Featured Event

Linda Villarosa and Dolen Perkins-Valdez.

The Road to Health Equity: Exposing the Toll of Racism
2023 McCable Lecture: April 4, 5:30 | Katzen Arts Center

Bestselling New York Times authors Linda Villarosa and Dolen Perkins-Valdez join Department of Health Studies Chair Stacey Snelling for a timely conversation.

Linda’s latest book, Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of a Nation, exposes the forces in the American healthcare system in American society that cause Black people to “live sicker and die quicker” compared to their white counterparts. Dolen’s third book, Take my Hand, is a profoundly moving novel that tells the story of a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible wrong done to her young patients. Together, Linda and Dolen will talk with faculty who are implementing projects and research activities that are being studied to address health equity in DC.
Learn more: McCabe Lecture


"God and Hip-Hop":
15th Annual Durfee Lecture
March 30, 6 pm | Constitution Hall |
Department of Philosophy and Religion

From Rakim and KRS-One to Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar, religious passions and appetites have been a strong element in the history the hip-hop, the beating pulse of the genre. Alex Nava, Professor of Religious Studies and Classics at the University of Arizona will consider major trends in hip-hop, past and present, with a focus on echoes of religion and spirituality in the culture.

Learn more: Durfee Lecture Series

OnceMarch 30–April 2 | Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. | Department of Performing Arts

Dublin, mid 2000s. An Irish busker meets a young Czech woman and in five days they discover the healing power of music together. In this soft-spoken story of romance, cultural and musical chemistry, the cast sing and play their own instruments for all the songs, including the Oscar-winning Falling Slowly from the indie film Once.

Tickets: Once

Systemic Violence Summit: The Next EERA of Response
March 30, 10 am-4 pm | Mary Graydon 1st Floor | ARPC

Convened by SIS professor TaLisa Carter, the inagural Systemic Violence Summit brings together diverse groups, including faculty, staff, students, community members, and non-profit organizations, to achieve four objectives (EERA): educate, empower, research, and take action

Register: Systemic Violence Summit

Winter at the AU MuseumFebruary 4-May 21 | 11:00–4:00 | Wednesday-Sunday

  • Madayin: Eight Decades of Aboriginal Australian Bark Painting from Yirrkala
  • The Barlow Gilotty Collection
    Curated by Vivienne Lassman
  • Gail Rebhan: About Time
    Curated by Sally Stein

Learn more: AU Museum

"April Fools' Day" Lecture: Teaching and Research - a View from a Unicycle
March 31, 6:30 pm | DMTI-213 | Math & Statistics

In this April Fools' Day lecture, Professor Jacob Kogan will talk through simple data mining tools, attendees will learn about the importance of Student Teaching Evaluations in providing a wealth of useful information. Finally, an outline of a beautiful mathematical result that came from St. Petersburg at the end of the last millennium and generated a wave of research activity, within the US engineering community, will conclude the talk.

AU Design Club Exhibition March 25–April 9, Opening Reception: Friday, March 31, 6 p.m.

The AU Design Club presents its annual juried design show featuring outstanding student work inspired by our home in Washington, DC. 

From the American University Museum: Madayin Events

Join the AU Museum for a weekend of events surrounding Madayin, its ongoing exhibition of Aboriginal Australian bark painting.

Flipping the Narrative: Historical Collections as Sites of Cultural Diplomacy
March 31, 1-3 pm 
The Phillips Collection

Yolnu Ceremonial Performance
March 31, 6 p.m.
AU Museum

Matha Nupanmi: A Summit of Yolnu Art and Ideas
April 1, 9 am-4 p.m.
Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

Gallery Talk: Madayin
April 2, 2-3 p.m.
AU Museum

Learn more & Register: Madayin


The Road to Health Equity: Exposing the Toll of Racism
April 4, 5:30-7:30 pm | followed by a reception
Abramson Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center

For the 2023 McCabe Lecture, bestselling New York Times authors Linda Villarosa and Dolen Perkins-Valdez join American University’s Department of Health Studies Chair Stacey Snelling for a timely conversation on The Road to Health Equity: Exposing the Toll of Racism.

