Spring Enrollment Event, Wednesday, October 21st

Sociology Department: Spring Enrollment Event

Wednesday, October 21st
11:00am- Noon and 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm in the Department Lobby, 3rd Floor Hyer Hall

Drop into a causal spring enrollment event to meet Faculty members (including three new faculty members), learn about course offerings for Spring 2016 and pick up a snack! Have questions about the major or classes? Our Undergraduate Advisor Professor DeArman will be there to answer your questions. Interested in Sociology, but not sure if adding a second major or a minor is feasible? Come talk to our Advisor and learn how many students have loved their second major.

RSVP to this Event by emailing Brita Andercheck at Bandercheck@smu.edu

Internship Development Seminar, Wednesday, October 14th

Department of Sociology: Internship Development Seminar

Wednesday, October 14th

4:30-5:30pm in Hyer Hall 104

Internships are key toward gaining relevant experience to land a job after graduation. Come to this seminar to learn about the Department’s plan to launch a semester long and summer version of a for credit internship class. Learn about previous internship placements and how to get started targeting a successful internship placement.

RSVP to this Event by emailing Brita Andercheck at Bandercheck@smu.edu


An event with Laura Fair: Transnational Media, Local Meanings: Kung Fu and Urban Youth in Post-colonial Tanzania

Event date: October 20, 2015

Event time: 3:00 PM

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The 1971 release of Bruce Lee’s film, The Big Boss, inaugurated a frenzy of martial arts appreciation across the globe. What was it about Lee’s films and others in the genre that spoke to Tanzanians? And who exactly responded to the call? As Tanzanians appropriated these films how did they transform them?

Contact for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events



A conversation with author Fiston Mwanza Mujila. 2 p.m. today

The Department of World Languages and Literatures, Dedman College Dean Thomas DiPiero and the Cultural Service at the French Embassy host: A conversation with author Fiston Mwanza Mujila.

2 p.m. today (Friday, Oct. 2) in room 100 of Hyer Hall, 6424 Robert S. Hyer Lane, on the SMU campus.


Robert Kehoe, Physics, New precise particle measurement improves subatomic tool for probing mysteries of universe


Originally Posted: September 29, 2015

Physicists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, have achieved a new precise measurement of a key subatomic particle, opening the door to better understanding some of the deepest mysteries of our universe.

The researchers calculated the new measurement for a critical characteristic—mass—of the top quark.
Quarks make up the protons and neutrons that comprise almost all visible matter. Physicists have known the top quark’s mass was large, but encountered great difficulty trying to clearly determine it.
The newly calculated measurement of the top quark will help guide physicists in formulating new theories, said Robert Kehoe, a professor in SMU’s Department of Physics. Kehoe leads the SMU group that performed the measurement.
Top quark’s mass matters ultimately because the particle is a highly sensitive probe and key tool to evaluate competing theories about the nature of matter and the fate of the universe. READ MORE
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-09-precise-particle-subatomic-tool-probing.html#jCp

‘Art & Power: War, Politics and the Destruction of Ancient Treasures’ Focus of Art, International Security Experts at SMU Tower Center Forum Oct. 1

Contact Denise Gee: dgee@smu.edu or (214) 768-7658

Sept. 29, 2015

‘Art & Power: War, Politics and the Destruction of Ancient Treasures’ Focus of Art, International Security Experts at SMU Tower Center Forum Oct. 1

DALLAS (SMU) — As atrocities are being perpetrated by ISIS militants on some of history’s most irreplaceable treasures and their guardians, a distinguished panel of art and international security experts will discuss “Art & Power: War, Politics and the Destruction of Ancient Treasures,” Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Jones Great Hall at Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd.

The forum, sponsored by SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, will be free and open to the public, but reservations are required by 5 p.m. Weds., Sept. 30, by emailing tower@smu.edu.

Featured speakers will be:

Anita M. Difanis, director of government affairs for the Association of Art Museum Directors in New York City, who has combined a passion for politics with the joy of art since joining the AAMD in 1992. Before then, Difanis worked with the American Arts Alliance. She is a graduate of Middlebury College and Michigan State University.

Mark A. Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum and adjunct associate professor of art history at SMU, is an authority on Spanish art, art history and community art engagement. His leadership has resulted in an array of creative acquisitions, exhibitions and community outreach events at the Meadows, which features one of the finest repositories of Spanish art in the nation. In 2010, Roglán was knighted for his contributions to arts and culture by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.

Joshua Rovner, moderator of the forum, is John G. Tower Distinguished Chair of International Politics and National Security and acting director of the Tower Center, a program within SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Rovner writes frequently on strategy, international security and U.S. foreign policy. He is the author of Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011), which won the International Studies Association Best Book Award for security studies, and the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award.

For more information about the Tower Center and its upcoming events, visit http://www.smu.edu/towercenter or call (214) 768-3954.

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SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls approximately 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

In the spirit of John Tower’s commitment to educate and inspire a new generation of thoughtful leaders, the Tower Center seeks to bridge the gap between the world of ideas, scholarship and teaching, as well as the practice of politics. The primary mission of the Tower Center is to promote the study of politics and international affairs and to stimulate an interest in ethical public service among undergraduates. The Tower Center is an academic center where all parties and views are heard in a marketplace of ideas, and the Center pursues its mission in a non-partisan manner.

