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AU Newsmakers 11.8-11.15, 2019
Top Story
American's Sa'eed Nelson Beats the Buzzer -- and George Washington -- with Dramatic Game-Winner
The Washington Post highlighted the career of AU Men's Basketball player Sa'eed Nelson. During a game against George Washington University, Nelson's buzzer-beater shot led AU to victory. Nelson said, “I just wanted to keep taking my time and just concentrate on making it, not just shoot it to just shoot it.” (11/12)

Additional Features
Welcome to The Fractured States of America
CNN featured “Looking for America,” a new initiative from the School of Public Affairs, the New American Economy and Curiosity Connects, in an article about the fractured state of America. The article highlighted the event in El Paso and the stories and experiences the event participants shared during the event. (11/13)
Asylum Inmates and Asylum Seekers in Israeli Photographer's AU Exhibit
“Radical Link: A New Community of Women, 1855-2020,” a new exhibit at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, was featured in Washington Jewish Week. (11/11)

Faculty Authors
When the Berlin Wall Fell 30 Years Ago, It Shook Up U.S. Politics. Here's How.
James Goldgeier, professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Washington Post about the fall of the Berlin Wall. Goldgeier wrote, “The collapse of communist regimes undermined the GOP's advantage on foreign policy, and, in turn, its presidential prospects.” (11/8)
Impeachment: Two Quotes that Defined the First Day of Public Hearings
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, contributed to an article for The Conversation about the first day of public impeachment hearings. Edelson wrote, “Congress has the tools it needs to deal with this challenge – but only if Republican legislators take the allegations seriously.” (11/13)
After 50 Years, It's Past Time to Bring Human LGBTQ+ Characters to America's Sesame Street
Naomi Molland, professorial lecturer at the School of International Service, wrote an article for USA Today about the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street and the challenges of introducing gay characters to the show. (11/15)

What Joe Biden Actually Did in Ukraine
School of International Service Associate Professor Keith Darden spoke to The New York Times about Joe Biden's work in Ukraine. Darden said, “People forget it now, but at that time period, 2014 and 2015, it wasn't clear Ukraine would survive.” (11/11)
Colleges Are Helping Students Start Careers in Esports
AU Game Lab Director Andrew Phelps spoke to CNN Business about the role colleges are playing in preparing students for careers in esports. Phelps said, “We are taking a different approach. The teams here have been club-oriented and student-run.” (11/9)
Bolivia's Evo Morales Pleads for Peace, but His Resignation Leaves Severe Political Conflict.
Robert Albro, research associate professor in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to NBC News about the turmoil in Bolivia. Albro said that “Morales' administration successfully ran the nation's economy despite being left-leaning and socialist because it skillfully operated within global capitalist systems.” (11/11)
U.S. Service Members Can't Sue Military Doctors. A Terminally Ill Green Beret is Fighting to Change That.
Andrew Popper, distinguished professor of law and government in the Washington College of Law, spoke to NBC News about a law that prevents U.S. Service members from suing military doctors. Popper said, “We should not accept the premise that one willing to fight and die for a system of justice should be denied access to the system.” (11/12)
Youth Suicide Rates Are Increasing. What's Happening -- And What Can We Do To Stop It?
Ethan Mereish, assistant professor of health studies, appeared on WAMU-FM's The Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss a new Centers for Disease Control report on youth suicide rates. Mereish discussed how LGTBQ youth of color and LGTBQ youth are at greater risk for poor mental health outcomes. (11/12)
To Help Gig Economy Workers Get Ahead, Simplify the Tax Filing Process
Caroline Bruckner spoke to The Los Angeles Daily News about the complicated tax filing process for gig economy workers. Bruckner predicted that gig economy workers and independent contractors underpaid $4.8 billion in self-employment tax in 2014. (11/13)

''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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