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Oppression in America: 'To Root This Out We Need a Movement Against Racist Policies'
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, spoke to The Guardian about race relations in America. Kendi said, “There has not been a society-wide and intensive challenge to racist ideas in the U.S… in terms of a national, widespread effort to reorient Americans' racist ideas -- that has never happened before.” (6/6)

Faculty Author
Wargaming With Athena: How to Make Militaries Smarter, Faster, and More Efficient With Artificial Intelligence
Benjamin Jensen, scholar-in-residence in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for War on the Rocks about the use of artificial intelligence in the military. Jensen and his co-authors wrote, “The promise of AI is real, but the integration challenges are daunting.” (6/5)

Pentagon May Cut Commando Forces in Africa in Major Military Review
School of International Service Assistant Professor Stephen Tankel spoke to The New York Times about the Pentagon's review of U.S. commando missions in Africa. Speaking about counterterrorism missions in Africa, Tankel said, “We need to do C.T. more efficiently and effectively.” (6/4)
Muslim-American Guests Absent From White House Iftar Dinner
Mohamed Nimer, assistant professor in the School of Professional and Extended Studies, spoke to CBC News about the absence of Muslim-Americans at this year's White House Iftar dinner. Nimer said, “For a president who says, ‘America First,' you would think Trump would care most about those Muslims who are American.” (6/7)
What Hawaii's Kilauea and Guatemala's Fuegeo Volcanoes Mean for The Climate
Valentina Aquila, assistant professor of environmental science, spoke to Newsweek about the environmental impact of recently erupted volcanoes. Aquila said, “They inject ash, water, often sulfur dioxide. The result is a cooling of the surface [of the earth] as an average.” (6/6)
Women Are Kinda Crushing It in the 2018 Primaries
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute, spoke to Vice News about the success of women candidates in the 2018 primaries. Lawless said, “I care a lot more about where these women are and what the general election looks like. In the more competitive districts, how many of those are races where a woman was victorious?” (6/7)
As Trump, Media Attack Each Other's Credibility, Who Can Audiences Trust?
Scott Talan, assistant professor of communication, spoke to Sinclair Broadcast Group about President Trump's relationship with the media and its impact on audiences. “Trust in news media continues to erode,” Talan said. “‘Fake News' is now a global popular, and populist, culture piece of phenomena. Add in news reporting errors and, wow, it makes things even worse.” (6/1)
Orange Rallies Across U.S. to Honor Gun Violence Survivors
Stef Woods, professorial lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative, spoke to Voice of America about gun control movements. Woods said, “… how do we continue the momentum of this movement… that's where there needs to be this focus on continued deliverables, continued action items to show measurable results.” (6/3)
International Edition
Jessica Leight, assistant professor of economics, spoke to Voice of America about trade tariffs. Leight said, “I think a lot of observers are surprised that the first volume of the trade wars has targeted allies rather than countries that are viewed as rivals.” (6/1)
Trump Faces Isolation at Upcoming G-7 Meeting of World Leaders
Garret Martin, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to USA Today about tensions between the G-7 members and President Trump. Martin said, “It doesn't look like there's any willingness on either side to try to improve relations.” (6/4)
Filling the Gaps in D.C.'s Cyber Community
Erran Carmel, professor of information technology and analytics in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to Federal News Radio about D.C.'s cyber community. Carmel said, “[Cyber Security] is a young discipline, so it's only really been around for a maximum of fifteen years, for all intents and purposes.” (6/4)
Hector Silva Avalos on MS-13 in the U.S.
Hector Silva Avalos, research scholar in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to C-SPAN about MS-13 in the U.S. Silva Avalos said, “MS-13 has its own dynamic on the West Coast… it's a part of a more complicated gang map in that part of the United States.” (6/1)

Bonus Clip
D.C. College Students Seek a Voice in Communities Beyond Campus
The Washington Post covered college students in D.C. who have joined the D.C. Neighborhoods Commissions, including AU sophomore Taylor Berlin, who represents AU. Berlin said, “It's important that young people know that there is a place for them in politics and that they matter.” (5/23)

''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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