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AU School of Public Affairs The AU School of Public Affairs was established as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. From FDR's vision for "practical contacts between the collegiate and educational world, and the operations of government;" SPA was born.
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For 85 years, the school has been committed to training, educating, informing, and elevating scholars and public affairs experts. http://www.american.edu/spa www.twitter.com/AU_SPA

For 85 years, the school has been committed to training, educating, informing, and elevating scholars and public affairs experts. http://www.american.edu/spa www.twitter.com/AU_SPA

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Join SPA's Political Theory Institute & Prof G. Borden Flanagan for a conversation on "Fashion, Identity, & Freedom of E...
11/18/2020

Join SPA's Political Theory Institute & Prof G. Borden Flanagan for a conversation on "Fashion, Identity, & Freedom of Expression" tomorrow, Nov 19, at 5:30 p.m. w/ Gwenda-Lin Grewal, author of the book "Philosophy & Fashion: On Good Looks and Good Looking." RSVP: https://bit.ly/38NRyPz

Join SPA Dean Vicky Wilkins and Actor & current MPAP grad student Sean Astin for a watch party and Q&A session of his fi...
11/18/2020

Join SPA Dean Vicky Wilkins and Actor & current MPAP grad student Sean Astin for a watch party and Q&A session of his film "Rudy" on Nov 23. This event is open to the entire SPA community, w/ chances to win door prizes throughout the night! RSVP: https://bit.ly/3f65Z2z

Join SPA's Political Theory Institute & Prof G. Borden Flanagan for a conversation on "Fashion, Identity, & Freedom of E...
11/17/2020

Join SPA's Political Theory Institute & Prof G. Borden Flanagan for a conversation on "Fashion, Identity, & Freedom of Expression" on Nov 19 at 5:30 p.m. w/ Gwenda-Lin Grewal, author of the book "Philosophy & Fashion: On Good Looks and Good Looking." RSVP: https://bit.ly/38NRyPz

Join SPA on November 17 & 18 for two half-days of panel discussions on what the emergence of autonomous vehicles means f...
11/16/2020

Join SPA on November 17 & 18 for two half-days of panel discussions on what the emergence of autonomous vehicles means for the policy & regulatory landscape of the US. SPA Professorial Lecturer Selika Talbott will moderate this forum. RSVP: https://bit.ly/369tPWV

This coming January, join SPA at the annual Institute for Data Science & Big Data, a ten-day online immersive educationa...
11/16/2020

This coming January, join SPA at the annual Institute for Data Science & Big Data, a ten-day online immersive educational experience designed for American University students & working professionals, to gain the skills needed to succeed in this rapidly emerging field. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2Uxg5js

Join SPA & CEP for a panel discussion on "Building Back Better in a Small and Hurricane-Damaged Economy: Dominica’s Ques...
11/15/2020

Join SPA & CEP for a panel discussion on "Building Back Better in a Small and Hurricane-Damaged Economy: Dominica’s Quest to be the World’s First Resilient Nation," convened by SPA Prof. Todd Eisenstadt on Wednesday, November 18. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3ipuzvg

On Monday, November 16, join SPA Assoc. Prof. Tricia Bacon as she moderates a book talk on "Your Sons Are at Your Servic...
11/14/2020

On Monday, November 16, join SPA Assoc. Prof. Tricia Bacon as she moderates a book talk on "Your Sons Are at Your Service, Tunisia's Missionaries of Jihad" with Author Aaron Zelin. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2IAqfgi

On the topic of flu shots, SPA Asst. Prof. Aparna Soni told AFP Fact Check that “without govt intervention, the private ...
11/13/2020
Drug companies do not supply the flu shot for free

On the topic of flu shots, SPA Asst. Prof. Aparna Soni told AFP Fact Check that “without govt intervention, the private market will not produce the socially desired amount of vaccines, & society will not be able to experience the benefits." Read more: https://bit.ly/2GXFKi0

Facebook and Instagram posts shared in Canada and the United States claim the medical industry is supplying the flu shot to pharmacies and doctors’ offices for free, implying that such a giveaway is suspicious. While many patients do not pay a direct out-of-pocket fee to receive the influenza vacc...

#2020APPAM is going strong! SPA is proud of the faculty and students participating in this year's APPAM annual Fall Rese...
11/13/2020

#2020APPAM is going strong! SPA is proud of the faculty and students participating in this year's APPAM annual Fall Research Conference! Take a look at their schedule for today:

Day 2 of #2020APPAM is in full swing! Don't forget to join the SPA faculty and students for their sessions today at APPA...
11/12/2020

Day 2 of #2020APPAM is in full swing! Don't forget to join the SPA faculty and students for their sessions today at APPAM's 42nd Annual Fall Research Conference. Take a look at today's schedule here:

Attending #ARNOVA20? A number of SPA faculty and students are sharing their research and expertise this week at the 49th...
11/12/2020

Attending #ARNOVA20? A number of SPA faculty and students are sharing their research and expertise this week at the 49th Annual ARNOVA Conference. Take a look at their schedule here:

