George W. Bush, Bill Clinton discuss politics during joint appearance

Fox 4 Originally Posted: July 12, 2018   SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson was quoted in a July 12th story on Fox 4 news. Two former presidents sat down for a conversation about the past, present and future of American politics. Former President George W. Bush visited President Bill Clinton at his presidential library in Little Rock. The two are celebrating their presidential leadership scholars. The two presidents have become close friends since leaving office. At times during the conversation, the mood was light.  But they also tackled complicated issues like immigration and the growing divide between many Americans. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton came together at the Clinton Presidential Center in Arkansas to talk politics and the current state of affairs. [...]

By | 2018-07-15T18:51:18+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Religious Studies|Comments Off on George W. Bush, Bill Clinton discuss politics during joint appearance

Hometown hero: How Dallas’ first National Spelling Bee champ made spelling cool and became a journalist

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 1, 2018 Susan Yoachum graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in journalism and political science Susan Yoachum walked into the Dallas Love Field lobby and was greeted with crowds of people “waving signs.” She started looking around, excited to see what celebrity  had come to Dallas. She only figured out who the celebrity was after “hordes of her eighth-grade classmates suddenly began to hug her.” “Oh my gosh. They’re here for me.” In a matter of days Susan had become a national name and a hometown hero. Her claim to fame? Being the first kid from Dallas to win the title of National Spelling Bee Champion. "She's a real champ," said a coach from her school. "If our basketball team trained the way [...]

By | 2018-06-25T08:15:32+00:00 July 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Hometown hero: How Dallas’ first National Spelling Bee champ made spelling cool and became a journalist

In conversation series, two Mexican-Americans compare what made them the leaders they are today

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 13, 2018 What does it mean to live in the hyphen? Two Mexican-Americans spent an hour Monday night tackling the question in the second round of “Duets,” the quarterly event series hosted by the Arts & Life team of The Dallas Morning News. Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, was joined by Luisa del Rosal, executive director of Southern Methodist University's Tower Center for Political Studies, to talk about his new book, “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration,” and about living life as both Mexicans and Americans. Corchado and del Rosal’s own histories exemplify why a term like Mexican-American doesn’t tell you much on its own. Born in [...]

By | 2018-06-14T08:50:29+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on In conversation series, two Mexican-Americans compare what made them the leaders they are today

Young entrepreneurs overcome inexperience and skeptics

AP Originally Posted: June 7, 2018 SMU Dedman College alumnus Carl Dorvil ’05, ’08, was interviewed for this story. He majored in public policy, economics and psychology. He earned a Professional M.B.A. through the Cox School of Business in 2008. NEW YORK (AP) — The age-old issue came up again recently: A potential client asked Nate Hartmann, “Hey, how old are you?” Since Hartmann founded Yellow Box in 2010 at age 18, he’s encountered skeptics who doubted his company could design websites and create online marketing strategies. Some clients even set out to teach them. “They tried to run us, instead of working with us to achieve their goals,” says Hartmann, whose company is based in Chicago. Not being taken seriously is an obstacle many [...]

By | 2018-06-07T10:31:59+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Young entrepreneurs overcome inexperience and skeptics

Cal Jillson, Political Science, two weeks after the shooting, Santa Fe High School seniors prepare for graduation day

Cosmopolitan Originally Posted: May 29, 2018 On Friday, May 18, Tyler Cruz was running 15 minutes late. With exactly two weeks left until his graduation, the Santa Fe High School student was suffering from severe senioritis. He slid into his first-period class, video technology, at 7:25 a.m. His classmates made their first calls to 911 at 7:32am, according to Galveston County authorities. A shooter had opened fire in an arts classroom elsewhere on campus, eventually killing eight students and two teachers. Cruz and the confused and crying students around him were ushered outside, where he heard his principal screaming "Run! Run!" as they sprinted to a nearby auto shop for safety. "I was calm, but numb," Cruz says now. "I actually still feel like that. [...]

By | 2018-05-30T09:01:48+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, two weeks after the shooting, Santa Fe High School seniors prepare for graduation day

Congratulations to all celebrated at 2nd annual Faculty Book Fest

Dedman College News Originally Posted: May 17, 2018 Congratulations to all the faculty celebrated at the Dedman College & Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s 2nd Annual Faculty Book Fest on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. See below for a list of Dedman College faculty books When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War Jeffrey Engel, Department of History Partners with God: Critical and Theological Readings of the Bible in Honor of Marvin A. Sweeney Serge Frolov, Department of Religious Studies with Shelly L. Birdsong No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland Rick Halperin, Department of History Booker T. Washington in American Memory Kenneth M. Hamilton, Department of History The Culturalist Challenge to Liberal Republicanism Michael Lusztig, Department of Political Science Statistical Modeling for Degradation Data [...]

By | 2018-05-17T09:55:27+00:00 May 17th, 2018|DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, History, Physics, Political Science, Religious Studies, Statistical Science|Comments Off on Congratulations to all celebrated at 2nd annual Faculty Book Fest

May Commencement Information

If you are looking for May Commencement information click here. Schedule of events Commencement Speaker Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 103rd Commencement Weekend, May 18 and 19, 2018. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni. On Saturday [...]

Cal Jillson, Political Science, lends expertise to Houston Chronicle RE: NRA and the Democrats.

Houston Chronicle Originally Posted: May 2, 2018 “The NRA has weathered the storm after the (Parkland) shooting, and I think they're looking for this convention in Dallas, not to lick their wounds, but to get their war hoop back up about the Second Amendment,” said Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Dallas' Southern Methodist University. AUSTIN — Derek Robledo can't wait until the National Rifle Association's annual convention opens in Dallas on Friday. He won’t be inside listening to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and most all of the state's Republican officials cheering the Second Amendment. Instead, the 20-year-old University of Texas student will be outside railing against the NRA’s outsized political influence that be blames for the continued [...]

By | 2018-05-04T07:17:59+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, lends expertise to Houston Chronicle RE: NRA and the Democrats.

Dallas activist gaining recognition for Malcolm X documentary he inspired

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: April 26, 2018 The late Dr. Dennis Simon, an Southern Methodist University political science professor, appears in Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement. Ubiquitous Dallas activist Thomas Muhammad is adding yet another feather to his cap of diverse involvements. This time, he's the inspiration behind a new documentary on black nationalist and former Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X that is making the rounds nationally. Muhammad conceived and co-produced Malcolm X: An Overwhelming Influence on the Black Power Movement. His other accomplishments include being chair of the National Black United Front's Dallas chapter and co-founder and board vice president of the South Dallas/Fair Park Innercity Community Development Corp. The film has captured attention around the nation, including [...]

By | 2018-04-30T08:14:13+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Dallas activist gaining recognition for Malcolm X documentary he inspired

Out-of-state travel tab for Abbott’s security tops $1 million

San Antonio Express Originally Posted: April 29, 2018 AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has pursued a busy national and international schedule in his first term that has driven state-paid travel expenses for his security detail to more than $1 million and counting. Security accompanies Abbott whether he is pursuing job expansion for Texas, fundraising for his campaign, promoting his book, speaking at a political event or vacationing in Hawaii — the most expensive single destination reported so far for the security detail, at more than $71,000. But the title of costliest trip is a moving target. Not yet available is the security cost of Abbott’s recent nine-day business development trip to India. And at least one trip with multiple destinations cost more than his recent [...]

By | 2018-04-30T07:13:06+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Out-of-state travel tab for Abbott’s security tops $1 million
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