‘Why Standing Rock Matters’ is topic for Clements Center panel discussion Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

SMU News Originally Posted: October 18, 2016 The national protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline have drawn thousands to rallies throughout the country, including Dallas. What is Standing Rock and its history, and what is the basis of the dispute over the pipeline? An invited panel moderated by Ben Voth, associate professor of corporate communications and public affairs in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, will take on these questions and more at SMU. “Why Standing Rock Matters: Can Oil and Water Mix?” will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. A reception will precede the panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. Both the reception and forum are free and open to the public. Register online at Eventbrite or call the Clements Center at 214-768-3684. The panelists include the following experts, who [...]

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SMU alumna uses intern experience and leads field trip to historical mark on Dallas landscape

Waxahachie Daily Light Originally Posted: October 17, 2016 WAXAHACHIE — A field trip to Dallas for Lisa Minton’s WNGA World Geography class coincidentally turned into a journey back in time for WISD’s Secondary Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator Andrea Kline. Minton’s A and B day classes visited the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas and participated in a historical scavenger hunt Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Wednesday, Oct. 12. “Our first stop was to the Human Rights Initiative and they learned about refugees and asylees. The second part of the trip, the scavenger hunt, I created for them in downtown Dallas at Dealey and Founders Plaza,” Minton said. “In those areas I had them take a “selfie” with what they were looking for and apply the information geographically. [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, History|Comments Off on SMU alumna uses intern experience and leads field trip to historical mark on Dallas landscape

Listen: Ed Countryman, History, on ‘The Birth Of A Nation’

KERA, Art and Seek Originally Posted: October 6, 2016 The "Birth of a Nation” looks at the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner. The film is generating serious awards buzz, as well as controversy. This week, we focus on the historical events that inspired the movie with Edward Countryman, an SMU professor who specializes in American history. LISTEN

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Everything you think you know about Reagan is wrong

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 22, 2016 By: Jeffrey A. Engel, an American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. Email: jaengel@smu.edu Woe to the Republican candidate who doesn't pledge to be the Gipper reincarnated. But woe to the American people who try to find a candidate today who represents all they remember Ronald Reagan to have been. Having canonized his memory, Republican nominees invoked his name 15 times at one GOP primary debate in February. God got only five mentions. Even GOP nominee Donald Trump, a nontraditional Republican candidate for sure, willingly embraces his newfound role as Reagan's heir, though he wasn't always a fan. Critical of the country's 40th president in his self-lauded 1987 book, The Art of [...]

By | September 26th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Everything you think you know about Reagan is wrong

Jo Guldi, History, Between Experts and Citizens

Boston Review Originally Posted: September 20, 2016 It is safe to say that the Brexit vote—only the third nation-wide referendum in the history of the United Kingdom—disrupted ordinary political norms and expectations. There was the surprise of the vote itself, and David Cameron’s quick abdication; the baffling disappearance of Boris Johnson, followed by his appointment in Theresa May’s new government; and then the failed coup in the Labour Party, leaving Jeremy Corbyn at the helm. Britain’s systems of representational democracy have traditionally functioned to block popular disruptions of this kind. What historical forces are behind Brexit’s spectacular exception to this rule? One answer begins in the second half of the twentieth century. Several commentators have read the vote as the result of a 1970s turn toward neoliberalism that [...]

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Fondren library closed Saturday, September 17th

Fondren Library will be closed this Saturday, September 17th for Game Day. Regular hours will resume Sunday September 18th at Noon. READ MORE 

Questions of health and trustworthiness, removing moderators from debates, and the ‘deplorables’

SMU News Originally Posted: September 13, 2016 Below is an excerpt from an SMU press release. READ MORE TRUMP’S QUESTIONING OF CLINTON’S HEALTH HAS SHADES OF 1988 JEFFREY ENGEL jaengel@mail.smu.edu On the history of candidate health as an issue in presidential politics… “It’s really interesting to me as a historian that it doesn’t take much, as we’ve seen from Trump’s campaign, to make an insinuation into a story. We saw that in particular in 1988 when the George H.W. Bush campaign basically floated the idea that Michael Dukakis was mentally unstable, with no evidence – Reagan even said ‘I’m not going to pick on an invalid.’ And all the issues occurred with John McCain in the 2000 primary against George W. Bush, when a whisper [...]

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SMU climbs to 56 in U.S. News & World Report rankings

SMU News Originally Posted: September 13, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU rose to its highest ranking among the nation’s universities in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, released online today. Among 220 institutions classified as national universities, SMU ranks 56, up from 61 a year ago. The new ranking again places SMU in the first tier of institutions in the guide’s “best national universities” category. In Texas, only Rice University ranks higher. SMU and the University of Texas-Austin were tied.  Among private national universities, SMU ranks 39. SMU’s increase was one of the five largest among the top 100 universities. Since 2008, SMU’s 11-point increase is one of the four largest among schools in the top 60. For the rankings, U.S. News considers measures [...]

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