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November 2022

Message from Maria Barry, Director of Community Relations

Maria Barry

Dear Neighbors,  

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday. 

We are grateful for our community and for having all of you as our neighbors. We love to stay in touch and are always happy to hear from you if you have ideas, thoughts or to share any concerns. 

As a reminder, to help ensure our off-campus students are adjusting to their new neighborhoods, we offer a mandatory web-based off-campus living orientation and accompanying Eagle Living Guide with tips on how to successfully and respectfully live in the community. These materials remind undergraduate students residing in the 20016 and 20008 zip codes of their responsibilities under AU’s Student Conduct Code and District law.  

Occasionally, some of our students become a cause for concern to their neighbors. We want to assure you that we are here to help in those instances. We expect AU students to be responsible and considerate neighbors, whether they live on or off campus.  

If you have concerns, we urge you to Call 311 to report incidents in progress that are a violation of DC Municipal Regulations to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) or call 911 to report an emergency. Then, call the American University Police Department (AUPD) at 202-885- 2527 to inform AUPD of the complaint and that MPD has been notified 

If intervention by Campus Life staff seems to be the most appropriate response, you may call the Office of the Dean of Students at 202-885-3300 (Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or file a complaint online at  

We are always available to you. 

Best regards,  

Maria Barry signatureMaria Barry
Director of Community Relations
American University

Full Moon Tour of the AU Arboretum

Moonlight tour 11-2022

Join us on Monday, November 7 for a full moon tour of the AU Arboretum! 

Please arrive at 5:30 for refreshments and check in. Tour begins at 6:00 pm. This is a family friendly event and pets are welcome. Please share with others! 

You must RSVP at the following link: 

Did you know that the American University campus is an accredited Arboretum with over 4000 trees and more than 500 different species and varieties of woody plants? Please join us for a guided walking tour, under the light of the Harvest Moon, of the AU Arboretum and Gardens. Stroll with us through campus and learn about the history of the university along with learning about the trees and gardens and the sustainable features throughout campus. 

Campus Plan 2021 Jacob's Field Further Processing Application

Jacob's Wall Campus Plan Pic (resized)2

On September 19, 2022, American University filed a Further Processing Application with the DC Zoning Commission requesting review and special exception approval of zoning relief to construct an acoustical sound barrier wall located between the William I. Jacobs Recreational Complex and the property located at 4710 Woodway Lane, N.W.; and to replace the existing scoreboard at the adjacent Reeves Field. For more information please click HERE.

If you have questions or comments, please email

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.

Open Streets Comes to Tenleytown

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Open Streets is Coming to Wisconsin Avenue on Saturday November 5, 2022 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm! All are invited for a morning wellness and community including FREE yoga and fitness classes, live performances and an array of outdoor activities for all ages.  Learn to rollerblade, double Dutch or hula hoop; enjoy free helmets and perks from Open Streets Sponsor LIME; play life size games or video games; participate in interactive art activities; lunch at one of Wisconsin Avenue's streeteries and more! . American University will be there on Tenley Circle. Come by and say hi! 
Open Streets helps inspire people to think differently about their streets by encouraging physical activity, creating recreational opportunities, and fostering community building and education. This event aims to improve transportation safety by illustrating the benefits of active transportation modes, activating public spaces for safe use by all people, and demonstrating the District’s commitment to multimodal transportation.  For more information on Open Streets visit   
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:  Open Streets is always seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist in set-up, attendee engagement etc.  All Volunteers receive a FREE t-shirt plus a 1-year Capital Bike Share Membership!  Sign up to volunteer HERE
Activities will be on WISCONSIN AVENUE NW between Western Avenue NW 
and Tenley Circle NW. No vehicles will be allowed on the route or to cross the route. 
One block east and west of Wisconsin Avenue NW will also be closed, except for residents of that block. Residents may not drive on Wisconsin Avenue during the closure on Saturday, November 5, 2022 7:00 am to 2:00 pm 
Parking will not be allowed on Western Avenue NW from Western Avenue NW to Tenley Circle NW from 11:59 pm on Friday November 4, 2022 through 2:00 pm on Saturday November 5, 2022. Limited parking on side streets within one block east and west of Wisconsin Avenue NW will be allowed for residents of that block as spaces are available. 

Massive Marabar Art Installation Moves to AU

Elyn Zimmerman’s Marabar Move to AU (resized)

A truck carrying boulders weighing nearly the same as 20 grown elephants made trips from downtown DC along Massachusetts Avenue in September in a unique sight for onlookers. 

