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AU Newsmakers 3.15-3.22, 2019
Top Story
Business and Education Leaders Discuss Job Training in the District
President Sylvia Burwell joined education and business leaders on a panel to discuss American University's role in CoLAB, a partnership between education and business leaders to improve work force preparedness. Following the panel, Burwell and JP Morgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon spoke to CNBC about the initiative, among other topics. Burwell said, “That's what this partnership is about… it's about keeping that tie healthy and good, so that we know what's needed .. and we're working to provide it.” (3/20)

Additional Features
John Quincy Adams Is the Anti-Trump in the New Play "JQA"
The Washington Post reviewed “JQA,” a new play by Aaron Posner, distinguished theatre artist in the Department of Performing Arts. Associate Professor of Performing Arts Meghan Raham designed the sets for the show. The reviewer wrote, “At enticing moments, 2019 pokes its head up in the political currents of the 1820s in “JQA,” Aaron Posner's crafty portrait of a faintly recalled president who managed only one term in the White House but nevertheless rubbed elbows with everyone from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln.” (3/18)
Working Woman: Sylvia Burwell is the First Woman to Be President of American University
WJLA featured President Sylvia Burwell on their “Working Woman” segment, and spoke to her about her role as president. Burwell said, “The idea that what you're trying to do every day is make sure students come here and get the tools they need and knowledge they need to go out and change the world through their work and through their lives. That's a great thing.” (3/15)

Faculty Authors
Teach College-Bound Kids About Privilege: It Goes Beyond the Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Scandal
Lara Schwartz, professorial lecturer of public affairs, and Andrea Malkin Brenner, director of the American University Experience, wrote an op-ed for Salon about teaching college students about privilege. They wrote, “College is a learning community where your education comes not only from faculty, but from interactions with peers.” (3/19)
Does Most of Your Paycheck Go to Rent?
Assistant Professor of Health Studies Jessica Owens-Young wrote an article for The Conversation about the health implications of high rent. Owens-Young wrote, “When people pay too much for housing, they must make tough choices between paying their rent or mortgage or paying for food, medicine and other resources that support their health.” The article was printed in 17 outlets. (3/19)
3 Days, 3 Key Votes- And No End in Sight for Brexit
Garret Martin, professorial lecturer at the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Conversation about discord over Brexit. Martin wrote, “Members of Parliament (MPs), from across the major parties, still greatly dislike the withdrawal deal from the EU negotiated by Theresa May.” The article was printed in seven outlets. (3/15)

The Role of the First Lady
Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to C-SPAN's Washington Journal about First Lady Melania Trump's “Be Best” initiative and the role First Ladies play in the White House. Discussing the “Be Best” initiative, McBride said, “What I found really gratifying about that was that it was continuing the work of another First Lady: Laura Bush's initiative, Helping America's Youth Initiative.” (3/21)
Trump Defends Veto on Border Resolution
CBS News spoke to Washington College of Law Professor Jennifer Daskal about 20 states filing a lawsuit against President Trump's border wall declaration. Daskal said, “The fact that the senate basically rebuked the President by its vote this week, makes those cases stronger than they were earlier.” (3/18)
Why Lima, Ohio, and Lima, Peru, Don't Have The Same Pronunciation
Amelia Tseng, assistant professor of linguistics, spoke to NPR's All Things Considered about “phonological adaptation,” which describes how two city names can be pronounced differently. Tseng explained that the term refers to how words that get borrowed from one language and incorporated into another adapt to sound like the language they've been incorporated into. (3/21)
AOC Is the Right's New Villain. And in Queens, They Love Her For It.
Elizabeth Sherman, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and criticisms her political style has drawn. Sherman said, “If I were her consultant, I'd tell her: ‘You've got to recognize you're in this game for the long haul'… She's in danger of squandering her credibility.” (3/18)
New Zealand Mosque Attacks
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of education and sociology, spoke to Al-Jazeera about the New Zealand mosque attacks. Miller-Idriss said, “The political climate has definitely added fuel to it. I don't think we can draw a direct causal line, but it has certainly legitimized, added fuel to it.” (3/15)
March Is Here And So Is The Madness
Benjamin Wright, professorial lecturer in the Kogod School of Business, appeared on WVXU Radio to discuss the benefits of participating in March Madness brackets. Wright said, “There's a lot of upsides to this tournament.” (3/18)
American Withdrawal From Syria
Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to WAMU-FM about President Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from anti-insurgency missions in North Africa and the Middle East. Bacon said, “One of the concerns that people have had about the announced withdrawal is that it will reduce the United States' ability to build the capacities of some of this military and security forces.” (3/16)
Is There an Antitrust Case to Break Up Amazon?
Director of the Center for Innovation Siri Terjesen spoke to Inside Sources about Amazon's relationship with small business owners. Terjesen said, “I advise some guys in northern Virginia who sell on Amazon, and Amazon had all their selling data and decided they were going to create a similar product.” (3/17)
Trump attacks on McCain seem to be stirring up support for late senator
Scott Talan, a professor of communication, spoke with Arizona PBS about President Trump's Twitter attacks on the late Senator John McCain. Talan said, “We all have things in life that bug us, that might annoy us or might upset us, including people. But do we talk about them all the time?... Usually not.” (3/21)

''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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