Professor David Rosenfield, Psychology, Climbs Tenure Ladder Twice in 3 Decades

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Originally Posted: September 28, 2015


The first time David Rosenfield went up for tenure, in the late 1970s, an academic career lay before him. The second time, 30 years later, he was trying to reclaim it.

Mr. Rosenfield’s first bid succeeded. In 1980 he became an associate professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University. But when a leave of absence grew unexpectedly longer, he had to resign his position. In 2008 he put himself in the tenure process again.

In between, Mr. Rosenfield stepped in to run the family business, in steel distribution, and little by little became an entrepreneur, drifting away from the academic life he knew.

When academics switch jobs, they usually move from one college to another, seeking a more desirable locale, a more esteemed reputation, or a bigger paycheck. Given the grueling process of earning tenure, most professors who’ve got it negotiate a way to keep it, and others at least get credit for having started on that track. READ MORE

Dr. Phillip Williams reflects on college memories and Dr. Harold Jeskey

SMU Daily Campus

Originally Posted: September 28, 2015

Walking into McFarlin Auditorium Thursday morning brought back several fond memories for Dr. Phillip Williams, neurosurgeon and member of the SMU Class of 1959. Nearly half a century ago, he walked up those same steps on his graduation day, and now he returned for SMU’s Centennial Commemoration.

“Every aspect of the event was memorable,” said Williams.

Williams was just one of hundreds of alumni who traveled back to SMU this weekend to celebrate SMU’s 100th birthday. For months, the Office of Development and Student Affairs as well as Student Foundation have planned a busy schedule for the weekend. The alumni schedule included events such as tours and reunions, allowing alumni to reconnect with their fellow alumni as well as see how SMU has grown over the years.

Amidst all the years, Williams attested that the expansions on the campus are the biggest change.

“Every time I see Bush library, I feel semi-responsible,” said Williams.

Back when Bush was running for governor, Williams spoke to former chairman of SMU Board of Trustees Ray Hunt about Bush’s potential career.

“I told Ray Hunt that Bush may be elected governor and then be nominated and then become president,” said William. “I told Hunt now wouldn’t that be great for SMU to get his presidential library here.” Nearly a decade after, William’s vision came true.

Not only did visiting campus bring back memories, but the different events that SMU hosted for alumni’s also spoke to William’s SMU experience. William attended the author signing of “The Man in the Red Tie,” a biography of the late SMU professor Dr. Harold Jeskey. Dr. Jeskey taught Williams Organic Chemistry during his time at SMU. The book spawned several memories of his time at SMU.

“Dr. Jeskey was by far the best teacher,” said Williams. “He made the class come alive.” While Williams spoke to the quality of Jeskey’s teaching, he did not doubt the difficulty of the course. “He only wore a red and black tie. The only days he would wear the black tie was to a funeral or to quiz days,” said Williams.

If students survived Dr. Jeskey’s class and continued into medical school, Dr. Jeskey remained a continual support in the students’ lives. When his former students graduated medical school, he would then attend the ceremony and present a red tie as congratulation, according to Williams.

In addition to speaking highly of noteworthy teachers, Williams fondly recalled his involvement on campus. Nominated by his fraternity as their first-year class president, Williams campaigned by selling pig dissection manuals to sorority row, allowing girls to study for the exam without actually performing the dissection. Williams then won the campaign with the slogan “Vote for Phil Williams, the Fetal Pig Salesman.”

While SMU formed several memories for Williams, the school also prepared him for several life experiences after graduation as well. Williams interned at Parkland during the JFK assassination in 1963. While Williams did not actually enter Kennedy’s room, he was present in the trauma unit throughout the night, and he even consoled Jackie Kennedy outside of the emergency room. Williams then tended to Lee Oswald a few days later when he was shot and taken to Parkland.

Despite being a man of many experiences, Williams focused on the Homecoming events for this weekend and reconnecting his alma mater with his wife. READ MORE

SMU Expert confirms Boehner’s departure is victory for Tea Party

North Dallas Gazette

Originally Posted: September 25, 2015

Just want you think the Republican Party cannot go much further to the right, they prove you wrong. Today, House Speaker John Boehner announced his retirement.
SMU Associate Professor of Political Science Matthew Wilson declares this a victory for the Tea Party – one they have wanted for a long time.

“It reflects the triumph of conservatives within the house caucus,” Wilson says. “This is a big scalp taken by the Tea Party movement because they’ve been gunning for Boehner for a long time, and it certainly does signal a more combative caucus on Capitol Hill moving forward. He will be replaced by someone more confrontational than he is.”

Naturally Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus had pleasant things to say about the service of Boehner. He released the following statement today:

“I want to thank Speaker Boehner for his efforts to make our party, the state of Ohio, and our nation stronger. He has been a tireless advocate for conservative principles who has raised millions to elect and re-elect Republicans to the House of Representatives. Our party owes him a great debt, and I wish him and Debbie the best as he continues to make contributions to the Republican Party and America.” READ MORE