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AU Newsmakers 5.12 - 5.19, 2017 -- Prepared by Univ. Comms.
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Don't Confuse Gentrifying Neighborhoods for Diverse Neighborhoods
Derek Hyra, director of the Metropolitan Policy Center at the School of Public Affairs, spoke with The Atlantic CityLab about his new book, “Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City,” and gentrification in the Shaw/U Street area of Washington, D.C. Hyra said, “We really need community based organizations that are focused on bringing people together across difference. I call these neutral third spaces.” (5/15)

Additional Feature
Staff Editorial: Racist Act at American University Drew Appropriate Reaction
The Northwest Current published an editorial about the hate crime at American University and the response from the AU administration. The author wrote, “President Neil Kerwin blasted the “crude and racially insensitive act of bigotry,” and the school is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. University officials have also responded to student body demands for meetings and for support to students of color, and provided extra security to Ms. Dumpson after she was targeted online by white supremacist groups..” (5/17)

Faculty Authors
How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators, Autocrats, And Military Regimes
Associate Professor of Anthropology David Vine authored a piece for the Huffington Post about U.S. military bases. Vine wrote, “This pattern of daily support for dictatorship and repression around the world should be a national scandal in a country supposedly committed to democracy.” (5/16)
A First Lady's Podium Can Be a Catalyst for Positive Change
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, authored an opinion article for The Hill about First Lady Melania Trump. McBride wrote, “From women's empowerment to combatting cyberbullying, her work as first lady presents an opportunity to create change, one that serves both our country and those we engage with abroad.” (5/15)
4 Things to Know About North and South Korea
For The Conversation, Ji-Young Lee, professor in the School of International Service, authored an article about the history and relationship between North and South Korea. Lee wrote, “The divergent politics of North and South Korea have shaped differences in Koreans' outlook on life and the world since the split.” (5/14)
Meet Ebrahim Raisi, the Cleric Challenging Incumbent Rouhani for President of Iran
For The Conversation, Emily Blout, faculty fellow in the School of Communication's Internet Governance Lab, authored an article about Iranian presidential elections. She wrote, “I'd contend that this election is important not just for its impact in the future of Iran, but for what it says, and does not say, about its post-revolutionary past.” (5/18)

Groups Seek Removal of Kentucky Judge Over Views on Gay Adoption
Law Professor Russell Wheeler talked with the New York Times about groups calling for the removal Kentucky judge W. Mitchell Nance. Wheeler said, “He's announcing he can't be fair to a whole group of people.” (5/16)
This is Your Brain on ... the Modern World
Director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Terry Davidson spoke to the Los Angeles Times about negative eating habits that can affect people's brains and other bodily systems. Davidson said, “There was no reason to think the brain would be protected, and it doesn't seem that it is." (5/18)
The Blind Spot in a Sharing Economy: Tax Collection
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Center, spoke with The Wall Street Journal about a loophole in tax legislation that allows gig-economy workers to leave out their earnings. Bruckner said, “If we want gig workers to comply with the tax law, we have to help them—and that starts with information reporting.” (5/18)
Metropolitan Museum of Art Works to Rebound From Money Woes
Dept. of Performing Arts Chair Andrew Taylor spoke to the Associated Press about the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Taylor said, “The deficit is not high compared to the total budget, but remember, these numbers are not just about the money: Donors want to back a winning story, and any indication that it's not, makes them skittish.” (5/15)
Lawmakers on Both Sides of the Aisle are Discussing Impeachment Amid the Latest Trump-Comey Bombshell
Distinguished History Professor Allan Lichtman appeared on MSNBC and other outlets to discuss the fallout from the firing of former FBI director James Comey. Lichtman said, the case was "becoming too compelling for even Republicans to resist an impeachment inquiry." (5/17)
There Are 4 Possible Types of Russia Investigations. Here's What You Need to Know
Jordan Tama, professor in the School of International Service, spoke with TIME about the firing of FBI director James Comey and the multiple Russia investigations occurring. Tama said, “One purpose is to simply find out what happened and help the public understand what happened during the 2016 election... The other purpose is to potentially bring criminal charges.” (5/16)
Is Trump's Immigration Rhetoric Causing a Drop in International Student Admissions?
International Admissions Director Evelyn Levinson spoke with Public Radio International about Trump's immigration policies and international students attending colleges in the U.S. Levinson said, “The true impact will likely be in what we see for applications for fall 2018 and beyond.”

''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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