Urinetown The Musical

Urinetown, The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer
Choreographed by Robert Bowen Smith
Music Direction by Deborah Jacobson
February 22-24
Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre
$10-$15, free for AU students

It’s a privilege to pee.

Urinetown tells the story of a future fascist society, run by corporate greed, that demands that the public pay to pee. The musical, though fun and tongue-in-cheek, is a warning to us all to not take our freedoms for granted.

Tickets to Urinetown

Sydney Vernon, "The Rain Falls on the Wind when the Heavens Turn Scarlet"

Visiting Artists Series
Studio Art MFA Program
Katzen 201

  • February 22, 6:30 p.m. Sydney Vernon
  • March 21, 6:30 p.m. Jerrell Gibbs

Learn More: Visiting Artists Series

Electric Op Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan, Buffalo AKG Art Museum Curator

Art History Spring Lecture:
Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan
February 23, 6 p.m.
Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center 201 (Welcome Center)

In this preview of her fall 2024 exhibition Electric Op, Buffalo AKG Art Museum Curator Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan offers a new account of Op Art by focusing on its relationship to electronic art and culture.


Mathematics & Statistics ColloquiumTuesdays in DMTI 111 at 2:30

See Colloquium page for abstracts and more.

Faculty, students, and guest participants gather in the colloquium room starting at 2:00 for refreshments.

  • Feb. 6: Robin Lumsdaine
  • Feb. 20:  Davoud Ataee Tarzanagh 
  • Feb. 27: Rebecca Steiner 
  • March 5: TBA
  • March 26: Shuxing Li 
  • April 2: US Census 
  • April 16: Boris Gershman 
  • April 23: Stephen Casey 


Center on Health, Risk, and Society
Spring 2024 Speaker SeriesWednesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m., through April 17
Watkins G2 and on Zoom

Refreshments and networking from 3:30-4:00

  • February 21, Conceptualizing and Operationalizing 'Multi-Partner Fertility' in a Longitudinal Study of Marriage, Kinship Support and Child Health in Low-Income Nairobi
    Kirsten Stoebenau
    , PhD, & Sangeetha Madhavan, PhD
    (University of Maryland, College Park)
  • February 28, The Reproduction of Inequality
    Katherine Mason
    , PhD, MA (Wheaton College)
  • March 6, Title to Be Determined
    Sara Kaplan, PhD (American University)
  • March 20, Intimate Partner Homicide against Older Women: Variations across Age and Relationship Status
    Lynn Addington
    , PhD, JD, MA (American University)
  • March 27, Mass Incarceration, Affordable Housing, and Health Inequities
    Kim Blakenship
    , PhD, MA (American University)
    Learn More: CHRS Events

Seeing and Believing:
Social Media and Social JusticeEllen T. Armour
Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m. | Butler Boardroom
Refreshments provided
16th Annual Durfee Lecture

Ellen T. Armour of Vanderbilt Divinity School, author of Seeing and Believing: Religion, Digital Visual Culture and Social Justice (New York: Columbia University Press, 2023), dicusses the new public square. How is this new visually saturated media landscape affecting the struggles for social justice? What role is photography playing in it and on it, and thus in and on those struggles?Learn More: Seeing & Believing

The Herstory of Henri IV Pt. 1

The Herstory of Henri IV, pt. 1
By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Kate Eastwood Norris
February 28-March 2
Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre
$10-$15, free for AU students

Poor Hal. Her mom, the Queen of England, wants her to step up and fight in an impending civil war, while her buddy Falstaff wants her to stay at the bar and keep the party going. What is a young princess to do? Equal parts comedy and tragedy, Henri IV pt. 1 is a gender-bent adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous coming-of-age story about a young woman not only trying to figure out her place in the world, but also what sort of world she wants it to be.

Tickets to Henri IV

Faculty Music Concert Headshots

Faculty Music Concert
March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall
Tickets: $10-$15, free for AU students

American University music faculty take the stage! Instrumental and voice faculty collaborate in a varied program that ranges from Brahms to Cabaret. Featuring Susan Derry (voice), Mary Gottlieb (piano), Barbara Hollinshead (voice), Kevin Jang (violin), Osman Kivrak (viola), Nobue Matsuoka (percussion), Bill Wielgus (oboe), and Barbara Wilkinson (piano).

Tickets to Faculty Music Concert

Sculptures on wall

Holding Hands, Holding Space
January 26-March 2
Katzen Rotunda
Curated by Taylor Sizemore and Marie B Gauthiez

American University’s Studio Art MFA program presents Holding Hands, Holding Space, a group exhibition curated by Taylor Sizemore and Marie B Gauthiez in the Katzen Arts Center Rotunda. This exhibition brings together sixteen artists; eight students from AU’s Studio Art MFA Program and eight students from other local university MFA programs.

Learn More: MFA Exhibit

Blue geometric artwork

Infinite Geometries:
Exploring the Arts of the Medieval Islamic World

Dr. Joanne Allen
January 22-March 1, 2024
Katzen Rotunda

This exhibition comprises drawings, oil and watercolor paintings, intaglio and relief prints, and fabrics based on the art history of the medieval Islamic world, in particular the Great Mosque of Córdoba, the most complex, decorative, and awe-inspiring building in early medieval Western Europe.

Learn More: Infinite Geometries

Dr. Harvey Wingfield, “From Discrimination to DEI: The Possibilities and Limits of Addressing Race in the Workplace” February 29, 6:00 p.m.
Butler Board Room
followed by audience Q&A and reception


Barbara Kerne, Day and Night, 2022.

Spring at the AU MuseumOpen Wed–Sun, 11–4:00 p.m.

  • The Very Idea! Art of Brian Kavanagh
  • New Perspective on the New Thing:
    A Photography Exhibition Documenting DC’s Revolutionary Community Arts Center, 1966-1972
  • The Tree around the Corner
  • Art and the Demands of Memory: Works by Second Generation Holocaust Survivors
  • Dana Hart-Stone: Kaleidoscope
  • A Drawing Like No Other: Marilyn Brought Back to Life in 9,000,000 Marks
  • The Human Flood
  • Learn More: AU Museum
Care Conference.

Care Conference 2024
Economic Policies for Gender & Racial Equity—Earnings, Care, and Public Revenue
April 5, 2024, 9:00-5:00
Reception 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Presented by CAS in partnership with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and AU's Program on Gender Analysis in Economics.

Pre-Register: Care Conference

Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference

34th Mathias Student Research Conference
April 6, 2024 | DMTI
Keynote: Dr. Katherine Grill

Presented by CAS, this annual conference celebrates student achievement. It is an opportunity for CAS students across all disciplines to showcase their research, scholarship, and creative work before colleagues, faculty, and friends. Participants will create new connections, build their resumes, contribute to our community of curiosity and learning, and be considered for an award.

Learn More: Mathias Conference