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AU Newsmakers 10.23-10.30, 2020
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Whoever Wins in November Is Going to Have to Solve the COVID-19 Crisis
AU President Sylvia Mathews Burwell co-wrote an article for CNN about the challenges of COVID-19. Burwell and her co-author wrote, “The next president will confront a dual challenge: managing the current pandemic and ensuring that the country and the world are better prepared when the next plague strikes – as it inevitably will.” (10/26)

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Viktor Orban's Use and Misuse of Religion Serves as a Warning to Western Democracies
School of International Service Associate Dean Carolyn Gallaher and Professorial Lecturer Garret Martin wrote an article for The Conversation about how Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has used religion to erode democracy in the country. “The continued erosion of the rule of law in Hungary, including attacks against the free media and the independence of the judiciary, is a long-standing concern for the European Union.”(10/27)

When Virtual School Means a Respite From Racism
The New York Times cited research by Seth Gershenson, associate professor of public affairs, in an article revealing how virtual schooling has provided Black families some relief from racism in schools. (10/28)
AU Experts Discuss the 2020 Election
American University experts discussed issues related to the 2020 Election, including voting plans, Black voters, polls, campaign finances, and foreign interference. Jan Leighley, professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times. Joshua Rovner, associate professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for War on the Rocks. Sam Fulwood III, faculty fellow in the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to the Washington Times and AFP, and wrote an article for The Conversation. The Young Black Voter Project was cited in a Washington Post article about Black men's voting patterns. Professor of Communication Joseph Campbell spoke to PBS Newshour and wrote an article for The Conversation, and David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to CNBC. Professors of Communication Jane Hall and Charles Lewis spoke to the Winterset Madisonian and ESPN, respectively. Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke with Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (10/29, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28)
AU Experts Discuss Extremism in America
American University experts spoke to the media about right-wing extremist groups in the United States. Carolyn Gallaher, associate dean in the School of International Service, spoke to CNN, USA Today and Medium. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization & Extremism Research and Innovation Lab, spoke to Deutsche-Welle and VICE Media. Michael Brenner, director of the Center for Israel Studies, spoke to Insider, and Kurt Braddock, associate professor of communication, spoke to The Associated Press. (10/25, 10/26, 10/27, 10/28)
Supreme Court to Consider Taking Up Mississippi's 15-week Abortion Ban
Robert Tsai, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Hill about the possibility of SCOTUS taking up the Mississippi abortion ban case. Tsai said, “You'd expect justices who have been chomping at the bit on certain issues like guns, affirmative action, or abortion would be more likely to want to get some cases in the hopper and put some pressure on Amy Coney Barrett right away.” (10/27)
A Quirk in Human Psychology That Helps Spread COVID-19
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars program, spoke to Deutsche-Welle about how humans spread COVID-19. Hawkins said, “We need to think of ways to protect ourselves from the virus and the risk of infection while also protecting ourselves from mental health conditions that are on the rise as well.”
'A Great Equalizer': US Postal Service Provides Life-Changing Path Forward for Black Employees in Maryland
Andre Perry, scholar-in-residence in the School of Education, spoke to the Baltimore Sun about how the U.S. Postal service has provided opportunities for Black people. Perry said that the postal service “has proven since Reconstruction, that you can employ your way toward inclusion.” (10/28)

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