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

Listen: The Challenges Of Fixing Immigration

KERA Think Originally Posted: March 8, 2018 When it comes to immigration reform, at the heart of the debate is: How do we decide who to let in, and how do we protect ourselves from those we want to keep out? James F. Hollifield, director of the John Goodwin Tower Center at SMU, joins us to walk through these tough questions. His essay “What Makes Immigration Reform So Hard?” appears in the winter issue of The Catalyst. LISTEN

By | 2018-03-14T09:49:11+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Listen: The Challenges Of Fixing Immigration

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins not afraid to get political

Fox 4 Originally Posted: March 9, 2018 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins uses his voice to be the voice of the people. But he is leaving some to wonder if it's a conversation he should be part of. A Washington, D.C. based group has been traveling the nation calling for the president's tax bill to be repealed. They came to Dallas on Friday, with the biggest voice being Judge Jenkins. The county judge is finding his way into more and more conversations around national and state political issues. He says it’s where his voice should be. “It’s what I should be doing,” he said. “It affects the citizens that live here, and it’s important to their lives.” Jenkins has been increasingly adding his voice to [...]

By | 2018-03-12T07:25:59+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins not afraid to get political

Democrats Lupe Valdez, Andrew White to clash in runoff primary for a shot at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: March 6, 2018 SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson analyzes the upcoming Democratic Party runoff for the nomination for Texas governor. Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on Tuesday cruised into a Democratic runoff for governor against Houston investor Andrew White. In a nine-candidate field of Democrats, Valdez attracted the most votes, though not the majority needed to avoid a runoff. Valdez posted big numbers in Dallas, her adopted home, and in San Antonio, where she grew up. She also had support in heavily Hispanic South Texas, where she ran a Spanish-language radio ad in the race's final week. White couldn't catch up, though he ran most strongly in areas along the Gulf Coast such as Harris County, his home. In [...]

By | 2018-03-08T22:40:19+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Democrats Lupe Valdez, Andrew White to clash in runoff primary for a shot at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Support Dedman College TODAY: Mustangs Give Back

On March 8, Mustangs around the world—alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty and staff—will come together for Mustangs Give Back, a 24-hour online fundraising event. Support the schools, programs, and causes that are important to you, help them earn matching funds, and foster achievement in research, scholarship, art and athletics. Learn more: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/. Below is a list of Dedman College projects. Thank you for your support. Bring an International Film Festival to campus: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/bring-a-little-of-cannes-to-the-hilltop-2018/ Help an SMU sociology student apply classroom knowledge and meet community needs: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/sociology-at-work-in-the-community/ Help create the new DataFest hackathon: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/help-create-the-new-datafest-hackathon/ Send five math majors to an annual applied mathematics conference at LSU this fall: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/research-101-mini-grants-for-undergraduates-copy/ Help fund student-run health and well-being programs in Dallas: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/create-change-for-communities-in-need/ Provide a scanning station for SMU’s Archaeology Research Collections: http://blog.smu.edu/mustangsgiveback/projects/enhancing-smus-home-for-archaeological-collections/ Research 101: Mini-grants [...]

NY Jet, Mustang Alum Kelvin Beachum Honors His Faculty Mentor, Leader Of Civil Rights Pilgrimage

SMU News Originally Posted: March 5, 2018 Remembering a civil rights foot soldier Kelvin Beachum plays left tackle for the NYJets, but was playing for the Mustangs when he travelled across the south on the 2011 SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage. He’s making a $100,000 gift to honor mentor Dennis Simon and ensure that other SMU students can take the life-changing trip. Kelvin Beachum watched his reflection in the big mirror and listened, as Alabama barber Lloyd Howard buzzed his clippers through Beachum’s hair and talked about his memories of the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott. Howard had been only 14 when the boycott started, but was fiercely proud that he and his family had been a part of it. Beachum described meeting Howard as the highlight [...]

By | 2018-03-06T11:51:28+00:00 March 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science|Comments Off on NY Jet, Mustang Alum Kelvin Beachum Honors His Faculty Mentor, Leader Of Civil Rights Pilgrimage
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