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AU Newsmakers 5.25-6.1, 2018
Top Story
American University Experts Weigh in on Roseanne Controversy
AU professors provided insight into Roseanne Barr's racist tweets and the cancellation of her show. Sherri Williams, assistant professor of communication, spoke to the Boston Herald about Barr's future in entertainment. Williams said, “We have seen white people who are in entertainment say some vile and disgusting things… and they have been able to make a comeback.” Aram Sinnreich, associate professor of communication, spoke to MarketWatch about the consequences of tweeting or posting racist content. Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, appeared on Hearst Television to discuss President Trump's reaction to the incident. (5/30, 5/31)

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The Hunt: 'Why Terrorists Groups Form International Alliances'
Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of public affairs, appeared on WTOP Radio's The Hunt to discuss her new book about international alliances between terrorist groups. Bacon said, “These alliances tend to come out of weakness. They tend to come out of organizational shortfalls and organizational weaknesses that groups are seeking to address.” (5/30)

Faculty Authors
Most CEOs Aren't Abandoning Neutrality on Trump - Yet
Erran Carmel, professor in the Kogod School of Business, and Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, wrote an opinion article for The Conversation about the relationship between politics and business. Carmel and Edelson wrote, “In case of a constitutional standoff or other crisis, we believe corporate CEOs are uniquely positioned to stand up to the president.” The article also appeared in The Raw. (5/30)
The Case for Evolving from Dual to Joint Degrees
Jessica Kling, program coordinator for international programs in the School of International Service, wrote an article for University World News making the case for joint degrees, citing the AU-Ritsumeikan University joint degree program as an example. Kling wrote, “Creation of a joint degree program presents challenges for the universities involved, but the reward is a unique program that provides opportunities for students, staff and faculty with partner institutions around the world.” (5/25)

'Gradualism Is Dead': Argentina Faces Pressure to Hasten Economic Overhaul
Arturo Porzecanski, distinguished economist-in-residence in the School of International Service, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about Argentina's economic crisis. Porzecanski said, “Gradualism is dead. For two and half years they just maxed out their credit cards. And now investors are asking questions.” (5/29)
Lawsuit: D.C. Policies to Attract Affluent Millennials Discriminated Against Blacks
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Derek Hyra spoke to The Washington Post about discriminatory housing policies in D.C. Hyra said, “Developers are looking at areas in the city where they can buy low and sell high… This is not a conspiracy. This is capitalism.” (5/25)
Justin Jacobs Discusses the Importance of China's Ethnic Identities
Justin Jacobs, associate professor of history, appeared on China Global Television Network to discuss the significance of Chinese ethnic identities. Jacobs said, “Part of the reason many of these ethnic identities persist for so long is that they are institutionalized by the state, with certain incentives and benefits.” (5/30)
Trump Lawyer's Selling of Access to President Unveils the Murky World of Lobbying
James Thurber, distinguished professor of public affairs, spoke to CBC about President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Thurber called Cohen's actions “lobbying in my opinion, but it is not lobbying to the law.” (5/26)
What Assumptions About Warfare, Strategy Are U.S. Military Making Today?
Nora Bensahel, scholar-in-residence in the School of International Service, spoke to Federal News Radio about current U.S. military strategy. Bensahel said, “What are the assumptions that we are making today… about how the next war will be fought, that could be equally dangerous. Until the planning changes to account for the fact that some of these [assumptions] could be wrong… we're exposing ourselves to great risk.” (5/28)

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In Russia, Scant Traces And Negative Memories Of A Century-Old U.S. Intervention
Paul Behringer, a doctoral candidate in history, spoke to NPR about the history of American intervention in Russia. Behringer said, “Americans got here with the hope that Russia would become this democratic, free nation.” The story ran in over 60 NPR affiliate stations. (5/28)

''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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