Ideology Tops Facts in Texas History Curriculum, Experts Say

US News Originally Posted: Feb. 22, 2018 As Texas again begins revising what its 5.3-plus million students are taught, a group of academics has produced a report highlighting problems with the 2010 standards _ and ways to fix them. When the Texas Board of Education last produced history curriculum guidelines for public schools, experts decried its members for attempting to promote religious and conservative ideology over facts. Now the state is considering revisions to the 2010 standards, which a group of academics slammed in a report Thursday. Among their complaints: lessons downplaying slavery as the Civil War's cause, exaggerating the influence of Moses on U.S. democracy and applauding the National Rifle Association and Newt Gingrich's Contract with America. The report suggests some heavy editing, but [...]

By | 2018-02-26T11:35:07+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Ideology Tops Facts in Texas History Curriculum, Experts Say

Watch: Are You Ready for Mustangs Give Back on March 8?

SMU Video https://youtu.be/hNUdVQF8yIQ March 8th is Mustangs Give Back, SMU's one day giving challenge. You choose what to support! It's easy, just go to smu.edu/mgb on March 8 and choose a project to support. There are matching gifts and challenges that will double your impact! Circle March 8 on your calendar. Choose, give, then share. Pony up! WATCH

Sign Up to Judge at Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair

Calling all SMU Science faculty, staff and graduate students!  Do you remember competing in Science Fair when you were at school?  Now is your chance to sign up to judge at the 2018 Beal Bank Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, Saturday February 24, 2018 at Fair Park in Dallas.  SMU is organizing this event for middle and high school students in Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties.  The eligibility requirements for judging are a Bachelor’s degree or beyond in the category you judge. Family members, teachers and mentors of participating students are not eligible to judge. Sign up to judge at www.drsef.org.  Questions? Email DRSEFJudge@smu.edu.

Event: Today! Feb 14, Major and Minor Fair 10am-3pm

Event: Feb 15-16, Understanding Global Migration

Date: Feb. 15-16 Location: Crum Auditorium, 3150 Binkley Ave Time: Feb. 15 7:30am-5pm, Feb. 16 7:30am-1:15pm The SMU Tower Center and Clements Center for Southwestern Studies are holding a two-day international conference Feb. 15-16 to dissect global migration with support from the Center for Presidential History and the Cox School of Business. The conference features migration experts from all over the world separated into different panels. LEARN MORE

By | 2018-02-13T11:08:23+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, History, Tower Center|Comments Off on Event: Feb 15-16, Understanding Global Migration

SMU Debate Wins Texas State Championship

Meadows News Originally Posted: Feb. 6, 2018 Congrats to the SMU debate team and specifically to Dedman College team members: Maggie Cook-Allen (B.A. Political Science, B.A. Philosophy ’21), Mark “Chip” Myers (B.A. History ’21), and Darcy Wyatt (B.S. Biochemistry ’21). Below is an excerpt from Meadows School of the Arts news: The team may have been small, but their awards were many. Over the February 3-4 weekend, four members of the SMU Debate team traveled to Bryan, Texas, for the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) state championships at Blinn College. Competing against 13 other Texas universities and colleges, they took home top speaker, top scoring school, top novice debater and more in the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) division. The accolades continue a long winning streak for [...]

By | 2018-02-09T08:11:10+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, History, Philosophy, Political Science|Comments Off on SMU Debate Wins Texas State Championship

History Professor Wins Two Prestigious Book Awards.

  Congratulations to Erin Hochman, associate professor in the Department of History. Her book, Imagining a Greater Germany: Republican Nationalism and the Idea of Anschluss. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2016 (http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100891440) has won the Hans Rosenberg Prize, presented by the Central European History Society for the best book published in 2016. The official release can be found here. Hochman’s book also won the Radomir Luza Prize from the American Friends of the Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance in Vienna and the Center Austria at the University of New Orleans for outstanding publication on Central European Studies in the era of the Second World War.  The statement for the Luza Prize can be found here.  

By | 2018-02-02T11:43:14+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on History Professor Wins Two Prestigious Book Awards.

Professor Jeffrey Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History, takes a look at President Trump’s State of the Union speech

FOX4 Originally Posted: January 31, 2018 Watch Professor Jeffrey Engel notes that what we are seeing now is the tail end of the last administration’s policies and Trump beginning to own the economy. He described Trump as remarkably calm and subdued. He said this was the president’s first attempt to offer soaring rhetoric. https://youtu.be/r1hwZrdfbFo  

By | 2018-02-01T09:49:57+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, History|Comments Off on Professor Jeffrey Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History, takes a look at President Trump’s State of the Union speech

Please Respond with Your 2017 Published Books for Dedman College/DCII Book Fest

The 3rd annual Dedman College/DCII Book Fest, a celebration of all the books published by SMU faculty members in 2017, will be held on May 8. An invitation with an RSVP will be sent at a later date. If you are an author of a book published in 2017, please send the title and the publisher to efielding@smu.edu. Link for more information: https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/Godbey

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