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AU in the Media: 1/2/09

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CMI turns 25

More than 50 students--undergrads and grads--returned to class earlier than most to attend the 25th anniversary of the Campaign Management Institute and this year's Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute. The C-SPAN Networks were there to capture the institutes' high-profile political heavyweights, including Cornell Belcher, Liz Chadderdron, Michael Goo, Patrick J. Griffin, Mark Lotwis, professor Candice Nelson, Walter J. Oleszek, Gregory Simon, William Sweeney, Jr., professor James Thurber, Mark Winthrop, and Carol Whitney. Between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4 there were more than 47 hours of programming. (12/29 – 1/2)

Faculty, Programs, & Quotes


A global warning

In his opinion piece for the Washington Post, James R. Lee, a professor and director of the Inventory of Conflict and Environment project, wrote about the consequences of world politics and global conflict. "We're used to thinking of climate change as an environmental problem, not a military one, but it's long past time to alter that mindset," he wrote. "Over the next few years, we may find that climate-change accords and peace treaties start to overlap more and more. And we may find that global warming is heating new conflicts up to the boiling point." (1/4/09)

Frugality at its best

Jack Boul’s exhibit, "Jack Boul: Then and Now,” which was on display at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in December, was featured in the Washington Post, discussing the former AU professor’s frugal artistic style. "When it comes to taste in art, predictions aren't worth much, I know," said writer Paul Richard. "But here's one anyway: Frugality is going to be big." (12/22/08)

Lost in translation

"Always On, Language in an Online and Mobile World," written by linguistics professor Naomi Baron, was featured in the New York Times Magazine. "Baron, with good taste and relentless research, tackles a big question of interpersonal communications: What is e-mail, instant messaging, mobile phonology and other forms of Internetese doing to our spoken and written language?" writes reporter William Safire. "Questions like these are opened up in Baron’s book and will surely be followed up in heavier tomes, digested in the zine scene and flashed around the world in instant nu-spell."(12/21/08)

The Sarah Palin movement continues

Karen O’Connor, director of American University's Women and Politics Institute, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about the longevity of the women-in-politics movement after the historic vice presidential nomination of Alaska Gov. Sara Palin. "It's extremely difficult to sustain any movement over an extended period of time," she said. "And it gets really difficult to sustain momentum as a vice presidential candidate down the road." (12/21/08)

Unanswered questions in the outgoing administration

Allan Lichtman, a presidential historian, was quoted in an ABC News story about the skepticism behind the Bush administration’s practices. "The biggest question in all of these scandals is what is the source," he said. "We don't know how systematic it was at the highest levels of the Bush administration. Where did the orders come from? How systematic were they? And were these disparate areas tied together?" (12/29/08)