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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Request for Proposals for Annual Fellows Seminar, 2017-2018

The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute is now soliciting proposals from faculty for an Annual Fellows Seminar for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. For application details, please see: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/AnnualFellowsSeminars. Deadline is March 3rd, 2017.

By | January 18th, 2017|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Request for Proposals for Annual Fellows Seminar, 2017-2018

The danger of Trump’s tweets

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 17, 2017 About the Author: Robert J. Howell is Dedman Family Distinguished Professor of Philosophy in SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.  He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University and joined SMU in 2002.  His areas of specialization are philosophy of the mind, epistemology and metaphysics. Howell was featured in a fall 2016 program hosted by SMU's Center for Presidential History titled, "Are We Too Dumb for Democracy?" I don't think we should worry too much about Meryl Streep. Her cred can withstand some silly tweets from our President-elect, and she has chosen to live in the public eye. But this recent episode of twitter abuse is merely the tip of the iceberg and we need to [...]

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Congratulations to NEH grant recipient Sabri Ates!

SMU News Originally Posted: January 17, 2017 The National Endowment for the Humanities named SMU professors Zachary Wallmark and Sabri Ates as fellowship grant recipients in January – the only two recipients in North Texas for the current funding cycle. Wallmark, assistant professor and chair of music history at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, is using music studies, cognitive sciences and original brain imaging experiments to research the nature of our emotional response to music. “I am deeply honored to receive this recognition,” Wallmark said. “With the support of the NEH, I hope in my work to help people better understand music’s grip on human emotion and imagination.” Ates, associate professor in the Clements Department of History, is drawing on a variety of archival [...]

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Joshua Rovner, Tower Center, Here’s Why Trump’s Intel Bashing Matters

Defense One Originally Posted: January 9, 2017 The president-elect’s denigration of the Russian hacking findings will make it harder to make a case against other U.S. adversaries, former officials say. President-elect Donald Trump’s public bashing of the intelligence community could drive some agents and analysts away from their jobs, degrading the community’s overall capabilities, former officials tells Nextgov. The public discord could also drive a wedge between intelligence gatherers and the man who will soon be their consumer in chief, eroding the intelligence community’s typical role as a check on the presumptions and preconceived notions of policymakers, analysts say. “My impression is morale has taken a hit,” said Joel Brenner, a former National Security Agency senior counsel. “When the president of the United States disparages your work, demeans [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Joshua Rovner, Tower Center, Here’s Why Trump’s Intel Bashing Matters

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

What to expect from inauguration, first day in office, first 100 days of GOP control

SMU News Originally Posted: January 9, 2017 SMU Dedman College experts are available for interview on all things related to the presidential inauguration expectations for President-Elect Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. READ THE FULL RELEASE  TRUMP INHERITS STRONGEST AMERICA IN YEARS; FIRST HUNDRED DAYS TO FEATURE REPEALS, RESCTRICTIONS & WALKBACKS  JEFFREY ENGEL jaengel@mail.smu.eduOn what a President’s typical first day holds in store, and how Trump’s might be different… “A president's first day in office is typically filled with welcomes from around the world and from his own administration. He might field congratulatory calls from global leaders, friends and potential foes alike, each eager to start a new relationship with the new commander in chief out on the best footing possible. So too leaders from [...]

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Memorial Service for Marshall Terry, Jr. to be held Friday, Jan. 20

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Marshall Terry, Jr. will be held on Friday, January 20, at 1:00 pm in Perkins Chapel.  A reception will be held at the Meadows Museum immediately following the service. Memorial gifts may be made in support of The Marsh Terry Creative Writing Scholarship Endowment Fund by sending checks payable to Southern Methodist University at SMU, P. O. Box 402, Dallas, TX 75275-0402, or by making a gift online at smu.edu/giving. READ MORE

By | January 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Memorial Service for Marshall Terry, Jr. to be held Friday, Jan. 20

DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th

The January meeting for the DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th at Brookhaven College, Building H, Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX  75244. Our special speaker is Dr. Louis Jacobs, professor of geology and president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University. Earning his BS degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he then went to the University of Arizona for his Masters and PhD degrees, specializing in rodent fossils.  He was then the head of the Division of Paleontology, National Museums of Kenya, before he began at SMU in 1983.  He has branched out from rodents with studies of mosasaurs, turtles, marine mammals, and of course dinosaurs.  Author of 3 popular [...]

By | January 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man|Comments Off on DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th

Donald Trump and the Future of Intelligence

LawFare Blog Originally Posted: January 8, 2017 It started with a tweet. Shortly after the news broke that the Central Intelligence Agency suspected Russian intelligence of using cyberattacks to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, the president elect’s transition team took to Twitter to dismiss the news—and denounce the Agency. “These are the same people who said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” Trump’s transition office said in a statement. Trump told Fox News that the notion of Russian meddling was “ridiculous” and speculated that the story was planted by disappointed Democrats. This was consistent with the view of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, his choice for national security advisor, that the CIA is a political tool of the Obama administration. The fallout [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Donald Trump and the Future of Intelligence
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