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AU Newsmakers 9.27-10.4, 2019
Top Story
LGBTQ and Black Passengers Face More Rideshare Cancellations, Study Finds
NBC Out featured research on rideshare apps and discrimination by Kogod School of Business Assistant Professor Chris Parker. Parker and his co-researcher found that black riders, riders perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, and those perceived to be LGBTQ supporters, faced more rideshare cancellations before pickup than white and perceptibly straight passengers. The article appeared in 26 outlets, including BET Online. (9/27)

Additional Feature
AU Professors Weigh in on Impeachment Inquiry
Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history, spoke to CBS News about how the impeachment inquiry will impact the 2020 Elections. Lichtman said, “I don't think an inquiry is enough… you've got to go through with an actual impeachment.” Lichtman spoke to the Associated Press, Newsweek, WOSU Radio and The Hill and wrote an article for The Hill. Garret Martin, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, discussed the inquiry with Sinclair Broadcasting Group. David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to Agence-France Presse. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Ron Elving, lecturer at the School of Public Affairs, spoke to NPR. (10/1, 10/3, 9/30, 9/28, 10/2)

Faculty Authors
Seize This Moment in Sudan
Washington College of Law Associate Professor Rebecca Hamilton wrote an article for The Washington Post about the pro-democracy movements in Sudan. Hamilton wrote, “In a time of growing authoritarianism worldwide, Sudan's extraordinary protest movement serves as a beacon of hope.” (9/30)
For U.S. and U.K., the Race to Melt Down May Be Too Close to Call
Laura Beers, associate professor of history, wrote an article for CNN comparing the political crises in the U.K. and the U.S. Beers wrote, “What has changed since the 1970s? Have Americans and Britons just stopped caring about our constitutions?” (9/28)

For China's Xi, the Hong Kong Crisis Is Personal
Assistant Professor in the School of International Service Joseph Torigian spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the effect of the Hong Kong crisis on Xi Jinping. Torigian said, “Xi Zhongxun became the face of the People's Republic to Hong Kong after the nightmare of the Cultural Revolution. We know that Xi Jinping cares a lot about his father's legacy.” (9/27)
Academic Minute: Correctional Officers
For The Academic Minute, TaLisa Carter, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke about the challenges facing correctional officers. Carter said, “Much like police officers, correctional officers wield discretion in highly tense situations. But unlike policing, corrections scholars know very little about how officers make their decisions daily, nor do we fully understand the impact of these decisions.” The segment also ran in Inside Higher Ed. (10/3)
'Hustlers' and the Evolution of Asian Sex Workers On-Screen
Associate Professor of Literature Lily Wong's book “Transpacific Attachments” was cited in an HuffPost article about the evolving characterization of Asian sex-workers in the U.S. (9/28)
See Aztec Dances, Folkloric Performances, Marching Horses and More at Baltimore's Parade of Latinx Nations.
Ernesto Castaneda, assistant professor of sociology, spoke to the Baltimore Sun about the Baltimore Parade of Latinx Nations. Castaneda told the Baltimore Sun that the most popular terms used amongst people living in the U.S. with Latin American origins are Latina, Latino or the gender inclusive Latinx. (9//27)
Analysis: Few 2020 Presidential Candidates Pitch New Policies When Campaigning in SC
Molly O'Rourke, director of the School of Communication's program in political communication, spoke to the Post and Courier about how presidential candidates pitch policy recommendations on the campaign trail. O'Rourke said, “Campaigns are very strategic about where and when they're doing their policy announcements.” (9/29)
West Africa's Sahel Region Is Especially Vulnerable to Climate Change, but Also Weak Governance
School of International Service Professor Jesse Ribot spoke to Quartz about the impact of climate change on the Sahel Region in West Africa. Ribot said, “European donors are all basically mobilizing the aid based on their xenophobia.” (10/1)
At Services This Rosh Hashana, a Familiar Social Justice Refrain
Lauren B. Strauss, scholar-in-residence of history, spoke to Religion News Service about U.S.-Israel relations, and the Jewish-American experience. Strauss told Religion News Service that movements on the left don't necessarily represent the majority of American Jews. (9/30)

Bonus Clip
Syracuse and Dartmouth Get $25 Million Each (Gifts Roundup)
The Chronicle of Philanthropy included the Meltzer family's gift to AU in its most recent Gifts Roundup. (9/30)

''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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