Dedman College alumnus, Conner Kline, writes commentary in Star Tribune

Star Tribune Originally Posted: February 8, 2017 Conner Kline, is a recent graduate from Southern Methodist University with majors in history and political science. Betsy DeVos' sin in Democrats' eyes? Supporting school choice as a way to help kids The new ed secretary's positions didn't sit well with Democrats, or teachers unions, despite the demonstrated promise of such reforms.  With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, it appears that education armageddon has arrived. At least, that’s how Democrats and teachers unions are portraying it. At the end of their 24-hour talkathon, during which Senate Democrats decried the DeVos nomination as “an insult to schoolchildren and their families, to teachers and principals and communities fighting to improve their public schools all across [...]

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Watches were once considered a ‘silly a– fad’ — here’s what that could say about their future

Business Insider Originally posted: February 7, 2017 Wristwatches have been commonplace for nearly everyone alive today. It was hard to imagine a world where most people — both men and women — didn't have a watch mounted on their wrist. A future where we learn the time from glancing at our phones and not our wrists was inconceivable. But that certainly seems to be the future we're heading towards. And, historically, it's not an inconceivable one. Watches, when they were first being worn on the wrist in the early 1900s, were not considered to be a serious trend, and were instead worn by jokesters and Vaudeville artists. A 1916 New York Times article even referred to wristwatches as a "silly a-- fad." At the time, both gentlemen [...]

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Listen: Senior Clements Center fellow Eric Meeks on KERA’s Think Feb. 15

Senior Clements Center Center for Southwest Studies fellow Eric Meeks will be on KERA’s Think Wednesday, February 15 from noon-1 p.m. Meeks will discuss his work on the history of the US-Mexico borderlands in anticipation of his evening lecture at SMU on February 21st. For more information about Eric Meeks visit: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/InstitutesCenters/swcenter/Events/Lectures/Meeks

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Event: The Russian Revolution of 1917, A Centennial View February 22-23

February 22-23, 2017 Crum Auditorium, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, 3150 Binkley Ave, Dallas, SMU Campus Presented by Boris Kolonitsky (European University, Russian Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg, Russia), Laura Engelstein (Yale, Princeton), Tsuyoshi Hasegawa (University of California Santa Barbara). For more information visit: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/departments/history/events/news/russianrevolution

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Jeff Engel, Center for Presidential History, joins Good Day on FOX4 to discuss Trump’s executive orders on immigration and refugees

Fox4 Originally Posted: January 30, 2017 WATCH video of Jeff Engel, Directory of the Center for Presidential History discuss President Trumps recent executive orders regarding immigration and refugees. WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Sunday vigorously defended President Donald Trump's immigration restrictions, as protests against the order spread throughout the country. Some Republicans in Congress publicly opposed the changes amid legal challenges to the order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, though top congressional Republicans remain largely behind the new president. In a background call with reporters, a senior administration official declared the order's implementation "a massive success story," claiming it had been done "seamlessly and with extraordinary professionalism." WATCH

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Three Dedman College students named Fulbright semifinalists

SMU News Originally Posted: January 24, 2017 Congratulations to Dedman College students and recent graduates Hope Anderson, Jennie Lee ’16, and Olivia Nguyen. They are three of seven SMU students recently named Fulbright semifinalists.   Dallas (SMU) – Seven SMU students and recent graduates have been selected as semifinalists in the 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant competition. Winners of Fulbright grants will be announced this spring. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering grants for advanced research and study, as well as teaching assistantships. “These students and graduates are SMU world changers who already have made significant impacts in their fields,” said Kathleen Hugley-Cook, director of SMU’s Office of National Fellowships and Awards, [...]

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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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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner T.J. Stiles, gives lecture at SMU on Jan. 24

Event date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Location: McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, 3225 University Time: 5:30 reception followed by 6 pm lecture and book signing T.J. Stiles will be on campus January 24th to give a talk based on one of his books Custer's Trials, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for history. The event is co-hosted by the Clements Center and the Center for Presidential History. READ MORE  

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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. [...]

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