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Family Week is September 29 through October 6

This year, we are excited to be offering a series of online and in-person programs and events to celebrate Family Week from September 29 through October 6, 2021. Wherever you are this fall, we welcome you to join us!

We enthusiastically welcome you to visit your student and our campus community in-person October 1-3, 2021.  As events are scheduled, we will share them here. 

Register now to receive schedule updates, parking details, passes to use our recreation facilities and more. Families and guests will be expected to adhere to our health and safety guidelines as outlined on the registration form.

We are still building the schedule. Please check back for updates. You can expect that our larger events will remain online so that families can participate from around the globe.

Explore DC! Our area attractions are reopening across the region. Find out what's open, how to access tickets and check the latest health and safety precautions for visitors on AU's official tourism site, www.washington.org.

For your convenience, we also list area hotels, directions and other resources to help you plan your visit.

Campus Gear

Family Weekend Discount
10% off AU gear on in-person purchases
Open 10AM - 5PM on 10/1 - 10/2 and 10AM - 4PM 10/3

SHOP AU GEAR

Family Photobooth

Register now to join us on campus for in-person Family Weekend events October 1-3. 

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Family Week 2021
Date Time Session Name Location Session Description Sponsors
Self-Guided Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail Tenleytown Take a leisurely walk through a neighborhood rooted in deep family ties that also boasts unique contributions to DC and national history. Tenleytown Heritage Trail
Self-Guided AU's Outdoor Trail AU Main Campus Hit the trail and enjoy American University's beautiful campus, an accredited arboretum. Outdoor Trail
Family Perk AU Fitness Center Pass Jacobs and Cassell Fitness Centers Families and guests who register for Family Weekend will receive passes to use our rec facilties during the weekend for free! AU RecFit
9/29/21 12:00 - 1:00 PM A Conversation with Author Samanta Schweblin ZOOM Samanta Schweblin is one of the most celebrated writers on the world literary stage. She is the author of the novel Fever Dream (Distancia de rescate, 2015) a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize and numerous prestigious awards. College of Arts and Sciences
9/29/21 5:30 PM Buddhist Insight Meditation Kay Chapel Buddhist Insight Meditation led by Bhante Katusgastota Uparatana Kay Spiritual Life Center
9/29/21 7:00 - 8:30 PM Faculty Experts Series: Why does food insecurity persist even though we waste 40% of all food? ZOOM In the US, 40% of food produced is never eaten, which represents waste in the forms of lost resources and pollution, economic costs to businesses and households, and decreased food security. As we aim to cut this waste in half by 2030, how do we ensure that our sustainability goals for our food system do not get in the way of our goals for equity and resilience? Join AU researchers on the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste for a panel discussion on an NSF-funded Research Network led by Professor Sauleh Siddiqui (the largest research grant in recent AU history). AU Research
9/30/21 10:30 - 11:15 AM AU Center for Innovation - Where Changemakers Make Their Mark! ZOOM Come learn about how innovation and entrepreneurship intersect at AU! Our programs in the AUCI are open to all AU students. Want to start a business? We are here to help! American University Center for Innovation
9/30/21 7:00 - 8:00 PM Keynote Speaker: TBA Online The Kennedy Politcal Union and Family Week are bringing another dynamic speaker to the AU community. We'll reveal details soon! The Kennedy Politcal Union
9/30/21 7:00 - 8:00 PM Set the World on Fire: How Antisemitism fuels White Nationalism Online Bringing new insights to a growing problem, American University’s Director of Jewish Studies, Professor Pamela Nadell; racial justice activist, Eric Ward; former Homeland Security analyst, Daryl Johnson; and former white nationalist Derek Black speak with PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor, Hari Sreenivasan, about the history of antisemitism in America, conspiracy theories that never disappear, and the connections between antisemitism, racism and extremism. PBS.org/Exploring Hate
