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AU Newsmakers 5.19 - 5.26, 2017

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Confronting the Legacy of Racism in America
Prof. Ibram X. Kendi spoke with NPR's 1A show about recent hate crimes on university campuses in the U.S. and how racism can be addressed. Best-selling author and award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi will join American University this August as a professor of history and international relations in both the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and School of International Service (SIS), and will serve as the founding director of the new Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at the university. Kendi said, “We need to realize that one of the greatest threats to American lives today -- if not the greatest threat -- are white supremacists who are armed and angry and seeking from their standpoint to make America great again.” The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education noted the dual appointment of renowned historian and Prof. Ibram X. Kendi to American University's College of Arts and Sciences and School of International Service. (5/25, 5/19)

Faculty Authors
Trump Isn't a Huge Fan of NATO. But His Complaints Are Off Target
Dean of the School of International Service James Goldgeier authored an opinion article for the Washington Post about President Trump's position on NATO. Goldgeier wrote, “The most consistent Trump complaint about NATO is that not enough countries are doing their fair share.” (5/24)
Designing Games That Change Perceptions, Opinions and Even Players' Real-Life Actions
For The Conversation, Lindsay Grace, Director of American University Game Lab and Studio, authored an opinion article about persuasive effects of games and the ways they can help change perceptions and actions. “While the original “Monopoly” aimed to explain the drawbacks of land grabbing, contemporary persuasive play has even grander hopes. This new generation of games aims to learn about its players, change their perceptions and revise their behavior in less time than it takes to build a hotel on Park Place.” (5/25)
Rural Children Need Quality Preschool, Too
For the Cincinnati Enquirer, Taryn Morrissey, associate professor of public affairs, authored an opinion article about her new book entitled Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality and the urgent need for quality preschool education in Ohio. Morrissey wrote, “The lack of public options is a burden on working families with young children.” (5/19)

Some Social Scientists Are Tired of Asking for Permission
Assistant Professor of Psychology Nathaniel Herr spoke to the New York Times about the process of institutional review boards. Herr said, “It is a little more work and some could find it onerous, but I still find it a worthy process because you get questions and suggestions that make you feel more confident that subjects are protected.” (5/22)
In Land Where Women Can't Drive, Resignation That Trump Is No Obama
Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to McClatchy about President Trump's first international trip and his visit to Saudi Arabia. Speaking about human rights violations and the rights of women in Saudi Arabia, Tama said, “These are leaders who are not concerned very much about the rights of their people. They have very repressive policies at home. The rulers care much more about preserving their own power.” (5/20)
Get Ready for the Next Big Privacy Backlash Against Facebook
Professor of Communication Kathryn Montgomery spoke with Wired about the ethical implications of data collection on Facebook and a recent report by the Australian. Montgomery said, “The Australian's report served as “a flashpoint that enables you to glimpse Facebook's inner workings, which in many ways is about monetization of moods.” (5/21)
Trump Has Denied 'Collusion' With Russia. But Is That the Real Issue?
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke with the Christian Science Monitor about the investigation into Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election and Trump campaign's “collusion” with Russia. Edelson said, “People talk about it like it's either/or. It's way more complicated than that.” (5/22)
How Soda Companies Target Latino Lawmakers
Kogod School of Business Marketing Professor Sonya Grier spoke with Pacific Standard about political donations from soda companies and their trade associations to Latino lawmakers. Grier said, “The numbers on soda companies' donations to California lawmakers bolster the existing science on junk food-makers' targeted marketing.” (5/22)

''Online, consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington post, NY Times
"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington post, NY Times
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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