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Dean's Picks: SOC Investigative Work Shines, Focus on Entrepreneurship Program

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SOC Week is an annual tradition held during the spring semester for the purpose of gathering as a community in a spirit of celebration, education and growth. The SOC Student Ambassador team leads the coordination of a week filled with events and activities sponsored by members of our AU, SOC and communication community. Schedule of events


Latest Stories

IRW Solitary

Immigrants Held in Solitary, Often for Weeks

On any given day, about 300 immigrants are held in solitary confinement at the 50 largest detention facilities, according to new federal data. Read more


Matt Thompson

NPR's Matt Thompson Teaching New Media Entrepreneurs

The School of Communication’s newest incoming adjunct instructor, Professor Matt Thompson learned media technology on the fly.
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McKinley Building

Students Share Hopes for SOC's Future Home

The restoration of the historic McKinley Building will finally provide SOC with its own building on campus. Read more



More from the MAME program

Barbara Wall

Delivering Unique Opportunities to Entrepreneurship Students

Barbara Wall, award-winning lead attorney for Gannett, really pushes the envelope to give her students in the MA in Media Entrepreneurship program a great experience. Read more


Startup Pro Says Networking and Determination Essential

Kogod and SOC alumna Jen Consalvo came to campus to her experiences as the COO and co-founder Tech Cocktail. The company creates networking events that help new startups get connected, as well as providing publicity for the startups through their website. Read more

More information on the DC Startup Forums


SOC Investigative Work Stands Out

Chris Young

CPI fellow completes work on major six month investigative piece

CPI fellow Chris Young wrote a piece about conservative organizations, oil companies and other corporations that have paid for 185 federal judges to attend more than 100 conferences from mid-2008-2012. Read more

IRW/NYT joint investigative publication on solitary confinement

The New York Times and the Investigative Reporting Workshop have jointly published a story about immigration detention solitary confinement in the United States (in the Times Washington edition of the Sunday Times, the story is on p. A1, above the fold). The Workshop and American University are mentioned by name in the body of the story, on the jump inside. Read more


In the News

Chris Matthews Finds 'Heaven' at JFK Event

The Washington Examiner’s Yeas and Nays column covered “The Art and Craft of Speech Writing,” the first in a series of events American University is hosting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy’s legendary 1963 AU commencement speech, “A Strategy For Peace.” MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews moderated an expert panel that included adjunct professor Robert Lehrman, former Obama speechwriter Adam Frankel, and Marvin Kalb, former chief diplomatic correspondent for CBS News who covered JFK's speech. MediaBistro also previewed the event. Read more

Puglisi Speaks about Media Coverage in Rape Cases

The Christian Science Monitor spoke to PC professor Gemma Puglisi about the effect media coverage of rape cases can have on survivors. Yahoo! News republished the article. Read more

Shapiro-Perl's Film Screened and Subject's Art Featured at Museum

Professor Nina Shapiro-Perl's film, "Through the Eye of the Needle" will be screened on Maryland Public Television Wednesday, April 10 at 10:00 p.m. The subject for her film Esther Nisenthal Krinitz's art is now on display through August, 2013 as the featured exhibit the American Visionary Art Museum. Shapiro-Perl's film is also part of the installation. Read more

Stogner's Work Airs on Smithsonian Channel and Displays at NatGeo Museum

"Arabia Uncovered" airs on the Smithsonian Channel on April 6 at 8pm and 11pm and on April 9 at 8pm. The U.S. material for this film was produced by professor Maggie Stogner in conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibition, "Roads of Arabia." Learn more

She also produced several films and interactive materials for the exhibit "Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship" at the National Geographic Museum. Professor Gary Griffin shot footage of the ship's slave history in Ouidah, Africa with a local historian, professor Russell Williams consulted on the soundscapes, and AU students assisted with the film production as well as the recordings of sound effects. Get tickets


Upcoming Events

SOC Week Events
April 1 - 5, Learn more

Admitted Graduate Students Day
April 6 - 9:00 a.m., Butler Board Room, Learn more

How to be Successful, Fulfilled and Highly Productive with Chris Palmer
April 8 - 6:00 p.m., Butler Conference Room, Learn more

Kappa Tau Alpha Reception
April 16 - 5:30 p.m., MGC 200, Learn more

DC Startup Forum featuring Amy Webb
April 18 - 7:00 p.m., Butler Board Room, Learn more

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