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AU Newsmakers 2.26-3.5, 2021
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Capitol Police Boosts Security After Learning of March 4 QAnon Plot to Breach Capitol
Assistant Professor of Communication Kurt Braddock spoke to DCist about a second attempt by far-right extremist groups to breach the Capitol. Braddock said, “The one thing that really stands out most of the time when these things are planned is online chatter.” Braddock also discussed the threat and far-right extremism with NBC-LX, The Washington Post, and Newsy. Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab, appeared twice on MSNBC to discuss extremism. Carolyn Gallaher, senior associate dean in the School of International Service, spoke to ABC15 about extremist culture within the Phoenix Police Department. (3/3, 3/2,3/4, 3/1)

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A Less Trumpy Version of Trumpism Might Be the Future of the Republican Party
David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, co-wrote an article for The Conversation about the future of the Republican Party. Barker and his co-author wrote, “Over the next four years we believe the GOP will solidify the transition to a populist base, though not without resistance from traditional conservatives.” (2/26)

The Coronavirus Is Threatening a Comeback. Here's How to Stop It.
Washington College of Law Professor Lindsay Wiley spoke to The New York Times about preventing a resurgence of the coronavirus. Wiley said, “People voluntarily change their behavior as they see their local hospital get hit hard, as they hear about outbreaks in their area. If that's the reason that things are improving, then that's something that can reverse pretty quickly too.” (2/26)
Students Disengage From Controversy
Lara Schwartz, director of the Project on Civil Discourse, spoke to Inside Higher Ed about fostering environments for students to discuss controversial topics. Schwartz said, “My recommendation is, find ways for teachers and schools to build a kind of resilience in students where if they're told, ‘You just hurt me or offended me,' they're able to breathe through it and think, ‘This isn't the worst thing that's happened to me.'” (3/4)
The Artists Dismantling the Barriers Between Rap and Poetry
Kyle Dargan, associate professor of literature, spoke to The New York Times Style Magazine about the shared literary ideal that gives voice to the Black and brown experience. (3/4)
Chris Cuomo's Interviews With His Brother Create Family Affair for CNN
Jason Mollica, professorial lecturer in the School of Communication, spoke to Variety about the scandals surrounding New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the conflict of interest facing his brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. (3/2)
Covid Casualties Continue
“The Long Sixties,” a new exhibit at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, was featured in the Old Town Crier. The exhibit “addressed the history of systemic racism and sexism in the arts, and its enduring impact on the art shown in museums today.” (3/1)
The U.S. Faces Harsh Realities in the Hemisphere, According to Experts
Eric Hershberg, director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to the Voice of America's Spanish-language vertical about new immigration legislation facing Congress. Hershberg also spoke to Telemundo about elections in El Salvador. (2/26)
The Boxing Film That Was Banned Around the World
Theresa Runstedtler, associate professor of history, spoke to Vox about racial issues surrounding the 1910 “Battle of the Century” between Black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson and white fighter James Jeffries. Rundstedtler said, “There was an unwritten rule that white heavyweight fighters were not allowed to fight Black heavyweight fighters in title fights.” (2/24)
Google Ends Sale of Ads Using Individual Web Tracking Data
Associate Professor of Communication Aram Sinnreich spoke to The Associated Press about Google's decision to phase out and end ad-tracking technology. Sinnreich said, “Apple and Amazon and Google have more diversified business models, where tracking is important but not central.” The article appeared in 150 outlets, including The Washington Post. (3/3)

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