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AU in the Media: 5/8/09

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Addressing the Class

More than 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students will participate in American University commencement events on Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, in the university’s Bender Arena. Speakers for American University’s 2009 commencement were featured in an Associated Press story about the graduation. Among the speakers are Lonnie Bunch, founding director of the National Museum of African American History, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, and Gary Cohn, president and CEO of Goldman Sachs. In other commencement news, USA Weekend featured top six commencement speeches of all time and chose President John F. Kennedy's 1963 speech at AU as one of the greatest. “There is no single, simple key to this peace -- no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers,” he said. “Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process -- a way of solving problems." (5/6/09)

Other Features

In national print and television news outlets, our student was featured for her academic achievements and professors discussed peace talks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, thyroid cancer, and a new addition to the American University community:

Academic All-Star

AU senior Carrie Johnson, who last week was chosen as one of the 20 winners of USA Today’s 2009 All-USA College Academic First Team, was featured in a Yankton Press & Dakotan story about the honor, which recognizes students nationwide for academic achievement, leadership, and community service. “It is definitely an honor to receive this award,” she told her hometown newspaper. “It is a nice culmination and recognition of the hard work that I have done in my four years of college.” (5/4/09)

A Step Closer to Negotiations?

Akbar Ahmed was a guest on CNN’s Headline News to discuss President Obama’s peace talks the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan. “For President Obama his greatest headache is not coming from Rush Limbaugh and the Republicans. It's really coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he said. “He staked his reputation and his foreign policy in that part of the world.” The quote later appeared on (5/6/09)

A Rising Cancer Rate

A study by American University’s School of Communication was featured in a WABC-TV television news segment about the increase in thyroid cancer cases. According to the study, cases of thyroid cancer are rising rapidly, and doctors are unsure of its cause. (5/7/09)

Passing the Torch

Karen O’Connor, former director of the Women and Politics Institute, was quoted in a Providence Journal story about Brown University professor Jennifer Lawless taking over as director of the institute starting this summer. O'Connor will become director emeritus. "Dr. Lawless is at the forefront of academic research and writing about women in politics and, specifically, women's political ambition. And she waged an incredibly strong campaign for Congress," she said. "Her vision for the future of women in all facets of politics, and her unparalleled record of scholarship on the issue, brings tremendous assets to the thriving institute." (5/4/09)


Faculty, Programs, & Quotes

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

Broadcast News in Retrospect

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the movie Broadcast News, School of Communication professor Gemma Puglisi penned an opinion piece for the Society of Professional Journalists about the history of women in broadcast news and how the industry has changed since the film's 1987 release. “Perhaps the toughest part of the job has been witnessing the change in the industry,” she wrote. “Technology was constantly changing, and everything could be done faster. A lot of the standards were lowered, and so came the dumbing of the news.” Puglisi also discussed the career of 48 Hours executive producer Susan Zirinsky, who in the late 1980s was a CBS News floor producer and the inspiration for the character played by Holly Hunter.  Zirnisky will be the featured speaker at the School of Communication commencement.(5/4/09)

Stretching the Dollars

Gordon Adams, a professor of U.S. foreign policy, was quoted in a New York Times story about the Obama administration’s plans to reduce the military spending budget. “It’s the best possible moment politically to exercise this kind of budget discipline,” he said. “They are saying, ‘Let’s not go too far.’” (5/6/09)

Rescued from the Holocaust

Richard Breitman, a professor of history, was quoted in a New York Times story about his work on “Refugees and Rescue: The Diaries and Papers of James G. McDonald, 1935-1945,” a book he edited that discusses President Roosevelt’s wishes to rescue millions of European Jews from Nazi death camps during World War II. Breitman described Roosevelt’s support of using British, French, and German colonies as havens for thousands of refugees. (4/30/09)

The Next 1,400 Days

James Thurber, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, was quoted in a Bloomberg News story about President Obama’s agenda following his first 100 days in office. “The first 100 days have been impressive, but it’s not at all as difficult as the next 1,400 or so days will be,” he said. (4/29/09)

Interrogation Methods Going Too Far?

Kenneth Anderson, a law professor, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about the legalities behind interrogation policy or terrorist suspects. "The most powerful institutional incentive today is to kill rather than capture them," he said, suggesting that “warfare is easier than lawfare.” (5/3/09)