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Senator Cory Booker on Threats to American Democracy
The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University's School of Public Affairs and the Kennedy Political Union hosted Senator Cory Booker for a discussion about threats to American democracy. The event, part of the James A. Thurber Dialogues on American Democracy series, was featured on C-SPAN. (1/29)

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A Hungry America Needs New Food for Thought
Johanna Mendelson Forman, adjunct professor in the School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Hill about the global hunger crisis. Mendelson Forman and her co-author wrote, “How could it be that hunger at home in the United States and global food poverty – issues once viewed as separate problems – are now conjoined in a desperate crisis?” (2/2)

As Biden Plans Global Democracy Summit, Skeptics Say: Heal Thyself First
James Goldgeier, professor of international studies, was quoted in a New York Times article about America's reputation abroad. Goldgeier said, “The United States has lost credibility; there's no question about that.” (1/31)
When They Spotted a Familiar Face at the Capitol Riots, They Reported It to Authorities
Associate Professor of Psychology Nathaniel Herr spoke to CNN about the psychology behind individuals who reported their loved ones for participating in the Capitol Riot. Herr said, “When the FBI is making a call, it feels like, ‘Here's a legitimate place that I can finally report this thing that has been bothering me for a long time.'” (2/2)
Bolsonaro Allies Win in Congress and Slow Impeachment Drive
Beatriz Rey, research fellow in the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, spoke to the Associated Press about the impeachment campaign against Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. Rey said, “Bolsonaro has won, but it is not clear whether he will get unconditional support.” (2/2)
CBO Projects 4.6% Growth in Biden's First Year, Jobs Lag
Gabriel Mathy, assistant professor of economics, spoke to the Associated Press about predictions that the U.S. economy will grow 4.6%. Mathy said, “There's no reason to suffer through high unemployment just because the Republicans think it's prudent to shrink the number.” Mathy also spoke to Business Insider. (2/1)
Why Are There No Biographies of Xi Jinping?
School of International Service Assistant Professor Joseph Torigian spoke to The Atlantic about the lack of biographies of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Torigian said, “Xi's defining trait before coming to power was his caution.” (1/30)
How to Update Your Face-Mask Routine to Protect Against COVID-19 Variants
Melissa Hawkins, director of the Public Health Scholars program, spoke to Allure magazine about new masking instructions. Hawkins said, “Whether you wear more than one mask or an N95, a mask worn improperly isn't going to provide as much protection as a single mask worn properly.” (2/3)
What Lessons Should News Organizations Learn from Trump's Presidency?
John Watson, professor of communication, spoke to NPR about how news organizations should deal with old news stories that identify people by name or photo. Watson said, “It's not a clear-cut case of whether the citadel should be smashed because the ethical principle is based on the fact that journalism is indeed the first draft of history.” (1/29)
Anatomy of the Pro-Trump Mob: How the Former President's Rhetoric Galvanized a Far-Right Coalition
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization & Extremism Research and Innovation Lab, spoke to ABC News about how Donald Trump's rhetoric galvanized elements of the far right. Miller-Idriss said, “This insistence – and not just Trump's, but other elected officials' insistence on that narrative of disinformation and that false conspiracy about the election has played a huge role in mobilizing these people.” Miller-Idriss also spoke to The Hill. Kurt Braddock, assistant professor of communication, spoke to Minnesota Public Radio, and Carolyn Gallaher, senior associate dean in the School of International Service, spoke to the Honolulu Civil Beat and KCRW-FM. Brian Hughes, associate director of PERIL, spoke to The Washington Post and WESH-TV. (2/3, 2/1, 2/4)
Pandemic Hindering Enrollment in College and Degree Programs, Report Finds
Andre Perry, scholar-in-residence in the School of Education, spoke to The Detroit News about the pandemic's impact on enrollment in post-secondary education in Michigan. Perry said, “We need to address those issues. We all want kids to go back to school but we want students to go back safely.” (2/3)
If You've Been Working from Home, Please Wait for Your Vaccine
Tweets by Lindsay Wiley, professor in the Washington College of Law, were cited in a Scientific American article about vaccination policies. (2/2)
Data Sharing Critical to AI's Use in Cybersecurity
Heng Xu, professor in the Kogod School of Business, participated in a panel discussion about cybersecurity that was featured in Infosecurity Magazine. (2/5)

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