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AU Family Week October 1 - 11, 2020

AU FAMILY WEEK October 1 - 11 2020

While we were not able to gather together in person this year, we were so very excited to connect with you over such a diverse range of porgrams and special events for Family Week 2020. Many events were recorded and we will share those links in the schedule below as we have them.

Please mark your calendar for next year's Family Weekend, October 1-3, 2021. If you are interested in helping us to plan for next year, please email to auparent@american.edu.

 

AU Family Week 2020
Date Time Session Name Audience Session Description Sponsors
October 1, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Supreme Court Preview: Looking Ahead at the New Court Term Students, Families and Alumni This event is jointly sponsored by the ABA Division for Public Education, the WCL Program on Law & Government, and the WCL Federalist Society. Additional co-sponsors forthcoming. Registration is required. AU Washington College of Law
October 1, 1:00-2:00 p.m. So You Want to Write a Book Recharge Students, Families and Alumni Learn the basics of book writing. Krasnow, author of seven books, will discuss how to
  • Develop an idea
  • Write a book proposal
  • Get published
AhealthyU
October 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 9th Annual CBCF Panel Discussion - Racial Inequities in COVID-19: The Impact on Black Communities Students, Families and Alumni COVID-19 is impacting the black community at higher rates, highlighting racial disparities in numerous ways. To address these issues, the American University Black Alumni Alliance hosts a virtual panel discussion moderated by President Burwell. Follow the registration link for a full list of panelists. American University Black Alumni Alliance
October 2, 12:30-3:40 p.m. Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law & Policy Students, Families and Alumni This conference brings together scholars and advocates to discuss strategies for securing distributive justice, valuing human dignity, and empowering communities to address the structural and social determinants of health. Registration is required. AU Washington College of Law and St. Louis University Institute for Healing Justice and Equity
October 2, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Happy Hour - Gentle Yoga with Erina Students, Families and Alumni Welcome Eagles! Group X has gone virtual for the Fall 2020 semester. Recreational Sports and Fitness is providing individuals with the opportunity to participate in virtual group exercise! Registration is required. AU Recreational Sports and Fitness
October 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m. AU Innovate Students, Families and Alumni The AU Center for Innovation (AUCI) would like to invite you to a session to learn about innovation programs and student entrepreneurship taking place across AU's campus! American University Center for Innovation
October 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Book Launch: Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change by Caty Borum Chattoo Students, Families and Alumni Join us for the launch of Professor Caty Borum Chattoo’s new book, Story Movements: How Documentaries Empower People and Inspire Social Change (Oxford University Press). Follow the registration link to learn more about the book and for a full list of panelists. American University School of Communication
October 5, 6:30-7:15 p.m. Zumba with Chanettia Students, Families and Alumni Welcome Eagles! Group X has gone virtual for the Fall 2020 semester. Recreational Sports and Fitness is providing individuals with the opportunity to participate in virtual group exercise! Registration is required. AU Recreational Sports and Fitness
October 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. National Security and Election Interference Students, Families and Alumni SIS faculty members will discuss the role national security and election interference may play in the upcoming US presidential election. AU School of International Service
October 6, 12:00 p.m. Films Across Borders: Stories of Resilience and Hope 2020 Kick Off Event Featuring "For Sama" Students, Families and Alumni Join us for a live virtual panel discussion about For Sama to kick off the 2020 Films Across Borders Series. For Sama is both an intimate and epic journey into the female experience of war. The film is the first feature documentary by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts. More Info about overall film series AU School of Communication,
AU School of International Service, and
AU Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
October 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m. SPA "2020 Election Countdown" Students, Families and Alumni Join the School of Public Affairs, the Sine Institute, and D.C. experts for a virtual discussion on the final month of the 2020 presidential campaign. Our panel of journalists and political strategists will discuss what candidates are focused on now, and what they will focus on in the campaign’s last days. Registration is required. AU School of Public Affairs and Sine Institute of Policy & Politics
October 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m. The Long Sixties: Washington Paintings in the Watkins & Corcoran Legacy Collections, 1957-1982 Students and Families The AU Museum Director & Curator will present his personal, social, political, and artistic perspective of the on the work of 30 Washington artists in the collection created between 1957 and 1982. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
