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May 2023

Annual Town Hall and Reception with President Sylvia M. Burwell

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American University invites neighbors to its annual Town Hall meeting and reception with President Sylvia M. Burwell on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

The Town Hall will begin at 6:00 in Rooms 1-3 of Constitution Hall on AU's East Campus and is open to the entire community. Free parking for the event will be available in the East Campus surface parking lot, accessible from Nebraska Avenue.

Please RSVP by June 13, 2023

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact or 202-885-2167.

AU Announces Commencement Speakers and Ceremony Dates

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AU recently announced its annual commencement speakers and schedule. An unparalleled roster of dynamic leaders from across business, law, politics, and the arts will address and celebrate 3,400 American University graduates this spring. The speakers include CEOs, a governor, and trailblazing creators who have deep ties to the Washington, D.C. region.

AU schools and colleges will hold their 2023 graduation ceremonies in Bender Arena on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. The Washington College of Law commencement will take place on Saturday, May 20, also in Bender Arena. The university anticipates increased activity around campus, as families and friends visit for the occasion.

All parking areas on campus will be open for commencement with extra shuttle buses added from the Tenleytown metro and Washington College of Law. All participants have been encouraged to use public transportation and reminded of AU’s Good Neighbor parking policy.

AU Police Department (AUPD) will assist with traffic control at several key locations including the entrances to the Katzen Arts Center and SIS garages.

For additional information on AU’s 2023 commencement or to stream commencement ceremonies, please visit

Hurry! Just a Few More Weeks to See MADAYIN

photo credit: Dylan Singleton

MADAYIN, the AU Museum’s largest and most critically acclaimed exhibition of the season, will close on May 14. This is the first major exhibition of Aboriginal Australian bark painting in the United States and the largest display of Aboriginal Australian art in the Western Hemisphere in 30 years. Each painting is a story, intended to be handed down from one generation to the next. Vivid and mesmerizing, the designs represent the kinship and interconnectedness between people, plants, animals, fish, water, and the ancestral land itself. Unique to MADAYIN is the involvement of the Aboriginal Yolnu people in the curation and decision-making process of this exhibition. This recognition of Indigenous authority opens the door for Aboriginal Australian people to tell their story of their culture and heritage, creating a new model for curatorial partnership between Indigenous people and Western museums and opening the door for diverse and previously unheard voices in American museums. More information about MADAYIN can be found on the American University Museum website

NOTE: All exhibitions at the museum – Still, Moving; the Barlow Gilotty Collection; and Gail Rebhan: About Time – will close May 21 as we end our spring cycle and get ready for summer. Catch them before they’re gone!

Registration Now Open For "June Minis and July Shorts"

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at AU offers highly affordable courses throughout the academic year on subjects ranging from politics to poetry, including music, art, science, history, literature, philosophy, and more. Designed for people “50 and better,” nearly 1,600 members are active participants who join for the joy of learning with no tests and no grades. OLLI has two summer sessions: June Minis, which are held once-a-week for four weeks during the month of June; and July Shorts, which meet 2-5 times over the course of one week. Both June Minis and July Shorts are $100 for up to three classes. We are also offering access to a selection of recorded in-person classes as a new membership benefit! Registration is open, and our June Minis Lottery is Monday, May 22, while our July Shorts Lottery is Friday, June 26. Be a part of a community where curiosity never retires! Go to our website: or call 202-895-4860 for further information and to register for classes.

View our June Minis and July Shorts courses below. More information can be found on the OLLI website.

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AU’s Child Development Center accepting applications for Fall 2023

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The Child Development Center provides high-quality education and care for children 2 ½ to 6 years of age. The Center is currently accepting applications for Fall enrollment for ages 2 ½ - 5 years.  See for eligibility and admission requirements.

Blooms Beneath the Stars: Community Members Explore AU’s Arboretum

On April 3, 2023, more than 100 neighbors and local green thumbs explored the sights and (floral) scents of campus during a moonlight tour of AU’s Arboretum and Gardens, which this spring celebrates its 20th anniversary. We hope you were able to join us. Moonlight tours will return in early Fall.

Secure your AU Men’s and Women’s Season Basketball Tickets NOW!

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Join our Team! Show your Eagle-pride and mark your commitment to support AU Basketball. Guarantee the best center court seats for all men’s and women’s basketball home games this coming 2023-24 season inside Bender Arena. Place your $50 season ticket deposit now to reserve your space.  

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

Performing Arts

Katzen Arts Center

Spring at the AU Museum

On view through May 21 | 11:00–4:00 | Wednesday-Sunday

Student-led Exhibitions

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Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

Still, Moving
Featuring works from the Corcoran Legacy Collection
Master in Art History Curatorial Practice

Performing Arts

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AU Athletics

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