#MustangsGiveBack is TODAY! Support Dedman College!

What will you support at SMU? Make a gift on March 7, 2017, and be a part of Mustangs Give Back, our annual one-day giving challenge. Here are some of the Dedman College projects on the #MustangsGiveBack list: Bring International Film Festival to Campus: SMU's spring international film festival brings the best of foreign cinema to campus. Films from the Arab world, Africa, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and many other countries and regions are screened at no cost to students or the general public. This helps bring international cinema to a city, whose existing film venues and festivals tend to exclude such films. Dollar Goal:  $5,000 Integrating History and Technology through training on 3D scanner and printer: Students interact with 3D scanned models in real time, deepening their [...]

Request for Proposals for Undergraduate Mayer Fellows, 2017-2018

Each academic year, DCII sponsors six undergraduate Mayer Undergraduate Research Fellows. These students have a double major or a major and minor(s), and at least one of these must be in Dedman College. With two faculty mentors, each Mayer Fellow conducts a research project that combines and integrates the perspectives of his/her major(s)/minor(s). Mayer Fellows have access to funds to use for research travel or for other expenses related to their research project. See website for details. Link for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Programs/Mayer

Event: Feb. 10 The Musical Mind: A Workshop

Event Date: February 10, 2017 Location: Hughes-Trigg Atrium and Meadows School of the Arts 2020 Time: 10am-12pm in Hughes Trigg, 1:30-3:30pm and 4-6pm in Meadows   Join invited speakers, Lawrence Zbikowski (U. of Chicago), Robert S. Hatten, (U.T. Austin), and Jerrold Levinson (U. of Maryland) as they present a day long workshop on the 'musical mind'. Link for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/571937223010072/   Additional Contact: pchuard@smu.edu

By | 2017-02-01T10:59:08+00:00 February 1st, 2017|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Philosophy|Comments Off on Event: Feb. 10 The Musical Mind: A Workshop

Robert Howell, Philosophy, commentary, the prescription to cure political malpractice

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 28, 2017 It's time to ask: What's so great about democracy? I don't mean we should doubt that democracy is the best approach to government. I think we should remind ourselves why it is. Spoiler alert: It's not because it results in the best leaders. Democracy is valuable even if it doesn't always generate the optimal outcome. Governing ought not be done without the consent of the governed; the democratic process is the way we as a people give our consent. If a democratic government often lumbers along, therefore, with policies that are unwise and ill informed, and even when it elects leaders whose popular appeal exceeds their competence, at least it is a government that rules at the [...]

By | 2017-01-31T10:18:14+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Philosophy|Comments Off on Robert Howell, Philosophy, commentary, the prescription to cure political malpractice

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 [...]

By | 2017-01-19T18:47:39+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Philosophy|Comments Off on The danger of Trump’s tweets

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. [...]

SMU to celebrate Rotunda Recessional and December Commencement on Dec. 16 and 17

SMU News Originally Posted: December 12, 2016 One of SMU's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Recessional, which will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, the evening before Commencement. Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the Student Body President and the Chief Marshal of Academic Ceremonies. After brief remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students through the front doors of Dallas Hall for a walk through the Rotunda, then exiting through the back doors. This is a symbolic departure from campus as well as a welcome to the SMU Alumni family. On Saturday morning, the all-University Commencement Convocation assembles some 536 degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony will take place in Moody Coliseum at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, [...]

A look back at the top SMU news stories of 2016

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