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    As a proposal coordinator for a global charity organization, Sarah Riczo empowers families struggling with hunger and poverty to change their lives. The public funding that she connects them to provides the training needed to strengthen local economies and can lift a community out of poverty.

    Scott Goodstein has spent the past decade pioneering digital strategy and technology for political campaigns and progressive causes across the country. He was the External Online Director for Obama for America during the 2008 presidential race, developing social networking and mobile platforms for what was arguably the biggest, most effective grassroots organizing campaign of modern times and a watershed moment for the use of digital technology in politics.


    America's First Ladies: In Service to Our Nation


    Anita McBride, executive in residence and Director of the First Ladies Initiative at American University School of Public Affairs, speaks about the 2016 First Ladies Conference. First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush will participate in "America's First Ladies: In Service to Our Nation" in Washington, D.C. Panelists will discuss the legacy of the First Ladies and the importance of supporting service members, military families, and our country's veterans. The event will be broadcast live online:

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    From left to right: Former First Lady Laura Bush, First Lady Michelle Obama, and ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff

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    America’s First Ladies: In Service to Our Nation

    SPA sponsored a forum September 16 with First Lady Michelle Obama and Former First Lady Laura Bush headlining the event.

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    Elizabeth Warren Speech to AU Students

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    Elizabeth Warren Pumps Up AU Crowd with Calls to Make Government Work for the Middle Class

    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to AU students about the economy and the middle class.

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    Presidential Debate Watch Party

    AU School of Public Affairs in the Media

    • Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute, spoke to the Christian Science Monitor on September 17 about women's opinions of Hillary Clinton.

    • James Thurber, SPA distinguished professor, spoke to The New York Times on September 13 about the view of the 2016 U.S. election from abroad.

    • Anita McBride, executive in residence, published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on September 8 reflecting on 9/11 in the White House and the 15 year anniversary.