Exploring the mysteries of the universe: Reality in the Shadows

SMU Research Originally Posted: December 21, 2017 New knowledge has caused us to reconsider many previous conclusions about what the universe is and how it works. Despite centuries of scientific advancements, there is much about the universe that remains unknown. New knowledge and discoveries in the last 20 years have challenged previously accepted ideas and theories that were once regarded as scientific truth and have subjected them to increasing scrutiny. These additions to our knowledge have caused scientists to reconsider many previous conclusions about what the universe is and how it works. “Reality in the Shadows” or “What the Heck’s the Higgs?” is a new book that explores the concepts that shape our current understanding of the universe and the frontiers of our knowledge of the [...]

By | 2018-02-08T08:11:37+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Exploring the mysteries of the universe: Reality in the Shadows

SMU Alum: ‘Everything we do in life involves human rights’

Overheard@SMU Originally Posted: November 2, 2017 SMU alumna Ashley Park ’17 reads from one of her 2016 “Holocaust Poland” trip journals. At a recent party hosted by SMU alums Trey Velvin ’86 & Dee Velvin’87 in support of the Embrey Human Rights Program’s new book No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland (slideshow above), 2017 SMU alumna Ashley Park read from one of two journals she kept during the “Holocaust Poland” trip she took in 2016. Somewhere near Lublin, Poland, she wrote: “[SMU student] Karly Zrake read a poem she wrote and it was really good. It was about the Krepiecki Forest being a place of sanctuary and solace, and how people came and desecrated that. … I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve today. I miss my family so much. I so wish I could be warm and surrounded by people [...]

By | 2017-12-14T17:02:41+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events|Comments Off on SMU Alum: ‘Everything we do in life involves human rights’

Dedman College faculty books for your holiday gift-giving list

SMU News Originally Posted: December 11, 2017 Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2017 by Dedman College faculty. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore. Most are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. READ THE FULL LIST Books by Dedman College faculty Manjhi Moves a Mountain (Creston Books), by Nancy Churnin, shows how everyone can make a difference if their heart is big enough. When young Dashrath Manjhi realizes the mountain separates his poor village from a nearby village with schools, markets and a hospital, he sees a solution no one else can imagine. With only his hammer, chisel, grit and determination, Manjhi spends 20 years carving a path through the mountain. Rachel Ball-Phillips, SMU’s adjunct lecturer of South Asian [...]

By | 2017-12-12T08:15:36+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News, History, Physics|Comments Off on Dedman College faculty books for your holiday gift-giving list

Tune in: Nov. 10 at 7pm, SMU English Prof. Greg Brownderville featured on Arts and Letters Radio

Arts and Letters Radio Originally Posted: November 10, 2017 The Dark Lyricism of Arkansas poet Greg Brownderville  Listen to the program On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with poet Greg Alan Brownderville, who discusses his latest collection, A Horse With Holes in It, published by LSU Press. This collection is interwoven with humor, compelling imagery and dark lyricism. "I wrote it in a blur, in a psychic state resembling trance, which is appropriate, given that spirit possession is at the heart of the collection. I accepted that it would fail or succeed on its own terms, as a ragged, jagged thing, not as a precious gemstone. If something felt right, even though I couldn’t explain why, I went with it. It is hard for me to remember anything about [...]

By | 2017-11-10T10:35:25+00:00 November 10th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Tune in: Nov. 10 at 7pm, SMU English Prof. Greg Brownderville featured on Arts and Letters Radio

You say you want a book on the American Revolution?

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 29, 2017 BY:  Edward Countryman is University Distinguished Professor in the Clements Department of History at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches colonial and revolutionary America. He is working on a book called "Distinctive Nation: The Uncertain Colonial Order, an Ambiguous Revolution, and the Troubled American Republic," for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. For historians, the American Revolution has become a hot topic. We have learned a vast amount since the last great burst of public interest, at the bicentennial. Let me share a few things that I think are really exciting. First comes American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (W.W. Norton, 2016) by two-time Pulitzer winner Alan Taylor. Taylor shows how the Revolution caught up everybody — great and [...]

By | 2017-06-30T09:23:57+00:00 June 30th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on You say you want a book on the American Revolution?

Need a last minute gift? How about a book?

SMU News Originally Posted: Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2016 by the SMU community, including faculty, staff, alumni, libraries and museum. Need to satisfy a history buff? This list has it covered in genres from art to science to the Southwest. Find selections for readers of poetry, personal and spiritual enrichment, young adult fiction and celebrity memoir. There’s a southern-themed cookbook for foodies, a literary Shakespearean riff in the form of a card game, and an arty crime caper filled with mystery and intrigue to the end. 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. [...]

Professor Ravi Batra highlights economic trends and reforms for 2016 in new book

Yahoo Finance Originally Posted: January 6, 2016 DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2016) - Ravi Batra, author of End Unemployment Now: How to Eliminate Joblessness, Debt and Poverty Despite Congress, has made a career out of making accurate forecasts. He claims an over 90 percent success rate in his predictions that seem to be borne out by what he has written in the past. For instance, in two books penned in 1978 and 1980, he foresaw the fall of Soviet communism before the end of the century, a forecast that earned him the medal of the Italian Senate in 1990. In another book published in 2006 and noted for its predictive accuracy, The New Golden Age: The Coming Revolution against Political Corruption and Economic Chaos, [...]

By | 2016-01-08T10:26:41+00:00 January 7th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Professor Ravi Batra highlights economic trends and reforms for 2016 in new book

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 [...]

Anne E. Lincoln, Sociology, Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science

In "Failing Families, Failing Science," Ecklund and Lincoln paint a nuanced picture that illuminates how gender, individual choices, and university and science infrastructures play a role in shaping science careers, and how science careers, shape family life. Their research reveals that early career scientists struggle with balancing work and family lives. This struggle may prevent young scientists from pursuing positions at top research universities—or further pursuing academic science at all— a circumstance that comes at great cost to our national science infrastructure. READ MORE on Anne E. Lincoln

By | 2015-11-04T08:13:28+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Sociology, Sociology (Faculty)|Comments Off on Anne E. Lincoln, Sociology, Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science

The Bible in the Public Square: Its Enduring Influence in American Life, co-edited by religious studies professor Mark Chancey

Essays from the perspectives of American history, the history of ideas, film studies, visual studies, cultural studies, education, and church-state studies provide essential research for those interested in the intersection of the Bible and American culture. Features: Ten essays and an introduction present research from professors of biblical studies, Judaism, English, and history Articles relevant to scholars, students, and the general public Analysis of the tensions in American society regarding the Bible and its role in public life. Mark A. Chancey is Professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus (Cambridge University Press). Carol Meyers is Mary Grace Wilson Professor of Religion at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She [...]

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