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AU Newsmakers 2.23-3.2, 2018
Top Story
Does Tenure Process Keep Professors Focused on U.S.?
Inside Higher Ed spoke to Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the International Training and Education Program, to learn more about a new book she co-authored called “Seeing the World: How U.S. Universities Make Knowledge in a Global Era.” The book explores the idea that American universities have a strong American focus when it comes to research. Miller-Idriss and her co-authors said, “We believe that American social scientists jeopardize their long-term relevance if they remain ethnocentric. But in the short term, the rest of the world continues to believe that Americans produce the best scholarship.” (2/23)

Additional Features
A Politician, Each and ALL
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, spoke to the Matador Review about his research interests, and how he got into racial scholarship. Kendi said, “I think there's a distinction in recognizing that an idea is offensive and being offended. I try not to feel offended as much as recognize that an idea is offensive and challenge it.” (2/27)
U.S. Challenges and Success in Promoting Religious Freedom
Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in the School of International Service, spoke to Voice of America about religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad. Ahmed said, “America is the first modern nation to actually embody the idea of religious freedom. So, we have to make it a success. Otherwise… other countries are going to say ‘you haven't been able to live up to it yourself, how are you telling us to behave?'” (3/1)
Workplace Alcohol Not Always a Perk for Recent College Grads
BusinessNH Magazine featured Kogod School of Business Assistant Professor Serge da Motta Veiga's research about alcohol in the workplace. Veiga and his colleague's research found that alcohol is not always an enticement for new college graduates looking to enter the workforce. (2/27)

Faculty Authors
Here's Why #BoycottTheNRA Worked So Quickly
Kogod School of Business Professor Jennifer Oetzel co-authored an opinion article for The Washington Post about the effectiveness of the online movement #BoycottTheNRA and corporate social responsibility in the age of Trump. Oetzel and her co-author wrote, “Companies are changing their own policies and corporate partnerships in concert with public pressure, not just in reaction to it.” (2/28)
What Everyone Gets Wrong About Kushner's Clearance Fiasco
Washington College of Law Adjunct Professor Kel McClanahan authored an opinion piece for Politico Magazine about Jared Kushner's security clearance. McClanahan wrote, “[Kushner] doesn't need a security clearance because the president can give classified information to a guy on the street if he wants to, even without giving that guy a clearance.” (3/1)
Is Rex Tillerson Pivoting on Human Rights?
Sara Snyder, associate professor in the School of International Service, wrote an opinion article for The Washington Post about the Trump administration's approach to human rights. She wrote, “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has sent conflicting signals on his department's approach.” (3/2)
Washington Has Meddled in Elections Before
William LeoGrande, professor of public affairs, authored an opinion article for The Conversation about the history of the U.S. interfering with other countries' politics and elections. LeoGrande wrote, “The United States has been covertly interfering in other nations' politics- including elections- for at least three-quarters of a century.” The article ran in more than 15 media outlets, including The Arizona Daily Star Online and The Wisconsin State Journal. (2/26)

Russia Involvement in Syria
School of International Service Professor James Goldgeier spoke to BBC World News about the role Russia is playing in Syria. Goldgeier said, "The problem has been: the Russians don't seem to care how many civilians get killed in this conflict, and that's a problem because it just continues on. It's just horrific." Anton Fedyashin, director of the Carmel Institute of Russian Culture, appeared on CNN to discuss President Vladimir Putin's speech and demonstration of new weapons. (2/27, 3/1)
Trump Renews Call for Armed Teachers in U.S. Schools
Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Voice of America about President Trump's appeal to arm teachers in U.S. schools. Cafaro said, "NRA members are very reliable voters, so just because public opinion polls say people want background checks, that doesn't necessarily translate to people showing up at the polls." Patrick Griffin, adjunct professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to WNYC Radio about gun control laws, specifically the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. (2/23, 2/27)
How Trump Wins Reelection
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to The New Republic about how Trump could win reelection. Lichtman said, "If Trump wins reelection, it will be because he quells a revolt in his own party, establishes more of a conservative agenda than just tax cuts, avoids a big foreign policy disaster, and perhaps even achieves a foreign policy success." (2/26)
Judges Unleash 'Political Weapon' Against Trump
Amanda Frost, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Washington Times about judges using nationwide injunctions to block President Trump's agenda. Frost said, "Such injunctions are at times the only way to provide complete relief to plaintiffs." (2/27)

Bonus Clip
Protests Won't Affect Admission
American University joined the list of institutions assuring high school students that participation in peaceful gun control protests or walkouts would not affect their college admission status. American University Admissions tweeted “American University stands by prospective students engaged in peaceful and lawful protest. No student who is admitted or has a pending application will be affected by disciplinary action arising from their right to protest.” AU is one of over 80 institutions nationwide to make this assurance. (2/24)

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"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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