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October 2021

AU Athletics in Full Swing This Fall

AU men's soccer. Photo: Mitchell Layton

This fall, American University invites you to show your support and cheer on our teams and student-athletes. 

AU’s field hockey, women's soccer, men's soccer, volleyball, and swimming and diving teams will host home events this month. Admission is free to field hockey, women's soccer and swimming and diving home events, and tickets to all men's soccer and volleyball home games are on sale via priced at $5 for youth and seniors, and $8 for adults. Group rate tickets in quantities of 10 or more, may be purchased in advance by calling the ticket office (202) 885-TIXX (8499) and are available starting at just $2. Single game ticket purchasers for men’s soccer and volleyball are encouraged to purchase contactless e-tickets in advance online through to help reduce contact at entry and with venue personnel.

Upcoming Home Events:

October 9:

  • 12 p.m. – Swim & Dive vs. Loyola – Reeves Aquatic Center
  • 1 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. Boston University – Reeves Field

October 13:

  • 3 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Navy – Reeves Field

October 15:

  • 4 p.m. – Swim & Dive vs. Georgetown – Reeves Aquatic Center

October 16:

  • 11 a.m. – Field Hockey vs. Holy Cross – Jacobs Complex
  • 2 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. Army – Reeves Field
  • 4 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Lehigh – Bender Arena

October 17:

  • 1 p.m. – Field Hockey vs. Cornell – Jacobs Complex

October 23:

  • 1 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Lehigh – Reeves Field
  • 4 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Loyola– Bender Arena

October 24:

  • 4 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Navy – Bender Arena

October 27:

  • 12 p.m. – Women’s Soccer vs. Loyola – Reeves Field

October 29:

  • 7 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Bucknell– Bender Arena

October 30:

  • 1 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. Colgate – Reeves Field
  • 4 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Lafayette – Bender Arena

October 31:

  • TBD – Women’s Soccer Patriot League Quarterfinals – Reeves Field

Men’s Basketball

The return of both a full non-conference slate and double round-robin Patriot League play highlight the 2021-22 American University men's basketball schedule. Click HERE for the full men's basketball schedule.

Show your support and save more than 40 percent on AU Men's Basketball by purchasing season tickets and lock in the same great seat for all 12 men’s home games all season long, as well as all 13 women’s basketball home games. All season ticket holders receive reserved seats to home games, priority seating to postseason games, and priority for NCAA Tournament tickets. Your season tickets may also be shared via e-mail or text to friends, family, and colleagues. 

Pricing for various season ticket packages:

  • Premium Sideline Reserved (Sections 102 to 105): $200
  • Sideline Reserved (Sections 101 & 106): $170
  • AU Young Alumni / Faculty & Staff (Sections 102 to 105): $160
  • AU Young Alumni / Faculty & Staff (Sections 101 & 106): $99
  • End Zone Reserved Adult: $90
  • End Zone Reserved Youth (17 & below) / Senior (65+): $50

A six percent DC Sales Tax will be added at checkout. To purchase your season tickets today, e-mail or call 202.885.TIXX.

For the latest on American University Men's Basketball, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter (@AU_MBasketball) and Instagram (@au_mbasketball).

Women’s Basketball

AU’s women’s basketball team will play a full non-conference slate, including four home games and two local opponents. Click HERE for the full women's basketball schedule release.

Save more than 23 percent by purchasing general admission season tickets to all 13 home games in Bender Arena. Coach Megan Gebbia’s Eagles look to continue their momentum and strong play from last year's winning season and are looking forward to playing in front of AU fans this season. Your season tickets may also be shared via e-mail or text to friends, family, and colleagues. In addition to regular home games, season ticket holders receive priority seating to postseason games and priority for NCAA Tournament tickets.


General Admission Season Ticket Adult: $80

General Admission Season Ticket Youth (17 & below) / Senior (65+): $50

A six percent DC Sales Tax will be added at checkout. To purchase your season tickets today, e-mail or call 202.885.TIXX. For the latest on American University Women's Basketball, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter (@AU_WBasketball) and Instagram (@auwbasketball).


Fans of AU wrestling have plenty to be excited about as the new season will feature eight home dates and 10 total opponents including matchups with Ohio State, Rutgers, Virginia and Maryland. Click HERE for the full wrestling schedule.

Save more than 30 percent by purchasing season tickets to all 10 home duals in Bender Arena.