October 6, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Chat with the Chaplain Students and Families Our own "RevO" is available every Tuesday afternoon for those seeking a few moments of community. Take a break and drop by! Zoom Information: ID 927 8525; PWD: AUKAY2020 Kay Spiritual Life Center
October 6, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Citizenship and Suffrage: Race, Citizenship, and Women’s Right to Vote on the Nineteenth Amendment’s Centennial Students, Families and Alumni The event will describe how citizenship acquisition and citizenship-stripping laws barred women who married noncitizens, as well as women of color generally, from exercising their right to vote even after the 19th Amendment was ratified. Speakers will discuss the history of these laws and then connect these historical events to the challenges to accessing the ballot today. AU Washington College of Law and AU School of Public Affairs
October 6, 6:00-6:30 p.m. Gilmore Girls Trivia Night Students and Families How well do you know Lorelai and Rory? Test your knowledge with Gilmore Girls trivia night! Center for Student Involvement and AU Family Week
October 6, 7:00-8:00 p.m. A Conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci Students, Families and Alumni The Kennedy Political Union and AU Family Week are proud to offer a conversation about the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Anthony Fauci, moderated by President Sylvia Burwell. Registration is required. The Kennedy Political Union and AU Family Week
October 6, 7:30-8:15 p.m. Gentle Yoga with Beth Students, Families and Alumni Welcome Eagles! Group X has gone virtual for the Fall 2020 semester. Recreational Sports and Fitness is providing individuals with the opportunity to participate in virtual group exercise! Registration is required. AU Recreational Sports and Fitness
October 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Soup with Substance: Christianity, Race, and Politics Students, Families and Alumni We are very excited to invite you to a virtual Soup with Substance series event on Wednesday, October 7 from 12-1PM ET. Our topic will be on Christianity, Race, and Politics. We promise the discussion will give you food for thought! RSVP is appreciated at KSLC@american.edu so we can best prepare for our breakout spaces. We hope you take a seat at our virtual table with us. Kay Spiritual Life Center
October 7, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Discover the Sciences: Technology and Innovation Students, Families and Alumni See some highlights of our Don Myers Technology and Innovation Building. We will visit the innovative spaces and faculty dedicated to student learning and research. AU College of Arts and Sciences
October 7, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Science Student Groups Students and Families Come meet and learn about our student groups dedicated to STEM students. Learn about how to get involved and what these groups are doing to spread science, not germs this semester. AU College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Office
October 7, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Discover the Sciences: Health and Environment Students, Families and Alumni See some highlights of our science programming within the Hall of Science. Sneak into the innovative labs, classrooms and study spaces that show how we do STEM @ AU! AU College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Office
October 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Design and Build Lab Students, Families and Alumni Join DaBL for online workshop! Learn about vector graphics with applications to logos and CAM processes. AU College of Arts and Sciences, Dean's Office
October 7, 6:30-7:00 p.m. Barreless Barre with Marisa Students, Families and Alumni Welcome Eagles! Group X has gone virtual for the Fall 2020 semester. Recreational Sports and Fitness is providing individuals with the opportunity to participate in virtual group exercise! Registration is required. AU Recreational Sports and Fitness
October 7, 7:00-8:00 p.m. AU Forward: Challenge Accepted - A Live Discussion with President Burwell Students and Families Moving forward and achieving new heights is the hallmark of AU Eagles. We invite you to join us for a live AU Family Week discussion with President Sylvia M. Burwell to learn more about how the AU community is rising to meet the complex and urgent challenges of the day head-on. Office of Campus Life
October 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Live Class: COMM 496 Presidential Campaign 2020 Students and Families American University class discusses the state of the 2020 election. Presidential Campaign 2020: Inside the Spin Room and the Newsroom aims to dissect the campaign from several angles. Watch live at 10am EDT at AU School of Communication
October 8, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Healthy Connections Students and Families Join us to review some simple steps for enhancing a sense of connection, even for those of us with the busiest of schedules. We'll learn how some very small, sustainable changes can make a huge impact on both physical and emotional well-being. AhealthyU and CareFirst
October 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Parent Leadership Council meeting Parent Leadership Council members Parent Leadership Council members are dedicated to strengthening the sense of community among fellow AU parents, while furthering the mission and vision of the university through volunteerism and philanthropic leadership. Development