Register: McCabe Lecture

Economics Research Seminar Series
Wednesdays, Noon-1:15 | Zoom & Kreeger 100 | Econ Department

  • Apr. 5: Siwan Anderson, University of British Columbia, PGAE cross-list, Zoom only

Seminar Details

New Approaches to Borges:
Reading Notes, Talks, Work Life, Manuscripts
April 5, 2023, 2-4 pm | DMTI Collaboration Lab 111

This talk will focus on new lines of research on the works of the influential Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986). Recent years have seen the publication of many of his reading notes, his editorial work, his manuscripts and compositional practices, his talks and courses and his work life, and this talk will show how these various approaches intersect in interesting ways, and are the focus of several collective projects.

Register: 4/5 Borges: Lecture

Women in Audio Industry Panel
April 5, 7 pm | Kreeger G01

Women in Audio presents a panel featuring successful women in the audio technology industry, where women are largely underrepresented. Panelists: alumnae Carolyn Malachi (CAS ‘19, producer, engineer, and Grammy-nominated artist), Emily Lazar (Grammy award winner, master and mix engineer), Gena Johnson (ACM nominee, producer and mix engineer), and Gloria Kaba (songwriter, producer, and mix engineer).

Spring at the AU Museum: Student-led Exhibitions April 8-May 21 | 11:00–4:00 | Wednesday-Sunday

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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
  • Learn more: AU Museum

"The 'Anthropocene' Through the Lens of a Modern Japanese Philosopher": The 64rd Annual Hurst Lecture
April 11, 6:00 pm | Constitution Hall |
Department of Philosophy and Religion

John C. Maraldo is the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of North Florida. Maraldo's current work articulates alternatives that challenge traditional conceptions and categories and open us to embodied ways of understanding ourselves and the environment.

Learn more: Bishop Hurst Lecture

Susan Suleiman: Daughter of History
April 12, 1-2:10 pm | Online | Jewish Studies Program

Susan Rubin Suleiman’s Daughter of History: A Memoir will be published by Stanford University Press in May. In this in-person lecture and discussion, she shares a chapter from her forthcoming book. Professor Suleiman’s work highlights how we can misremember, how historical research leads to correcting mistakes, and the large subject of rewriting and revising memories.
Register: Susan Suleiman

Self-Driving Strollers: Intimacy, Technology, and the Automation of Care
April 12, 1-2:30 pm | 228 Battelle-Tompkins

This talk draws from Amanda Parrish Morgan's analysis of the baby stroller as an intimate technology, explored in her book Stroller and her recent essay in Wired magazine, in order to consider the evolving relationship between technological innovations and the intimate space of the family. Join us for this meditative conversation about intimate technologies.
Register: Self-Driving Strollers

AU Symphonic Band: Notes on Hope
April 15, 3 pm | 228 Abramson Family Recital Hall

AU Symphonic Band presents a variety of works ranging from the quirky to the profound, and from classical band canon to a work barely finished in time (by Matthew Brown, conductor). The program begins with "Early Light" by Carolyn Bremer, which incorporates thematic motives from the US National Anthem, and ends with "In Memoriam: Maidan" by Matthew Brown, which commemorates the 2014 Maidan Revolution in Ukraine and incorporates thematic motives from Ukraine's National Anthem. The program is rounded out by profoundly hopeful works by Edward Elgar and Morten Lauridsen, and lighter offerings by Frank Erickson and John Mackey.

Tickets: AU Symphonic Band

AU Chamber Singers: Bach & Handel, Early Music Brilliance
April 15, 7 pm; April 17, 3 pm | Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center,

Join the AU Chamber Singers for a memorable program of an exulted Bach Mass to Handel’s brilliant and descriptive account of the biblical plagues set upon ancient Egypt. The 30-member Chamber Singers and student soloists are joined by period-instrument performers for what will be both exciting music making and an inspirational educational listening experience. Presenting Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in G Minor and George Frederic Handel: “Exodus” from Israel in Egypt.
Tickets: AU Chamber Singers

April 26, 8-3 pm | MGC 200, 245, and 247 | CRGC

CRGC Day is a celebration of CRGC students and for all the work they accomplished during the academic year. It also honors graduating seniors in the department.