SMU’s first human rights alumni share insights with this year’s grads pursuing similar career paths

SMU News Originally Posted: December 13, 2017 Since SMU launched its bachelor of arts degree in human rights in 2012 – becoming one of only five in the U.S. to offer it – 79 students have embraced the ultimate “world changer” degree to embark on careers ranging from medicine to business to politics. Five years later, SMU seniors Abigail Buck and Grace Caputo will earn the same uncommon distinction at Commencement Convocation Dec. 16. They also plan to follow career paths very similar to the first pioneering duo to earn the degree: Samantha Matthews and Shireen Tavakoli. Samantha recently returned to Dallas to work as executive director of a nonprofit affiliated with the Texas Legends basketball team (an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks) after earning [...]

By | 2017-12-14T08:12:53+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU’s first human rights alumni share insights with this year’s grads pursuing similar career paths

WATCH: Community change agent

SMU News Originally Posted: December 12, 2017 As the son of refugees, Kovan Barzani ’17 wanted to make the most of his college experience. Before he graduated from SMU, he triple majored, managed a Texas House campaign, started a program to teach refugees job skills and turned a finance internship into a full-time job. WATCH https://youtu.be/LDeci0nhrx8  

By | 2017-12-13T08:29:27+00:00 December 14th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on WATCH: Community change agent

SMU celebrates 2017 December Commencement Convocation Saturday, Dec. 16

SMU Forum Originally Posted: December 7, 2017 The SMU community will celebrate 2017 December Commencement Convocation on Saturday, Dec. 16. Kenneth A. Hersh, president and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, will give the address. Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in Moody Coliseum with a student and faculty procession. Doors to the staging area in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports will open at 8:30 a.m. Processional groups begin forming at 9:15 a.m.; doors close at 9:40 a.m. The faculty should assemble in academic dress no later than 9:40 a.m. in the Champions Club. On Friday, Dec. 15, undergraduate candidates will participate in Rotunda Recessional. Candidates should wear SMU regalia and begin lining up at 5:15 p.m. at the flagpole on the Main Quad. Hot cider will be served. > [...]

Various opinions from SMU professors

SMU News Originally Posted: December 7, 2017 Following are links to a sample of opinions written by SMU professors that have appeared recently in various publications. They represent the independent thoughts of their authors and appear in the order in which they were published, the most recent being at the top. READ MORE Trump should try quiet diplomacy By Jeffrey Engel Director of the SMU Center for Presidential History at SMU Twenty-five years ago this week, Americans rejected a far different man than the one in power today. Self-confident where Donald Trump is thin-skinned, well-mannered in a way Trump considers weak, George H.W. Bush is remembered a quarter-century out of office as an elder statesman whose call for a “kinder and gentler” nation appears quaint [...]

By | 2017-12-08T06:22:30+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Various opinions from SMU professors

Will the Republican tax bill work?

SMUVideo Published on Dec 7, 2017 Professor Jeffrey Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History, talks about President Trump and the tax reform legislation now making its way through Congress with Fox 4, the local Fox network affiliate. Watch https://youtu.be/Ak-aCsfH8mk  

By | 2017-12-08T06:30:27+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, History, Political Science|Comments Off on Will the Republican tax bill work?

Community change agent Kovan Barzani ’17

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: December Issue As the son of refugees, Kovan Barzani ’17 wanted to make the most of his University experience. While a triple major at SMU, he managed a Texas House campaign, started a program to teach refugees job skills and turned a finance internship into a full-time job. “My mother didn’t know how to read,” says Barzani. War kept her from completing elementary school, and eventually Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime forced Barzani’s parents to flee for a new life in the United States. In middle school, Barzani helped his mother learn English and pass her U.S. citizenship test. By the time he graduated from high school, he had scholarship offers from three schools. He says, “When I realized there [...]

By | 2017-12-06T08:53:25+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Community change agent Kovan Barzani ’17

Various opinions from SMU professors

SMU News Originally Posted: November 29, 2017 Following are links to a sample of opinions written by SMU professors that have appeared recently in various publications. They represent the independent thoughts of their authors and appear in the order in which they were published, the most recent being at the top. Trump should try quiet diplomacy By Jeffrey Engel Director of the SMU Center for Presidential History at SMUTwenty-five years ago this week, Americans rejected a far different man than the one in power today. Self-confident where Donald Trump is thin-skinned, well-mannered in a way Trump considers weak, George H.W. Bush is remembered a quarter-century out of office as an elder statesman whose call for a “kinder and gentler” nation appears quaint in retrospect.  Read [...]

By | 2017-11-30T11:27:02+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Philosophy, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Various opinions from SMU professors

TEDxKids@SMU returns Nov. 30, and so does Amit

SMU News Originally Posted: November 29, 2017 Amit Banerjee is now a 19-year-old sophomore at SMU, a Hunt Leadership Scholar studying engineering and public policy. Amit Banerjee was just 13 years old when he attended his first TEDxKids@SMU conference in 2011. He was absolutely hooked. He was back in 2012 as a featured speaker, talking about the magazine he created for his Eagle Scout project – “Philanthropy Kids.” And five years later, he is part of a growing network of young people in the Dallas area who after attending as middle-schoolers, come back year after year as program volunteers in high school and college. Amit is now a 19-year-old sophomore at SMU, a Hunt Leadership Scholar studying engineering and public policy. He hasn’t missed an [...]

By | 2017-11-30T11:20:05+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on TEDxKids@SMU returns Nov. 30, and so does Amit
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