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AU Newsmakers 9.14-9.21, 2018
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When a Chief Diversity Officer Is Not Enough
Vice President of Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence Fanta Aw spoke to The Chronicle of Higher Education about her position at AU, which was expanded to include inclusive excellence. Aw said, “Having this position does not mean that all things related to diversity, equity and inclusion rest with me. For any institution, in order to be successful in this work, it is really important that there be distributed responsibility.” (9/16)

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American University's Humanities Truck
WJLA-ABC7 spoke to Dan Kerr, associate professor of history, about the AU Humanities Truck, an oral history project, mobile workshop and exhibit space where D.C. community members can join in on the interpretation of stories. Kerr said, “The truck allows spaces where [people] can actually share the history, work together, engage in dialogue about this history, to have a fun, festive space to engage with that past.” (9/14)

Faculty Authors
The Crisis in Argentina Undermines the IMF's Case
Arturo Porzecanski, distinguished economist-in-residence in the School of International Service, wrote an opinion article for The Financial Times about the economic crisis in Argentina. Porzecanski wrote, “The crisis in Argentina undermines the case for expanded IMF resources.” (9/19)
Death Count Debates Overshadow the Real Story: Hurricane Maria Was Partly a Human-Made Disaster
Morten Wendelbo, a research fellow at the Center for Environmental Policy, wrote an opinion article for The Conversation about Hurricane Maria and its devastating impact on Puerto Rico. Wendelbo wrote, “The majority of fatalities were not caused by the hurricane's force, but by the failure of the U.S. disaster response system.” (9/13)

How Forensic Accountants Help Bring Down White-Collar Criminals and Drug Kingpins
Casey Evans, assistant dean of undergraduate programs in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to Marketplace about white-collar crime and the role of forensic accountants. Evans said, “[In the Bernie Madoff case] everything was fake. It was those little Post-it notes that really helped us figure out everything that was going on.” (9/14)
What Would Change If More People Voted?
Jan Leighley, professor of public affairs, spoke to NPR about the impact nonvoters could have on policy. Leighley said, “The one consistent finding that we have are that voters and nonvoters have different preferences on economic policies.” (9/15)
Brett Kavanaugh's Nomination Process Reflects the Bitter Partisanship of the Age
Washington College of Law Professor Stephen Wermiel spoke to The Globe and Mail about how partisanship might affect Supreme Court nominations. Wermiel said, “In modern times, Supreme Court nominees generally have been confirmed. It's unusual to have a situation where the nominee doesn't make it.” (9/18)
Survey Finds Support in Europe for Some Restrictions on Muslim Clothing
Amb. Akbar Ahmed, Ibn-Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies in the School of International Service, spoke to the Voice of America about European attitudes towards Muslim clothing. Ahmed said, “They reflect a mood in Europe today, which is a mode of increasing impatience and intolerance of the Muslim community. And that intolerance and impatience appears to be embodied in the symbolism of the Muslim dress.” (9/18)
Our Divided Government
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, spoke to WNYC-AM's The Brian Lehrer Show about his latest essay in The Atlantic's special issue devoted to exploring the question, “Is Democracy Dying?” Kendi said, “Our nation now is divided between racism and antiracism.” (9/19)

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