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AU Newsmakers 6.19-6.26, 2020
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#BlackLivesMatter: Digital Activism in the District
Assistant Professor of Communication Sherri Williams spoke to WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show about the role of digital activism in the Black Lives Matter movement. Williams said, “I think [social media] has played an important and significant role.” Washington College of Law Professor Jeremi Duru spoke to The Los Angeles Times about student-athletes advocating against injustice. Carolyn Gallaher, professor in the School of International Service, and Alan Kraut, professor of history, spoke to the media about how America is grappling with its past by removing monuments. Gallaher spoke to AFP and Kraut spoke to AP. (6/24, 6/19, 6/23)

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Out of the Echo Chamber: Rethinking Freedom When the Internet Is Everywhere
Laura DeNardis, interim dean of the School of Communication, spoke to Gallup's “Out of the Echo Chamber” to discuss her new book, “The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World With No Off Switch.” DeNardis' book was also featured in Financial Times “Summer Books of 2020: Technology” list. (6/24, 6/25)

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Low Voter Registration Poses a Threat to American Democracy
Washington College of Law Professor Kimberly Wehle wrote an article for The Hill about low voter registration. Wehle wrote, “This decline in registration is a travesty for American democracy.” (6/21)

How to Form a COVID-19 Social Bubble
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars Program, spoke to ABC News about forming social bubbles. Hawkins said, “The idea is to create a closed bubble loop. Each individual in the bubble has contact with each other but no one has contact with people outside the bubble.” (6/20)
House Democrats Move to Shore Up Obamacare Ahead of Election
Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Bloomberg Government about House Democrats efforts to strengthen Obamacare before the elections. Cafaro told Bloomberg that while voters are concerned about COVID-19 and its impact on the economy, it remains to be seen who will be blamed or rewarded. (6/22)
70 Years Since the Korean War
School of International Service Professor Ji-Young Lee spoke to CTV News about the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. Lee said, “It's a reminder that the Korean War ended in an armistice agreement, without a peace treaty. The two Koreas are still at war technically.” (6/21)
Underwhelming Turnout for Tulsa Trump Rally
Leonard Steinhorn, professor of communication, spoke to WUSA9 about President Trump's rally in Tulsa. Steinhorn said, “Against expectations, it's an utter failure, and it raises the big question of ‘how enthusiastic is the Trump base?'” (6/22)
Could Your Stimulus Check Affect Your Social Security Taxes?
Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to Newsweek about how the stimulus check might affect people's social security taxes. Bruckner said, “The stimulus check is not income in a traditional sense and it is not related to your Social Security income.” (6/19)
How YouTube Live Classes Can Help School Children During COVID-19
The Good Men Project quoted Carolyn Parker, director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program in the School of Education, in an article about how YouTube Live can support online learning. (6/22)
Spokane County Undersheriff Received Suspension for Saying 'Ex-Wives Should Be Killed'
Professor of Public Affairs Richard Bennett spoke to the Spokesman-Review about policy violations by law enforcement leadership in Spokane County. Bennett said, “if the leader shows no regard for abusive language or racial slurs… the consequences are there.” (6/21)

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