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AU Newsmakers 9.2-9.9, 2016
Top Story
Looking for Art Free of Politics? Don't Look Here.
The Washington Post featured a review of current exhibits at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Noting the political theme tying all six exhibits together, the reviewer wrote, “Although quite different in form and content, all of the shows are as politically charged as the latest campaign reports.” (9/8)

Additional Feature
Are There 'Undercover' Donald Trump Voters?
WUSA-CBS9 teamed up with the School of Communication at American University for a project called "Campaign 2016 U." Every Thursday, WUSA-CBS9 live streams Public Communication Professor Leonard Steinhorn's "Presidential Campaign 2016: Inside the War Room and the Newsroom" class for viewers to hear millennials analyze the presidential election campaign season. (9/1, 9/8)

Faculty Authors
9/11 at the White House
For The Wall Street Journal, Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, shared her reflections on 9-11. She wrote, “As I start a new school year with my work at American University, I am reminded that each new freshman class is further removed from the shock of that day and the anxiety of its aftermath. They may have read about 9/11 in a history book, but as with other significant events in history, it's easy to lose a sense of connection to their impact without access to firsthand accounts.” (9/8)
A "BIT" About Cuba - Using Bilateral Investment Treaties to Protect International Investments, by Charles B. Rosenberg
Law Professor Charles Rosenberg authored an article in Hotel Business Review about bilateral investment treaties. Rosenberg wrote, “While the protections offered depend on the language of the specific treaty, BITs generally protect investors against nationalization without compensation and prohibit the government from treating investors unfairly or in an arbitrary or discriminatory manner.”
My Labor Day Resolutions
Iris Krasnow, assistant professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, wrote an article for Capital Gazette on Labor Day. Krasnow wrote, “Labor Day weekend is that perilous precipice, when we know we are about to make that fall from carefree to overwhelmed, saddled by grown-up responsibilities we tend to shelf come June.” (8/31)

SpaceX Blast Threatens to Leave NASA in a Bind
For The Wall Street Journal, Howard McCurdy, professor of public affairs, spoke about the explosion of a Space Exploration Technologies Corp. rocket during ground tests. McCurdy said, “Accidents of that magnitude are not supposed to happen on the Launchpad.” (9/5)
Obama Dropped the Mic. and Made the Pop Culture World See Politics as Cool.
Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies Anita McBride spoke to The Washington Post about President Obama's pop culture legacy. McBride said of First Lady Michelle Obama, “She's as glamorous as any other star, [and] she is comfortable in that role.” (9/2)
When Are Islamic Terrorists Not Islamic Terrorists?
Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies Akbar Ahmed spoke to FrontPage Magazine about Islamic terrorism and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Ahmed said, “The terrorists need to be condemned and remembered for what they did. But when you associate their religion with what they did, then you are automatically including, by association, one and a half billion people who had nothing to do with these actions and who ultimately the U.S. would not want to unnecessarily alienate.” (9/6)
Ohioans Still Waiting to Learn Voting Rules This Year
Jan Leighley, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Columbus Dispatch about changes in voting laws in Ohio. Leighley said, in support of same-day voter registration, that this policy gives “the most bang for our buck.”
China Upgrades Corruption Fight at Hangzhou Summit
Law Professor Keith Henderson spoke to Global Times about corruption in China. Henderson said, “If the Chinese had a clear policy requiring that returned assets would be used for specific public interest causes or programs this might also promote more cooperation.” (9/5)
Putin Special Guest at G20 Summit
For CNN, Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History Director Anton Fedyashin spoke about Putin. Fedyashin said, “The special aspect of this is the building of a special relationship between Moscow and Beijing, which was sped up by the western sanctions on Russia.”
Homestretch for a Transformational Campaign with Two Historically Unpopular Candidates
Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies Director James Thurber spoke to The Houston Chronicle about the 2016 presidential campaign. Thurber said, “This really is a unique election and a historical one, certainly in modern times.” (9/3)
More Grandparents Are Retiring to Care for Grandkids
Robin Lumsdaine, Crown Prince of Bahrain Chair in International Finance, spoke to about her research on grandparents retiring to care for grandkids. According to Lumsdaine's 2015 study, pensions and health insurance are among the most important factors for women retiring. (9/7)
Even the Basics of Climate Change Are Still Being Debated in the 2016 Election
Daniel Fiorino, distinguished executive-in-residence, spoke to The Verge about the election and climate change. Fiorino said this election shows the division that exists on climate change, with Republicans protecting the economic interests of extraction industries, while Democrats protect the public. (9/2)
Bill Clinton, First ... Gentleman?
For Voice of America, Allan Lichtman, history professor, spoke about the possibility of Bill Clinton as first gentleman. Lichtman said of the former president, “He's going to have to learn. And I think he can at the age of 70. He's certainly smart enough to figure all of that out.” Lichtman also spoke to CNN International about his 13 Keys to the White House. (9/6)
Presidential Power in The Fight Against ISIS
Law Professor Jennifer Daskal spoke to NPR about presidential power in the fight against ISIS. Daskal said, “Congress is supposed to declare war and the president makes war, but there seems to be an abdication of responsibility by Congress in this case, which sets a dangerous precedent for future presidents.” (9/7)

''Online,consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
"Online,consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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