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September 2022

Message from Maria Barry, Director of Community Relations

Maria Barry

Dear Neighbors, 

With the beginning of the fall semester, AU’s student body has returned to our campus and DC. Some have moved into private rental homes, condominiums or apartments in your neighborhood and we hope that you will welcome them. 

To help ensure our off-campus students get off to a positive start in their new neighborhoods, we launched 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. Topics include responsibilities for yard maintenance, trash and snow removal, as well as an overview of the District’s noise and alcohol laws. We also inform them of their rights as tenants to a clean and safe living space, including the requirement that rental property owners obtain a Basic Business License (BBL) from the District Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). The orientation messages are reinforced by a letter to all off-campus students from the Office of the Dean of Students. 

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 report incidents in progress to AU Police at 202-885-2527. AU Police is available 24/7 to take appropriate action on your complaints. 

If you believe that students are violating District law, please do not hesitate to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 911. 

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 here if you need us. In the meantime, please welcome your new neighbors to the community. 

Best regards, 

Maria BarryMaria Barry 
Director of Community Relations 
American University 

Community Liaison Committee Meets September 13th

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American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will hold a quarterly meeting on Tuesday, September 13. The in-person meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Rooms 2 and 3 of Constitution Hall on the university’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 in the East Campus surface lot. 

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.  

Please RSVP here. Additional information on the CLC, including meeting agendas and minutes can be found at the CLC website

Family Movie Night September 23rd

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We are excited to share that we are partnering with Horace Mann Elementary School and will host a fun-filled movie night on Friday, September 23. Bring a picnic and the whole family to campus for an outdoor screening of the animated hit movie, Paws of Fury

The movie will be screened at the Woods-Brown Amphitheatre at 6:30 pm; movie starts at sunset at 7:00 pm. Free popcorn will be provided, and all are welcome to attend. Please RSVP so that we can gather an estimated count of attendees. 

For additional information, contact Maria Barry, Director of Community Relations at 885-2146 or

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.


Art All Night Returns

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Art All Night returns to Tenleytown on Saturday, September 24, from 7pm to midnight, as Tenleytown Main Street celebrates our creative community. Public and private spaces throughout Tenleytown will transform into pop-up galleries and performance stages to welcome more than 100 visual and performing artists from across the DC Metro Area.

This year’s 16 venues offer art lovers of all ages and backgrounds something to enjoy in Tenleytown. Select highlights include:

  • A short-film festival in partnership with the 48-hour Film Project, which gives teams of filmmakers a single weekend to write, shoot, and edit their films.
  • An exciting performance by Afro-Brazilian percussion group Batalá and their Samba-Reggae rhythms to kick off Art All Night.
  • An outdoor silent disco brought to you by Hushed, Inc. – The Silent Experience
  • Two art and makers markets with jewelry, textiles, pottery, ceramics, and more from more than 20 DC area creators
  • Live music performances spanning bluegrass, rock, jazz, folk, funk, indie-pop, and more.
  • Dance from around the world, including Bollywood, belly dancing, flamenco, and Irish dance
  • Visual art exhibits that include photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media, and more

Plus, Art All Night attendees can enter a free raffle to win one of 10 $100 gift cards from local businesses just by exploring all this year’s event has to offer.

American University is a proud sponsor of Art All Night in Tenleytown. The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center invites Art All Night attendees to a special after hours viewing of its early fall exhibitions as part of the festival. Free shuttle service will be available between the museum and the Tenleytown Metro plaza, connecting visitors to all Art All Night has to offer.

Find more information about Art All Night, including volunteer opportunities, at


Airlie Berkshire Farm Martha's Table Donation

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American University’s Berkshire Farm at Airlie has had a bountiful season this year and for that we are extremely grateful. At Berkshire Farm, nothing goes to waste, so their team recently donated 200 lbs. of ground pork and 70 lbs. of roast to Martha's Table in Washington, D.C. to fill their freezer TO CAPACITY! These types of gestures are what hospitality is all about, and Berkshire Farm’s team takes pride in their ability to give back to their surrounding communities. Martha’s Table is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to healthy food, quality education, and family supports in the District of Columbia. We encourage you to check out their website to learn how you can get involved!

To plan a stay, visit or learn more about American University’s Berkshire Farm at Airlie please visit 


OLLI Fall Registration


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at American University invites you to register for fall classes. Open registration period is from now until September 6, and classes begin the week of September 19. 

Lectures and study groups meet for 90 minutes weekly between September and November and are based on the concept of peer learning and teaching. Members come from varied backgrounds with a shared common interest in continuing their learning experiences and intellectual stimulation in an organization of like-minded people. 

For a membership fee, participants may enroll in up to four study groups (three before the lottery and a fourth after), either by leading them or attending them. There are no tests and no grades, as members participate purely for the joy of learning. In addition to study groups, OLLI offers a Friday Lecture Series during each semester.

To become a member of OLLI, simply create an account, pay the membership fee, and register for the study groups of your choice during open registration. Membership costs $300 per semester or $550 if you choose to pay for fall and spring. Benefits of becoming an OLLI member include: 

  • Eligibility to enroll in up to four study groups in a semester (three before the lottery and a fourth after).
  • Opportunity for increased social interaction and new friendships based on a shared interest in learning; and informal lunchtime discussions and special events such as open houses or the holiday party.
  • Invitation to attend Special Events featuring day trips, museum tours, discussions, and other activities.
  • Invitation to attend a holiday party held in December and a springtime social event.
  • Access to AU's Bender Library during the academic programs for which you are registered.
  • Eligibility for an annual membership at the Jacobs Fitness Center at a discounted rate.
  • Eligibility to enroll in February and July “Shorts,” three-to-five-day immersion study groups; and June “Minis,” study groups which are one session per week for four weeks.
  • Access to OLLI’s permanent Digital Library, which holds recordings of online classes from previous academic sessions.

