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AU in the Neighborhood Newsletter


November 2013

Watch Live Construction of New Washington College of Law

WCL Webcam

A new webcam has been installed to allow for a first-hand view of excavation and construction of the new Washington College of Law (WCL) at Tenley Campus. To view real-time construction activities, visit here.

When construction is complete in fall 2015, WCL will be among the most technically advanced law schools in the country and the only one with a courthouse.

The new law school will support a student population of 2,000 and a faculty and staff of 500, provide 50 percent more space than its current location, and feature 312,000 square feet of facilities and underground parking for 400 vehicles.

The Tenley Campus is located one block from the Metro, giving the legal community, business leaders, government officials, and alumni better access to the law school while providing students with a direct line to the heart of Washington, D.C.

For additional information and regular updates on WCL construction, please visit

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How to Contact Us

Office of Community Relations
(202) 885-2167

Public Safety
non-emergency: (202) 885-2527
emergency: (202) 885-3636
Community Incident Reporting Form

Dean of Students
(202) 885-3300

Parking & Traffic Office
(202) 885-3111

Neighbors Invited to Alumni Speaker Series


The AU Alumni Association's distinguished alumni speaker series, Alumni in the KNOW, offers a unique opportunity to explore the professional paths of AU's decorated and accomplished alumni, stimulates career development interest in future alumni, and connects prominent alumni with the AU community.

We are pleased to celebrate the second speaker of the 2013-2014 academic year: Daniel Robinson SIS/BA '79, Chief White House Correspondent for Voice of America (VOA). The event will be held on November 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 2 of the Ward Circle building.

Dan Robinson has been Voice of America's Senior White House Correspondent since 2010. Before Voice of America, Mr. Robinson worked on Capitol Hill where he covered the House of Representatives from 2002 to 2009. He also is a former bureau chief for VOA in Southeast Asia and East Africa. Mr. Robinson also headed VOA's Burma broadcast service between 1997 and 2001.

This event will include a lecture-style presentation followed by a question-and-answer period. There is no charge for current AU students, faculty, staff, alumni, or community members.

No RSVP is required and those with questions should contact Isaac Thweatt at

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Cheer on AU Basketball as Season Kicks Off


The 2013-14 season tips off a new era for American University basketball as first-year men's head coach Mike Brennan and women's head coach Megan Gebbia bring an exciting, fast-paced style of play to Bender Arena. Show your support for AU basketball as our two new head coaches lead the Eagles this season.

Eight letter winners return to the lineup for AU, including nationally-ranked three-point shooter John Schoof and senior Tony Wroblicky, who leads all Patriot League returnees in field goal percentage. Junior point guard Darius "PeeWee" Gardner also will enter the Eagles' line-up after transferring from Stephen F. Austin State a year ago.

Individual tickets for men's sideline reserved seating are $19. Reserved end-zone tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for youth, with special pricing available for groups of 10 or more. Women's games are general admission seating, with tickets costing $6 for adults and $4 for youth. For tickets, call the Bender Arena Box Office at (202) 885-TIXX, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Coupons for two-for-one tickets to both men’s and women’s basketball games also are available to the community by contacting Andrew Huff at

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"Books That Shaped America" Series Continues with "Fahrenheit 451"

The School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS) and the University Library are pleased to announce the continuation of Books That Shaped America, a special discussion series for the community and American University students, faculty, and staff. The series features selections from the Books That Shaped America list compiled by the Library of Congress. Informal discussions about the influence of these books on the nation’s extraordinary literary heritage are led by AU faculty and staff members.

On November 19, University Librarian Nancy Davenport will lead a discussion on Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Room 200 of the Mary Graydon Center.

Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury’s disturbing vision of a future United States in which books are outlawed and burned. Even though interpretations of the novel have focused primarily on the historical role of book-burning as a means of censorship, Bradbury has said that the novel is about how television reduces knowledge to factoids and destroys interest in reading. The book inspired a 1966 film by Francois Truffaut and a subsequent BBC symphony. Its name comes from the minimum temperature at which paper catches fire by spontaneous combustion.

