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AU Newsmakers 8.14-8.21, 2020
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AU Experts: Elections 2020 and the Democratic National Convention
This week, AU experts spoke to several news outlets about the Democratic National Convention and the 2020 elections. Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to CBC News and CTV News about speeches delivered by former president Barack Obama, Vice Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris and Presidential Nominee Joe Biden at the DNC. Professor of Communication Leonard Steinhorn spoke to Newsy. Molly O'Rourke, professor of communication, spoke to Gray Television about the virtual format of the DNC. Anita McBride, executive-in-residence in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to The Washington Post and CNBC about Jill Biden's role in the campaign. Adjunct Professor of Communication Bob Lehrman wrote an article for The Hill about Joe Biden's nomination. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, and Sam Fulwood III, fellow in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to TIME Magazine about the Young Black Swing Voters project, and what it might mean for the 2020 elections. Amy Dacey, executive director of the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics, wrote an article for The Conversation about the importance of voting and Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to CNBC about voting by mail. (8/16, 8/17, 8/18, 8/19, 8/20)
President Burwell on Safely Reopening
AU President Sylvia Mathews Burwell spoke to MSNBC about the decision to move classes online for the Fall semester. President Burwell said, “All of our decisions have been based on three things: the health and safety of our community, how we can best achieve our academic mission, and our role in the broader community.” President Burwell also spoke to CBS News about the need for a national testing strategy in order to reopen schools. (8/17, 8/20)

Faculty Authors
Creating Antiracist Spaces Where Black Students Can Breath and Thrive
Traci Dennis, lecturer in the School of Education, wrote an article for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education about creating antiracist spaces on college campuses. Dennis wrote, “In order to succeed and thrive, Black students need vocal and committed antiracist educators who are intentionally creating antiracist spaces for them.” (8/17)

Extraction Oil & Gas Gave $10 Million to Political Causes on Way to Bankruptcy
Adjunct Professor in the Kogod School of Business Francine McKenna spoke to The Wall Street Journal about political spending by public companies. McKenna told the WSJ that SEC rules requiring organizations to disclose their political spending don't apply to public companies. (8/14)
If College Football Players Have Complications From Coronavirus, Expect Lawsuits to Follow
Jeremi Duru, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Washington Post about whether student-athletes can sue their schools for coronavirus complications. Duru said, “I do not doubt that there will be lawsuits.” (8/17)
How Outdoor Advertising Can Deepen Inequality
Sonya Grier, professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to BBC Worklife about outdoor advertising and inequality. Grier said, “In high-income white areas, there just wasn't outdoor advertising.” (8/19)
Tucker Carlson Sees 'Never-Ending Assault' on His Fox News Show. Critics See Racism
Assistant Professor of Communication Sherri Williams spoke to Variety magazine about whether ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight' fans the flames of racist rhetoric. Williams said, “There is attention being paid to how we talk about people and how they are represented, and, really, an interrogation of if it's fair.” (8/19)
A Pandemic Silver Lining? Reimagined Career Services for Students
John Delaney, dean of the Kogod School of Business, spoke to Forbes magazine about how the University has reimagined career services for an online world. Delaney said, “At American University, we learned the hard way that, yes, it is absolutely possible to have an exceptional and top-quality experience, even virtually.” (8/17)
Foreign Policy Expert Guy Ziv on Israel-UAE Deal
Guy Ziv, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CGTN about the Israel-UAE deal. Ziv said, “This has been brewing for years now, for a long time.” (8/14)
Fox News International Set to Launch in 20 Countries, Inclduing Mexico
Assistant Professor of Communication Scott Talan spoke to Salon magazine about the launch of Fox News International. Talan said, “It's nowhere near what a truly international news service looks like.” (8/14)
In a World Beset by Pandemic and Strife, Comedy Can Help
Caty Borum Chattoo, executive director of the Center for Media and Social Impact, appeared on KQED-FM to discuss the role of comedy in social justice. Borum Chattoo said, “Comedy works quite specifically when acting as a source of information and persuasion, and mobilizing people.” (8/14)
Amid Debdates About Memorials, Advocates Push to Remember Atlanta's Forced Laborers
Associate Professor of Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Mary Ellen Curtin spoke to WABE-FM about convict labor. Curtin said, “These private companies have complete control over the everyday lives of these prisoners.” (8/17)

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