9/30/21 8:30 PM Night Worship with DC Chi Alpha Kay Chapel Kay Spiritual Life Center
10/1/21 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Campus Store hours Campus Store Family discount: 10% off your in-person purchase of AU imprinted gear AU Campus Store
10/1/21 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fall Exhibitions at the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center at American University Fall exhibitions at the American University Museum address climate change, modern US colonialism, neuroscience, and more through a variety of mediums including mixed media, photography, and painting. AU Museum
10/1/21 MFA Studio Art Exhibition "Free Punch & Pie" Online In Spring 2021, Studio Art MFA students presented "Free Punch & Pie," a virtual exhibition featuring artwork and videos sharing each artist's background, process, and inspiration. AU Museum
10/1/21 1:00 PM Jummah Prayers Kay Lounge (Lower Level) Kay Spiritual Life Center
10/1/21 1:00 PM Sustainability at AU Tour Mary Graydon Center Info Desk Join Office of Sustainability staff on a guided campus tour of AU's green buildings, vegetated roofs, green energy systems, and more. Tours typically last 75 minutes. Sustainability at AU
10/1/21 1:30 PM AU Arboretum Tour Mary Graydon Center Info Desk Join our Grounds Operations team on a guided Arboretum tour. Tours typically last 60 minutes. If you are unable to attend in-person, we have a virtual option as well. AU Arboretum Tour
10/1/21 2:00 - 2:30 PM Treasures from the Archive Talk Bender Library, Rm 316 Learn about archives, archivists, and some of the University Library’s most unique holdings. University Library
10/1/21 2:30 - 3:30 PM Treasures from the Archive open house Bender Library, Rm 316 Stop by the Library to see some of the treasures from Archives and Special Collections featuring documents and photos from the University’s history to rare books to Japanese woodblock prints and more! University Library
10/1/21 2:00 - 3:30 PM Self Defense Class for Families Butler Board Room This class will provide information, tactics, and considerations which may be useful for various types of dangerous encounters AU Police Department
10/1/21 4:00 - 5:30 PM Family Mix and Mingle Mary Graydon Center Rms 126-128 Relax and mingle with other families and campus administrators over mocktails and lite reception fare.
10/1/21 6:00 - 6:45 PM Open House with AUCatholic ZOOM Get to know the Catholic Community at American University! AUCatholic
10/1/21 6:00 - 9:00 PM Family Shabbat McDowell Formal Lounge Share Shabbat with the AU Hillel community! Students and families are invited to join us for services at 6:00 at the Kay Center, followed by a delicious dinner at 7:30 in McDowell Formal Lounge. RSVP AU Hillel
10/1 7:05 PM Washington Nations v Boston Red Sox Nationals Park Catch some Natitude with tickets starting as low as $17 and a postgame firework show. Washington Nationals
10/2/21 9:00-9:50 AM Yoga Session with RecFit Cassell Fitness Center - Studio AB RecFit invites you to join us for a morning of relaxation! You will flow through various postures that promote increased strength, focus and flexibility. All levels are welcome! Check in at Fitness Center front desk. Masks required. Class will reach capacity at 30 participants. Yoga mats and props will be provided. Recreational Sports and Fitness
10/2/21 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Campus Store hours Campus Store Family discount: 10% off your in-person purchase of AU imprinted gear AU Campus Store
10/2/21 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Forest Hike from AU to Fletcher's Cove & Picnic on the Potomac Sign up and learn more. Starting Point: SIS Entrance, by Davenport Lounge Would you like to learn about hikes you can do right from campus? Join us as we trek from AU to Fletcher's Cove through arms of the National Forest and enjoy a bag lunch on the banks of the Potomac. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and pack a lunch. There are restrooms at Fletcher's Cove and they sell small snacks and drinks. Younger siblings are welcome if they are comfortable with long hikes. Department of Biology, CAS
10/2/21 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fall Exhibitions at the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center at American University Fall exhibitions at the American University Museum address climate change, modern US colonialism, neuroscience, and more through a variety of mediums including mixed media, photography, and painting. AU Museum
