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AU Newsmakers 8.30-9.6, 2019
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Dream Jobs: Literature Professor
Associate Professor of Literature Kyle Dargan's career was featured in Newsy's “Dream Jobs” segment. Dargan said, “I always feel like the way that you can make the field better is to set someone else up so they don't have to fall in all the holes you had to fall into and crawl out of.” (9/2)

News Brief
The Gillibrand Test Case for Women in Politics
The New York Times cited a survey about women in politics and the field of Democratic presidential candidates led by the School of Public Affairs' Women & Politics Institute and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation. The survey found that during the Democratic debates, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was the most proactive in bringing up and discussing topics related to issues involving women. (9/1)

California Allows Public to Refuse to Help Law Enforcement
The New York Times quoted Gautham Rao, associate professor of history, about the history of an 1872 California state law that made it a misdemeanor to turn down law enforcement officials asking for help with an arrest. The law was taken off the books last week. (9/6)
Elizabeth Warren Unveils Climate Change Plan, Embracing Jay Inslee's Goals
Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Center for Environmental Policy, spoke to The New York Times about the climate change plans of Democratic presidential candidates. Bledsoe said, “In all honesty, every one of the climate plans proposed is more ambitious than anything that's ever been remotely contemplated before.” (9/3)
What's Behind Trump's Criticism of Obama
Professorial Lecturer in the School of Communication Jason Mollica spoke to the Voice of America about President Trump's criticisms of President Obama. Mollica said, “[Trump] knows that people that are for him, or maybe on the fence but leaning toward President Trump… will eat this up.” (8/30)
The Key Role Pakistan Is Playing in U.S.-Taliban Talks
Stephen Tankel, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to NPR's Morning Edition about Pakistan's role in peace talks between the Taliban and the U.S. Tankel said, “[Pakistan has] long since made a practice of simultaneously trying to downplay their support for the Taliban while simultaneously trying to argue that any deal with the Taliban has to go through them.” (8/30)
Young People and Voting
Jan Leighley, professor of public affairs, appeared on WOSU's All Sides with Ann Fisher to discuss youth voting patterns. Leighley said, “Youth have always been less likely than older adults to vote.” (8/30)
Professors Warn Boris Johnson's Brexit Could Damage Special Relationship
Filippo Trevisan, assistant professor of communication, and Carolyn Gallaher, associate dean for faculty affairs in the School of International Service, spoke to The American magazine about how Brexit could impact the British-American special relationship. Trevisan said, “A ‘no deal' Brexit could also jeopardize the future of peace in Northern Ireland, which has been at the forefront of successive U.S. administrations' agendas and remains very important for millions of Irish-Americans.” Gallaher said, “The impact of our cooperation will be smaller, and the world will move on.” (9/5)

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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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