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AU Newsmakers 12.7-12.14, 2018
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AU Professors Recognized for Literary Contributions
Professors in the College of Arts and Sciences have been recognized for their literary contributions. “Anagnorisis,” a collection of poems by Kyle Dargan, associate professor of literature, was recognized by The New York Times. Associate Professor of Literature Rachel Louise Snyder's new book, “No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us” was named by Esquire as one of the 25 Best Books of 2019. (12/11)

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2018 CNN Heroes: Maria Rose Belding
CNN recognized AU senior Maria Rose Belding for her work to combat food insecurity with the MEANS Database at the CNN Heroes Award Ceremony. The database is a non-profit venture founded by Belding, a member of AU's Incubator. Through the work of MEANS, more than 2 million pounds of food from restaurants, food companies and other food suppliers have been moved to food pantries across all 50 states to help feed hungry families and fight food poverty. (12/9)

Faculty Authors
Why Brexit Might Not Happen
Laura Beers, associate professor of history, wrote an article for The Washington Post about why Brexit might not happen. Beers wrote, “To appreciate why the referendum mandate might not actually translate into Britain's leaving Europe as planned, one needs to take into account the British political system's historically fraught relationship with direct democracy.” Beers also spoke to The Atlantic about Brexit. (11/9, 11/11)
Thankfully, We're Getting More Native American Reps in Congress This January
Washington College of Law Professor Ezra Rosser wrote an op-ed for The Hill about the Native American representatives headed to the U.S. Congress. Rosser wrote, “[Sharice] Davids and [Deb] Haaland, just by existing and winning a seat in Congress, are challenging the narrative that… Native Americans cannot contribute to the future of the United States.” (12/8)
The Military Budget Circus: Enjoy the Show
Gordon Adams, professor emeritus in the School of International Service, wrote an opinion article for Ink Stick Media about the approval process of the U.S. military budget. Adams wrote, “[Nothing will] happen for many months. But we will have lots of media fracas on the way, making it appear something is happening well before it really is.” (12/11)

An 'Unprecedented' Number of Democrats in Congress Want to Be President
James Thurber, distinguished professor of public affairs, spoke to The Washington Post about the number of Democrats who are hoping to run for president. Thurber said, “[Democrats] will try to distinguish from each other, show they are different than each other. That means a lot of show horses, instead of work horses.” (12/7)
Why It's So Hard to Talk About George H.W. Bush's History With Women
Mahri Irvine, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative, spoke to USA Today about why it's hard to talk about George H.W. Bush's history with women. Irvine said, “We have this powerful cultural belief you're not supposed to talk badly about people who have died.” (12/7)
American Coverage of Brexit
Fillipo Trevisan, assistant professor of communication, appeared on BBC5 Radio to discuss how the American media is covering Brexit. Trevisan said, “Most Americans probably won't hear about the latest development in the [Brexit] saga because they get their news from local news channels, which here in the U.S. tend to under-report or report very little foreign news.” (12/11)
Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to The Globe and Mail about Michael Cohen's sentence. Edelson said, “That by itself is an enormous deal, whether there's a criminal liability or not.” (12/12)
Climate Change Is Already Driving Central American Migrants to U.S., Scholar Says
Robert Albro, research associate professor in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to WBUR's Here & Now about how climate change is affecting migration to the United States. Albro said, “One of the things we can say is that a disproportionate number of those migrants come from a part of Central America called ‘The Dry Corridor'.” (12/11)
Monumental Lies
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, appeared on WNYC radio to discuss how harmful myths about the Civil War and America's history with racism are perpetuated. Kendi said, “Very simply, black people did not have the ability to vote out of office people who were advancing public policies to build Confederate monuments.” Kendi also appeared on Al-Jazeera English. (12/8)
'Trump Shutdown' Looks More Likely After Hostile Meeting With Democrats
Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group about President Trump's threat to shut down the government. Mollica said, “They will be flexible, to a degree. However, based on today's display in the Oval Office, it's clear Democrats will not be backing into a corner.” (12/11)
Regulators Revive China Audit Dispute, but Miss Prime Opportunity to Fully Explain Why
Kogod School of Business Associate Professor Frank DuBois spoke to MarketWatch about efforts to obtain regulatory cooperation with China. DuBois said, “Any potential restrictions to access audit services in China would also not only hurt U.S. exchange listings but also U.S. multinationals who need audit services in China.” (12/12)
'This is Why I'm Here': Howard U Student Goes Viral for Video Showing Positive Second a Day
Sara Yzaguirre, coordinator for victim advocacy services in the Student Health Center, spoke to WUSA9 about how students can combat negative feelings. Yzaguirre said that practicing positive thinking, such as journaling, “is a positive thing, and over time, can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.” (12/11)

''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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