10/2/21 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Field Hockey Home Game Jacobs Athletics Complex - Free Admission Come cheer on the 11-time conference champion AU Field Hockey Team as they take on the Bucknell Bisons. AU Athletics
10/2/21 12:00 - 1:30 PM Family Festival Friedheim Quad Enjoy local flavors, music, lawn games, a family photo booth and more! Office of Campus Life
10/2/21 2:00 - 3:00 PM Campus Tour Mary Graydon Center Info Desk Student Ambassadors offer group campus tours.
10/2/21 3:00 - 5:00 PM Women's Soccer Home Game Reeves Field - Free Admission Come cheer on the Women's Soccer Team as they take on Patriot League rival Army West Point. Go Eagles!! AU Athletics
10/2/21 3:00 - 4:00 PM Campus Tour Mary Graydon Center Info Desk Student Ambassadors offer group campus tours.
10/2/21 4:00 - 5:00 PM Campus Tour Mary Graydon Center Info Desk Student Ambassadors offer group campus tours.
10/2 4:05 PM Washington Nations v Boston Red Sox Nationals Park Catch some Natitude with tickets starting as low as $24. Washington Nationals
10/3/21 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Campus Store hours Campus Store Family discount: 10% off your in-person purchase of AU imprinted gear AU Campus Store
10/3/21 10:00 AM Ecumenical Christian Service Kay Chapel Ecumenical Christian Service led by Rev. Bryant Oskvig, Interim University Chaplain with a small reception to follow on Kay Steps Kay Spiritual Life Center
10/3/21 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fall Exhibitions at the American University Museum Katzen Arts Center at American University Fall exhibitions at the American University Museum address climate change, modern US colonialism, neuroscience, and more through a variety of mediums including mixed media, photography, and painting. AU Museum
10/3/21 12:00 - 1:00 PM Family Weekend Mass Kay Spiritual Life Center Join the AUCatholic Community for mass AUCatholic
10/3/21 1:00 - 3:00 PM Home Field Hockey Game Jacobs Athletics Complex - Free Admission Come cheer on the 11-time league champion Field Hockey Team as they take on BIG-10 foe Michigan State. Go Eagles! AU Athletics
10/3 3:05 PM Washington Nations v Boston Red Sox Nationals Park Catch some Natitude with tickets starting as low as $17. Washington Nationals
10/4/21 7:00 - 8:00 PM In a Moment of Change, AU Leads the Way Forward: President Sylvia Burwell ZOOM Join us for an evening with President Burwell as she reflects on what we've learned and where we're heading in this moment of change.
10/5/21 7:00 - 8:30 PM Faculty Experts Series: The Public Square in the Internet Age — Regulating Online Harms to Restore Balance ZOOM Even as the Internet continues to enable rapid communication and technological innovation around the globe, the rise of disinformation, hate speech, harassment, and other online harms has dramatically increased the urgency of creating appropriate regulations to protect users. This panel will explore the ways in which the Internet has enabled these harms and whether and how the various players in the ecosystem, well beyond social media platforms, can help prevent online harms going forward. Washington College of Law
10/5/21 6:00 - 7:00 PM Films Across Borders: Stories in a Changing World 2021 Kick Off Event Featuring "With Drawn Arms" Online Join us for a live virtual panel discussion about Emmy-nominated documentary "With Drawn Arms". AU SOC Dean Sam Fulwood III will moderate the conversation with filmmaker and AU alumni Afshin Shahidi. School of Communication
10/6/21 7:00 - 8:30 PM Faculty Experts Series: Incorporating Antiracism Into Research Practices ZOOM Conducting research through an anti-racism lens is a long-term and ongoing process and must be considered as part of a complex system that oppresses people and groups in multifaceted ways. AU School of Education Dean and Professor, Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy will lead this panel to address topics such as de-centering whiteness in primary and secondary research, data objectiveness, scholarly publishing, and more. School of Education
10/6/21 8:30-10:00 PM Simulated Class: Kogod School of Business ZOOM What is Business? In this interactive session, students explore the purpose of business, how business solves customer problems, AND launch a new business to boot! Come have some fun with us! Office of Enrollment