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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 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  

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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 [...]

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A Student’s Push to Make SMU’s Campus Stronger

SMU Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: March 21, 2018 David Shirzad at a meeting with the Tower Scholars Program in Washington D.C. - Photo credit, Tower Center Blog HCM Tower Scholar and Student Body President David Shirzad has dedicated his time at SMU to making the school a better place. He’s been a Peruna handler, a member of the Mob (a group of high-spirited students guaranteed tickets to men’s basketball games), a student representative to the Board of Trustees and more. His latest mission is to give students more opportunities to have their voices heard. For this month’s Scholar Spotlight we talked to David about his time at SMU and what advice he has for younger and incoming scholars. What drove you to [...]

By | 2018-03-21T11:21:07+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on A Student’s Push to Make SMU’s Campus Stronger

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to address SMU students during 103rd Commencement May 19

SMU News Originally Posted: March 21, 2018 Randall L. Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T, will be the featured speaker during SMU’s 103rd all-University Commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Moody Coliseum. Since rising to the position of CEO in 2007, Stephenson has guided AT&T through a number of major milestones, including the ongoing acquisition of Time Warner, the 2015 acquisition of DIRECTV, and the purchase of Mexican wireless companies to create a North American network. Stephenson also has led AT&T’s breakthrough “It Can Wait” campaign – an awareness program educating drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. The program has amassed more than 19 million pledges of support. “We are honored to have a pioneering business and technology leader [...]

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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, [...]

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

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