Today we honor and commemorate all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Services. The SPA community is grateful ...
11/11/2020

Today we honor and commemorate all current and former members of the U.S. Armed Services. The SPA community is grateful for your commitment to sacrifice, serve, and protect. #VeteransDay

Attending #2020APPAM? A number of SPA faculty and students are participating/presenting their work at APPAM's 42nd Annua...
11/11/2020

Attending #2020APPAM? A number of SPA faculty and students are participating/presenting their work at APPAM's 42nd Annual Fall Research Conference. Take a look at their schedule for this afternoon:

SPA is proud of the faculty and students participating at the #2020APPAM! Take a look at this morning’s schedule:
11/11/2020

SPA is proud of the faculty and students participating at the #2020APPAM! Take a look at this morning’s schedule:

11/11/2020
AU Sine Institute of Policy & Politics

AU Sine Institute of Policy & Politics

#ElectionResults2020 - Happening Now!

Where are we now? Post-Election Webinar

The Sine Institute brings back American University alums Janet Rodriguez (White House Correspondent, Univision) and Ed O'Keefe (Political Correspondent, CBS News) for a post-election discussion.

**Click share on Facebook to share this program with friends.**

Join this live event via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kYWOY8vkRMGpH9gOQyK-fg

#Election2020
#eleccion2020

Join SPA on November 17 & 18 for two half-days of panel discussions on what the emergence of autonomous vehicles means f...
11/10/2020

Join SPA on November 17 & 18 for two half-days of panel discussions on what the emergence of autonomous vehicles means for the policy & regulatory landscape of the US. SPA Professorial Lecturer Selika Talbott will moderate this forum. RSVP: https://bit.ly/369tPWV

Join SPA on November 17 & 18 for two half-days of panel discussions on what the emergence of autonomous vehicles means f...
11/09/2020

Join SPA on November 17 & 18 for two half-days of panel discussions on what the emergence of autonomous vehicles means for the policy & regulatory landscape of the US. SPA Exec-in-Residence Selika Josiah Talbott will moderate this forum. Register here: https://bit.ly/369tPWV

Tomorrow, Nov 9, join SPA's Project on Civil Discourse for the next post-election "drop-in" facilitated discussions on h...
11/08/2020

Tomorrow, Nov 9, join SPA's Project on Civil Discourse for the next post-election "drop-in" facilitated discussions on how to navigate the key topics about patriotism & politics in a constructive manner that leads to a deeper understanding of your peers. Register: https://bit.ly/2JErQm2

Join SPA's Women & Politics Institute Exec Director Betsy Fischer Martin, CEO of the 19th News Emily Ramshaw, and Washin...
11/07/2020

Join SPA's Women & Politics Institute Exec Director Betsy Fischer Martin, CEO of the 19th News Emily Ramshaw, and Washington Correspondent Amanda Becker on Wednesday, Nov 11, as they share their analysis & reporting on the 2020 election results as they pertain to gender. RSVP: https://bit.ly/2I7YtrQ

Join SPA and the AU Career Center for a virtual alumni/employer panel on Monday, November 9. Discover current trends in ...
11/06/2020

Join SPA and the AU Career Center for a virtual alumni/employer panel on Monday, November 9. Discover current trends in the industry, helpful tips for entering the field, and discuss available opportunities. Register: https://bit.ly/3oVWBTB
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11/06/2020
Election 2020: What We Know, What We Don’t, and What’s Coming

#AUSPALive - Happening Now!

Election 2020: What We Know, What We Don’t, and What’s Coming

#ElectionDay has come & gone, but the 2020 election is not over! Join the Sine Institute's Executive Director Amy K. Dacey and the Women & Politics Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin for a Facebook LIVE discussion and a Q&A session on what's happening & what's next!

Chay Rao, AU School of Public Affairs
Betsy Fischer Martin, Women & Politics Institute
Amy K. Dacey, Sine Institute of Policy & Politics

**Submit questions via Facebook comments.**

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#AUSPALive: #ElectionDay has come & gone, but the 2020 election is not over! Join the Sine Institute's Exec Director Amy...
11/05/2020

#AUSPALive: #ElectionDay has come & gone, but the 2020 election is not over! Join the Sine Institute's Exec Director Amy K. Dacey & the Women & Politics' Exec Director Betsy Fischer Martin for a Facebook LIVE discussion and a Q&A session on what's happening & what's next this Friday, Nov 6. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3l1G5io

Starting today, Nov 5, join SPA's Project on Civil Discourse for a series of post-election "drop-in" facilitated discuss...
11/05/2020

Starting today, Nov 5, join SPA's Project on Civil Discourse for a series of post-election "drop-in" facilitated discussions on how to navigate the key topics about patriotism & politics in a constructive manner that leads to a deeper understanding of your peers. Register: https://bit.ly/2JErQm2

Thinking about starting your graduate degree in Spring or Fall 2021? Join us for a "Preview Day" tomorrow, November 6, t...
11/05/2020