Twelve boulders, weighing 250,000 pounds or 125 tons, destined for American University’s campus weren’t for landscaping, at least not the traditional kind. The boulders comprise sculptor Elyn Zimmerman’s Marabar, an art installation which has stood at the National Geographic Society downtown since 1984. The rock-and-water sculpture will become a permanent fixture on AU’s campus after completion early next year. 

The move gave the Marabar installation a second lease on life, as it had been in danger of being demolished to make way for a new entrance pavilion at the NGS. 

Through the “Save Marabar” advocacy efforts of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, a DC-based nonprofit, as well as letters from more than two-dozen architects, art critics, and museum leaders to the city’s Historic Preservation Review Board, an agreement was reached after two years of negotiations to relocate the installation to AU. NGS will pay for the move. 

The NGS and AU obtained permits this past summer from the Department of Transportation to make the move. Cranes at NGS lifted each boulder onto a low-slung flatbed trailer truck that would bring them one at a time to the AU campus. Cranes also were installed at AU to receive the boulders, place them in a staging area next to the Kay Spiritual Center and ultimately be arranged in their final location in the ellipse along Massachusetts Avenue. 

The challenge was to transport the massive split-rock, red granite boulders of varying dimensions from their downtown 17th St. NW location to AU with minimal disruption to the neighborhoods and commuters along the way.  

On the morning of September 19, the first boulder was placed onto the flatbed truck and driven on the DDOT-approved nearly four-mile route starting at 17th St., NW., proceeding to M St., then on to 18th St. and Connecticut Ave., through Dupont Circle, and north on Massachusetts Ave.  Once the boulder arrived at Glover Gate on the AU campus, workers crane-lifted the boulder off the flatbed and placed it in the staging area. 

“Our initial plan was to move one boulder a day. However, things progressed smoothly enough that some days we actually transported multiple boulders and managed to complete the entire move ahead of schedule in about a week and a half,” said Max Wnorowski of Davis Construction, the construction manager for NGS. 

Prior to the arrival of the boulders, the telecommunications infrastructure that runs underground beneath the installation’s proposed location was encased using two truckloads of concrete to protect it from the weight of the installation. Additional concrete also was laid to serve as the foundation for the sculptures, and water lines were run from Kogod to supply the installation’s reflecting pool. 

“While Marabar is a technically simpler project than many others on the university campus, like the recently completed Hall of Science, it had implementation challenges like any other. It is exciting to be a part of a different sort of project, adding to the aesthetic of the university landscape,” said Tony Cortés, project manager for AU. 

Due to its placement in the ellipse, the installation will be reimagined and configured differently from how it was at the NGS. The engineers have worked closely with Zimmerman to ensure that the installation is true to her artistic vision and meets with her approval. 

In the month since the move, six accent boulders already have been placed in their permanent location and, in the coming weeks, the six main sculpture boulders are expected to be installed as well. Pavers also will be installed around the installation’s perimeter. 

Jack Rasmussen, director of art gallery and curator of the AU Museum currently is working with Zimmerman to create an official exhibit to showcase the installation. 

Last AU Farmers Market Event of the Season

Don’t miss the last AU Farmers Market event of the season.  Come on out Wednesday, November 2, from 11:00am - 2:00pm on the Quad to purchase your favorite foods from local vendors. The farmers market* will run from September 21 - November 2. Market schedule is subject to change due to weather implications. 
Farmers Market Vendors:  

AU Alumni and Community Updates  Spring 2023 Audit an AU Class: Applications Open Dec. 1

AU Classroom
Try something new in 2023 and take a class with AU. Applications to the Alumni & Community Audit Program for the spring session open December 1 and close mid-January. Classes begin January 17.
This community benefit is a wonderful way to enjoy the expertise of AU's faculty and to be part of our university of learners and changemakers. We hope to see you on campus soon. Limited virtual classes still available.

How Many Elections Can Israel Handle? Challenges Facing Israel's Democracy 

Israeli Democracy Conference (resized)

Academic Conference | November 13-14, 2022 

Hosted by AU Center for Israel Studies and co-sponsored by School of International Service and School of Public Affairs 

Location: American University East Campus Conference Center in Washington, DC. 

In recent years, scholars, activists, and democracy watchdog organizations have expressed growing concerns about the fragility of Israeli democracy. An illiberal wave has swept much of the world, including Israel, as state institutions have come under attack by politicians who have increasingly resorted to divisive rhetoric, populist-nationalist policies, and the subversion of democratic norms. The polarization and splintering of the Israeli party system has led to five national elections in three-and-a-half years. 

