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AU in the Media: 9/11/09

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Bringing the World to AU Through the Arts

The largest exhibition of contemporary Australian Indigenous Art to travel to the United States made its U.S. debut at the American University Museum this week. “Australian Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors,” a collection of works from each Australian state and territory, represents the history of Australian Indigenous culture, which has been in existence for 60,000 years, making it the oldest continuing culture in the world. The exhibition was featured in 8 news outlets, including the Washington Post and Washington Times, and international news outlets Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, and the Australian. The Washington Post says, “Culture Warriors is one of the most revolutionary exhibits of its ilk.” Three additional exhibits also opened this week. “Paul Feinberg: Another Washington,” a collection of photographs taken over the course of 35 years, was featured among the Top 5 Best Galleries in this week’s Washington Examiner Arts Weekend Guide. (9/10/09) (9/11/09)

Other Features

A Documentarian’s Plight

New research by the Center for Social Media was featured on, a website for the International Documentary Association. “Honest Truths: Documentary Filmmakers on Ethical Challenges in their Work,” was written by Center for Social Media director Patricia Aufderheide and co-authored by law professor Peter Jaszi and Center fellow Mridu Chandra. The report discusses workplace challenges for documentarians, including ethical standards and values, payment issues, and misrepresentation of material. The article states, ‘This study certainly meets a need, given the passionate online debates about ethics on DocuLink and other forums.’ (9/11/09)

Opinions and Editorials

Speech Rights for Corporations?

In an opinion piece on, law professor Jamin Raskin discussed whether or not corporations should be protected by the same freedom-of-speech rights as citizens. “A corporation is not, nor has it ever been, a constitutional person with voting rights; it is not, not has it ever been, a democratic citizen; nor has it ever been a constituent member of ‘We the People,’” he wrote (9/10/09)

Faculty & Quotes

The Push for Health Care

Prior to President Obama’s joint address to Congress, Dotty Lynch, professor of communication, appeared in a WUSA-CBS 9 television news segment to offer insight on what the President should do to gain more support for his health care plan. "He has to reassure the public that if they have health care, it will remain the same, and that if they don't, they can do it without incurring much additional cost," she says. "I think that's what people are most concerned about." (9/9/09)

Early Appearance, Early Exit

Making an early appearance in the political arena can be the biggest downfall for a presidential hopeful, according to an article by CQ Politics. In the article, Allan Lichtman, professor of history, said that in the past, being an early favorite was a positive. “Frankly, given a choice, you’d rather peak early,” he said. “For the most part, the favorites do get nominated.” Lichtman also added that the 2008 election changed the game after then-presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain won their respective primaries, beating out other more popular candidates. “I can’t think of a parallel to that in American history of both parties nominating underdogs.” (9/5/09)

Rare Jail Time for Offenders in Uniform

Brenda V. Smith, professor of law, was quoted in theDenver Post about the growing number of alleged sexual abuse between correctional employees and prisoners in the state of Colorado, and the larger percentage of allegations where officers go unpunished "The reality is that these interactions can go on, and there is very little that is going to happen to them," she said. "And there are very complicated reasons for that. In all sexual assault cases, there is always issues of credibility, and when you are dealing with inmates . . . you can impeach somebody with their former conviction." (9/6/09)

Experiencing the World Through Internships

American University alum Chris Malagasi, who now teaches political activism courses at his alma mater, was quoted in a Buffalo News article about the value of an internship as a tool in navigating the working world. As an AU student, Malagasi interned for U.S. Rep. Bill Paxon, and has since worked on the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush, Fred Thompson and John McCain. “More than anything, it exposed me to a lot of different things that I hadn’t considered. Sometimes in high school, you get caught up in the bubble of things, and you don’t think about your career before you get to college,” said Malagasi. “I don’t think I’d be where I am without those programs, because they taught me things a classroom cannot teach me.” (9/10/09)