August 2021

Summer 2021 issue of American magazine

Learn why Change Can’t Wait at AU; shoot the breeze with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, WSP ’83; and delve into the philosophy of philanthropy. Also in this issue: the brains behind a budding neuroscience career, an emerging metric system in academia, and a new chapter for American magazine.


Change Can't Wait 

AU launches a comprehensive fundraising campaign 18 years in the making

Insights and Impact

3 Minutes On Philanthropy

Melanie Brown, CAS/BA ’02, interim deputy director, public engagement and insights, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on why giving matters

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First Class 

AU is home to about 600 first-generation undergrads—a figure that has nearly doubled since 2011

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Brand New

At American University, we step up, we show up, and we say Challenge Accepted