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AU Newsmakers 11.15-11.22, 2019
Top Story
How Do Trump Hearings Compare to Past Impeachment Hearings?
Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman spoke to NBC News and compared the Trump impeachment hearings to past impeachment hearings. Lichtman said, “The public hearings were everything.” Lichtman also spoke to MSNBC, Sinclair Broadcasting Group and Al Jazeera English. Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to The Christian Science Monitor and AP Radio, and Alan Kraut, distinguished professor of history, spoke to The Guardian. Chris Edelson, professor of public affairs, spoke to Alhurra, Al Jazeera English and AP Radio. Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director of the Women & Politics Institute spoke to The Christian Science Monitor and Scott Talan, professor of communication, appeared on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show. (11/19, 11/17, 11/18, 11/21)

Additional Feature
American U's Seth Gershenson Discusses Research on Teacher Race and Charter Schools
Seth Gershenson, associate professor of public affairs, spoke to The Carolina Journal about his research into the impact of teacher race on student success. Gershenson said, “We found very compelling evidence that, yes, when you have at least one black teacher in elementary school, black students are more likely to finish high school and enroll in college.” (11/15)

Faculty Authors
The Mythical Independent Voter Isn't Going to Save Us
Candice Nelson, professor of public affairs, co-wrote an article for CNN about the myth of the independent voter. Nelson and her co-author wrote, “Independents are not nearly as ‘neutral' as we think.” (11/15)
The PDVSA 2020 Bond: Time for a Solution
Arturo Porzecanski, distinguished economist-in-residence in the School of International Service, wrote an article for The Financial Times about Venezuela's growing bond default value. Porzecanski wrote, “It behooves both sides in the dispute – bondholders and Guaido's representatives – to start an earnest negotiation process to solve the underlying problem, which is PDVSA's current incapacity to meet the contractual terms of its 2020 bonds.” (11/18)

What Do We Hear When Women Speak?
School of Communication Associate Professor Jane Hall spoke to The New York Times about the number of female moderators at the fifth Democratic presidential debate. Hall said, “I think we are past the point of questioning whether women have the ‘gravitas' or the ‘authority' to moderate these debates.” David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to TIME. Barker also spoke to Al Jazeera English, AFP, Ballotpedia and The Wash, and Capri Cafaro, executive-in-residence, spoke to AFP. (11/20, 11/21, 11/16)
How Kanye West Put Joel Osteen's Prosperity Gospel Back Under the Spotlight
Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, spoke to The Washington Post about Kanye West's recent evangelism. Kendi said, “White evangelicals are showering [West] with attention because they've been criticized for years for their racism.” (11/19)
With Unanimous Vote, Montgomery Passes Wide-Ranging Racial Equity Bill
David Lublin, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Washington Post about the passage of a new racial equity bill in Montgomery County. Lublin said, “It will create the appearance of having acted, rather than making substantive progress in this area.” (11/19)
British PM & Chief Rival Duel in First Televised Debate
Garret Martin, professorial lecturer in the School of International Service, spoke to CNN International about the debate between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his chief rival Jeremy Corbyn. Martin said, “What makes this a very unpredictable election is the high degree of expected tactical voting.” (11/20)
Israel's Netanyahu Indicted on Bribery, Fraud, Breach of Trust Charges
Guy Ziv, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Voice of America about the indictment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges. Speaking about Netanyahu's reaction to the indictment, Ziv said, “It has a negative effect on Israeli democracy, because he's essentially suggesting that the institutions are not to be trusted.” Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence, discussed the state of Israeli politics with TRT World News (11/21)
Dating a Democrat: How 2020's Presidential Election Has Altered Romance in D.C.
Stef Woods, professorial lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative, spoke to WAMU-FM about politics and the dating scene in D.C. Woods said, “If the goal is a long-term relationship, then it's not about how you work well when things are good, it's about how you communicate and compromise and get past things that are bad or uncomfortable.” (11/15)

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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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