and ceremony detailing their accomplishments and honoring their achievements.
Neil Kerwin Alumni Achievement Award:
Andre Ingram, CAS/BS ’07
Jack Rasmussen, CAS/MFA ’75, CAS/MA ’83, CAS/PhD ’94
Alumni Recognition Award:
Rebecca Geller, SPA/BA ’02, WCL/JD ’07
Alumni Eagle Award:
Brandon Krapf, SIS/BA ’14
Rising Star Award:
Sarah McBride, SPA/BA ’13
7:00 pm
Gospel Choir Family & Friends Reception
Kay Spiritual Life Center, Lounge
A reception following the Gospel Choir Extravaganza with light snacks and drinks for choir members, family, and friends.
8:00 p.m.
Pippin
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
Tickets: $10-15; purchase at the box office, 202-885-2787, or www.american.edu/auartstix.
Book by Roger O. Hirson, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Isaiah Matthew Wooden, director; Britta Joy Peterson, choreographer; Nathan Beary Blustein, music director. With an irresistible score by Oscar and Grammy Award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked, The Prince of Egypt), this perennial musical favorite follows the young prince Pippin on his quest to find meaning and fulfillment in life. Join us as we spin a tale full of humor, illusion, romance, and intrigue. We've got magic to do, just for you!
9:00 p.m.
All-Alumni Party
Knight Conference Center at the Newseum, 8th Floor
$25 per person
Alumni and guests are invited to celebrate all things AU and dance the night away at one of DC’s wonkiest attractions, the Newseum! Attendees will receive a complimentary ticket to the Newseum. Drinks and desserts are provided.

Sunday, October 21

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Library: First Floor
Bender Library, First Floor
Materials from AU Archives and Special Collections: Exhibit information at american.edu/library.
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
All-American Farewell
Bridge, Butler Pavilion, Second Floor
Join Clawed Z. Eagle for coffee and donuts and a family photo-op with AU's mascot.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Brunch in the Terrace Dining Room
Mary Graydon Center, Terrace Level
Students can use their meal plan to treat family members or guests can pay at the door ($12.60 +tax). 
10:00 a.m.
AU Women’s Basketball 2018 Alumni Blue - White Scrimmage Game
Bender Arena
11:00 a.m.
Catholic Mass 
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Catholic mass for AU Alumni and Families.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Multicultural Alumni Reunion Fraternity and Sorority Brunch
School of International Service, Abramson Family Founders Room
Free for AU students; $20 for alumni, family, and guests
A brunch that will bring back alumni who were part of Greek Life at AU.
 
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Women's Lacrosse All-American Weekend Alumnae Game
Jacobs Field
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Recreational Sports & Fitness Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Alumni Game
Massachusetts Avenue Field
Recreational Sports & Fitness will be hosting a Club Sports game for current and former Men’s Ultimate Frisbee participants. Lunch will be served after the game. Spectators are welcome. Contact auclubsports@gmail.com for more information.
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Exhibitions at the American University Museum
Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Arts Center
Six new exhibitions, including paintings by former AU Professor Robert D’Arista and his students, collaborative sculpture by Dalya Luttwak and Emilie Brzezinski, selections from The Artery Collection, and a major sculptural installation by Jim Sanborn.
12:00 p.m.
Women's Soccer Alumnae, Family & Friends Lucheon
Reeves Field Gazebo
Join the women's soccer team, alumni, and friends to celebrate All-American Weekend prior to the game.
1:00 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Home Match
Reeves Field
Support the women's soccer team as they take on Lafayette. Tickets are free for all fans.
1:30 p.m.
A Cappella Showcase
Kay Spiritual Life Center
Enjoy a grand finale concert by AU’s student a cappella groups.
2:00 p.m.
Women’s Volleyball Home Match - Senior Day
Bender Arena
Tickets: $8 for adults, $5 for guests under 18; free admission for AU students with a valid AU ID
Support the women's volleyball team as they take on Bucknell.