Teaching America to Read Was the Perfect Life Mission for Barbara Bush

Fortune Magazine Originally Posted: April 18, 2018 Center For Presidential History Director, Jeff Engel lends expertise to Fortune Magazine on the legacy of Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday night at 92, is only the second first lady in American history to have both married and birthed a president. (Abigail Adams was the first.) But while that tidbit will inevitably make its way into the history books, her initiative to promote literacy is the core tenet of her legacy. First ladies often pick areas of policy to champion—and Bush chose literacy. She launched a literacy foundation in her name in 1989, the first year of her husband’s presidency. The goal of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is to ensure that every child, [...]

By | 2018-04-24T07:52:29+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Teaching America to Read Was the Perfect Life Mission for Barbara Bush

SMU Honors Convocation 2018 keynote address

SMU YouTube Originally Posted: April 17, 2018 The SMU Honors Convocation 2018 keynote address was given by Dr. Maria Dixon Hall, senior advisor to the provost, associate professor of Organizational Communications Studies, and adjunct professor of Homiletics, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, with an introduction by SMU President, Dr. R. Gerald Turner. https://youtu.be/_gxbpFpzAUc    

SMU Research Day 2018

SMU YouTube Originally Posted: April 15, 2018 https://youtu.be/xok6MaHgFGY    

Listen: Jeffrey Engel, CPH, Unpacking The Confusing Signals We’re Getting from the Mueller Probe

WDET Originally Posted: April 11, 2018 We have become accustomed to the weekly news cycle being interrupted by the quarter turn of information about Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election. But this week saw a blockbuster emerge. FBI agents raided the office and home of Michael Cohen, the personal attorney of President Trump. The federal agents reportedly seized documents related to the president’s alleged affairs with two women, including Stormy Daniels. That raid is awfully close to the president himself, a fact which is reflected in Trump’s response. Trump sent an angry series of tweets practically accusing Mueller of treason. Barbara McQuade is former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and current law professor at the University of Michigan. She says though the FBI went to Cohen’s office for files related to alleged affairs [...]

By | 2018-04-17T09:26:56+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Listen: Jeffrey Engel, CPH, Unpacking The Confusing Signals We’re Getting from the Mueller Probe

Lawrence Wright Falls Out of Love With Texas

Texas Monthly Originally Posted: April 2018 issue The follow is a review by Andrew R. Graybill, chair of the history department and co-director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. Lawrence Wright had his road-to-Damascus moment in 1979 in Gruene, the quaint Hill Country town halfway between San Antonio and Austin. At the time, he was living in Georgia, writing for a regional magazine and freelancing for various national publications. Although the Oklahoma-born Wright had spent his teenage years in Dallas, where his father was a bank president, he’d escaped the state’s centripetal pull once he graduated from high school, in 1965, leaving first for college in New Orleans and then accepting a teaching position at the American University [...]

By | 2018-03-27T08:16:17+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Lawrence Wright Falls Out of Love With Texas

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to address SMU students during 103rd Commencement May 19

SMU News Originally Posted: March 21, 2018 Randall L. Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T, will be the featured speaker during SMU’s 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Moody Coliseum. Since rising to the position of CEO in 2007, Stephenson has guided AT&T through a number of major milestones, including the ongoing acquisition of Time Warner, the 2015 acquisition of DIRECTV, and the purchase of Mexican wireless companies to create a North American network. Stephenson also has led AT&T’s breakthrough “It Can Wait” campaign – an awareness program educating drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. The program has amassed more than 19 million pledges of support. “We are honored to have a pioneering business and technology leader [...]

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A message from President Turner on free speech and civil discourse

READ MORE Originally Posted: March 20, 2018 SMU has always been a place where ideas are openly shared, examined and discussed. We value civil debate and meaningful dialogue that leads to discovery. We are firmly committed to the bedrock principle of freedom of expression. At the same time, this University is dedicated to maintaining an educational environment that is inclusive and welcoming. SMU consists of individuals of different races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, and political and social identities. In this diverse and culturally complex community, one of our foundational values is sincere regard and respect for one another. I understand that commitments to freedom of speech and an inclusive environment can come into conflict, raising challenging and important questions for our community, [...]

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