Cal Jillson, Political Science, Trump’s Inauguration Day: beyond the pageantry, after the boycotts

Christian Science Monitor Originally Posted: January 20, 2017 It’s show time. The bands are tuning up, revelers and protesters alike are ready with their signs and their voices, and Donald Trump – businessman, showman, political maverick – is about to step into the role of a lifetime. At noon on Friday, Mr. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the next stage in a journey as improbable as any in American politics. Just as eight years ago, when Barack Obama carried the hopes of millions into office with him, so too does the larger-than-life Trump. But the notes of discord are much louder. Political polarization has only grown deeper, and shows no sign of abating. Trump enters office the [...]

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Matthew Wilson, Political Science, Trump can’t shake his Russia problems

Washington Examiner Originally Posted: January 12, 2017 There's a Russian cloud over President-elect Trump's head that could follow him all the way to the White House. Even as titillation over a dossier purporting to show his ties to Russia hardened into skepticism, Trump's relationship with President Vladimir Putin and the role Moscow may have played in the presidential campaign remained dominant themes of his first real press conference since winning the election. Now Trump's Cabinet nominees are being peppered with questions about Russia during their Senate confirmation hearings. The nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state runs the risk of being bottled up in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as a result. Intelligence reports fingering Russia as the culprit behind the hacking of the [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Matthew Wilson, Political Science, Trump can’t shake his Russia problems

Need a last minute gift? How about a book?

SMU News Originally Posted: Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2016 by the SMU community, including faculty, staff, alumni, libraries and museum. Need to satisfy a history buff? This list has it covered in genres from art to science to the Southwest. Find selections for readers of poetry, personal and spiritual enrichment, young adult fiction and celebrity memoir. There’s a southern-themed cookbook for foodies, a literary Shakespearean riff in the form of a card game, and an arty crime caper filled with mystery and intrigue to the end. This collection has something for all reading preferences, from light to serious. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore, but all are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. Authors are listed alphabetically. [...]

Dedman College Senior A.J. Jeffries brings a new meaning to the phrase, “triple threat”

SMU News Originally Posted: December 15, 2016 Research into antebellum Supreme Court justice raises contemporary questions for SMU graduating senior  Tower Scholar A.J. Jeffries studies chief justice in landmark Dred Scott case Senior A.J. Jeffries brings a new meaning to the phrase, “triple threat.” Already a dedicated student and accomplished athlete on the SMU soccer team, Jeffries managed to also add to his resume an honors project known as a directed thesis on Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney. A.J. Jeffries Jeffries will be the first Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar to graduate from the program at SMU Commencement Dec. 15. His directed research project as a Tower Scholar is focused on cross-border electricity trade between the United States and Mexico. But last spring – after [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dedman College Senior A.J. Jeffries brings a new meaning to the phrase, “triple threat”

SMU to celebrate Rotunda Recessional and December Commencement on Dec. 16 and 17

SMU News Originally Posted: December 12, 2016 One of SMU's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Recessional, which will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, the evening before Commencement. Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the Student Body President and the Chief Marshal of Academic Ceremonies. After brief remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students through the front doors of Dallas Hall for a walk through the Rotunda, then exiting through the back doors. This is a symbolic departure from campus as well as a welcome to the SMU Alumni family. On Saturday morning, the all-University Commencement Convocation assembles some 536 degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony will take place in Moody Coliseum at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, [...]

A look back at the top SMU news stories of 2016

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