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AU in the Media: 9/25/09

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AU Expert Appears on 3 National TV Shows in 2 Days

Leonard Steinhorn, professor of communication, appeared on CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and CNN’s American Morning, and was quoted by about why some politicians are forgiven for public sex scandals, and others fail to regain their popularity, and sometimes their career. “I think the wife's forgiveness is very important. He has to apologize. He has to repent. That is this Calvinist framework that our society works under when crises hit,” he said. Steinhorn also appeared on CBS Nightly News to comment on President Obama’s health care reform Sunday talk show television blitz. “In truth, lots of people are only seeing him once and those are the people he`s trying to reach,” he said. (9/22/09)

Other Features

Diane Rehm Celebrates 30

Radio talk show host Diane Rehm celebrated 30 years of her show with WAMU 88.5 this week. A gala to commemorate the occasion was featured on the front page of the Washington Post’s Style section. "I never thought I'd have a career of any kind, much less a career in radio. . . . Who in the world would have thought this evening would happen?” she said. Rehm’s show is syndicated on more than 100 NPR member stations. (9/25/09)

Rules, Laws, and Legal Issues

The Washington College of Law was featured twice this week on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show. Nancy Polikoff, law professor, was a guest during an hour-long segment about the complex rules on local and state levels concerning gay relationships. “Marriage, whether gay couples have access to it or not, shouldn’t be the diving line in law between relationships that count and relationships that don’t count. We need to look at what we’re trying to accomplish in every law we pass and figure out what relationships should count,” she said. The next day, Matthew Pascocello, assistant director of the Office of Career and Professional Development, talked about the impact of fewer jobs and budget cuts in the legal industry. “I think the difference that I’m seeing with graduates of the last year is that they are taking risks in stride,” he said. “They recognize that this is not just a regional, not just a national but an international economic climate against which they’re facing.” (9/23/09)

Powerful and Innovative Art

Sculptures by artist John Dreyfuss were featured in a half-page review in the Washington Post’s Style section. “Dreyfuss's approach here seems that of the postmodern trickster, blowing up proportions and toying with scale,” critic Jessica Dawson said of his works. “John Dreyfuss: Inventions,” is currently on display in the sculpture garden at the American University Museum. (9/25/09)

Op Eds

No Reform, No Confidence

The potential failure of health care reform may create a more negative effect on America’s self-image, according to history professor Andrew Yarrow’s opinion piece for the Baltimore Sun. “If our leaders can't come together to tackle the biggest issues, and garner Americans' support, it is a form of giving up,” he wrote. “The last few decades have seen intense fighting over so many issues, with the result that only small legislative reforms become law. If we wind up with a watered-down mishmash of so-called health-care reform, it sends another signal that America can't do great things anymore.” (9/24/09)

A Need for Anthropological Support

In an opinion piece for Inside HigherEd, David Vine, professor of anthropology, discussed the need for anthropologic expertise during the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Given the growing crisis in Afghanistan, which threatens to derail Obama’s agenda abroad and at home, the skills and original perspectives of anthropologists and other social scientists are desperately needed to build a new direction for U.S. military and foreign policy,” he wrote. (9/21/09)

Faculty and Quotes

A Forming Alliance

Akbar Ahmed, chairman of the Islamic studies department, was quoted by the Associated Press about a forming alliance between Muslims and Christians as evangelical author Brian McLaren begins to observe Ramadan, an act of interfaith relations. This story appeared in more than 80 news outlets, including USA Today, Miami Herald, and the Las Vegas Sun. “There is a high level of anti-Americanism in the Muslim world,” he said. “Now they are going to say this propaganda that America hates us is not true. Here is a pastor who wants to understand us, who does not want to convert us, and who is even prepared to walk with us, to fast with us. That is a big gesture.” (9/19/09)