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Literature ·

AU Offering New Technical Writing and Rhetoric Class in Fall

As the world grows more data driven, it needs professionals who can make technical information accessible. To ensure that AU students have this critical skill, WRT 610: Technical Writing and Rhetoric will be offered for the first time this fall.
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Experience AU Museum Summer Shows Online

Summer exhibits and virtual events can be experienced online now.
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Arts ·

Celebrating Juneteenth

CAS performing arts professor Sybil Roberts Williams answers some questions about the holiday, its history, and the best ways to celebrate.
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Kendall Clayton, Self portrait

Arts ·

Portraits in Quarantine: Creating Art and Meaning

Since graduation, Kendall Clayton (BA women’s, gender, and sexualities studies ’20) has been spending her quarantine time immersed in her art, creating a series of portraits of women who inspire her.
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Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Triumph of Death, circa 1562. Credit: Prado Museum.

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In the World of Art, History Repeats Itself

This spring, when Ximena Varela traveled to England to research the earliest instances of arts management in the Western World, the pandemic hit Europe, and Varela watched history repeat itself.
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photograph of piano burning on beach

Arts ·

AU Museum at Home Engages Patrons Away from Campus

Under the initiative “AU Museum at Home,” the museum staff is finding new ways to engage the museum community.
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The Maltese Falcon

Literature ·

Going to the Movies for Class, When Class is Remote

Professor Jeff Middents has taken his “Critical Approach to the Cinema” class online in a brand-new and very popular way. Students are watching movies, critiquing them, and sharing their thoughts online through social media.
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Sylvie Wickwire

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Music Grant Winners Hopeful in the Face of Uncertainty

In February, seven standout music majors received Koster Foundation Summer Study Grants to pursue their musical ambitions. Now their plans are uncertain. But these talented students remain hopeful and thankful—and focused on accomplishing their dreams.
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Literature ·

New MA Degree Combines Literature, Culture, and Technology

This fall, American University is offering an exciting, forward-looking new graduate degree: an MA in Literature, Culture, and Technology, combining literary and cultural studies, cinema, and writing, along with digital technology and coding.
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Carol Bird Ravenal, Breakfast with Twin, “Good Morning Gene D.” 51x32 inches

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In Legacy: Associate Professor Emerita Carol Bird Ravenal

In Memorium: remembering artist, art historian, AU professor emeritus, and philanthropist Carol Bird Ravenal.
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