Is Israeli democracy in real danger or are the dire warnings an exercise in hyperbole? What measures might Israel take to strengthen and help to preserve its democracy? The conference addresses these and other related questions in what promises to be a thought-provoking series of panel discussions. 

Keynote address November 13, 6:00 PM "The November 2022 Israeli Elections and the Future of Israeli Democracy" by Aluf Benn, editor in chief, Haaretz 

All Day Panels on November 14. Click Here for Conference Schedule and registration:  

Celebrate the Season During Tenley WinterFest

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Join Tenleytown Main Street in celebrating the 11th annual Tenley WinterFest November 25 – December 3 with free seasonal events for the community.  
Kick off the festivities with Small Business Saturday on November 26 and shop local this holiday season. Stop by the Small Business Saturday welcome center to pick up a reusable shopping tote filled with swag and offers from Tenleytown businesses.  
Throughout Tenley WinterFest you can take part in Tenleytown’s restaurant week with a Winter Feast of dining specials and discounts at local restaurants. Or join the all-ages Yeti Scavenger Hunt and complete trivia and tasks along Wisconsin Avenue to win prizes from local businesses.  
On Saturday, December 3, shop for everyone on your holiday list at the Winter Market, featuring unique gifts from youth vendors and local artisans, including jewelry and accessories, ornaments and holiday décor, greeting cards, international crafts, skincare, home décor, and specialty foods. Don’t forget to pick up a limited-edition Tenley WinterFest t-shirt while you’re there! 
Other highlights include guided tours of historic St. Ann’s church, holiday greenery sales, festive storefront displays in area shops, musical performances, a winter themed trivia night, and more!  
Find more information about Tenley WinterFest events at  
Tenley WinterFest is produced by Tenleytown Main Street. American University is a proud supporter of both Tenleytown Main Street and Tenley WinterFest 2022. 

American University November Art Events


Music Faculty Concert: Jazz with Joshua Bayer American University Museum at the Katzen Arts CenterNovember 5, 7:30 p.m.Tickets are free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, and senior citizens (55 and older), $15 general admission.
Experience music in the museum with an evening jazz concert compiled by American University musician in residence Joshua Bayer. Featuring Joshua Bayer on guitar, Paul Carr on saxophone, Blake Meister on bass, and JC Jefferson Jr. on drums.

The Invisible Made Visible American University Chamber SingersDaniel Abraham, directorSara Clarke Kaplan, commentatorAbramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts CenterNovember 12, 7:30 p.m., November 13, 3 p.m.In collaboration with the Antiracist Research & Policy CenterTickets are free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, and senior citizens (55 and older), $15 general admission.

Join the Chamber Singers for a program centering the music of outstanding underrepresented choral creators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

American University's Dance Program presents: MO(ve)MENTUM Artistic Director Ama LawHarold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NWNovember 18–19, 8 p.m.Tickets: Free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, and senior citizens, $15 general admission.

MO(ve)MENTUM is a mainstage event featuring new faculty work and student-choreographed, faculty-mentored projects. The choreographers embrace the momentum of the new semester and employ movement research to bring these projects to fruition.

American University Symphonic Band Matthew Brown, conductorAbramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center November 20, 3 p.m. Tickets are free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, and senior citizens (55 and older), $15 general admission.

The AU Symphonic Band presents an eclectic variety of selections spanning the Band literature, ranging from century-old classics to relatively unknown contemporary works by living composers.

American University Events

Katzen Museum

AU Katzen Museum

The Arts Return to American University this Fall

Fall lineup features events in the performing and visual arts, free tickets for AU students. 

Tickets for DPA events are on sale. Free for AU students with ID, $10 for alumni, staff, faculty, and senior citizens (55 and older), $15 general admission. Students are encouraged to reserve their free tickets in advance. Are you an AU student, and want to get involved in the performing arts? Visit AU's Performing Arts online.  

Sign up for updates from AU Arts and follow us on social media: Instagram @auartsdcTwitter @auartsdc, and Facebook.

AU Athletics


The AU men's and women's basketball teams look to capture Patriot League titles in 2022-23! Show your support by purchasing season tickets. Lock in the same great seats for all 13 men's home games and get a full season ticket pass for all 13 women's contests at Bender Arena!

Check for complete sporting events schedule and ticket information!