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AU Newsmakers 6.12-6.19, 2020
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American University Announces Operating Plan for the Fall Semester
This week, American University announced its plan to conduct classes in the fall, revealing measures to ensure community health and safety while also providing students with a quality educational experience. The announcement was featured in the DCist, University Business Online and The Washington Post, as well as WJLA, WUSA9, WRC-TV, WTTG-Fox5 and WTOP-FM. (6/16)

Faculty Authors
How to Make Sure Each Vote Counts
Amy Dacey, executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy & Politics, wrote an article for The Hill about the importance of making a plan to vote. Dacey wrote, “Safguarding what is perhaps the most perilous election in our history will not be easy or cheap. Preperation and planning are our best weapons to ensure the survival of our democracy.” (6/16)
AU Experts: Covid-19
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars program, wrote an article for The Conversation about the effectiveness of quarantine bubbles. Hawkins wrote, “when done carefully, the research shows that quarantine bubbles can effectively limit the risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2 while allowing people to have much needed special interactions with their friends and family.” James Goldgeier, professor in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for Foreign Policy Magazine about how COVID-19 has reimagined foreign affairs education. Associate Professor of Public Affairs Bradley Hardy spoke to Vox about the challenges essential workers face during the COVID-19 pandemic. Associate Professor of Public Affairs Derek Hyra spoke to The Atlantic about people who chose to move during the pandemic. Washington College of Law professor Lindsay Wiley co-wrote an article for Democracy Journal about how the law and lack of protections has resulted in this pandemic's outsized impact on Black Americans. (6/15, 6/16, 6/12, 6/14)

AU Experts: Race and Racism
Sonya Grier, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to The Los Angeles Times about racism in brands. Grier said, “Once something is seen as normative, it's typically not questioned and taken for granted.” Sybil Williams, director of African American and African diaspora studies in the department of performing arts, spoke to The Washington Post about Juneteenth. John Watson, associate professor of Communication, spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about how current events has exposed discrimination and bias in newsrooms. Sherri Williams, assistant professor of Communication, spoke to BBC News about how companies support the Black Lives Matter movement. Washington College of Law professor Jeremi Duru spoke to the Chicago Tribune about diversity in university sports. Washington College of Law professor Jeremi Leff spoke to about how contributions to Black Lives Matter are used and Alan Kraut, professor of history, spoke to AFP about about how current events have forced Americans to grapple with their history. (6/16, 6/12, 6/15, 6/18, 6/17)
AU Experts: Police and Protests
Professor in the Washington College of Law Angela Davis spoke to CBS's Face the Nation about the need for police reform. Davis said, “I think what we really need in terms of meaningful change is an entire reimagination of the police function, or an entrie dismantling of the current way that policing is done, and a creation of an entirely new model.” Provost Dan Myers wrote an article for The Atlantic about the use of force against protestors, and Kimberly Wehle, professor in the Washington College of Law, wrote an article for The Hill about the use of unidentified police officers during the George Floyd protests. (6/18, 6/17, 6/15)
Gorsuch Draws Surprise, Anger With LGBT Decision
Washington College of Law professor Robert Tsai spoke to The Hill about the Supreme Court's decision guaranteeing protections against workplace discrimination for LGBTQ Americans. Tsai said, “He [Justice Gorsuch] has to work very had to convince us the average person would have understood in 1964 that the law outlawed discrimination against sexual minorities.” (6/15)
Biden Wants the Media to Cover More of His Events, and Trump Does Too
Scott Talan, assistant professor of Communication, spoke to the Sinclair Broadcast Group about media coverage of President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 campaigns. Talan said, “Biden may be being held to the traditional view of a presidential candidate, which will make his campaign more challenging.” (6/12)
Trump Seeks to Solidify Electoral Base by Renewing Arms Embargo on Iran
John Calabrese, professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to the IRNA about President Trump's renewal of an arms embargo on Iran. Calabrese said, “these maneuvers strike me as being fundamentally about solifidying the ‘electoral base'.” (6/14)

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