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Federal Employees attend workshop in Kerwin Hall

On Campus ·

American University Offers Furloughed Federal Workers a Day of Free Classes

On January 8, SPA hosted Classes Without Quizzes — a free all-day event on AU's campus that featured 15 workshops and training sessions.
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Professor speaking to students

Announcement ·

Nation’s Top Public Affairs Schools Announce Diversity Alliance

A collective of six schools of public affairs, led by AU's SPA, announced the launch of the new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance.
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Justice for All Symposium

Announcement ·

Symposium Draws Experts Aspiring to Transform the Justice System

Experts from courts, corrections, and policing — those who work in the field and those who study it — gathered at American University Dec. 12 to discuss how to best improve the justice system and accelerate change.
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Heaven Sensky

Achievements ·

Commencement Is a Day of Many Firsts for Speaker Heaven Sensky

On Sunday, Dec. 16, Heaven Sensky, BA/SPA ’18, became the first in her family to receive a college degree.
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Heaven Sensky, SPA '18

Student Life ·

Heaven's Story

Commencement speaker Heaven Sensky shares what it’s like to be a first-generation student at AU as she prepares for her fall commencement speech.
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Henry Watson

Alumni ·

Henry Watson: A Call to Service

Henry Watson, SPA/BA/MA ’18, says he came to American University in 2014 as a bright-eyed idealist ready to take on the world.
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Sarah Binder speaking

Announcement ·

Inaugural Barbara Sinclair Lecture Focuses on Politics in a Polarized Society

In a lecture on Nov. 27, political scientist Sarah Binder shared her insight on how lawmakers operate in the current polarized environment and her take on what’s ahead for Congress with its incoming freshman class.
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Cornel West and Robert George speaking at event

On Campus ·

Cornel West and Robert George Talk About the Purpose of a Liberal Education

Speaking at an event on campus Dec. 7 moderated by SPA Associate Professor Thomas Merrill, the two professors underscored the importance of engaging in civil dialogue and the value of a liberal education.
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students tour the white house

Government & Politics ·

AU Students Are Immersed in White House History

See some of the experiences students involved in a unique new undergraduate course have enjoyed, including a tour of the White House.
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Olivia Ivey

On Campus ·

The Project on Civil Discourse: Finding Truth in a Divided World

Associate University Librarian Olivia Ivey shares her perspective on truth and civil discourse in this first story by The Project on Civil Discourse.
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