Top Story Additional Feature Faculty Author Expertise Bonus Clip
AU Newsmakers 3.23-3.30, 2018
Top Story
Indiana Jones in History With Justin Jacobs
Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history, talked with Archaeology Podcast Network about his book “Indiana Jones in History” and shared his thoughts on how director Steven Spielberg should cast the fifth film in the franchise slated for release in 2020. Jacobs said, “There should be an archeological equal to Indiana Jones whose skin is not white, not because we need to be politically correct, but that is the reality of the profession in the history of archeology.” (3/24)

Additional Feature
Can Islamic and European Civilizations Coexist?
The New York Times reviewed a new book by Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in the School of International Service. The book, “Journey into Europe,” explores the relationship between Islam and European societies. The author of the review noted: “The fundamental message of ‘Journey into Europe' is that throughout history, Islamic and European civilizations have often been not just compatible, but complementary.” (3/28)

Faculty Author
A Little Child Shall Lead Them
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, authored an opinion article for LobeLog about gun violence in America and the future consequences of decisions made by the Trump administration. Adams said, “These appointments and militarized policies that [Pompeo and Bolton] advocate will embolden Trump, play to his ‘tough guy' side, and endanger our security and that of our children and grandchildren.” (3/26)

The Stormy Daniels Story Is Really About Intimidation
Professor of Communication Jane Hall spoke to The Washington Post about Stormy Daniels's 60 Minutes interview about her affair with President Trump. Hall said, “Viewers probably came to this [interview] with an expectation that it would be all about ‘the president and the porn star'.” Scott Talan, associate professor of communication, also spoke about the Stormy Daniels interview with WJLA (3/25, 3/26)
FBI Didn't Fully Explore Whether It Could Hack a Terrorist's iPhone Before Asking Court to Order Apple to Unlock It
Jennifer Daskal, professor at the Washington College Law, spoke to The Washington Post about the FBI's 2016 attempt to get courts to order Apple to unlock a terrorist's phone. Daskal said, “This was a criminal investigation with national security implications. Before we go down the road of new legislation or mandates, we need to ensure that all FBI resources are effectively deployed.” (3/27)
Academic Minute: Where You Live Matters For Your Health
Assistant Professor of Health Studies Jessica Young appeared on WAMC's Academic Minute to discuss her research into the health of those who live in distressed communities. Young said, “I research relationships between economic well-being and health. People living in economically distressed places tend to live shorter and sicker lives. This pattern begins at birth.” (3/27)
The Very Male Trump Administration
Jennifer Lawless, Director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to The Atlantic about the gender skew of appointees in the Trump administration. Lawless said, “With appointed positions, there's no excuse for an imbalance… Any administration that actually values gender parity can very easily assemble appointees that are roughly 50-50.” (3/27)
Trump Brings Disruption to National Security Team
James Goldgeier, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The Hill about the makeup of President Trump's national security team. Goldgeier said, “You're starting to see a shift away from an establishment team more toward a team that fits Trump's more disruptive style.” (3/24)
Repeal the Second Amendment? It's Not That Easy.
Steven Taylor, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to WUSA9 about what would need to happen to repeal the second amendment. Taylor said, “Talking about repealing the second amendment… I think that's an impossible task.” (3/28)
How Concerned Should You Be Over Facebook's Privacy Problems
Aram Sinnreich, associate professor of communication, spoke to WUSA9 about how Facebook handles your personal information. Sinnreich said, “Facebook's business model is to gather as much data about you, the consumer, as possible, put the data together… with a bunch of other consumer's data and then resell it to advertisers and other interested parties.” (3/27)
Kim Jong Un and President Xi - Body Language
Ji-Young Lee, assistant professor in the School of International Service, appeared on CNN to discuss Kim Jong-Un's visit to China. Lee said, “President Xi does not particularly like Kim Jong-Un… but he probably saw some opportunity here that improved relations with Kim Jong-Un will open some new leverage for China.” (3/27)

Bonus Clip
AU Students Host Panel Discussion on Muslim Ban One Year Later
The Muslim Student Association at American University hosted a panel discussion about President Trump's Muslim ban and its legal and political implications. The event was featured on DCW50. Yasman Hakami, a freshman in the School of Public Affairs, said “[This] has to be a reoccurring conversation until no Muslim individual has to feel marginalized or targeted ever again.” (3/27)

''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
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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