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Last Updated September 12, 2008

AU in the News

Showcasing AU programs, professors, students and alumni in the news
Week of September 6 - 12

Journey into America
In his opinion piece for the Huffington Post, Frankie Martin wrote about his experience while traveling with American University professor Akbar Ahmed and other young Americans on a research trip through the Middle East, South Asia and Far East Asia to speak with Muslims and listen to their opinions on war, religion and culture. “Our journey into Islam demonstrated the need to go beneath the surface, to dispense with stereotypes, and have an open mind in order to understand what was actually going on. We hope to accomplish a similar objective our American journey as well,” he wrote. “In this environment of conflict and misunderstanding between Islam and the West, we can afford nothing less.” (9/10/08)

Lincoln-Douglass debates anniversary
In his opinion piece for the Washington Times, Edward C. Smith, a professor and the co-director of the Civil War Institute at American University, wrote about the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Senate slavery debate between incumbent Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. “The making of a new America - severed entirely from slavery - was largely made possible because Lincoln's loss to Stephen Douglas left him available to run for the nation's highest elective office, which he secured and used to achieve victory over national division and social injustice,” he wrote. (9/10/08)

Framing fashion?
Karen O’Connor, founder and director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, was quoted in a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel news article about the fascination surrounding vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s eyeglasses. “It shows how little we’ve advanced, that we’re focusing on hair, makeup and glasses,” she said. “Historically, people attach intelligence to people who wear glasses. So if there’s a question about “how smart you are, or how ready you are for this office, you’re going to keep those glasses on.” (9/10/08)

A picture’s worth a thousand words
A portrait of Jamin Raskin, a law professor at American University, is the final photo in Richard Avedon's 'Portraits of Power' on display at the Corcoran Art Gallery. In an Associated Press article about the exhibit, Raskin reflected on the image and how it helped him make a decision to run for political office. “I wondered if I was tough enough,” he said of his own portrait, which is included in the collection. “Several people reminded me of that picture and said, ‘You have a tough side to you.’” This article was picked up by more than 20 news outlets. (9/11/08)

Could Hillary have prevented the Palin effect?
Julia Piscitelli with the American University's Women and Politics Institute was quoted in a Politico story about AK Governor Sarah Palin’s influence on women voters, and what impact it would have had Sen. Barack Obama chosen Sen. Hillary Clinton as his running mate. “I don't think Palin would be seeing these kind of gains if Hillary was on the ticket,” she said. “When Obama picked Biden, it gave Republicans an opening, and they are taking full advantage of it. ... The question is: How long will it last?” (9/10/08)

Women in high-collar crimes
Brenda Smith, a law professor at American University, was quoted in a MarketWatch story about the rising number of women committing white –collar crimes. "Women are much more likely than men to be involved in non-violent economic crime," Smith said. "It's more visible now because they're more likely to serve time." (9/10/08)

A chance at an opportunity
Freshman Yordanos Yalewayker excelled academically in high school but was worried that she wouldn't be able to pay for college. Yalewayker was able to enroll at AU this semester because according to the Washington Post, an anonymous benefactor awarded four scholarships to children of women who died of breast cancer. "I definitely would not be here without the scholarship," she said. "It gave me a good opportunity to get the best education and actually grow from it. It's something I won't forget for the rest of my life, because this is where it begins." (9/11/08)

 



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