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Dean's Picks: Focus on National Security, Victims of Incarceration, and the Immigrant Experience

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American Forum

Students Discuss National Security at American Forum

Journalist who exposed NSA’s PRISM program talked Edward Snowden, freedom of press. Read more.

Bethany Fraser

Invisible Victims of Incarceration

Digital Media student Bethany Fraser offers understanding born of loss. Read more.

Debate Watch party

The Smell of Bread, The Power of Memory

SOC Professor's new book details the immigrant experience—including her own family’s. Read more.


In the News

AU’s Wonks Analyze Statewide Election Results
Communication professor Leonard Steinhorn provided election night analysis about the Virginia governor’s race on WTTG-FOX5.

Wikipedia Wobbles But Doesn’t Fall

In a Newsweek article about claims that Wikipedia is failing, communications professor Andrew Lih said that the headlines about the website are wrong.

The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic
On the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles' production of H G Wells' War of the Worlds, highlighted journalism professor W. Joseph Campbell’s research from his book, Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism which debunked a longstanding myth that the production caused mass panic. Campbell also spoke to BBC Radio on this topic.

American University's Entrepreneurial Programs Announce Partnership with 1776
American University's School of Communication, Kogod School of Business, and School of International Service announced a partnership with 1776, a startup incubator platform based in Washington, D.C.


Student Success

American Forum

#Hello McKinley Winners!

Congratulations to our #HelloMcKinley social media contest winners! Best tweet: Eva Glas, Best photo: Joe Rovegno, Best video: Hannah Sedgwick, Runner up: Mallory Kuenzi


Upcoming Events

DC Startup Forum with Seth Goldman, CEO Honest Tea
November 12 – 7:00 p.m., Butler Boardroom Learn more

Environmental Film Series
“Drawing Inspiration with Cartoonist Jim Toomey”
November 12 – 7:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more

McKinley Student Town Hall: Featuring Dean Rutenbeck
November 13 – 1:15 – 2:15 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more
Event live streamed here.

Power Lunch with Professor Wendy Melillo
November 14 – 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., RSVP/Learn more

Faculty Forum: Digital Marketing and Youth Culture with Professor Kathryn Montgomery
December 4 – 3:30 p.m., Media Production Center Learn more

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Dean's Picks: Election Edition

Politics and Elections at SOC

Check out political coverage and debate at the School of Communication. Learn more

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Chuck Todd

Chuck Todd and AU Students Talk Election 2012 for NBC

The MSNBC host fielded questions from moderator Jane Hall on immigration, voter turnout and media coverage at a recent American Forum. Read more

Matt Carter and Ed Henry

SOC Students Take Their Skills to the White House

Film student Matthew Carter says, "Because of SOC, I have learned proper technique for filming and editing a news package, which was essential to working on a project as large as this." Read more

Debate Watch party

Gallup Pro Joins Students for Debate Watch

SOC Political Communication graduate students gathered for the presidential debate watch party on campus. Read more


In the News

CampaignU: Inside the War Room and the Newsroom

Each week in PC Professor Leonard Steinhorn's Campaign 2012: Inside the War Room and the Newsroom class, WTTG-FOX5 brings a camera into the classroom as part of the station's election coverage. Each Thursday, the class is live-streamed on the station's website from 9:15-11:45 a.m. Additionally, the station's Morning News show airs a segment each week about the class. The class will be televised each week throughout the election season. Tune in to see AU's most politically active students engage in discussions on the pressing issues of the day.
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The Political Speechwriter's Life

Adjunct professor Bob Lehrman's article on speechwriting appeared in the Opinion section of the New York Times. Read more

Warren's $12M Haul Could Pay off at the Polls

Adjunct Journalism Professor Richard Benedetto discussed the Massachusetts Senate race between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown with the Boston Herald. "She's a liberal poster child for this campaign, (and) they want to make a statement with this victory. The key for Brown is, is he spending his money strategically or not? Is he spending money reaching out to people who are going to swing the election?" Read more

The Raw Revolution

PC Professor Caty Chattoo's op-ed about the integration of raw video with mainstream news feeds on LinkTV World News app for iPad appeared on the Participant Productions blog,, which was then picked up by Yahoo! News. Read more


Upcoming Events

DC Startup Forum
November 7: 7:00 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more

Post Election Forum
November 8: 9:00 a.m., MGC 4

  • Candice Nelson; Department Chair of Government (SPA) and Director of the Campaign Management Institute.
  • Jennifer Lawless; Associate Professor of Government (SPA) and Director of the Women & Politics Institute.
  • Leonard Steinhorn; Director of the Public Communication Division (SOC).
  • Dotty Lynch; Executive in Residence (SOC) and CBS News political consultant.

Moderated by Professor James A. Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Distinguished University Professor.

SOC Dean's Intern Reception
November 8: 4:00 p.m., MGC 247 Learn more

5 Nights with Inspirational Women of AU moderated by Professor Iris Krasnow

Pat Aufderheide

Professor Pat Aufderheide on Women in Documentary Filmmaking
November 12: 6:30, Butler Board Room

Stepping out of the shadows, increasingly women such as Barbara Kopple (Shut Up and Sing), Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles) and Joan Churchill (Sarah Palin? You Betcha!) have taken center stage as directors and directorsproducers of the fastest-growing film form: documentary. In this talk, you get the backstory to the role of women in this rising artform.

Dotty Lynch

Professor Dotty Lynch: Women and Politics
December 3: 6:30 p.m., SIS Founders Room

CBS Political consultant Dotty Lynch, Executive in Residence in Public Communication, will give an insider's view of what Election 2012 means to this country. She was the Political Editor for CBS News for 20 years and continues in the role of political consultant for CBS. This past election marks Lynch's 22nd election cycle in congressional and presidential campaigns as a professional journalist and pollster. Lynch will offer timely insights on the impact of the gender gap and minority voters as well as how the Tea Party factored into the results.

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CSM Presents "Camera as Catalyst"
November 15: 6:30 p.m., Wechsler Theater Learn more


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