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AU Newsmakers 11.16-11.30, 2018
Top Stories
International Students in America
Vice President of Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Fanta Aw appeared on Voice of America's “Plugged in With Greta Van Susteren” to discuss what draws international students to U.S. colleges and universities. Aw said, “As international educators, we've always been aware of the fact that international education and mobility is volatile, and that it is premised on political, economic and social conditions in different environments. It is the case that educators and universities are becoming much more focused on what are the reasons for why students perhaps may no longer be looking at the U.S.” (11/21)
Elizabeth Warren, Eyeing 2020, Decries Military Overreach
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren delivered a speech at American University on Thursday, outlining her foreign policy vision. According to The New York Times, Senator Warren said, “I wanted to come [to American University] today because there's a lot at stake- and it's your generation that will live with the consequences of the decisions being made today.” More than 300 outlets covered Sen. Warren's visit, including the Associated Press, Reuters, The Washington Post, CNN, Politico, ABC News and CBS News. (11/29)

Faculty Authors
Trump's Border Stunt Is a Profound Betrayal of Our Military
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, co-authored an opinion article for The New York Times about troop deployment to the U.S.-Mexico border. Adams and his co-authors wrote, “The president used America's military forces not against any real threat but as toy soldiers, with the intent of manipulating a domestic midterm election outcome, an unprecedented use of the military by a sitting president.” (11/19)
Eight White-Majority Districts Elected Black Members of Congress This Year. That's a Breakthrough.
Professor of Public Affairs David Lublin wrote an opinion article for The Washington Post about the significance of eight white-majority districts electing black congressional representatives. Lublin wrote, “What [this] suggests is that, increasingly, voters may support their party's candidates regardless of race.” (11/19)
Why Did Ukraine Impose Martial Law?
Keith Trisko Darden, associate professor in the School of International Service, co-authored an opinion article for The Washington Post about martial law in Ukraine. Darden and his co-author wrote, “Rather than shoring up Ukraine's territorial integrity, marital law could have the paradoxical effect of further alienating the citizens in Ukraine's sensitive border regions.” (11/29)
Why Nancy Pelosi Should Be the Next Speaker
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman wrote an opinion piece for Fortune, arguing why Nancy Pelosi should be confirmed as the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lichtman wrote, “Better than any colleague, Pelosi knows how to fight and win, indispensable virtues for a Democratic leader in the age of Trump.” (11/27)
US Complicity in the Saudi-Led Genocide in Yemen Spans Obama, Trump Administrations
Jeff Bachman, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about the crisis in Yemen. Bachman wrote, “As a scholar of genocide and human rights, I believe the destruction brought by these attacks combined with the blockade amounts to genocide.” (11/26)
Trump Pushed Suburban Voters Away; Will Democrats Pull Them In?
Leonard Steinhorn, professor in the School of Communication, wrote an article for The Hill about suburban voters and the GOP. Steinhorn wrote, “For Republicans, we may be at the end of a 50-year arc of political history that arguably began in 1968 with George Wallace's insurgency and Richard Nixon's silent majority and southern strategy. (11/16)

News Brief
How to Celebrate Thanksgiving When You're Stuck on Your College Campus
The Washington Post featured the AU Alumni Pride Alliance Thanksgiving Celebration, and a trustee's Thanksgiving dinner in an article about how college campuses help students celebrate Thanksgiving. Belinda Peter, assistant director of multicultural and affinity engagement, described the alumni dinner as “an inclusive celebration at AU.” AU Trustee Pamela Deese said, “We want people to feel there is always a seat at this table. There's always room for one more. That's an important message.” (11/21)

Zinke's #2 Has So Many Potential Conflicts of Interest He Has to Carry a List of Them
William Snape, practitioner-in-residence at the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Washington Post about a new proposal from Department of Interior Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt. Snape said, “These Endangered Species Act provisions are beautifully sneaky. I have to give the guy credit. He's got some bombs in there.” (11/19)
Pakistan, Stop Coddling Terrorists
Stephen Tankel, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Wall Street Journal about terrorist groups in Pakistan. Tankel said that organization Laskar-e-Taiba “has been allowed, abetted, and probably encouraged to carve out such space is alarming to say the least.” (11/29)
Exclusive: U.S. Weighs Sanctions on Cuban Officials Over Role in Venezuela Crackdown
Michael McCarthy, research fellow in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to Reuters about potential sanctions on Cuba due to its role in the Venezuelan government's crackdown on dissent. McCarthy said, “There is an important Cuba angle to the Venezuela crisis. The question is whether a forceful persuasion strategy that goes regional by pressuring Cuba generates constructive engagement or pushback.” The article appeared in 14 outlets. (11/21)
How Some Stress Can Actually Be Good for You
Kathleen Gunthert, associate professor of psychology, spoke to TIME about how some stress can be good. Gunthert said, “Medium levels of stress can enhance our motivation.” (11/20)
How 343 Women Made French History by Talking About Their Abortions
Debra Bergoffen, Bishop Hamilton Lecturer of Philosophy, spoke to TIME about the French fight for a woman's right to abortion. Bergoffen said, “[For French women]- I don't want to say it's not a private right- but it's also: ‘how are women going to appear in the public realm?” (11/26)
The Fight Over Jim Acosta's Press Pass Is Only Beginning
Professor of Communication Jane Hall spoke to The Atlantic about the White House's reissuance of Jim Acosta's press pass. Hall said, “The fact that it was made by a Trump appointee and supported by 13 media organizations including Fox News shows this is a really important issue for everyone in the press.” (11/16)
Rethinking Bed Rest For Pregnancy
Assistant Professor of Economics Kelly Jones appeared on NPR's Morning Edition to discuss the harm pregnancy bed rest has on women. Jones said, “If you're telling a woman to undertake an activity that you're not certain is going to be benefitting her, and yet it's keeping her away from her job, what you're saying to her is ‘Your participation in the economy is not important'.” (11/26)
Why Everyone's Obsessed With Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez's Instagram Stories
Scott Talan, assistant professor of communication, spoke to Vice's Broadly about Congresswoman-elect Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez's use of Instagram to shed light on the inner-workings of Congress. Talan said, “She's speaking to people in ways that politicians don't usually speak because they're trying to be scripted, trying to be perfect, well-coiffed, and well-manicured.” (11/16)
Belonging, Civility, Ugh: What Happens When Community Held Ideals Backfire
Lara Schwartz, professorial lecturer of public affairs, spoke to WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show about the desire to belong and the need for civility. Schwartz said, “One of the things that could potentially serve the exhausted majority, and the rest of us as well, would be seeking common purpose, rather than common ground.” (11/20)
Is The Temple Sisterhood Over? Or Reinventing Itself?
Pamela Nadell, director of the Jewish Studies Program, spoke to The Forward about the evolution of Jewish sisterhoods. Nadell said, “These kind of organizations… remain really vital places for some groups of American Jewish women.” (11/26)

''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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