Adult – General Admission: $45
Youth (17 & below) / Senior (65+) – General Admission: $25

Bring a group and save more than 40 percent.
$3 per person (10+)
$2 per person (25+)

Individual matches:
Adult – General Admission: $8
Youth (17 & below) / Senior (65+) – General Admission: $5
Military/Veterans – General Admission: Free Admission with Identification

Click here to purchase wrestling season tickets.

For group inquiries e-mail or call 202.885.TIXX (8499).

2021 Films Across Borders Film Festival Presents Stories in A Changing World

Films Across Borders

Films Across Borders, a showcase of critically acclaimed films, documentaries and shorts from around the world, returns for a seventh year this fall. The theme for 2021 focuses on Stories in a Changing World. The film festival is co-presented by American University in partnership with more than 20 embassies, cultural organizations, arts institutions, and environmental groups.

The 2021 series includes a diverse range of films – most free to the public and viewable on a variety of platforms from October through December. As additional selections are made, presenting partners will include new films to those currently listed on the series website --

“This year’s theme of Stories in A Changing World is especially timely given the challenges we face the world over. The series features stories of change, transformation, and renewal in all walks of life and across continents,” said Nada Maalouf, Chief Advancement Officer, School of Communication at American University, who leads the film series on behalf of AU.

Films Across Borders: Stories in A Changing World kicks off October 5 with a discussion surrounding the award-winning documentary With Drawn Arms, which explores runner Tommie Smith’s decision to raise his fist in protest of racial inequality when accepting his gold medal at the '68 Olympic games and the ramifications afterwards. Also featured in the documentary are civil rights legend and Georgia Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020), sports journalist Jemele Hill, cultural critic Nelson George, actor Jesse Williams, Megan Rapinoe, and Colin Kaepernick, among others.

To attend the With Drawn Arms virtual conversation on October 5 at 6 p.m., moderated by SOC Dean Sam Fulwood III with Associate Producer Glenn Kaino, SPA Alumnus and Co-Director Deon T Jones, SOC Alumnus and Co-Director Afshin Shahidi, and Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith, register here. 

Launched in 2014, Films Across Borders raises awareness about highly relevant themes by combining international films and panel discussions with filmmakers and special guests.

Live Screening: Going Viral Beyond the Hot Zone

Going Viral: Beyond the Hot Zone

October 6
6:30 p.m. ET

Join us for behind-the-scenes filmmaking insights and audience Q&A with Sarah Diamond(Kogod/BSBA ’16), an Emmy award-winning associate producer of Going Viral: Beyond The Hot Zone, a documentary about the incredible real-life stories of those on the frontlines fighting against Ebola. Maggie Stogner, executive director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking and professor of Film and Media Arts at AU's School of Communication will moderate this exclusive and inspiring conversation. To register:

We Are Sorry This Video Is Not Available in Your Country An Ethical Analysis of Geo-blocking Audiovisual Online Content

Pavel Zahradka lecture: We are sorry this video is not available in your country

October 7, 1 p.m. ET

Geo-blocking is a frequently discussed issue in the European Union. One of the basic principles of the functioning of the EU is the internal market. However, a digital single market has not yet been created in Europe. Instead of one market, the EU has 27 separate digital markets. The creation of digital single market in Europe is hindered mainly by representatives of the media industries: primarily film producers and distributors. Dr. Pavel Zahrádka conducts an ethical analysis of the moral conflict over access to premium audiovisual online content (films, TV shows), which is regulated currently by geo-blocking in the domain of digital film distribution. The event will be moderated by AU professor Aram Sinnreich. To register:

The Madrid Peace Conference Legacy

The Madrid Peace Conference LEgacy: Thirty Years Later

October 13
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thirty years ago this month, the United States and the Soviet Union co-sponsored the Madrid Peace Conference, an unprecedented event that brought together all of the parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict. This conference launched Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations, as well as multilateral working groups that tackled regional issues, while also laying the groundwork for the Israel-Jordan peace treaty brokered by the Clinton administration in 1994. To mark the anniversary, American University’s School of International Service (SIS) and the Center for Israel Studies (CIS) are pleased to host a special event featuring three expert panelists with decades of experience in Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking - Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Dr. Yossi Beilin, and Dr. Daniel Kurtzer. The event will be moderated by SIS Professor Guy Ziv.

To register: