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AU Newsmakers 3.1-3.8, 2019
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Diverse 'Changemakers' Share Insights in Campus Conversation
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education featured “Changemakers in a Changing World: Lessons for the Next Generation,” the second in an annual series of conversations AU hosts around diversity, equity and inclusion. AU President Sylvia Burwell moderated the panel discussion between broadcast journalist Maria Elena Salinas, Citizen University Founder and CEO Eric Liu, Ambassador Susan Rice, and Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. (3/5)

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Sudan's Unlawful State of Emergency
Washington College of Law Professor Rebecca Hamilton co-wrote an opinion article for The Washington Post about the legality of Sudan's state of emergency. Hamilton and her co-author wrote, “The true objective of Bashir's declaration of a state of emergency appeas to be stopping the protests that are in their fourth month.” (3/5)
Why We Were Overdue for a Fierce Debate About Anti-Semitism in America
Pamela Nadell, director of the Jewish Studies Program, wrote an opinion article for The Washington Post about why America needs to have a conversation about anti-semitism. Nadell wrote, “Anti-Semitism is something that happened over there, in Europe — an Old-World problem, not an American, New-World problem. But anti-Semitism is an American problem.” (3/7)
Is it More Dangerous to Let Islamic State Foreign Fighters From the West Return or Prevent Them From Coming Back?
David Malet, assistant professor of public affairs, wrote an article for The Conversation about the possible return of former Islamic State members to their home countries. Malet wrote, “My own research indicates that most domestic terror plots by returnees, including successful attacks, occur only within the first few months and that there is no evidence of any long-term threats by returnee sleeper cells.” (3/1)
Why Congress Needs to Make Child Care More Affordable- 5 Questions Answered
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Taryn Morrissey wrote an article for The Conversation about efforts in Congress to pass bills for affordable child care. Morrissey wrote, “In the long term, these efforts will help better prepare America's children for the workforce of tomorrow.” (3/1)

Online and Making Thousands at Age 4: Meet the Kidfluencers
Kathryn Montgomery, professor of communication, spoke to The New York Times about the marketing to children in the age of ‘kidfluencers.' Montgomery said, “It is very manipulative of young children.” (3/1)
A Congressman Plays the 'Black Friend' Card, Showing That Age-Old Racist Attitudes Persist
Christopher Petrella, adjunct professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to The Washington Post about North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows's use of old attitudes to prove that President Trump wasn't racist. Petrella said, “I find the expression ‘not a racist bone in my body' by a white person to be completely disingenuous and extraordinarily arrogant. It suggests to me that there's been no deep or sustained self-analysis of one's position in the world, one's relationship to power.” Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center Ibram X. Kendi spoke to BBC News about changing the definition of racism. (3/1, 3/5)
Trump Promises Executive Order That Could Strip Colleges of Funding If They Don't 'Support Free Speech'
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of education and sociology, spoke to The Washington Post about a possible executive order that would require universities to support free speech to receive federal funding. Miller-Idriss said, “There's a history of the federal government requiring universities to do certain kinds of things in order to receive federal research funding.” (3/2)
Why the Public May Never See the Mueller Report
Washington College of Law Professor Jennifer Daskal spoke to The Washington Post Video about the likelihood that the American public will see the Mueller Report. Daskal said, “There's all kind of reasons why, in this case, Mueller might choose not to provide a lot of specific details, in part because a lot of these investigations appear to be on-going.” (3/5)
What's Next for the Wives of Islamic State Fighters?
Jessica Trisko Darden, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to BBC World Service about what's next for the wives of Islamic State fighters. Trisko Darden said, “I think what this debate over denaturalization or the stripping of citizenship points to is the lack of justice mechanisms to hold these women to account.” (3/1)
How to Find Equality in a Divided Nation
Robert Tsai, Washington College of Law professor, appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss inequality and what can be done about it. Tsai said, “People think that all that pragmatism entails is settling for half a loaf or making compromises where we shouldn't be making those compromises.” (3/1)
Amazon's Year-Long Publicity Blitz for HQ2 Has Backfired
Assistant Professor of Communication Pallavi Kumar spoke to CNBC about Amazon's publicity campaign for HQ2, saying that the fallout shows Amazon missed out on an opportunity to generate goodwill and positive corporate sentiment. David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to WAMU-FM about the growing pressure Montgomery County, Md., faces in enticing businesses after its failed Amazon bid. (3/2, 3/7)
Can U.S. Help Resolve Venezula Crisis? The First Hurdle Is History
Max Paul Friedman, professor of history, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about U.S. intervention in previous Venezuelan crises. Friedman said, “We were starting to see signs that the U.S. had given up the idea of resolving disputes by sending in the Marines and forcing resolutions to its liking, but now it seems we might be returning to the bad old days of the imperial approach.” (3/6)
What Does Voter Suppression Look Like Today?
Professor of Public Affairs Jan Leighley spoke to Rewire Magazine about what voter suppression looks like today. Leighley said, “Candidates, campaigns (or) consultants who want to depress (voter) turnout will target those who they know would vote for the other candidate.” (3/5)

''Online, consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffingtonPost, NY Times
"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as HuffingtonPost, 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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