Top Story Additional Feature Faculty Authors News Brief Expertise
AU Newsmakers 5.31-6.7, 2019
Top Story
The First Post-9/11 Vets Are Running For President. Do Voters Care?
Molly O'Rourke, executive-in-residence in the School of Communication, spoke to Politico about whether or not voters still care about a candidate's military service. O'Rourke told Politico that a candidate's military experience may still resonate with older voters. Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Fox News about the increasing number of 2020 candidates calling for President Trump's impeachment, and Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, discussed President Trump's chances of winning the 2020 elections on CNN. (6/1, 5/31, 6/1)

Additional Feature
An Optical Illusion That Makes a Stationary Diamond Look Like It's Moving is Tripping Out the Internet. Here's How It Works.
New research by Psychology Professor Arthur Shapiro was featured in Business Insider. Shapiro and his fellow researchers created the “Perpetual Diamond,” an optical illusion that uses color to mimic the appearance of movement. Shapiro's research was also featured in The Daily Mail. (6/3)

Faculty Authors
What D-Day Taught my Grandpa
Associate Professor of History Laura Beers wrote an op-ed for CNN reflecting on her grandfather's experience in the D-Day landings. Beers wrote, “The three years that he spent as a soldier in Europe helped shape the way he viewed the world and America's relationship to it.” (6/4)
To Tackle Climate Change, Immigration and Threats to Democracy, Europe's Fractious New Parliament Will Have to Work Together
Garret Martin, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about how the EU parliament will need to work together to combat a wide range of challenges facing Europe. Martin wrote, “If the EU's parliamentarians can forge agreement across the political spectrum, they may foster a renewed, pluralistic defense of European integration that will satisfy voters on immigration and other critical everyday matters.” Martin also spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group about President Trump's meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May during his trip to England. (5/31, 6/4)

News Brief
If Mexico Tariffs Happen, Here's a List of the Hardest-Hit Cars
Kogod School of Business Professor Frank DuBois' “Kogod Made in America Auto Index” was highlighted in a story by AutoBlog about the impact tariffs on Mexico will have on the auto industry. Using the rankings, the article estimates price increases on cars with parts made in Mexico. (6/5)

What It Was Like To Be a Republican Who Voted Not to Impeach Bill Clinton
The Washington Post spoke to Connie Morella, ambassador-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, about her decision during the Bill Clinton impeachment hearings. Morella said, “It was exceedingly difficult, of course, for me, then in a very Democratic area.” (5/31)
Senate Republicans Threaten to Block Trump on Mexico Tariffs
Chris Edelson, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about President Trump's tactic of imposing tariffs to achieve his political goals. Edelson said, “This is certainly breaking new ground, and that creates both a legal problem potentially if there are court challenges.” (6/4)
Cuba's Private-Sector Workers Say Trump's Travel Curbs Will Hurt Them Too
Professor of Public Affairs William LeoGrande spoke to Reuters about the ban on cruises to Cuba. LeoGrande estimated that the ban could reduce the number of non-Cuban-American visitors by at least two-thirds. The interview appeared in 73 media outlets, including The New York Times and the Voice of America. LeoGrande also spoke to The Christian Science Monitor about the political power of the church in Cuba. (6/5, 6/3)
The Latest YouTube Craze? Videos That Show You What It's Like to Live in Prison
Kevin Boyle, adjunct instructor of public affairs, spoke to The Washington Post about the growing trend of YouTube channels dedicated to documenting the prison experience. Boyle said, “You can go on a prison tour, but to have somebody who is really authentic talk freely about that world is a totally different experience.” (6/3)
Prof. Kendi Talks About His Article on Benefactor Robert Smith
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, appeared on MSNBC's Politics Nation to discuss his article about the donation to graduates of Morehouse College. Kendi said, “He wanted to show the ways in which community made him, so that each of us can recognize the ways in which community made us.” (6/2)
A Hollywood Boycott Would Hurt the Film Industry and Georgia's Economy
Russell Williams, professor of film and media arts in the School of Communication, spoke to CNBC about the potential impact of a Hollywood boycott of Georgia. Williams said, “If this [abortion ban] does become law in the state, then I think that companies that are considering coming to Georgia… they're probably already looking at other locations to go to.” (6/2)
Russia Denies Trump's Claim of Withdrawal From Venezuela
Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Eric Hershberg spoke to USA Today about Russia's denial that it was pulling troops out of Venezeula. Hershberg said, “There has been a tendency among U.S. observers to conclude that the only reason Maduro remains in office and that Guaido has not assumed the presidency is that the former is being propped up by Beijing, Moscow and/or Havana. I think that's a very misleading reading of the balance of forces between the Venezuelan government and opposition.” (6/4)
Affluent Terrorists Challenge Narrative That Poverty Drives Extremism
School of International Service Professor Jennifer Trisko-Darden spoke to The Washington Diplomat about how the existence of affluent terrorists challenges pre-concieved notions of extremism. Trisko-Darden said, “The implicit assumption is that poor people are more disposable, so it surprises us when we see affluent people participating in [terrorism].” (5/31)
Kevin Warren Is Blazing a New Trail As Big Ten Commissioner
Washington College of Law Professor Jeremi Duru spoke to The Undefeated about Kevin Warren leaving the NFL to become a big ten commissioner. Duru said, “It's hard to imagine a candidate who would be stronger than him.” (6/4)

''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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