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AU Newsmakers 9.18-9.25, 2020
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AU Experts: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
AU experts spoke to the media this week about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her legacy and what her passing means for the future. Washington College of Law Professors Robert Tsai, Stephen Wermiel and Amanda Frost spoke to Politico, The New York Times and The Washington Post, respectively. Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to NBC4. Leonard Steinhorn, professor of communication, wrote an article for Political Wire and spoke to WTOP-FM. Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to WTTG-TV and CTV News. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to the Boston Globe, and David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to Le Devoir. (9/18, 9/19, 9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/23, 9/24)
The Humans' Review: Surviving in a New World and New Medium
The New York Times featured a review of a virtual play directed by Associate Professor of Performing Arts Aaron Posner. Posner's work with AU students on a virtual show about college students making it through 2020 was also featured in the Washington City Paper. (9/22)

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How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Fueling Ethnic Hatred
Adrienne LeBas, associate professor of public affairs, co-wrote an article for The Washington Post about COVID-19 and ethnic hate in Lagos. LeBas and her co-author wrote, “As the pandemic has devasted the economy, xenophobic attitudes and social polarization have climbed.” (9/18)
We Must Protect Black Students
Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, dean of the School of Education, wrote an article for SWAAY Media about protecting Black students. Holcomb-McCoy wrote, “We can no longer passively accept racism in classrooms and schools—Black students deserve more.” (9/23)
When Noted Journalists Bashed Political Polls as Nothing More Than 'a Fragmentary Snapshot' of a Moment in Time
Professor of Communication W. Joseph Campbell wrote an article for The Conversation about the fluctuating value of political polls. Campbell wrote, “A number of factors explain the ebbing of poll-bashing.” (9/23)

Trump Again Sows Doubt about Election as G.O.P Scrambles to Assure Voters
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times about President Trump's unwillingness to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. Edelson said, “These are serious warning signs.” David Lublin, professor of public affairs, also discussed the issue with Courthouse News. (9/24)
Anti-Gov't Protests in Egypt's Giza Amid Tight Security Presence
William Lawrence, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to Al-Jazeera about anti-government protests in Egypt. Lawrence said, “What's important here is not the size of the protests but the fact that they are happening at all in such a tightly controlled situation.” (9/21)
U.S. to Ban TikTok and WeChat from App Stores
Jason Mollica, professor of communication, spoke to Spectrum News about the U.S. ban on TikTok and WeChat. Mollica said, “The government taking this sort of action against a specific social media network or networks is very unprecedented.” Mollica also spoke to Scripps TV about social media platforms taking fact-checking more seriously ahead of the election. Margot Susca, assistant professor of communication, also discussed social media fact-checking with the Epoch Times. (9/18, 9/22, 9/23)

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