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On Campus ·

Do-it-Yourself Urbanism: What It Means for Cities, Planners, and Citizens

The impact “do-it-yourself urbanism” has on planning and policy was the focus of a lecture by Gordon Douglas, assistant professor for Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University, hosted by SPA's Metropolitan Policy Center recently.
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Nathan Favero

Research ·

New Grant to Further Research Focused on School Funding in Low-Income Districts

Nathan Favero, assistant professor in the AU School of Public Affairs, was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to examine the impact of progressive school funding on the achievement of students in low-income school districts.
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Law ·

New Report Highlights Urgent Funding Needed for Public Defense

SPA's Justice Programs Office Right to Counsel (R2C) National Campaign released a report that shows the American constitutional right to counsel is threatened.
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International Womens Day Panel

On Campus ·

Female Ambassadors to the U.S. Come Together for International Women’s Day at American University

SPA hosted six female ambassadors to the U.S. for a panel discussion about the progress and challenges involving female political representation and participation around the world.
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Government & Politics ·

Yes She Can: Obama White House Aides Pen Book on Women’s Empowerment

Kogod alumna Vivian Graubard and SPA instructor Jenna Brayton contributed to the new book.
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Announcement ·

School of Public Affairs at AU Jumps in National Ranking in U.S. News & World Report Survey

Four specialties receive first-time recognition; three specialties jump in ranking
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Bill Sweeney

Alumni ·

Bill Sweeney Shares Expertise in Campaigns and Elections as SPA Executive-in-Residence

Bill Sweeney, BA/SPA ‘73, came to American University to be near the center of national politics and government. At the time, the campus was housing war protestors, and Sweeney discovered he had a knack for organizing who slept where.
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Jane Palmer

Research ·

New Research to Examine Legal Services for Sexual Assault Survivors

AU School of Public Affairs Professorial Lecturer Jane Palmer has been selected for a Victim Research-to-Practice Fellowship to study the civil and legal needs of sexual assault survivors in partnership with the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC).
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On Campus ·

Film Screening Spurs Discussion on Progress of Women

The Doyle Forman Theater was packed with students and community members eager to watch "On the Basis of Sex", the new film about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early years as a lawyer.
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Stacey Plaskett talks with Bob Cusack

Government & Politics ·

Leadership in Action: Bipartisanship and Criminal Justice Reform

The pathway to passage and implementation of the FIRST STEP Act was discussed at an event sponsored by the AU School of Public Affairs, the AU Kennedy Political Union, and The Hill news organization.
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