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AU Newsmakers 9.23-9.30, 2016
Top Story
Who Will Win the 2016 Presidential Election? Allan Lichtman Weighs in with His Prediction
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman was featured in The Washington Post for his prediction of the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Lichtman, who has accurately predicted presidential elections for the last 32 years, predicts Donald Trump will be the winner. Lichtman's system, “The 13 Keys,” is based on the basic theory that elections are primarily a judgement on the party holding the White House. Nearly 400 print, online and broadcast outlets covered the prediction, and Lichtman made appearances on multiple programs for CNN, FOX News National, Fox Business Network, MSNBC, CBS (Interactive), Bloomberg News Television, and WTTG-Fox 5. (9/22)

Additional Features
A.T. Kearney Partners with the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Centre
The Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center was featured in for its new partnership with A.T. Kearney, a top global consulting firm. William DeLone, co-executive director of the KCGC, said, “Partnering with one of the top management consulting firms is an important step for the Centre. A.T. Kearney adds important depth across a broad-range of strategic issues. We share a strong desire to identify and share best practices in cybersecurity governance.” (9/27)
Black Power in Art: Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter
Baltimore Art featured a review about the exhibit “It Takes a Nation” on display at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. The reviewer wrote, “Can art be esoteric or puzzling in its message? Of course. But protest art fails if it doesn't convey the reason for the protest with a clear voice and the weight of a cudgel.” (9/26)

Faculty Authors
Presidential Debate Should Grill Trump and Clinton on National Security
Chris Edelson, director of the Politics, Policy and Law Scholars Program, authored an op-ed in Marketwatch prior to the first presidential debate. Edelson wrote, “Will the next U.S. president respect the Constitution? The U.S. presidential campaign is long, but often short on substance.” (9/26)
Why Study Film History? I Came to Learn the Craft!
For Documentary Magazine, Communication Professor Patricia Aufderheide wrote an article on the merits of studying film history. Aufderheide wrote, “Understanding that the past of a field isn't an archive of outdated stuff, but a treasure house of experience you can learn from, is key for filmmakers to make the most of their opportunities.” (9/23)
Charlotte Police, Release the Video Now
William Yeomans, law professor, penned a commentary for Reuters on the civil upheaval in Charlotte, N.C. Yeomans wrote, “Though there can be legitimate policy reasons to withhold video recorded on police cameras, none appear to apply in this situation where the need for transparency is compelling.” (9/23)
Some Tough Debate Questions for Clinton and Trump (Really)
For The Hill, Communication Professor Tom Squitieri wrote an op-ed about the first presidential debate. Squitieri wrote, “The advance word is that the first debate between the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates on Monday may set records for viewership.” (9/26)
How to Get Generals Out of Politics
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, USA (Ret.) and Nora Bensahel, distinguished scholar-in-residence, both at the School of International Service, authored an article for War on the Rocks about generals in politics. Barno and Bensahel wrote, “These most senior of officers have a lifelong duty to protect the apolitical character of the institution they long served, even when they no longer are on active duty.” (9/27)

Can Hillary Clinton Keep You Safe?
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute, spoke to The New York Times about Hillary Clinton. Lawless said, “Whether there's a D or R in front of your name is way more a cue to voters than the presence or the absence of the Y chromosome.” Lawless also spoke to Time Magazine about the presidential debate. (9/24)
Protests Against North Dakota Pipeline
Dan Fiorino, distinguished executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to NPR's Marketplace about the ongoing protests in North Dakota. Fiorino said, “It's energy above everything which means that you deregulate and you use the authority you have to get around protests and could mean less sympathetic ears to protests.” (9/27)
Trump Once Said TV Ruined Politics. Then It Made Him a Star.
Public Communication Professor Leonard Steinhorn spoke to The Washington Post about Donald Trump. Steinhorn said, “Donald Trump set out in this campaign to dominate the [TV] experience, to keep people glued in and to define the parameters of how we all experience this election.”
Presidential Debates 2016: A Speechwriter Reveals What Makes a Powerful Speech
Public Communication Professor Robert Lehrman spoke with Fast Company about the art of political speechwriting. He explained the structure used for most political speeches that has been proven most effective. Lehrman also spoke to CBC News about candidates' preparation and explained what each candidate must do to be successful. (9/22)
Cease-Fire in Syria Falls Apart
History Professor Anton Fedyashin discussed recent events regarding Syria with KPCC's AirTalk with Larry Mantle. Fedyashin said, “We got here because the cease-fire that Russia and the U.S. had negotiated so painstakingly started breaking down.” (9/28)
Kennedy vs. Nixon: The debate that changed the history of American politics
Elizabeth Sherman, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to Metro World News about the presidential debate. Sherman said, “Anything can happen. Trump is unpredictable.” (9/26)
Did Facebook Intentionally Block Profiles of Palestinian Journalists?
Professor of Public Affairs Thomas Zietzoff spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about Facebook. Zietzoff said, “It's hard to say whether the inflammatory posts were causing [violence], or it's just kind of a symptom of broader issues in the conflict.” (9/26)
Between Two Ferns: More than 30 million Millennial views of Clinton interview
Scott Talan, communication professor, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about Hillary Clinton's interview on Between Two Ferns. Talan said, “I don't blame Hillary and her campaign for trying, but this is not her strong suit with off the cuff, off-color, ironic humor on a very nontraditional set with a super nontraditional 'host.'” (9/22)
Passing of Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres
Guy Ziv, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Bloomberg about the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Ziv said, “Peres had one major goal throughout his life and career which was to ensure that Israel would be secure and secure for the long-term.” Ziv spoke to multiple outlets about Peres's passing, including Washington Jewish Week, CTV (Canada), and The Israeli Times. (9/28)
A Housing Win For Chinatown Residents
Carolyn Gallaher, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show, about gentrification in D.C. and her new book "The Politics of Staying Put: Condo Conversion and Tenant Right-to-Buy in Washington, D.C."
AU's Russell Williams in the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Russell Williams II was featured on a podcast for WERA 96.7FM Picture Lock to discuss his contribution to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Williams discussed growing up in Southeast D.C. and becoming a two-time Oscar and Emmy winner. His awards are on display in the museum, as he is the first African American to win multiple Academy Awards in any category. (9/23)

Bonus Clip
Breakdown of the First Presidential Debate
Public Communication Professor Leonard Steinhorn and students in his class discussed the first presidential debate. One student said, “issues like college affordability will need to be talked about to appeal to Millennials.” WUSA 9 has been broadcasting live from Steinhorn's class as part of the WUSA9 “Campaign 2016 U” coverage. (9/27)

''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
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Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU mentions for the week

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