Preview: Inauguration weekend events

Spots on and off campus to participate in the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump

Preview: Inauguration weekend events

With the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump on Friday, there are multiple events students can go to across campus and D.C. to support, protest or participate in on inauguration day and throughout the weekend.

Teach, Organize & Engage: A Teach-In at American University

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Location: MGC 3 and 4, Kay Spiritual Life Center

AU’s Student Government, Faculty Senate and Staff Council are hosting a teach-in for all AU students, faculty, staff and more on Jan. 18. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with introductions from AU faculty, staff, AUSG President Devontae Torriente and AU Chaplain Mark Schaefer.

The event will tackle several topics throughout the day, and the the full schedule with complete speakers can be found on the event page. Topics included are “How We Got Here,” “Where We Are,” “Martin Luther King’s Message for Us Today,” “Where We Are: International Issues,” “Where We Are Headed: What’s Next?” and a keynote address from U.S. Representative and Washington College of Law professor Jamie Raskin.

Pop-up Class: Covering Protests

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 12:30-2 p.m.

Location: McKinley, room 100

AU School of Communication professors Amy Eisman and Lynne Perri will be leading a pop-up class in McKinley room 100 on Jan. 18 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The class will feature a panel including Mike Semel, metro editor of the Washington Post, and Frank LoMonte, the executive director of the Student Press Law Center. The class is designed for students to learn more about how to cover events happening on inauguration weekend, including the inauguration itself and its protests, the Women’s March on Washington and the March for Life rally. Students in attendance will receive a toolkit, as well as learn about their rights as student journalists. Additionally, students will be able to get input from a reporter who has covered protests.

Africa Policy in the Trump Administration

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5:30-8 p.m.

Location: MGC 203-205

The School of International Service Africa Cluster will be hosting a panel on Jan. 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on African policy in the Trump administration. The event is in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Development, a think tank in Nigeria. Panelists include Sylvester Okere, Africa Outreach Coordinator of the Democratic National Committee; Michael Phelan, Senior Staff member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy; Claire Metelits, AU School of International Service professor and author of “Security in Africa.” SIS professor Carl LeVan, author of “Dictators and Democracy in African Development: the Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria,” will be moderating the panel.

Women’s March on Washington Poster Making with AU College Democrats

Date: Friday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 21 at 8:45 a.m.

Location: McDowell study lounge on the first floor, Tenleytown/AU Metro Station

AU College Democrats will have a poster making workshop on Jan. 20 in preparation for the national Women’s March on Washington in the McDowell study lounge on the first floor. The workshop will also be selling AU Dems shirts to wear to the event. The group will meet up the following day, Jan. 21, at 8:45 a.m. at the Tenleytown/AU Metro Station to go to the march together. According to the group, this meeting is “peaceful, inclusive and non-partisan rally followed by a march.”

For those who can’t make the event with AU Dems, the Women’s March on Washington starts at Independence Ave. and Third St. SW near the Capitol at 10 a.m. and will last until 5 p.m.

Inauguration of Donald Trump

Date: Friday, Jan. 20 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Location: Swearing-in: West Front of the U.S. Capitol Building, Parade: Pennsylvania Avenue, Balls: Walter E. Washington Convention Center and National Building Museum

The swearing-in of President-elect Donald Trump will take place on Jan. 20 at the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building. The swearing-in will begin at 9:30 a.m., with opening remarks starting at 11:30 a.m. and the swearing-in from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. at 12:00 p.m. Tickets are now sold out for the swearing-in on the west lawn, but people are able to view along projectors on the National Mall without tickets.

Tickets are necessary for certain parts of the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Ave., but other parts are open to the public. The parade begins at 3 p.m. and expands down the 15 blocks on Pennsylvania Ave. between the U.S. Capitol and White House.

The events will be livestreamed online on multiple broadcast channels, like CBS, CNN and MSNBC.

The Anti-Inauguration

Date: Friday, Jan. 20, 8-10 p.m.

Location: The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW

Cost: Free, but ticket needed

Jacobin Magazine, Haymarket Books and Verso Books will be hosting an anti-inauguration at the Lincoln Theatre on Jan. 20 from 8 to 10 p.m. The event is free, but requires a ticket for entry. The event will also be livestreamed. According to the event description, the anti-inauguration will be about “Why Trump won, what he'll do, and how we can fight him.” The event will include the following speakers: Naomi Klein, journalist, columnist and author for the New York Times, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor at Princeton University’s Department of African Studies, Anand Gopal, journalist, correspondent and author of “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes,” and Owen Jones, columnist and author of “The Establishment” and “Chavs.”

The Transition and the First 100 Days of the Trump Presidency

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 12-1:45 p.m.

Location: MGC 5

The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies will be hosting a panel about the Trump administration on Jan. 24. According to the event announcement, the panel will include: Daniel J. Fiorino, Distinguished Executive in Residence and Director of the Center for Environmental Policy at AU, Neil Kerwin, AU President, Martha Joynt Kumar, Director of the White House Transition Project, Janice Lachance, president-elect of American Society for Public Administration, Howard McCurdy, SPA professor. The panel will be moderated by James A. Thurber, SPA professor. Lunch will be provided at the event. RSVP to CCPS at or call 202-885-3491.

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