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AU in the Media: 12/04/09

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“Professor” Stone Goes to Washington

Filmmaker Oliver Stone paid a visit to history professor Peter Kuznick’s Oliver Stone’s America course to discuss his work and how his forthcoming film, “Wall Street 2,” reflects today’s economy. “Wall Street can be the engine of capitalism and create opportunity,” he told the class. “But they increasingly have not done that because there’s more money in speculation.” Stone’s visit to AU was cited in an Associated Press story republished by more than 400 news outlets, including, Access Hollywood,, Newsday, “It’s such a resource to be able to talk in person to someone like Oliver Stone. It’s an unbelievable opportunity,” graduate student Steve Erdman told WJLA-ABC7 for the 11 p.m. news. A second segment aired the next morning leading into Good Morning America.(12/2/09)

Program Features

Back to School for Federal Leaders

The Institute for the Study of Public Policy, within the School of Public Affairs, teamed with service contractor MRC LCC to create a new certificate program to prepare federal executives. The program will offer federal employees the leadership and technology skills to manage large federal projects. "The ingredient missing is the ability to lead the team," Robert Tobias, director of AU's Institute for the Study of Public Policy, told the Washington Business Journal. (12/4/09)

Stimulus Money Funds Green Jobs Overseas 

According to a report by the Investigative Reporting Workshop in the School of Communication, 70 percent of wind turbines used in energy conservation projects funded with stimulus grants were manufactured by foreign companies, creating a conflict on the availability of domestic jobs. The report’s author, AU graduate student Russ Choma, appeared on CNN Tonight to discuss the findings. (12/3/09)


AU Museum: A Top Destination

The American University Museum was featured as one of the Top 5 Things to Do in the Washington Examiner’s Weekend Arts Guide. The works of John Dreyfuss, in an exhibit titled “Inventions,” showcases six sculptures created to resemble comically-enlarged hand tools. (12/3/09)

Expert Quotes

Terrain Program Faces Ethical Shortcomings

Inside Higher Ed detailed a report by the American Anthropological Association examining the ethical implications of the military's use of anthropologists for its Human Terrain System program. The purpose of the commission was “to provide a substantive, detailed, rounded point of reference” on a program about which little -- including how much it costs and who funds it -- is publicly known, according to Robert Albro of American University, the commission chair.  The Canadian Press, which also interviewed Albro, wrote a similar story. It was republished in more than 20 news outlets. (12/3/09)

A Plan of Action

International relations professor Akbar Ahmed was an in-studio guest for BBC World News to talk about President Obama’s plans for a troop surge in Afghanistan. “What worries me is that he’s not fully aware that from now on it will be seen as Obama’s war, not Bush’s war,” he said during the 8–minute segment. “Two of the three pillars [in his war strategy], the civilian search and the partnership with Pakistan, depend entirely on the governments in Islamabad, and these are widely seen as corrupt.” (12/2/09)

Will the Troop Surge Work?

David Bosco, a professor of international politics, also discussed President Obama’s war strategy in Afghanistan during a radio interview on WTOP 103.5. “I think the real problem in Afghanistan has been that there just haven’t been enough troops for the kind of mission that’s been established,” he said. (12/2/09)