Visit the OLLI website for more information and to register for classes. 

If you have been a member of OLLI in the past, you may login to renew your membership.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at American University is an association of, by, and for the people in the Washington, DC area who wish to continue to study and learn. OLLI at AU is dedicated to the proposition that learning is a lifelong process, and that curiosity never retires.

AU Introduces Reusable To-Go Containers in Campus Dining

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Takeout dining is a staple of college life, but it creates a lot of waste. Building on its comprehensive commitment to sustainability, American University is introducing reusable takeout meal containers in its main residential dining facility to reduce the waste created from single-use containers.

From its dining facility Terrace Dining Room (TDR), AU serves roughly 39,000 meals per semester in takeout containers. It is estimated that the university will divert 2,571 pounds of landfill waste by switching from single-use to reusable containers. The nearly 4,000 AU students on university meal plans will receive free reusable takeout meal containers. Staff, faculty and other students who do not participate in meal plans can purchase a container for a small fee.

“AU is committed to acting on its zero-waste goals and to further reducing its impact on the environment,” said Megan Litke, director of sustainability. “The use of reusable containers helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill and reduces emissions from the creation and disposal of single-use items. It also supports Washington, D.C. in its goal to reduce single-use food service items across the city.”

In its new sustainability plan, AU committed to achieving zero waste by 2030. The path to zero waste includes eliminating single-use plastics or containers and increasing the percentage of waste that is composted and recycled.  

AU received a grant of $24,750 from the “District of Columbia Ditch the Disposables Award Program.” The program, coordinated by Chesapeake Bay Trust, the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment, and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, provides support to schools and community-based organizations for their activities that will reduce food, food packaging and food waste. This work is another example of AU’s strategic priority to expand the university’s engagement with the greater Washington, D.C. region.

Chartwells Higher Education, AU’s dining partner, helped obtain the grant and is working with the university to make the transition to reusable containers.

AU will use O2GO reusable meal container by OZZI, which may be used up to 300 times. It is BPA free and recyclable, meaning that once an O2GO container has become worn down from repeated use, the plastic can be melted down and remade into other recycled material products. Students may use the O2GO container to get a meal-to-go from TDR and then return it for cleaning and re-use.

“As the dining provider on campus, we are committed to supporting American University’s efforts to achieve their zero-waste goals,” says Monalisa Prasad, National Director of Sustainability for Chartwells Higher Education. “The introduction of OZZI’s reusable to-go containers is just one example of how we are working together to reduce waste at its source for a more sustainable future.”

AU’s leadership in sustainability is woven throughout campus. From being the first carbon-neutral university in the country and eliminating fossil fuel investments in our endowment to the updated 2021 sustainability plan and campus arboretum, AU is working to address the challenge of climate change.

The Child Development Center is Accepting Applications for Fall 2022


AU's Child Development Center provides high-quality education and care for children 2-1/2 to 6 years of age. The Center uses a research-based system that offers a comprehensive, evolving set of resources that emphasizes the developmental uniqueness of each child. . For questions, please contact, Beth Root, Director, Child Development Center, To learn more about the Center, follow the link Child Development Center | American University, Washington, DC

Taiwan, China, and the US in the Wake of Speaker Pelosi Visit

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In August, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan—the first time that a US House speaker has visited the island and its capital, Taipei, in 25 years. Speaker Pelosi made the trip despite growing tensions between the US and China and concern in both Washington and Beijing that the other side is trying to change the status quo. SIS professor Joseph Torigian will moderate a virtual discussion about the relationships among the US, China, and Taiwan with a panel of experts. RSVP Now
This virtual event will be livestreamed to YouTube with live captions. Registrants will receive email reminders via Eventbrite containing the Zoom webinar link.
Jessica Drun is a nonresident fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub, where she specializes in cross-Strait relations, Taiwan domestic politics, and US-Taiwan relations. She regularly provides commentary and analysis on these issues.
Ryan Hass is a senior fellow and the Michael H. Armacost Chair in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, where he holds a joint appointment to the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. He is also the Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies. He was part of the inaugural class of David M. Rubenstein fellows at Brookings, and is a nonresident affiliated fellow in the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School. Hass focuses his research and analysis on enhancing policy development on the pressing political, economic, and security challenges facing the United States in East Asia.
Bonnie Glaser is director of the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She was previously senior advisor for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She is concomitantly a nonresident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, and a senior associate with the Pacific Forum. For more than three decades, she has worked at the intersection of Asia-Pacific geopolitics and US policy.
James Lin is an assistant professor at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies. He is an historian of Taiwan and its relations to the world, and his current research examines agrarian development in Taiwan and Taiwan's development missions to Africa, Asia, and Latin America during the Cold War. He also serves as the associate chair of the UW Taiwan Studies Program.
Joseph Torigian (moderator) is a professor at American University's School of International Service (SIS) and a global fellow at the History and Public Policy Program at the Wilson Center. He studies the politics of authoritarian regimes with a specific focus on elite power struggles, civil-military relations, and grand strategy. His research agenda draws upon comparative politics, international relations, security studies, and history to ask big questions about the long-term political trajectories specifically of Russia and China.

From the Theatre and Musical Theatre Program

Into the Woods rehearsal, spring 2022. Photo: Dylan Singleton.


Directed by Tara Giordano

Overture welcomes AU’s newest actors from the dynamic class of 2026 to the stage. Showcasing the unique talents of its performers, this production features music, text and movement assembled and devised by the student company, in collaboration with faculty director Tara Giordano. 

When: September 30, 8 p.m. October 1, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.  
Where: Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW 

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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.  

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