Egypt unveils rare whale fossil museum to boost tourism

Daily Mail

Originally Posted: January 14, 2016

SMU professor Louis Jacobs led a study that discovered dozens of rare “walking whale” fossils in the Sahara desert. “The whales were stranded upriver at a time when east Africa was at sea level and was covered with forest and jungle,” said Jacobs. Now, a $2.17 billion museum has opened onsite to help preserve the rare fossils. READ MORE

Jeffrey Engel, History, How the Democratic Candidates Did

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Jeffrey Engel, an award-winning American historian and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU, weighs the showings of the three Democratic candidates – Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley – in the January 25, 2016, town hall.

Confucianism Then and Now

Event Date: Thursday February 25, 2016
Time: 5:15 p.m. Reception, 5:45 p.m. Lecture
Location: Meadows Museum, Jones Hall

Join SMU Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, Johan Elverskog as he continues the 2016 Spring Godbey Lecture Series. Please RSVP at https://godbey2016.eventbrite.com or 214-768-3527. For more information http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events

The Tail of the Lion: 100 Years of General Relativity, the Scientific Theory of Space and Time

Event date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Time: 5:15 p.m. Reception, 5:45 p.m. Lecture
Location: Meadows Museum, Jones Hall

SMU Associate Professor of Physics, Stephen Sekula, as he kicks off the 2016 Spring Godbey Lecture Series. Please RSVP at https://godbey2016.eventbrite.com or 214-768-3527
For more information visit http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events

Cal Jillson, Political Science, State conservatives reassessing Republican Party

San Antonio Express

Originally Posted: January 26, 2016

GEORGETOWN – In Williamson County, long perceived as the buckle on Texas’ conservative Republican belt, the lunchtime conversation on a recent day was about Donald Trump and why he should be president, instead of Ted Cruz, the well-liked home-state senator.
Cruz and Trump, the New York real estate magnate, are leading a pack of candidates battling for the GOP presidential nomination.

“(Trump’s) an outsider. He’s a sharp businessman. I think he could do the job,” said Butch Owens, 51, a small business owner and self-described “genetic conservative,” as he hiked across the courthouse square. “We need an outsider as president, someone who’s not part of politics. Ted’s close, but Trump’s closer.”

Similar sentiments are not hard to find in surrounding communities, from Taylor, an east-county farming center, to Pflugerville and Round Rock, urbanized bedroom communities near Austin, in a week when Trump garnered the highly-coveted endorsement of conservative GOP icon Sarah Palin.

And while plenty of Cruz campaign signs hint at his support in the county, political observers say Trump has helped trigger another trend: Conservative voters are reassessing just what it means to be a Republican in this presidential election year, a trend that could trickle down to voting in state and local races.

As Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson sees it, those distinctions will play a role in who wins Texas’ Republican primary, a contest where national polls have shown Trump leading Cruz, but where the latter holds an advantage as a Texan and a proven vote-getter with the conservatives and tea party activists who will anchor the GOP turnout. READ MORE

Request for Proposals | Annual Fellows Seminar 2016-2017

Global Africa Seminar AY14-15The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute is now soliciting proposals from faculty for an Annual Fellows Seminar for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

 

For application details, please see link below.

http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/AnnualFellowsSeminars

Deadline for submission is March 4, 2016.

 

Jeffrey Engel, History, State of the Union speech “surprisingly confrontational”

Fox 4

Originally Posted: January 13, 2016

Jeffrey Engel, an award-winning American historian and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU, analyzes President Obama’s final State of the Union speech, calling it “surprisingly confrontational.”

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