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AU in the Media: 4/10/09

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A New Direction for Graduate Business Programs

The Kogod School of Business was highlighted as a prime business school example in a BusinessWeek feature story about its new Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) program, in which 40 percent of the students are dual master’s degree candidates. Kogod was also highlighted as leading the growing trend toward MSF programs and the increasing demand for more graduates of the program in the midst of the current economy. "For someone who has a background in engineering or something else, an MBA is great," said AU MSF student Rachel Gordon. "But for someone else like myself who already knows where their interest lies, [the MSF] was clearly the right path." MSF professor Phil English was also quoted, stating that the demand for highly trained finance specialists will increase after new regulations to prevent another banking crisis are imposed. "There are a lot of very upset people out there and they're going to look towards an increase in regulation,” he said. This story was on’s home page as one of the top stories, and was also one of the top three most read stories and the second-most emailed story on the site for that day.


Other Features

In three national publications, our professors discussed school violence ten years after the Columbine High School shooting, better U.S.-Cuba relations, and free speech:

Increasing School Safety

Lynn A. Addington, an associate professor of justice, law, and society, was quoted in an Education Week story about school security following the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, and her recent study on measures being taken to ensure the safety of students. “If we’re devoting a certain percentage of our resources to school-security and school-safety measures, it’s important to know whether they’re effective or that they don’t make some problems worse,” she said. (4/8/09)

A Push for Better Relations

Robert Pastor, a professor of international relations, was quoted in a New York Times story about a proposal from the Cuban American National Foundation, an organization for Cuban exiles, calling for better relations between Cuba and the United States. “It basically says previous efforts have failed — the embargo didn’t work,” he said. “That, from the Cuban American National Foundation, is a very significant statement.” (4/8/09)

Right to Censor?

John Watson, an associate professor of journalism, participated in a online conversation about free speech versus censorship in light of a the University of Maryland-College Park’s attempt to shut down the screening of a pornographic film on campus. “Censorship is inherently wrong,” he said. “When the government, especially when embodied in an educational institution, intentionally becomes an impediment to the expression of ideas, fundamental liberty is compromised. Maryland lawmakers should have responded to speech they found despicable by sharing their opinions, not by threatening to shut down the discussion. (4/6/09)

Faculty, Programs, & Quotes

And in other news, AU's community contributed to the national discussion on media, politics, and global issues:

Getting the Message Across

Allan Lichtman, a political history professor, was quoted in a Bloomberg News story about President Obama’s recent overseas trip to establish a foundation for better international relations. “Did he accomplish everything he might have hoped for? No,” he said. “Did he accomplish everything that could reasonably be expected and more? Yes, and in that sense it was a very successful trip.” Lichtman also appeared on an MSNBC television news segment about Obama’s attendance at the G20 summit. “I think he got everything that could be reasonably expected from the G-20,” he said. “He is so popular in Europe, and that's important, because our standing in the world has been so low over these last few years.” (4/8/09)

Reaching Out to the Muslim World

Akbar Ahmed, a professor of Islamic studies, was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle story about President Obama’s address to the Turkish parliament regarding better treatment toward Muslims."He is uniquely qualified among all the American presidents to really reach out and change the mood of the relationship between America and the Muslim world," he said. "He's the first president to talk about respect for the Muslim world." (4/7/09)

Is sensationalism better?

W. Joseph Campbell, an associate professor, appeared on NPR’s On the Media to discuss the reputation of “yellow journalism,” the act of presenting more sensationalism in media stories to attract more newspaper customers. “The energy and the effervescence of yellow journalism certainly, certainly could be adopted in many respects in daily American newspapers,” he said. “I mean, a lot of newspapers today tend to be staid, boring, predictable, and those are the features that you would not typically associate with yellow journalism, as it was practiced 110 years ago.” (4/3/09)

Women's Evolution in the Czech Republic

The works of the "Behind the Velvet Curtain" exhibit, currently on display at the American University Katzen Arts Center were featured in a Washington Post story about the artists’ portrayal of women in a capitalist Czech Republic. “Their works in this Embassy of the Czech Republic-organized exhibition at the Katzen Center are loud, aggressive and wry -- and nearly impossible to make a century ago,” writes reporter Jessica Dawson. “As their artworks tell it, today's "liberties" aren't cause for celebration.”(4/10/09)

A Communist Moldova

Elizabeth Anderson, a Moldova expert and professor in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health, was a guest on BBC Radio’s 5Live Breakfast to talk about the recent protests in Moldova, the former Soviet republic, over the Communist Party's election victory. (4/9/09)