Who is Mark Masinter and how did he end up on Henderson Avenue?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: April 26, 2018 SMU alumnus Mark Masinter has been behind the scenes from the beginning on the hot concept rollouts in retail’s heydays of the 1990s and 2000s: the likes of Restoration Hardware, J.Crew and Apple. Mark Masinter has left a trail of angry activists as he tries to remake Henderson Avenue. The old East Dallas street has established and newer shops but also areas of blight. It’s a 1.1 mile street with pockets of successful restaurants, bars and shops amid disconnected gaps and crooked sidewalks that kill its walkability, especially at night. Masinter’s vision is to connect it and make it unique to Dallas. Though he had to scale back his plans, the city council approved a version earlier [...]

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Mexicans help create, not take jobs away from Texans, SMU study says

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: April 19, 2018 Far from taking jobs away from Texans, Mexicans are helping create additional employment opportunities, providing valuable labor for a growing economy and helping the deepening integration with Mexico, according to the Texas-Mexico Center at Southern Methodist University. The findings of the first research study by the center come as the Trump administration cracks down on unauthorized immigrants, referring to them as criminals and calling for a wall between both countries. The center's study called for "freer migration" across the border and fewer barriers to international crossings, touting Texas as an example of cooperation with Mexico. Juan Gonzalez (center) is CEO and chairman of GRUMA. Matthew Meyers (left) is dean of the Cox School of Business, and Tom Di [...]

By | 2018-04-20T07:20:59+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Mexicans help create, not take jobs away from Texans, SMU study says

SMU Honors Convocation 2018 keynote address

SMU YouTube Originally Posted: April 17, 2018 The SMU Honors Convocation 2018 keynote address was given by Dr. Maria Dixon Hall, senior advisor to the provost, associate professor of Organizational Communications Studies, and adjunct professor of Homiletics, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, with an introduction by SMU President, Dr. R. Gerald Turner. https://youtu.be/_gxbpFpzAUc    

SMU Research Day 2018

SMU YouTube Originally Posted: April 15, 2018 https://youtu.be/xok6MaHgFGY    

Political review on border security and the trade dispute

Fox 4 Originally Posted: April 8, 2018 Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers from SMU takes a look at the topics from Washington D.C. this week and the impact on the 2018 midterm elections. http://www.fox4news.com/good-day/political-review-on-border-security-and-the-trade-dispute  

By | 2018-04-10T09:04:08+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Political review on border security and the trade dispute

Facebook as an election weapon, from Obama to Trump

Phys.org Originally Posted: March 23, 2018   Victoria Farrar-Myers, quoted below in the March 23 article from Phys.org, is the Director of the Tower Scholars Program.   The use of Facebook data to target voters has triggered global outrage with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But the concept is nothing new: Barack Obama made extensive use of the social network in 2008 and stepped up "micro-targeting" in his 2012 re-election effort. The unauthorized gathering of data on 50 million Facebook users by a British consulting firm that worked for Donald Trump has sparked intense debate on how politicians and marketers—appropriately or not—use such personal information. But Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the center of the firestorm, has stressed it is far from alone in using data gleaned [...]

By | 2018-03-23T12:09:57+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Facebook as an election weapon, from Obama to Trump

A message from President Turner on free speech and civil discourse

READ MORE Originally Posted: March 20, 2018 SMU has always been a place where ideas are openly shared, examined and discussed. We value civil debate and meaningful dialogue that leads to discovery. We are firmly committed to the bedrock principle of freedom of expression. At the same time, this University is dedicated to maintaining an educational environment that is inclusive and welcoming. SMU consists of individuals of different races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, and political and social identities. In this diverse and culturally complex community, one of our foundational values is sincere regard and respect for one another. I understand that commitments to freedom of speech and an inclusive environment can come into conflict, raising challenging and important questions for our community, [...]

Two Votes Could Make All the Difference for Texas Senate Democrats in 2019

Dallas Observer Originally Posted: March 19, 2018 Presuming Democrats don't pull off a statewide upset, Texas' November election is going to be about the small things. Lupe Valdez or Andrew White probably won't beat Gov. Greg Abbott, and Beto O'Rourke, however charismatic, probably isn't going to knock off Sen. Ted Cruz. Across the state, however, there are smaller races, like Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno's campaign to kick Pete Sessions out of his U.S. House seat in North Dallas, that offer big spoils to whoever wins them. Three state Senate races, in Dallas, Tarrant and Harris counties, have some of the biggest potential consequences in the state. The fates of the three Republican incumbents in those races, Colleyville's Konni Burton, Dallas' Don Huffines and Houston's Joan [...]

By | 2018-03-19T11:12:30+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Two Votes Could Make All the Difference for Texas Senate Democrats in 2019

What Makes Immigration Reform So Hard

Bush Institute's The Catalyst Originally Published: Winter 2018 edition The following by SMU Political Science Prof. James F. Hollifield, Director of the John Tower Center for Political Science, first appeared in the Winter 2018 edition of the Bush Institute's The Catalyst, and he was interviewed on the subject by KERA public radio's Think on March 8, 2018. For the last several years, the United States has been gripped in a sharp debate over the flow of immigrants into the United States. The fierce exchanges include squabbles over issues like what to do with a large population of unauthorized immigrants and how to manage refugee flows. And the debate comes complete with political landmines that make it difficult to modernize immigration systems to meet the needs of the times. It is easy [...]

By | 2018-03-19T11:08:33+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on What Makes Immigration Reform So Hard
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