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AU Newsmakers 6.10-6.18, 2021
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American University Students Report for Teen Vogue on 2020 Racial Reckoning
This past spring, five students in Assistant Professor of Communication Sherri Williams' Race & Reporting Class wrote articles for Teen Vogue reflecting on their generation's experience with the 2020 racial reckoning. WRC-TV spoke to Williams and recent graduate Tobi Raji about the project and its impact. (6/16)
Melissa Scholes Young is Creating Buzz with The Hive
Associate Professor of Literature Melissa Scholes Young's latest book, “The Hive,” was reviewed in the Washington City Paper. (6/10)

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Extremism Has Spread Into the Mainstream
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization & Extremism Research and Innovation Lab, wrote an article for The Atlantic about extremism as a public health issue, rather than a security issue. Miller-Idriss wrote, “The other problem is that the federal government focuses too much on security, and not enough on preventing radicalization in the first place.” Miller-Idriss also spoke to The Washington Post and Buzzfeed and wrote an article for the Boston Globe about President Biden's plan to tackle domestic terrorism. (6/15, 6/13, 6/14)

President Biden's Europe Trip
Garrett Martin, co-director of the Transatlantic Policy Center, co-wrote an article with SIS alum Balazs Martonffy about the NATO Summit for The Washington Post. Michelle Egan, co-director of the Transatlantic Policy Center, was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report article about President Biden's international trip. James Goldgeier, professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CNBC World and JusticeNewsFlash about the trip's outcomes. Anton Fedyashin, associate professor of history, spoke to CGTN America about the NATO Summit, and Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer at the Center for Environmental Policy, wrote an article for The Hill about how the U.S. can use clean gas to diminish Europe's reliance on Russia. Keith Darden, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to CNN, TASS, and RNC Radio Colombia about the Biden-Putin meeting. Peter Kuznick, professor of history, spoke to TASS. (6/10, 6/11, 6/12, 6/13, 6/14, 6/16)
Ongoing Situation in Israel
Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence at the Center for Israel Studies, spoke to The Forward about the new Israeli government. Arbell also spoke to CGTN about the future of the Gaza strip following recent Israeli-Palestine tensions. Guy Ziv, professor in the School of International Service, wrote an article for Haaretz and spoke to CGTN America about the new government. Morad El Sana, adjunct professorial lecturer of Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies, wrote an article for the Conversation about Arab political parties and their role in the new Israeli government. (6/10, 6/11, 6/12, 6/14)
Nearly Two-Thirds of Millennials Have Homebuyer Regrets, New Survey Says
Jeffrey Harris, chair of the Department of Finance and Real Estate in the Kogod School of Business, spoke to USA Today about the regrets of recent millennial homebuyers. (6/13)
Pentagon Weighs Proposal to Send Dozens of Troops Back to Somalia
Tricia Bacon, assistant professor of public affairs, spoke to The New York Times about a proposal to send U.S. troops back to Somalia. Bacon said, “Unfortunately, there is no military solution to the conflict.” (6/15)
Privacy Experts Ask: Should State-Issued IDs Be Stored on Our Phones?
Aram Sinnreich, associate professor of communication, spoke to NPR's Morning Edition about privacy concerns with Apple's new plan to digitize government IDs. Sinnreich said, “If there is no regulation holding Apple accountable, then there's nothing stopping them from surveilling us.” Washington College of Law Professor Andrew Guthrie Ferguson also discussed data privacy concerns with The Washington Post. (6/11, 6/15)
Tucker Carlson's Wild, Baseless Theory Blaming the FBI for Organizing the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot
Ira P. Robbins, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to The Washington Post about Tucker Carlson's new theory that the FBI organized the Capitol riot. Robbins said, “Tucker Carlson and Revolver News make a speculative inflammatory leap that may play well with their audiences, but which may lack any basis in reality.” (6/16)
Teachers in 22 Cities Are Planning Protests Over Laws Restricting Racism Lessons in Schools
Stefan Lallinger, scholar-in-residence in the School of Education, spoke to USA Today about the need to incorporate critical race theory in social studies education. Lallinger said, “The core function of the social studies classroom is to explain what actually happened in history and how that has an impact on society today, to make children better future participants in our democracy.” (6/14)
The Future of Sports is Algorithms, not Athletes
Matt Winkler, instructor in the Sports Analytics and Management Program in the School of Professional & Extended Studies, spoke to Inverse about the role AI and algorithms will play in the future of sports. (6/14)

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