American University students are recognized as being amongst the most politically active in the United States. To encourage further dialog about social justice both past and present, Special Collections is exhibiting a selection of flyers, brochures, and photographs from four of its social protest collections. The exhibit looks at protests in Washington, DC from the 1890s, 1930s and 1970s as well as protest movements led by international women’s organizations from the 1980s. The exhibit will be on display on the third floor of Bender Library through the end of the fall semester.
Here are few sample items from the exhibit:
Bonus Army 1932
Women Strike for Peace 1982
AU held its first Homecoming in 1931. This annual event occurred at different times of the year and was scaled back in the 1970s before being updated and improved in 1986. AU’s last Homecoming was in 2003. A new exhibit on the first floor of Bender Library uses photographs and programs to illustrate the history of Homecoming at American University. The exhibit will be on display through the end of the fall semester.
1956 Homecoming Program
It is with deep sadness, we recognize the passing of Herbert E. Striner, former Dean of the Kogod School of Business (1975-1981) and the College of Continuing Education (1969-1973).
Former Kogod Dean Herb Striner in 1988
Herb Striner earned his A.B. and M.A. degrees in economics from Rutgers University and his Ph.D in economics from Syracuse University. During World War II, he served in the China-Burma-India Theater of War as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army.
Striner worked for both the Federal Government and the private sector including the Brookings Institution, The Johns Hopkins University, the National Planning Association, the Stanford University Research Institute and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He specialized in manpower and productivity problems and served as a productivity consultant to corporations as well as the U.S., Australian, Canadian and Italian governments including serving on the U.S. delegation to a NATO conference in Portugal on manpower policies in 1969. Striner published over 90 articles and 5 books.
Exterior of the southeast side of the Washington National Cathedral (1977)
An avid photographer and painter, Striner donated his collection of more than 8,000 negatives, prints, and slides to AU in 2007. His passion for photography began during World War II, when he was an infantry officer and was given his first camera. Striner said of this donation: “What I am most hoping for with this gift is that those whose interests in the history of the years spanned by the work, 1945–99, from whatever perspective—artistic or otherwise—will gain insights and a broadening of horizons that will contribute to their lives, as well as the lives of others.” Striner’s collection captures images ranging from international settings to local architecture to nature scenes, and is available online in our Digital Research Archive.