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AU Newsmakers 5.28-6.4, 2021
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The 1960s Didn't End Until the '80s. So Says This Art Show About Painting in D.C.
“The Long Sixties,” a new exhibit at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, was featured in The Washington Post. The exhibit highlights D.C. artists from the time period. (6/2)
Dr. Sara Clarke Kaplan Named Executive Director of Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and Washington Business Journal covered AU's announcement of its new executive director for the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. (5/28, 6/3)

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Why the U.S. Should Recognize the Rohingya Genocide
Paul R. Williams, the Rebecca I. Grazier professor of law and international relations in The Washington College of Law and School of International Service, co-wrote an article for The Diplomat about global recognition of the Rohingya genocide. Williams and his co-authors wrote, “By acknowledging the Rohingya genocide, the Biden administration has the rare opportunity to reverse a previous wrong and lead with moral clarity on the international stage.” (6/1)

Israel Coalition Discussion
Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence at the Center for Israel Studies, spoke to BBC World about Israel's new coalition government and the potential removal of Benjamin Netanyahu. Arbell said, “There is a silent majority that supports this move, and a very vocal minority group which is against this move.” Guy Ziv, associate professor in the School of International Service, also spoke to BBC World and CGTN about Israel's political situation, and Said Arikat, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies program, discussed the developments with Al Jazeera America. (5/31, 6/2, 6/3)
Huawei Calls on an Old Friend, Russia, as U.S. Sanctions Bite Down
Joseph Torigian, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to The Washington Post about technological cooperation between Russia and China. Torigian said, “There was a huge technological transfer from 1949 to 1960. The Soviet Union sent experts to help with Chinese industrial development.” Torigian also spoke to Australian Broadcasting Corporation and VOA Mandarin about Xi Jinping and the June 4th crackdowns. (5/28, 5/31, 6/3)
A Daughter's Journey to Reclaim Her Heritage Language
Amelia Tseng, assistant professor of World Languages and Cultures, spoke to NPR about language and identity across generations. Tseng said, “You know, we're a very multilingual country and always have been.” (6/1)
The Lego Games and the Glory of Not Being Challenged
Wired quoted Andy Phelps, director of the AU Game Lab, about the appeal of low-stakes games during the pandemic. Phelps said, “Just like we sometimes want a deep, thought provoking film, we also want something light and mindless and that we can engage in easily and just relax.” (5/29)
Cuba and the U.S. Return to the Era of Confrontation
Professor of Government William LeoGrande spoke to El Pais English about the Biden administration's Cuba policy. LeoGrande said, “It is possible that internal political benefits can be obtained by maintaining the status quo.” Fulton Armstrong, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, spoke to The Hill about the administration's Cuba policy. (5/31, 6/1)
As Harris Heads to Central America, Experts Warn it Could Be a 'Frustrating' Trip
Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Eric Hershberg spoke to the Sinclair Broadcasting Group about Vice President Kamala Harris' visit to Central America. Hershberg said, “Unless there are some instruments in Washington's tool kit for changing behavior of elites in these countries, Harris' trip is going to be a frustrating one.” Anthony Fontes, assistant professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CGTN's The Heat about immigration from Central and South America. (6/2, 5/29)

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