Top Story Faculty Authors Expertise Bonus Clip
AU Newsmakers 6.15-6.22, 2018
Top Story
All 5 First Ladies Speak Out on Separations at Border
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to The Associated Press about the response of First Ladies to the current border enforcement policy. McBride said, “This issue certainly has tugged at people on all sides of the aisle, whether they're elected officials or private citizens. Sometimes in our lives, in our country, in our history, people who have a high profile and an opportunity to speak out do so.” The story was reprinted in 17 media outlets, including The Washington Post and CBS News. In addition, director of the Women & Politics Institute Jennifer Lawless discussed the issue with The Washington Post and Ernesto Castaneda, assistant professor of sociology, spoke with Agence France Presse and Brit+Co. (6/19, 6/20, 6/16)

Faculty Authors
What 40 Years of 'Space Invaders' Says About the 1970s- and Today
Lindsay Grace, director of the Game Lab and Studio, wrote an article for The Conversation about the socio-political meanings attached to video games. Grace wrote, “As a game designer and teacher of games, I know how meaning is carried from designer to the mechanics of play. As a game studies researcher, I also know how games reveal myth, meaning and culture.” (6/18)
War in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence David Barno and Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Nora Bensahel co-wrote an article for War on the Rocks about the future of warfare. They wrote, “The next major power war will be the first war of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and it may dramatically disrupt everything we think we know about the character of modern war.” (6/19)
Walking Away From Human Rights Council Will Not Serve to Reform It
Mike Schroeder, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Hill about U.S. withdrawal from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Schroeder wrote, “The Trump administration should reconsider its decision because remaining a member of the Human Rights Council offers the best, and perhaps only, chance for implementing successful if incremental reform.”

Childcare Costs in the U.S.
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Taryn Morrissey appeared on WAMC-FM's Academic Minute to discuss the cost of childcare in America. Morrissey said, “High-quality childcare in the United States is expensive and out of reach for many families.” The segment was also shared in Inside Higher Ed. (6/19)
Maryland's 6th Congressional District Election
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, discussed the upcoming elections in Maryland's 6th Congressional District on WAMU-FM. Lublin said, “In the United States, we have a tradition [of candidates coming from the district they live in]… but at the same time, I'd point out that in many other countries, it's very common for members of the legislature to not live in their districts.” (6/19)
The Senate Will Now Pay Interns: Why It Matters
Gihan Fernando, executive director of AU's Career Center, appeared on WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show about the bill mandating payment for Senate interns, and about the changing definition of internships. Fernando said, “We have a program for our students with the greatest need, who can apply for funding from the university, to be able to pursue these highly competitive, career building opportunities. But that's not every student at every university, and I think it's really great that there's a movement underfoot to make these opportunities more universal.” (6/19)
U.S. Pullout From U.N. Human Rights Body Detrimental to Multilateral Framework
School of International Service Assistant Professor Jessica Trisko Darden spoke to China's Xinhua News about the United States' decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council. Trisko Darden said, “No one who has been paying attention to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, and her reformist agenda would be surprised by this move.” (6/21)

Bonus Clip
Remember This Name: Tamir Harper, a Kid From Southwest Philly, Is Going Places
Tamir Harper is a student leader, education activist, and incoming student in the AU class of 2022. A Fredrick Douglass Distinguished Scholar, Harper wants to study education, and eventually run the Philadelphia School District. Harper told, “I want people to see that a young, black boy from Southwest can come back with his Ph.D. and teach in his community.” (6/15)

''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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