October 8, 6:00 p.m. Vice Presidential Debate Analysis Students, Families and Alumni Following the Vice Presidential debate, please join the Women & Politics Institute and Sine Institute for Policy and Politics for a virtual conversation with former CNN Anchor and 2012 Presidential Debate Moderator Candy Crowley, Political Strategist Karen Finney, and NBC News Correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Way too Early” Kasie Hunt, as they analyze the only vice presidential debate of 2020. The discussion will be facilitated by WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin. Women & Politics Institute and Sine Institute of Policy & Politics
October 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Zumba with Ayla Students, Families and Alumni Welcome Eagles! Group X has gone virtual for the Fall 2020 semester. Recreational Sports and Fitness is providing individuals with the opportunity to participate in virtual group exercise! Registration is required. AU Recreational Sports and Fitness
October 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Gallery Talk: "Edward Burtynsky's "Water" Students and Families Join photographer Edward Burtynsky and AU Museum Director & Curator Jack Rasmussen for an online discussion of Burtynsky’s photographic series, "Water." American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
October 9, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Community Service Opportunities for Student Leadership Students and Families Center for Community Engagement & Service student leaders will speak about their experiences engaging in social justice issues in DC and beyond through the DC Reads, Community Service Learning, and Alternative Break Programs. Center for Community Engagement & Service
October 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ABetterU Skills Development Institute: Revitalization DC-Style: From U Street to the Wharf Students and Families Derek Hyra (SPA) and Mike Bader (CAS) of (AU's) Metropolitan Policy Center look at what we learn from DC's efforts to revitalize neighborhoods. Metropolitan Policy Center
October 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ABetterU Skills Development Institute: LinkedIn or Online Interviewing Students and Families Why (and how) to Use the #1 Social Network to Help Your Career: LinkedIn: This session will offer reasons why LinkedIn is critical for your career success including data about, and from, employers on why they use it to search, find, and hire college students and young graduates. The rest of the time will be spent on how to best use LinkedIn and sharing of 'secrets'
October 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ABetterU Skills Development Institute: Podcast Basics Students and Families What To Think About When You're Thinking of Starting a Podcast: SPA Exec in Res / Professorial Lecturer Ron Elving has been podcasting for NPR since 2006. He will discuss the various formats podcasts can use, basic presentation and technical considerations and skills for interviewing people and discussing issues with multiple participants.
October 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ABetterU Skills Development Institute: In the Margin of Error Students and Families Understanding Polls: Especially in the final stretch of this presidential election season, news headlines are relentlessly focused on the latest polls. But which polls should you pay attention to and how do you differentiate high quality polls from inferior polls? This session will give you the skills and insights you need to be an informed consumer of survey data, to understand what happened with polling in 2016, and to make sense of projections for November 2020 and beyond.
October 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ABetterU Skills Development Institute: Intercultural Competency Students and Families Details coming soon!
October 9, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ABetterU Skills Development Institute: Making the Most of Your Time Students and Families Details coming soon!
October 9, 2:45-4:00 p.m. ABetterU Skills Development Institute: Networking - Virtual or Otherwise Students and Families Details coming soon!
October 9, 2:45-4:00 p.m. ABetterU Skills Development Institute: Creating and Using "Good" Data Students and Families Dr. Palmer will discuss types of datasets, how to locate a dataset for a class project, how to evaluate the quality of a dataset, and steps to take before starting data analysis.
October 9, 2:45-4:00 p.m. ABetterU Skills Development Institute: Mental Health 101 Students Mental Health Wellness 101: Gain a basic understanding about mental health and how it can impact everyday life. Learn things such as the importance of stress management, how to create a sleep hygiene, how to prevent burnout, and what mental distress can look like. The goal of the course is for students to leave with the tools to manage their own mental health.
October 9, 6:00-7:00 p.m. All About the Story: A Conversation with Journalist Leonard Downie, Jr. Students, Families and Alumni
October 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. SASA Presents Jalwa: Zoom Machale Students, Families and Alumni The American University South Asian Student Association is so excited to host our annual Jalwa celebration virtually this year. Jalwa is a way for everyone at AU and beyond to come together as a community to learn more about South Asian cultures and our diaspora through performances, food, dance, music, fashion, laughter, and more.
October 11, 10:00-10:30 a.m. Mental Health Referral and Resource Navigation Students, Families and Alumni Join us for a recorded presentation by the American University Counseling Center on navigating referrals to off-campus mental health care (including what you need to know, and how to search for providers). American Universtiy Counseling Center