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AU Newsmakers 6.4-6.12, 2020
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AU Experts: Protests and Policing
Provost Dan Myers wrote an article for The Hill about the effectiveness of protests in creating change. Myers wrote, “Probably more important, though, is that the pressure from riots and protest peaks only for a short time.” Cathy Schneider, professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Washington Post about the use of police violence against protestors. Leonard Steinhorn, professor of communication, wrote an article for The Hill about how the social conditions that sparked the 1968 riots can be seen in current protests. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of sociology, spoke to Politico and The Intercept about how the presence of far-right groups makes current protests different than past ones. Washington College of Law Professor Rebecca Hamilton spoke to The Hill about international reactions to the U.S. treatment of protestors. Washington College of Law professor Andrew Ferguson wrote an article for The Conversation about high-tech surveillance and police bias. (6/10, 6/6, 6/7, 6/4, 6/10, 6/9, 6/12)
AU Experts: Corporate, Media and Political Response
Washington College of Law Professor Jeremi Duri spoke to The Undefeated about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's comittment to improving the NFL's response to racial incidents. Duru said, “But he [Goodell] has now stuck his flag in the ground. He is going to be judged by the way that he follows up on what he said.” Duru also wrote an article for The Undefeated on how college athletes are demanding change in light of George Floyd's death. Assistant Professor of Communication Sherri Williams appeared on WOSU-FM's “All Sides” to discuss media coverage of the protests. Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman wrote an article for The Hill about how Democratic nominee Joe Biden should respond to the protests, and spoke to the Voice of America about how the protests have galvanized young people. Amy Dacey, executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics, spoke to USA Today about how presidential candidates are responding to the protests. Jeffrey Crouch, professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, wrote an article for The Hill about how President Trump might use the protests as a cover to pardon Roger Stone. (6/4, 6/6, 6/5, 6/8 6/11)
AU Experts: Economic Inequity and Race
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Bradley Hardy spoke to The Wall Street Journal about how economic inequity in America affects African American communities. Hardy said, “You don't feel secure with law enforcement, you don't feel secure in your housing, with your health or with employment.” Hardy also spoke to The Associated Press about how people of color are impacted by economic inequity in America. Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Education Andre Perry spoke to Vox about communities of color and the intersection of social and economic inequality. (6/9, 6/8)
AU Experts: Systemic Racism
Assistant Professor of Communication Sherri Williams participated in a WJLA virtual townhall about race and racism in the United States. Williams said, “I really wouldn't underestimate the impact that this kind of anti-black violence at the hand of the state is having on black youth.” Williams also spoke to Hearst Television. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, spoke to the Los Angeles Times about how antiracist education can start at a young age. Kendi also appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe and the 11th Hour to discuss systemic racism in the United States. (6/9, 6/5, 6/10)

Faculty Authors
Xi Jinping's Tiananmen Family Lessons
Joseph Torigian, assistant professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for Foreign Policy Magazine about how Xi Jinping's father has influenced him. Torigian wrote, “Xi Zhongxun and Xi Jinping have repeatedly demonstrated the conviction that party discipline must triumph over any personal doubts.” (6/4)
Shaky Economic Data Portend a Shaky Recovery
Evan Kraft, professor of economics, wrote an article for The Hill about COVID-19 economic recovery projections. Kraft wrote, “The data are shaky at best.” Gabriel Mathy, assistant professor of economics, spoke to Salon about the economic recovery. (6/6, 6/5)
Why Some Nursing Homes Are Better Than Others at Protecting Residents and Staff From COVID-19
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Anna Amirkhanyan, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Public Affairs Kenneth Meier and Austin McCrea, Ph.D., student in the School of Public Affairs, wrote an article for The Conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes. They wrote, “We have found that three factors likely play the biggest role in determining how well a nursing home responds to a disease outbreak: whether it operates for profit, the degree of government regulation and the quality of management.” The article was republished in multiple media outlets including The Raw Story. (6/11)
How the U.S. Government Sold the Peace Corps to the American Public
Associate Professor of Communication Wendy Melillo wrote an article for The Conversation about the Peace Corps. Melillo wrote, “Americans in the turbulent 1960's wanted to believe their country played a morally good role in the world. The Peace Corps program and its advertising helped convince them this was true.” (6/10)

Trump Adminisration Orders Marriott to Cease Cuba Hotel Business Wil
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, was quoted in a Reuters article about how the Trump administration is disrupting U.S.-Cuba economic relations. Reuters quoted LeoGrande's tweet, “In 2017, Trump promised he would not disrupt existing contracts U.S. businesses had with Cuba. Promise made, promise broken.” (6/5)
Feds Oppose Summer 2020 Salvage Mission at Titanic Wreck Site
Joseph Mortati, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to Courthouse News about federal opposition to a salvage mission at the Titanic wreck site. Mortati said, “While I think the [telegraph] machine itself has great historical value, I don't see how it better tells this story.” (6/9)

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