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February 2023

American University Names Cory Peterson, Assistant Vice President of Community and Government Relations


American University is proud to welcome Cory Peterson as Assistant Vice President of Community and Government Relations. 

In this role, Cory will spearhead AU’s engagement with our neighbors, the broader DC community, and the DC government and help lead AU’s initiative on working with the Washington, DC region as part of AU’s Changemakers for a Changing World strategic plan. 

Cory joins AU from Georgetown University, where he served as the inaugural Director of Neighborhood Life since 2013. In this position, Cory led Georgetown’s efforts to engage with its surrounding community. He played a key role in advancing the work of the Georgetown Community Partnership (GCP) and its efforts related to Georgetown’s Campus Plan. Cory has been widely praised for his impactful and innovative work to strengthen relationships between Georgetown – including its students, faculty, staff, and administration – and its local community through a collaborative, consensus-based, and data-driven approach. Cory also worked closely with local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) and served as a liaison with several DC government agencies. Previously, Cory worked in a range of other positions at Georgetown, including leadership roles in Georgetown’s Office of Residential Living. 

Cory is also the President-Elect of the International Town Gown Association (ITGA), the leading international organization focused on universities’ relationships with their surrounding communities. 

 Cory started at AU on January 31, and he is very much looking forward to meeting and working with you. To reach Cory directly please email:

Meeting of Community Liaison Committee Slated for February 7, 2023


American University's Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, February 7. Please RSVP HERE. In addition to regular reports this meeting will include a presentation and opportunity for feedback on the proposed Meltzer Center and SCAN projects.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in rooms 1 and 2 of Constitution Hall on AU’s East Campus. Neighbors are invited to join AU staff at 6:30 p.m. for pre-meeting refreshments and conversation. Parking for the meeting is available on the East Campus surface parking lot. For those that are unable to attend in-person, please use the following conference call line to listen to the meeting particiapants calling in will be able to join at 6:55pm: Dial-in 301-715-8592 Meeting ID 889 5094 0614.

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 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university.

Additional information on the CLC, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found at

AU Information Forum March 2, 2023


Members of the community are invited to attend an Information Forum to discuss AU’s proposed Alan and Amy Meltzer Center for Athletic Performance Meltzer Center (Meltzer Center) and Sports Center Annex (SCAN) projects on March 2nd at 6:00 pm at Constitution Hall on the East Campus. The Meltzer Center, the first new athletics and recreational facility proposed on campus in more than 30 years, will enhance the development of our student-athletes, ensure their success in and out of competition, and bolster the overall athletic and recreational experience for the entire AU community. The new SCAN will house Well-Being Commons and will prioritize and expand the critical student support services that promote and foster overall well-being. These projects are the first part of the Student Thriving Complex. 

This Information Forum is designed to provide campus and neighborhood stakeholders with an opportunity to review preliminary concept renderings for the projects and to ask questions or voice comments to American University staff on the proposals. Light refreshments will be served.  

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Please use this link to RSVP for the event:  

AU is actively collaborating with the AU Neighborhood Partnership (AUNP), the AUNP Facilities Planning Working Group, neighbors along University Avenue, ANC 3E and ANC 3D, and the Community Liaison Committee (CLC) regarding these important efforts.  

Please visit: to learn more about the Meltzer Center and SCAN projects or to leave comments in the online Community Input Portal. 

Join AU Neighborhood Partnership

Be Part of It

Please consider joining the AU Neighborhood Partnership which works to provide a consensus-based forum to resolve issues affecting the communities near American University. Interested members of the community may join one of the Partnership’s five standing working groups, comprising community stakeholders and AU leadership. 

If you would like to become a member of a working group, please email As always, visit for more information.

American University Events


Katzen Arts Center

2023 Israeli Writers Series: Conversation with Omer Friedlander   

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 7:00 PM  
Kerwin Hall Room 2  

The Center for Israel Studies continues its Israeli Writers Series in 2023 with an exciting evening in conversation with award-winning Israeli author Omer Friedlander and Professor Lauren Strauss. In Person. Please join us for the conversation, followed by dessert reception with book sale/signing! RSVP:  

MY FIRST SONY Play Performance  

Sunday, February 26 4:00 PM  
Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center  

Israeli actor/director Roy Horovitz returns to American University to perform “MY FIRST SONY,” based on an Israeli best-selling novel, written by Benny Barbash.  Ticket free with RSVP:  

Spring 2023 Opening Reception at the AU Museum on February 4th 

Opening on February 4, the AU Museum will be unveiling five new contemporary art exhibitions spanning topics from World War II photojournalism to Aboriginal Australian art. Join us for light refreshments (while they last!) at our opening reception from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Learn more here! 

Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala: Madayin makes history as the largest display of Aboriginal Australian art in the Western Hemisphere in 30 years and the first exhibition of Aboriginal Australian bark painting in the United States. Listed by The New York Times as one of 90 exhibitions to see this season the painting designs represent the kinship and interconnectedness between people, plants, animals, water, and the ancestral land itself.  

Eastern Front – Western Front: World War II Photojournalism by Georgi Zelma and Constance Stuart Larrabee: A history of combat photography and photojournalism by Russian Jewish photographer Georgi Zelma and British female war correspondent Constance Larrabee during World War II, with little-known views into the battles and aftermath of the European theater of war.  

The Trawick Prize: 20th Anniversary Emerald Award: Celebrating the 20th year of the Trawick Prize, this exhibition displays select work of winning artists from past competitions.  

The Barlow Gilotty Collection: The culmination of over 30 years of art collection by Washington, DC, couple Philip Barlow and Lisa Gilotty – two government employees on a budget who celebrate the connection between collector, artist, and community.  

Gail Rebhan: About Time: Gail Rebhan’s first museum retrospective explores the inescapable themes of aging and change captured in over four decades of photography.

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