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AU Newsmakers 8.9-8.16, 2019
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A Guide to the Ugly Ideology We're Up Against and How Politicians Like Trump Spread It
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of education and sociology, spoke to The Washington Post about extremism in America. Miller-Idriss said, “What we know from data is that hateful speech from political leaders sparks large-scale social media hate speech, which in turn can and has inspired fringe actors to take violent action.” Joseph Young, associate professor of public affairs and professor in the School of International Service, spoke to Sinclair Broadcasting Group about recent violence against ICE offices, and Carolyn Gallaher, associate dean for faculty affairs in the School of International Service, wrote an opinion piece for The Hill about extremism in America. (8/12, 8/14, 8/15)

Book Spotlight
Ibram X. Kendi on the Difference Between "Antiracist" and "Not Racist"
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss his latest book, “How to Be an Antiracist.” Kendi said, “When we think of the history of the term ‘not racist,' … we're really thinking about a term where people are denying they are racist. That's really the only real meaning this term has held. Antiracist, in contrast, has a meaning, a meaning of somebody who views the racial groups as equals, someone who is pressing for policies that creates racial equality.” The release of Dr. Kendi's new book appeared in 137 outlets, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, BBC World News Service and NPR. (8/12,8/13,8/14,8/15)

Faculty Author
New Laws Give Victims More Time to Report Rape or Sexual Assault – Even Jeffrey Epstein's
Jane Palmer, professorial lecturer of public affairs, wrote an article for The Conversation about how new laws are making it easier for victims of sexual assault to seek justice. Palmer wrote, “More victims may be reporting and suing, but many studies have shown that the criminal legal system is a ‘leaky pipeline' where impunity for sexual offenders is common.”

Dozens Protest at Equinox Gym in West Hollywood Over Owner's Trump Fundraiser
Carrie Giddins Pergram, an instructor at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to The Los Angeles Times about the protests against Equinox and SoulCycle, after the owner of their parent company hosted a fundraiser for President Trump. Pergram said, “When it gets hard for people to make changes based on what they believe, I think people are less willing to do it.”
Honduran Prosecutor Stalled by Politicians Who 'See Us As Their Enemies'
Associate Professor in the School of International Service Charles Call spoke to The Wall Street Journal about corruption in the Honduran political and legal systems. Call said, “One of the linchpins of stopping the supply of immigrations to the United States is to establish real accountability and rule of law in these countries.” (8/11)
Argentine Financial Markets Steady, but Political Instability Drives Uncertainty
Arturo Porzecanski, distinguished economist-in-residence in the School of International Service, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the Argentine financial market, and its political ramifications. Porzecanski wrote, “The noose will tighten, the economic recovery will be aborted and this is the price to pay for the way people voted.” (8/13)
Why the U.S. Has Long Resisted Universal Child Care
Associate Professor of Public Affairs Taryn Morrissey spoke to The New York Times about the lack of universal child care in America. Morrissey said, “Instead of investing in a tool we know would help inequality, we're exacerbating it.” (8/15)
In a First, a New Telenovela Features a Gay Couple As Leading Characters
Juliana Martinez, assistant professor of world languages and cultures, spoke to The Washington Post about a new Mexican telenovela that features a gay couple as main characters. Martinez said, “Traditional masculinity is profoundly tied to heterosexuality in Mexican culture… being gay threatens the idea of masculinity.” (8/14)
Republican Donors Told to Wait As Pompeo Considers Kansas Senate
School of International Service Professor James Goldgeier spoke to Bloomberg News about reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo might run for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Goldgeier said, “I read that and I just thought, ‘Ok, this is a guy who's got his eye on 2024.' This isn't a guy interested in talking like a secretary of state. He's a guy interested in making connections that will help in his political future.” (8/13)
Israel Bans U.S. Congresswomen
BBC World News interviewed Guy Ziv, assistant professor in the School of International Service, about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to prohibit Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting Israel. Ziv said, “Israel has been willing to allow Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar to enter the country, and it was a policy reversal due to constant pressure from President Trump.” Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence at the Center for Israeli Studies, discussed the decision with Al Jazeera English. (8/15)
The Story Behind 'The New Colossus' Poem on the Statue of Liberty and How It Became a Symbol of Immigration
Distinguished Professor of History Alan Kraut spoke to ABC News about the history of the poem “The New Colossus,” which is mounted on the Statue of Liberty's pedestal. Kraut said, “Initially, immigration was not one of the things that inspired the Statue of Liberty for Laboulaye or Bartholdi but there was a transformation and [The New Colossus] is part of that transformation.” (8/14)
Careful With Those Birthday Candles, Smokey: Beloved Bear Turns 75
Wendy Melillo, professor of communication, appeared on NPR to discuss the 75th anniversary of Smokey the Bear. Melillo said, “The Forest Service wanted, you know, something strong to protect our national forests. But it wanted it animated to be appealing, you know, to children and families.” (8/9)
Sasha O'Connell on Turning a Ship Like the FBI
Sasha Cohen O'Connell, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, appeared on the Lawfare podcast to discuss how to incorporate new areas of focus in a big organization, like the FBI. O'Connell said, “Leadership is extremely important… and having a leader with the responsibility, the authority and the ability to drive change is extremely important.” (8/13)
Record Number of Women Running for President
Betsy Fischer-Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute, appeared on WTTG-Fox5 to discuss the number of women running in 2020. Fischer Martin said, “The media sometimes likens electability to likeability, and we know, when you're talking about likeability, women have a higher standard to meet on that front.” (8/6)

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"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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