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AU Newsmakers 3.29-4.5, 2019
Top Story
Six Female Ambassadors Reflect on Strides, Hurdles for Women in Politics
Ahead of International Women's Day, the School of Public Affairs hosted a panel discussion with six female ambassadors to reflect on the strides women have made in politics, and the challenges that remain. Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute, led a discussion with Amabssadors Floreta Faber of Albania, Vlora Citaku of Kosovo, Kirsti Kauppi of Finland, Claudia Ivette Canjura de Contento of El Salvador, Karin Olofsdotter of Sweden and Rosemary Banks of New Zealand. (3/29)

Additional Features
President Sylvia Burwell Discusses the Capital CoLAB
WTTG-FOX5's “On the Hill” spoke to President Sylvia Burwell and Russ Ramsey, co-founder of the Greater Washington Partnership, about the Capital CoLAB, a business-university partnership that aims to provide students with the tools to succeed and work with businesses in the District. Burwell said, “The credentials that we offer, that we've created in partnership with the CoLAB, wil help our students be ready.” (3/30)
You've Heard That Women Make 80 Cents to Men's Dollar. It's Much Worse Than That.
Vox featured research by Economist-in-Residence Heidi Hartmann in an article about the gender pay gap. Hartmann's research found that the gender wage gap is often a care penalty, since women are more likely to bear the burden of caring for family members. (4/2)
Commencement Speakers Announced
American University's 2019 Commencement Speakers announcement was featured by Inside Higher Ed in an article about higher education commencement speakers. (4/5)

Faculty Authors
NATO Turns 70 This Week. Here's How the Alliance Stays Relevant – Despite Trump.
Garrett Martin, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Washington Post about how NATO maintains its relevance. Martin and his co-author wrote, “Trump's hostility to NATO and the lack of U.S. leadership make the situation in 2019 quite different from past challenges to alliance unity.” Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, also co-wrote an article about NATO for The Washington Post. (4/2, 4/3)
White Terrorists Give Political Cover to Other Americans' Prejudices
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, wrote an article for The Atlantic, noting that none of the major Democratic presidential candidates has put forth a policy plan to counter the threat of white nationalism. Kendi wrote, “Anti-bigotry resolutions without clear definitions are like institutional diversity statements—smoke screens for policy inaction.” (4/1)
We Must Close College Counseling's Equity Gap
Laura Owen and Marina Koestler Ruben, director and graduate assistant at the Center for Postsecondary Readiness and Success, co-wrote an article for The Hechinger Report about inequalities in the college counseling process. “American University's School of Education is doing something to address the imbalance. Our new [center] is committed to identifying and dismantling school-based systems, policies and practices that hinder equitable postsecondary opportunities for students,” they wrote. (4/2)
What Would Herzl Do?
Director of the Center for Israel Studies Michael Brenner wrote an article for The Times of Israel about beliefs of Zionist leader Theodor Herzl. Brenner wrote, “Herzl described a peaceful society with Jews and Arabs living side by side…a society that took the best from all European countries.” (4/3)
The Trump Administration's Attempts to Defund the Special Olympics, Explained
Derrick Cogburn, professor in the School of International Service and the Kogod School of Business, wrote an article for The Conversation about the Trump Administration's attempt to defund the Special Olympics. Cogburn wrote, “I believe that stripping the program of federal funding would undercut the organization's work.” (4/3)

States Move To Require Presidential Candidate Tax Returns
Elizabeth Sherman, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to Newsy about state legislatures proposing laws to require presidential candidates to share their tax returns. Sherman talked about how states “now realize this has to be a legal requirement” and predicted other states would follow suit. (3/29)
FL Voters Gave Felons the Right to Vote. Now Lawmakers Want to Put That on Hold.
Associate Professor in the Washington College of Law Jennifer Daskal spoke to Hearst Television to discuss modern-day poll taxing of former felons as a restriction on voter rights. Daskal said, “Putting aside the category of felons, if that was applied across the board, that would be highly unconstitutional.” The segment ran on several Hearst-affiliate stations, including WBAL-TV. (3/29)
'You turn us on and we're there': Looking Back at 50 Years of News on WTOP
Jill Olmstead, associate professor of communication, spoke to WTOP-FM about the history of WTOP. Olmstead stated, “It really almost fits into our lifestyle more today than it did when it first started back in the 1920s.” (4/1)
Border Numbers
Assistant Professor of Sociology Ernesto Castañeda spoke to Hearst Television about U.S. border control. Castañeda said, “This is a humanitarian crisis of people escaping horrible situations. We can do something to help them.” The interview aired on several Hearst-affiliate stations, including WMUR-TV. (4/1)
Deepfake Videos Pose Challenge for Lawmakers
Associate Professor of Communication Aram Sinnreich spoke to WTTG-FOX5 about deepfake videos. Sinnreich said, “Without question, the ability to make deepfakes is going to be much easier and more widely proliferated with every year in the next decade.” (4/2)

''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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