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AU Newsmakers 6.29-7.6, 2018
Top Story
Kendi Pushes Educators Not to Embrace Racist Ideologies, Policies
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education covered the School of Education's annual Summit Institute on Education Equity and Justice, including a keynote address by Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. The theme of this year's summit revolved around encouraging boys and men of color to become scholars and critical thinkers. “It is critical for anti-racist educators to not generalize the behavior,” said Kendi. “When we individualize the behavior, we say, ‘okay this is something happening to this individual. He is not a reflection of any other black boys in the room, in the school, in the community, in the nation. He is a reflection of himself.'” (7/1)

Additional Features
Ralph Steadman's D.C. Retrospective Often Shines a 'Gonzo' Light on America
The Washington Post sat down with Ralph Steadman to discuss his inspiration and his artwork, which is on exhibit at the American University Museum. The article states, “A visitor to the Katzen can stare at da Vinci-themed originals and see that Steadman- who was by then drawing and painting at the peak of his powers- finds his own sublime elevation through the act of illustration.” “Ralph Steadman: A Retrospective” is on display through August 12th. (7/5)
'Fake News' Game 'Factitious' Finds Following
Variety Magazine featured ‘Factitious,' a game designed and developed by faculty in the School of Communication and the AU Game Lab, for the success it has gained since its May 2017 debut. According to the article, ‘Factitious' “has more than 450,000 players with 285,000 of them playing at least 15 articles. And 47,000 of those played 15 more after that.” (6/29)

Faculty Author
What is the WTO?
Stephen Silvia, professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about the World Trade Organization and its relationship with the Trump administration. Silvia wrote, “When disputes arise, such as the Trump steel tariffs, impartial panels adjudicate using WTO rules and permit injured countries to sanction violators.” The article was reprinted in six outlets, including CBS News Online. (7/3)

More Women Than Men: State Legislatures Could Shift for the First Time
Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to The New York Times about women running for state legislatures. Lawless said, “As long as women's electoral fortunes are linked to the success of the Democratic Party, it makes it difficult to get past that 25 percent mark.” (6/30)
In a Corruption Battle in Honduras, the Elites Hit Back
Charles Call, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The New York Times about the corruption scandal in Honduras. Call said, “The Honduran government knows the Trump administration cares a lot more about immigration and drug trafficking than it cares about corruption.” (7/1)
How Trump's Court Pick Could Influence Digital Privacy
Washington College of Law Professor Jennifer Daskal spoke to The Washington Post about a new Supreme Court justice and the possible impact on privacy rules. Daskal said, “This is not a place where it's obvious what the likely leanings of the next justice are going to be.” The article also ran in the Chicago Tribune. (7/5)
Can Religious Concepts of Forgiveness Silence #MeToo Stories?
University Chaplain Mark Schaefer appeared on Interfaith Voices to discuss the #MeToo movement in religious spaces. Schaefer said, “Theologically, forgiveness has to be understood from a position of strength…it's not meant to come from a place of weakness or victimization, meaning that you have to forgive those who are oppressing you, or abusing you.” (6/26)
Politics and 'Incivility'
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, appeared on KCRW-FM Online to discuss the role of incivility in political protest. Kendi said, “The debates and the divisiveness that was going on then echoes the divisiveness and debates going on now. A group, then and now, that we can call moderates, were making the case that they were standing in the ‘civil middle' and they were critiquing people on both the left and the right, so much so that Martin Luther King had to write a letter from the Birmingham Jail critiquing the white moderate who he believed was more concerned about order than justice.” (7/4)
The Brain's Secret Powerhouse That Makes Us Who We Are
Catherine Stoodley, associate professor of psychology, spoke to New Scientist about the role of the cerebellum. Stoodley said, “Once you have the general concept that ‘this happens, and then that happens,' [the cerebellum] can be used for all kinds of things.” (7/4) Note: The article requires a subscription to read.
With Nancy Floreen Considering a Run, Montgomery County Executive Race Could Get a Shakeup
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to WAMU-FM about the candidates for Montgomery County's executive race. Lublin said, “The Republican label in Montgomery County is toxic, but a lot of people would like to be able to have genuine choices in the general election.” (7/3)
Jane Hall on the Capital Gazette Shooting
Jane Hall, professor of communication, appeared on BBC World News to discuss The Capital Gazette shooting. Hall said, “This hits me very hard. I send young people out to be journalists, and I don't think I had the expectation that, if you were in the United States, you would be putting your life on the line. I hope this isn't the new normal.” (6/29)
Why It Doesn't Matter if a Harley-Davidson Is "Made in America"
Kogod School of Business Professor Frank Dubois' "Kogod Made in America Auto Index" was cited in CBS News in an article about how cars get a "Made in America" distinction. (7/6)

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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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