WLL Faculty Accomplishments

Renata Eguez had a chapter entitled “Writing the Riverbanks in El libro flotante de Caytran Dolphin, by Leonardo Valencia” accepted for publication in the edited volume Written in the Water: The Image of the River in Latino/American Literature. The editors, Elizabeth Rivero and Jeanie Murphy, are looking for publishing options.

She also had a paper entitled “Ecuador visto por Rolf Blomberg: recuperaciones del archivo y la mirada en El secreto de la luz (2014)” accepted for presentation at the forthcoming Latin American Studies Association in New York in May.


Lourdes Molina had a paper entitled “Abilio Estévez’s Palaces of the Past: Havana in the Special Period” accepted for presentation at the NorthEast Modern Language Association Conference in Hartford Connecticut in March.


Dayna Oscherwitz had an article entitled “From Bab el Oued City to Timbuktu: Flipping the Script on Global Jihad” accepted for publication in a special issue of Studies in French Cinema on Terrorism in North African Cinema. The article and issue will be published in October 2016.


She also had a paper entitled “Overturned Equality: Migration, Globalization and the African Immigrant Film” accepted for presentation at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in April in Atlanta.


SMU is closed December 24-January 1. Have a safe and happy holiday!


Five Dedman College professors receive 2015-16 Sam Taylor Fellowships

SMU News

Originally Posted: December 18, 2015

Eleven SMU faculty members have received 2015-16 Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Five of the recipients are Dedman College faculty.

The Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research, “advancing the intellectual, social or religious life of Texas and the nation.”

Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation and the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.

The winning Dedman College professors for this academic year, and their projects:

• Karisa Cloward, Political Science, Dedman College, for field research on NGOs in Kenya

• Karen Lupo, Anthropology, Dedman College, to collect sediment cores in the Democratic Republic of Congo for a study of the central African rainforest

• Nicolas Sternsdorff-Cisterna, Anthropology, Dedman College, for travel to Japan for a study on food safety after Fukushima

• Hervé Tchumkam, World Languages and Literatures (French and Francophone Studies), Dedman College, for travel to research Cameroonian deaths and disappearances

• Roberto Vega, Physics, Dedman College, to support collaborative research on high-energy physics


SMU books fulfill your holiday gift giving list

Books published in 2015 by the SMU community, including faculty, staff, alumni, libraries and museum, can complete your holiday gift list.

Need to satisfy a history buff? This list has it covered in genres from art to film to science to the Southwest. Find selections for readers of poetry, as well as personal, political and travel memoir. There’s a cookbook for foodies. A photography collection showcases the American West. Arty crime capers are filled with mystery and intrigue to the end. There’s even a literary riff in the form of a card game based on a classic novel.

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. READ MORE

Save the Date: 2016 Career Fair, Feb. 18 from 4-7 p.m.


New lifestyle blog “Ramen & Rosé,” created by undergraduate students with ties to Dedman College’s Department of World Languages & Literatures

SMU Daily Campus

Originally Posted: December 9, 2015

Meet the SMU trendsetters behind Ramen & Rosé

At the Starbucks in Snider Plaza on a sunny Friday afternoon, Chandler Helms arrived first and Jessica Jan came shortly after her. Immediately when the SMU students saw each other, the two fashionistas launched into a conversation about new shoes and formal dresses.

“You got the shoes!” Jan said to Helms.

Helms, who sported a pair of brightly colored flats with fun designs on them, showed off her new shoes and asked Jan about which formal dress she was going to wear that night.

After a few minutes of small talk, the two got down to business. They were here to discuss their new blog “Ramen & Rosé,” a lifestyle blog for young and fabulous millennials on a budget. The blog features style, food and travel sections.

It was obvious that Jan and Helms are both friendly and fun to talk to, but what was so admirable about the pair is their knowledge of fashion and their ability to shine professionally.

Many SMU students are familiar with Jan and Helms. Jan, who is well known for working at SMUstyle, is easily spotted by her spunky, unique outfits that are inspired by the different cultures of places like Asia and Europe. READ MORE

Meet Dedman College Faculty during Family Weekend

2:00PM 3:00PM

Dedman College, the heart of SMU houses the vital disciplines the underlie great accomplishment. Denman College offers 85 exciting majors and minors in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Their award winning faculty will be available to discuss their teaching and research interests. READ MORE

An event with Laura Fair: Transnational Media, Local Meanings: Kung Fu and Urban Youth in Post-colonial Tanzania

Event date: October 20, 2015

Event time: 3:00 PM

Talk Image

The 1971 release of Bruce Lee’s film, The Big Boss, inaugurated a frenzy of martial arts appreciation across the globe. What was it about Lee’s films and others in the genre that spoke to Tanzanians? And who exactly responded to the call? As Tanzanians appropriated these films how did they transform them?

Contact for more information: http://www.smu.edu/Dedman/DCII/Events