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AU Newsmakers in the News 4.23-4.30, 2021
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Meet the Man Who Went from a Maryland McDonald's Employee to an Oscars History Maker
Russell Williams, distinguished artist in residence in the School of Communication, spoke to WJLA about his career in film, his two Oscars, and what to expect in this year's ceremony. (4/25)
Mortality: A Survey of Contemporary Art
Dart International Magazine featured a review of “Mortality: A Survey of Contemporary Death Art.” The exhibit was intended to be shown at the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center last spring. (4/26)

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Biden May Have to Relent on the SALT Cap to Get His Tax Plan Through Congress
Donald Williamson, executive director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, wrote an article for MarketWatch about President Biden's proposal to tax wealthy Americans by increasing capital-gains tax for individuals with incomes over $1 million. (4/30)

President Biden's Congressional Address
American University experts discussed President Biden's first address to Congress. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, spoke to the Associated Press. Allan Lichtman, distinguished professor of history and Bradley Hardy, professor of public affairs, spoke to The Hill and Bloomberg BNN, respectively, about Biden's push for bigger government. Caroline Bruckner, managing director of the Kogod Tax Policy Center, spoke to MarketWatch about tax policy proposals. (4/27, 4/28, 4/29)
Should Biden Emphasize Race or Class or Both or None of the Above?
Elizabeth Suhay, professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times about how the Democratic party uses race or class to frame public policy initiatives. Suhay said, “[Biden] seems to have no choice but to find some middle road: focusing communication on how his policies benefit most Americans while also, more infrequently but unmistakably, making clear his commitment to racial equality.” (4/28)
More Than a Year into the Pandemic, Mixed Signals on Homelessness in D.C.
Aaron Howe, an anthropology doctoral candidate, spoke to The Washington Post about homelessness in the District. Howe said, “Things are getting bad out there, and it's only the beginning.” (4/29)
Brazil Senate Starts Potentially Damaging Probe of President
Beatriz Rey, research fellow at the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies, spoke to the Associated Press about how Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's reelection campaign could be affected by a Senate probe into the country's management of the COVID-19 crisis. Rey said, “This inquiry will not punish anyone criminally; that's for the prosecutor general. But the negative exposure will be strong, every day.” (4/27)
Andrew Brown Jr.'s Shooting Exposes 'Enduring Flaws' in Policing, Experts Say
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs Janice Iwama spoke to NBC News about critical flaws in the American policing systems. Iwama said, “What we're thinking about if policies are working, we have to start going back to them and the data to see if they're leading to discriminatory policing and if they are actually reducing crime as intended.” (4/28)
OK Boomer and Peter Pan, It's Wealth Not Age
Assistant Professor of Economics Ralph Sonenshine spoke to VOA about generational gaps and wealth. Sonenshine said, “The growth of e-commerce and overall globalization enabled some companies and individuals to build fantastic amounts of wealth.” (4/26)
Hey Siri, Is That You? Apple's New Voices Resonate With Some Black iPhone Users
Professor of Communication Sherri Williams spoke to Consumer Reports about steps companies have taken to diversify the voices of digital assistants. Williams said, “If we can make the voice of authority one that doesn't always sound like white people, then that is progress.” (4/23)

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