The event is free and light refreshments will be served. Attendees are not required to have read the book in advance.

For additional information on the Books That Shaped America series, please visit here or call 202-885-3847.

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Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for December 3

American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, December 3.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Room 154 of the Katzen Arts Center. Parking for the event will be available in the Katzen garage. The CLC meeting will be followed by a Town Hall meeting with AU President Neil Kerwin in the Abramson Family Recital Hall and a holiday reception.

The CLC was established to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the D.C. Zoning Commission Order for AU’s new 10- year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

Additional information on the CLC can be found on the committee website.

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Calendar of Events

Concert by HEARTBEAT

November 6, 5:30 p.m.

SIS Atrium

Sponsored by the Center for Israel Studies, HEARTBEAT uses the arts and media to build understanding and to transform conflicts.

Yoga in the Galleries

November 6 & 20, 10 a.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Led by certified Kripalu Yoga teacher Eva Blutinger, this yoga class is a great opportunity to de-stress and start your Wednesday with mental clarity, relaxation, and art. Please bring a mat.

Members Only Tour

November 8, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Katzen Arts Center

Come tour the late fall exhibitions with curator/director Jack Rasmussen. Seasonal drinks and snacks included. Not yet a member? Join now at

Politics and Prose Book Unveiling: SIBERIA Through the Eyes of Russian Photographers

November 9, 1 p.m.

5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Local bookstore Politics and Prose will host the unveiling of the book SIBERIA: Through the Eyes of Russian Photographers, produced concurrently with the AU Museum's exhibition in the late fall season. Curator Leah Bendavid-Val will present.

Gallery Talk with Tsibi Geva

November 9, 4 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join Tsibi Geva for a gallery talk about his exhibition, Tsibi Geva: Paintings.

Gallery Talk: Visiting Artists Series

November 9, 5 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join visiting artists Tracy Miller and Hilary Harnischfeger in a gallery talk about the Visiting Artists Series.

Late Fall Artists' Reception

November 9, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join artists and curators for this season's Artists' Reception.

Book Launch: Holding the Shop Together: German Industrial Relations in the Postwar Era

November 11, 4 p.m.

School of International Service Abramson Founders Room

Join Dr. Stephen J. Silvia for a book signing and light refreshments. Admission is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

Gallery Talk: Joel D'Orazio

November 16, 4 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join the AU Museum for a discussion about the exhibition Joel D'Orazio: Pull Up a Chair.

kids@katzen: Personal Landscapes

November 17, 1 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Expand your child's imagination by engaging them in a fun, creative art class inspired by current exhibition SIBERIA in the Eyes of Russian Photographers. One week advanced registration suggested. $15/first child ($10/AU Museum members), $10/additional child per family.

The Founders of Israel and their Relevance Today Series - Chaim Weizmann: Statesman Without a State

November 19, 7:30 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

LecturebyJehuda Reinharz, President of the Mandel Foundation, Brandeis University President Emeritus, Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History, and Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry. Dr. Reinharz’s two-volume biography of Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, has won many prizes in Israel and the United States. Co-sponsored by CIS, Department of History and Jewish Studies Departments.

Sustainability Tour

November 21, 11 a.m.

Accompany Office of Sustainability staff on a guided campus tour of American University's green buildings, vegetated roofs, green energy systems, and more. Tours begin at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center and last approximately one hour.

Gallery Talk: SIBERIA in the Eyes of Russian Photographers

November 23, 4 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join the AU Museum in a gallery talk about the exhibition SIBERIA in the Eyes of Russian Photographers.

Gallery Talk: Lisa Brotman

November 23, 5 p.m.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Join the AU Museum in a gallery talk about the exhibition Lisa Brotman: What Can I Say?

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