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AU Newsmakers 9.13-9.20, 2019
Top Stories
$3 Million Gift to American U. Will Support Athletics
The Cassell Family's $3 million gift to American University was featured in a report from WTOP-FM Online. The gift will be used to build a Center for Athletic Performance. The announcement also appeared on WTTG-FOX5. (9/17)
Marginalized Communities in D.C. Are Already Struggling. Climate Change Will Make That Worse.
Malini Ranganathan, assistant professor in the School of International Service, appeared on WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss her research into how a “climate justice” approach can be used to help vulnerable communities in Washington, Ranganathan's research was cited in a follow-up article that was published on WAMU-FM. (9/17, 9/18)

Additional Feature
Listening to Each Other Will Make Us More Civil
“Looking for America,” a new initiative of the School of Public Affairs, the New American Economy, and, was featured in The Salt Lake Tribune. The project aims to tackle questions of immigration and the American identity through art and civil discourse. The project is visiting six cities, including Salt Lake City, Utah. (9/18)

Faculty Authors
In the Face of Netanyahu's Annexation Plans, His Centrist Rivals Remain Silent
Guy Ziv, assistant professor in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for CNN International about the lack of response Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex the Jordan Valley generated from political opponents. Ziv and his co-author wrote, “In today's charged atmosphere, even the nation's top warriors and spymasters are not immune from being branded as ‘leftists' by Netanyahu.” Ziv also appeared on Voice of America-Russia, TRT World News, Channel News Asia and i24 News. Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence at the Center for Israeli Studies, also discussed Israel's elections with TRT World News and Al Jazeera English. (9/16, 9/17, 9/18)
Why Strong Social Media Campaigns Will Not Stop the Spread of Terror
Jessica Trisko Darden, assistant professor in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Hill about why social media won't stop the spread of terror. Trisko Darden and her co-author wrote, “These social media programs merely repeat a tired strategy of trying to win hearts and minds without investing in tangible change.” (9/17)
Textbook Merger Could Create More Problems Than Just Higher Prices
Naomi Baron, professor emerita of world languages and cultures, wrote an article for The Conversation about potential issues caused by the merger of textbook publishers Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education. Baron wrote, “If the merger goes through, selling back used textbooks will be less common- and to the detriment of student choice.” (9/19)
How Does the 'Unidentified Political Object' That Is the European Union Really Work?
Garret Martin, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Conversation about misconceptions about the European Union. Martin wrote, “[The E.U.'s] complexity has also led to misconceptions, especially regarding the sensitive question of the division of powers between the EU and its member-states. Those misconceptions also played a part in the current government chaos in the U.K. as it fast approaches the Oct. 31 deadline to leave the E.U.” (9/18)

How Do You Fix… All of It?
William Snape, practitioner-in-residence at the Washington College of Law, was one of several leaders in academia, business and politics that took part in the inaugural DealBook D.C. Strategy Forum, sponsored by The New York Times. They discussed top policy issues facing the nation, and The New York Times published their recommendations. (9/18)
Polarized Politics Deepen Divide Over Who Is a 'Real' American
Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Education Andre Perry spoke to the Voice of America about what it means to be American. Perry said, “Demographic shifts are certainly fueling animosity but it's more about, in essence, white people feeling they're losing control of their country.” (9/18)
2020 Candidates Keep Fitness on Track While on The Trail
Executive-in-Residence in the School of Public Affairs Capri Cafaro spoke to The Hill about the emphasis 2020 candidates have placed on physical fitness during the campaign. Cafaro said, “Both [Gabbard and Buttigieg] are also young, their physical fitness helps highlight their age in juxtaposition to older candidates, and it also makes them relatable to many Americans who lead active lifestyles or aspire to do so.” (9/17)
White Supremacists Connecting, Recruiting Through Digital Platforms
The Washington Times featured congressional testimony by Cynthia Miller-Idriss, professor of sociology and education, about the use of social media by white supremacist groups to recruit new members. Miller-Idriss said, “White nationalists are globally interconnected in at least five expanding areas. Social media and online relationships are key to supporting all of these strategies.” (9/18)
What Makes a Car American?
Frank DuBois, associate professor in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to KDKA Radio about the results of the Made in America Auto Index. DuBois said, “The average of the Top 50 Cars is around 65 percent total U.S. domestic content.” (9/16)

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"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
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Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU Mentions for the week

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