Young Americans For Liberty chapter hosts controversial event with Daily Caller editor

Daily Caller editor Amber Athey spoke to American University students about due process in terms of sexual assault allegations on Oct. 23 for an event hosted by AU’s Young Americans for Liberty chapter. The Daily Caller, a conservative publication, has been a source of controversy in the past, with the Southern Poverty Law Center stating that the website has a “white nationalist problem.”

Why #MeToo Matters Internationally

In the United States, the #MeToo movement has provided a platform to victims of sexual assault to share their experiences, but what about elsewhere? According to a 2017 World Health Organization report, about 35 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime globally, and according to a 2014 UNICEF report, 120 million girls around the world have experienced forced sexual acts in their lives.

Burwell inaugurated as president in Bender Arena

After more than ten months as president, Sylvia Burwell was formally inaugurated Thursday as the 15th, and first female, president of American University in a Bender Arena ceremony. The event began with performances from the AU Jazz Quartet and AU Chamber Singers. Davis Guggenheim, a film and television producer who is also Burwell’s close friend, delivered a welcome speech. D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, who earned her master’s degree from AU in 2000, also delivered remarks congratulating Burwel

Incoming Freshmen Organize School Walkouts Protesting Gun Violence

Several incoming freshmen have participated in school walkouts protesting gun violence across the U.S., and AU’s admissions department has expressed their support for prospective students “engaging in peaceful and lawful protests.” AU Admissions released a statement on Feb. 24 informing accepted or prospective students with pending applications that their admission status will not be affected if they face disciplinary action due to protesting.

Mother of God Religious Group Approaches Students on Campus

Several students reported to AU police that they were approached near and on campus by “Mother of God,” a religious group, in recent weeks. Variations of a Facebook post that state the religious group is tied to suspected human trafficking circulated online in February. AU Students Against Human Trafficking shared the viral post on their Facebook page on Feb. 12, which they later said to “disregard” as the claims were inaccurate, according to AUPD.

Uncensoring China panel held at AU

Scholars and activists gathered at AU on March 29 to discuss political persecution, organ harvesting and human rights in China. Murray Bessette, director of academic programs at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, hosted the panel of speakers that included Adela Lan of Initiatives for China, Larry Liu of Falun Dafa Information Center, Burton Wides of Human Rights Legal Counsel and Ning Xianhua, a former political prisoner in China.