Thinking about starting your graduate degree in Spring or Fall 2021? Join us for a "Preview Day" tomorrow, November 6, to learn about graduate degrees at SPA! Breakout sessions include conversations with SPA faculty, career outcomes, & merit aid. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3oPd8Zj

Congrats to Sarah McBride (SPA/BA '13) on winning her state senate race in Delaware and becoming the first transgender s...
11/04/2020

Congrats to Sarah McBride (SPA/BA '13) on winning her state senate race in Delaware and becoming the first transgender state senator in U.S. history.
Watch as Sarah shares how she found her voice and came out as transgender while studying at American University w/ SPA Dean Vicky Wilkins: https://bit.ly/2OSPLNR

Thinking about starting your graduate degree in Spring or Fall 2021? Join us for a "Preview Day" this Friday, November 6...
11/03/2020

Thinking about starting your graduate degree in Spring or Fall 2021? Join us for a "Preview Day" this Friday, November 6, to learn about graduate degrees at SPA! Breakout sessions include conversations with SPA faculty, career outcomes, & merit aid. RSVP: https://bit.ly/3oPd8Zj

It’s Election Day 2020! Polls are now open. Make sure you know where your polling place is and VOTE: https://bit.ly/2JxH...
11/03/2020

It’s Election Day 2020! Polls are now open. Make sure you know where your polling place is and VOTE: https://bit.ly/2JxHoId.
Take a look at how the SPA community is performing their civic duty! If you've already voted, make sure to remind your friends & family to vote today. #MyVotingPlan #VOTE2020

SPA’s Director of Communications Chay Rao says, “#MyVotingPlan includes my daughter Sana. We’ve voted together in every ...
11/02/2020

SPA’s Director of Communications Chay Rao says, “#MyVotingPlan includes my daughter Sana. We’ve voted together in every election she’s been alive for, and this year we braved the line and voted early so she could see democracy in action and understand the gravity of our civic responsibility. Go vote if you haven’t already!”

11/02/2020
AU Sine Institute of Policy & Politics

AU Sine Institute of Policy & Politics

#SPALive

Happening Now -- An exclusive presidential pre-election discussion with:

- Ben Ginsberg, Political Law Advocate
- Erinn D. Martin, Policy Counsel for the Public Policy Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Kimberly Wehle, Author, Lawyer, Law Professor, and Legal Expert

Program moderated by Washington College of Law's Louis Caldera.

Join this program on Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sidz3hwBRAyOWJQ1ojXjQw

**CLICK SHARE ON FACEBOOK TO SHARE THIS PROGRAM WITH FRIENDS**

11/02/2020
#MyVotingPlan: George Reese

SPA's Program Coordinator George Reese shared his voting plan with us: "I'm so glad I live in Montgomery County, MD, where everyone in my family could easily request an absentee ballot & safely drop them off in a secure dropbox at our local library, and not worry about long lines or catching #COVID19." #MyVotingPlan

Regarding Republicans avoiding criticizing the president publicly, Women & Politics Exec Director Betsy Fischer Martin s...
11/01/2020
Senate Republicans prepare for possible "post-Trump world"

Regarding Republicans avoiding criticizing the president publicly, Women & Politics Exec Director Betsy Fischer Martin says, "They all live in fear of sort of the Trump tweet, right? And so they are just deliberately not going to do anything to bait him.” Read via CBS News: https://cbsn.ws/3kKz4T3

"I don't think you can find a Republican in Washington who thinks President Trump is going to win reelection," said one strategist.

On Biden's VP pick, the Exec Director of SPA's Women & Politics Institute Betsy Fischer Martin tells ABC News, "He reall...
10/31/2020
'Quite a bit of chaos': What happens if Biden wins and serves only one term?

On Biden's VP pick, the Exec Director of SPA's Women & Politics Institute Betsy Fischer Martin tells ABC News, "He really wanted to have someone in that position that he felt would be ready to govern," but regarding the 2024 election, she adds, there are "too many variables." Read: https://ab.co/3edmZmN

If Joe Biden wins next week, he'll be the oldest president in US history. Amid speculation he'll step aside after one term, his running mate Kamala Harris could be in the hot seat. But experts say she couldn't expect a dream run to the White House in 2024.

10/30/2020

SPA's Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment Jennifer Forney shares her voting plan with us! Rain or shine, she encourages voters to execute their right to vote! #MyVotingPlan

On October 14, SPA Profs Taryn Morrissey, Aparna Soni, & Kareem Jordan shared a virtual discussion w/ Ryan Clancy of No ...
10/30/2020

On October 14, SPA Profs Taryn Morrissey, Aparna Soni, & Kareem Jordan shared a virtual discussion w/ Ryan Clancy of No Labels about the challenges of bipartisanship amid pressing issues in criminal justice, education, & healthcare policy. Read more here: https://bit.ly/34DOLFU

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team on Monday, November 2, to learn how to build...
10/29/2020

Interested in applying to a graduate program? Join our grad admissions team on Monday, November 2, to learn how to build & bolster your graduate application! Can't attend? Register for the other virtual application coaching sessions & apply for free: http://bit.ly/2GHp6m9

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