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AU Newsmakers 8.16-8.23, 2019-Prepared by University Communications
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American University Move-In Day
WJLA-7 covered American University's Move-In Day and interviewed President Sylvia Burwell. Burwell said, “We have a system welcome these students as they start on this academic career.” WTOP-FM and WUSA-9 also briefly featured Move-In Day. (8/20, 8/21)

Additional Features
Inside the DC Program Helping Homeless Kids Reach for College
NBC's “The Today Show” profiled Dajon Duvall, a student who attended the School of Communication's Discover the World of Communications summer program, which gives students an introduction to media and college life. Duvall said, “I've been passionate about cameras, I like everything about TV, but it's the stuff behind the scenes that make it great.” (8/20)
Summer Blockbuster: The Democratic Health Care Slugfest
Brian Chiglinsky, deputy chief of staff in AU's Office of the President, wrote an opinion piece for Virginia Mercury about the summer's Democratic debates on health care. “For those hours, and countless more on cable news, we've watched Medicare For All and the Public Option clash in a pitched battle while health care experts desperately try to explain and provide context as they dodge falling debris and blasts of atomic breath,” Chiglinsky wrote. (8/19)

Faculty Authors
The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, penned a column for The Atlantic about the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. "African Americans have every reason to be hopeful and every reason to be hopeless on this 400th anniversary of our birth in this land," Kendi wrote. Reviewers also continued to praise his new book, “How to Be an Antiracist." Kendi also spoke with NPR's 1A, WTTG-Fox5 and Newsday about the new book. (8/18-8/21)
Free College Is Likely to Provide an Economic Boost -- for Middle-Class Families More Than Poor Students
School of Education Associate Prof. Jennifer Steele wrote an opinion piece for The Hechinger Report critiquing the higher education proposals of 2020 candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Steele wrote, “In a crowded field of Democratic hopefuls, Sanders and Warren have set themselves apart with a proposed rethinking of how Americans pay for higher education.” (8/20)
What Would Happen If the Whole Internet Just Shut Down All of a Sudden?
Francesca Musiani, a Global Fellow in the Internet Governance Lab talked about the implications of a global internet shutdown in a Gizmodo article. Musiani said, “In such a scenario, when a global internet shutdown takes place, interrupting suddenly the overwhelming majority of digital communications, what we today consider ‘communications'…is only a small part of the problem.” (8/19)

Rethinking America's Approach to the World
In a New York Times opinion piece, editorial board members quoted an opinion piece about bipartisanship and foreign policy written by School of International Service Prof. James Goldgeier. (8/18)
Country's Largest Tribal Nation Seeks Congressional Delegate
Ezra Rosser, professor in the Washington College of Law, talked to Associated Press about the Cherokee Nation's push to have a congressional delegate. "Even if it doesn't go anywhere, non-Indians should be forced to face up to what we did and I think this is a tool that could be used to challenge not only our understanding of democracy, but also our understanding of history," Rosser said. This story ran in more than 110 outlets. (8/16)
Young People And Voting
School of Public Affairs Professor Jan Leighley joined a panel on WOSU Public Radio in Ohio to discuss young people, voting and mobilizing the youth vote. “One of those incentives [for voting] is thinking about the issues. If you're unhappy about something like college debt, or civil rights, then do something about it, and one of the things you can do is vote.” (8/19)
Did Sensationalist News Reports Fuel the Outbreak of the Spanish-American War?
W. Joseph Campbell, professor of communication, spoke to the History Channel about the impact journalism may or may not have had on the Spanish-American War. Campbell says, “No serious historian of the Spanish-American War period embraces the notion that the yellow press of [William Randolph] Hearst and [Joseph] Pulitzer fomented or brought on the war with Spain in 1898.” (8/22)
Pakistan Tries to Stop Militants From Benefiting From Animal Hides
School of International Service Associate Prof. Stephen Tankel spoke to NPR about militants who raise money by gathering and selling animal skins. Tankel discussed the issue in terms of how Pakistan is under intense international pressure to crack down on terrorist financing. (8/20)

''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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