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Arete, the title of the Center for Teaching Excellence's (CTE) faculty newsletter, is the Greek term often equated, seamlessly, with the English words 'virtue', 'excellence', 'goodness' and 'knowledge.' It embodies a belief that "the highest human potential is knowledge and all other human abilities are derived from this central capacity."
The publishing of Arete ceased in Spring 2009 prior to the renaming of the Center for Teaching Excellence as the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning.
Photographs and prints related to American University history, This collection of photographs documents the early history of American University and its campus in northwest Washington D.C., near Ward Circle, at the intersection of Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues. The Collection includes photographs of Fort Gaines, the Civil War era Union Army fortification which was on the site that later became the American University campus. Photographs trace the physical development of the campus from the groundbreaking for its first building in 1896, through rapid growth in the 1920's, up to the mid 1960's. The Collection includes photographs from World War I when the campus housed the U.S. Army's Camp Leach and Camp AU and World War II when the campus housed the U.S. Navy Bomb Disposal School and an American Red Cross school for nurses. There are photographs of the University's founders, chancellors and presidents and of prominent officials who visited the campus, including Presidents Dwight Eisenhower,
John F. Kennedy, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Also included are photographs of commencement ceremonies from 1916 through 1970.
The AU Reporter is a weekly newsletter of official information for the American University community. It publishes statements of policy, announcements of appointments, new or revised regulations, reports from University governance bodies, and serves as a general newsletter for faculty and staff.
In May of 1970 in the heat of the campus protests over the events at Kent State, Professor Glenn Harnden, from AU’s Department of Communications, pulled all the old film on hand and sent several students off with cameras to shoot activities both on and off campus. The footage was reviewed, compiled and edited into one master film with accompanying soundtrack.
UHURU was the Black student newspaper, and later the multicultural student newspaper at the American University. It was published by the Organization of African and Afro-American Students at the America University (OASATAU) between 1970-1987, and the Black Student Alliance (BSA) between 1987-1996. Between 1983 and mid-1989, UHURU was published as a column in The Eagle student newspaper. In October 1989, UHURU ran as an independent publication once more. In 1993, UHURU expanded its audience to encompass AU's multicultural community, and in 1996, the UHURU publication changed its name to Mosaic. The University Archives does not have a complete run of UHURU.
Approximately 22 scrapbooks documenting the history of the Washington College of Law as well as its founder Ellen Spencer Mussey. Of note are several scrapbooks relating to Kappa Beta Phi, a woman law sorority and two documenting the 1902 encampment of the Grand Army of Republic in Washington, DC in 1902. The scrapbooks contain menus, newspaper clippings, programs, and photographs. Also included are issues of the WCL student newspaper, The Grit, its yearbook, The Memo, and Mussey family correspondence.