Meet Hope Hicks, Dedman College alumna, now one of Trump’s youngest advisers

Business Insider Originally Posted: July 6, 2017 Hope Hicks, 28, was born in Greenwich, a town of 60,000 on the southwest tip of Connecticut that's a favorite spot for hedge fund headquarters. She was a model, actress, and lacrosse player as a child, before getting her English degree at Southern Methodist University. Hicks didn't intend on playing such a large role in a presidential campaign, instead falling into the gig through a job at the Trump Organization. But she now finds herself as one of President Donald Trump's youngest advisers, serving as assistant to the president and director of strategic communications in the White House. Hicks has been with Trump — to use his words — "from the beginning." She stuck on his campaign through [...]

By | 2017-07-07T08:05:12+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English|Comments Off on Meet Hope Hicks, Dedman College alumna, now one of Trump’s youngest advisers

Professor Herma Hill Kay, an SMU english major and pioneer in legal teaching

Wall Street Journal Originally Posted: June 23, 2017 Professor Herma Hill Kay was an SMU english major and a pioneer in legal teaching. She became the first woman to lead an elite law school, serving as the dean of UC Berkeley School of Law from 1992 to 2000. Ms. Kay was particularly focused on making marriage and divorce safer for women. Her expertise helped influenced a wide range of legislation. MORE As a sixth-grader in South Carolina in the 1940s, Herma Hill Kay won a classroom debate in which she was the only student willing to argue that the South shouldn’t have won the Civil War. Her civics teacher told her afterward, “If you were my daughter, I’d send you to law school.” Ms. Kay’s [...]

By | 2017-06-28T09:17:28+00:00 June 26th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English|Comments Off on Professor Herma Hill Kay, an SMU english major and pioneer in legal teaching

Book Review: If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art

D Magazine Originally Posted: May 2017 issue Longtime SMU professor Willard Spiegelman offers art and architecture criticism from a distance in this collection. After calling Dallas home for more than 45 years, Willard Spiegelman has moved north to split his time between New York and Connecticut. To mark the occasion, the writer and longtime SMU professor has released his latest book, If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art, a collection of essays on art and architecture he published in the Wall Street Journal beginning in the late 1980s. Much of the volume is understandably given over to writing about North Texas, such as considered responses to the opening of I.M. Pei’s Meyerson Symphony Center, Renzo Piano’s Nasher Sculpture Center, and Tadao Ando’s Modern Art [...]

By | 2017-05-16T11:15:59+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Book Review: If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art

Dedman College Alumnus John Harper ’68: ‘The Best Medicine Is Science And Compassion Intersecting At The Patient’

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: March 24, 2016 SAVE THE DATE: Join SMU Dedman College alumnus John Harper at the 7th annual Literature + Medicine Conference  from 8 a.m. to noon April 1 at SMU’s Mack Ballroom in the Umphrey Lee Center. Cardiologist John Harper ’68 vividly remembers waking in the middle of the night to the sound of his father crying out in pain. It was 1964 and Harper was 17 years old – just a year shy of starting college at SMU. But he was as frightened as a small child that night when he peaked through a cracked-open bedroom door into the hallway of his West Texas home. A physician named Bruce Hay was arriving at 3 a.m., impeccably dressed in a three-piece suit, his black doctor’s bag in [...]

By | 2017-03-24T00:34:23+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English|Comments Off on Dedman College Alumnus John Harper ’68: ‘The Best Medicine Is Science And Compassion Intersecting At The Patient’

Event: April 5, Long Stories Cut Short – A Reading and Book Signing

A reading and book signing with author Fredrick Luis Aldama. Sponsored by The Creative Writing Program and the SMU Department of English, Southwest Review; Red Pegasus Comics

By | 2017-03-20T08:22:08+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Event: April 5, Long Stories Cut Short – A Reading and Book Signing

Willard Spiegelman leaves Dallas a lovely parting gift with ‘If You See Something, Say Something’

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: March 1, 2017 The word is out: Willard Spiegelman, Southern Methodist University's distinguished Hughes Professor of English, is selling his Dallas condo and moving full time to New York and Connecticut. Spiegelman —  author, editor, educator, raconteur — has also long been a contributor to The Wall Street Journal and been Dallas' most eloquent public voice in the New York media world. It's bad enough that we're losing him in person, but as the WSJ radically cuts back on its arts coverage, we risk missing out on him altogether. But his many fans can take great joy that SMU's DeGolyer Library has produced a fulsome and beautifully illustrated book of his visual arts and architecture criticism. If You See Something, Say [...]

By | 2017-03-02T09:21:28+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Willard Spiegelman leaves Dallas a lovely parting gift with ‘If You See Something, Say Something’

Gilbert Lecture Series presents lecture on environmental literature and criticism

SMU News Originally Posted: February 7, 2017 Can designer ecosystems compensate for ecological loss? This talk examines new media projects inspired by this question. Heather Houser, an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, is author of Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect Columbia UP, 2014), which won the 2015 Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2014 British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) Book Prize. Houser's presentation, hosted by SMU's Department of English, is free and open to the public on Thursday, Feb. 23, in McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall. There is a reception at 6 p.m. and lecture at 6:30 p.m. Houser holds affiliations with American Studies, the Center for Women's [...]

By | 2017-02-08T07:25:10+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events|Comments Off on Gilbert Lecture Series presents lecture on environmental literature and criticism

Memorial Service for Marshall Terry, Jr. to be held Friday, Jan. 20

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Marshall Terry, Jr. will be held on Friday, January 20, at 1:00 pm in Perkins Chapel.  A reception will be held at the Meadows Museum immediately following the service. Memorial gifts may be made in support of The Marsh Terry Creative Writing Scholarship Endowment Fund by sending checks payable to Southern Methodist University at SMU, P. O. Box 402, Dallas, TX 75275-0402, or by making a gift online at smu.edu/giving. READ MORE

By | 2017-01-11T08:28:05+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Memorial Service for Marshall Terry, Jr. to be held Friday, Jan. 20

Greg Brownderville, English, How an SMU Poet Straddles America’s Cultural Divide

D Magazine Originally Posted: January 2017 Scan This: When he was young, Brownderville found he had a special affinity for words, a kind of synesthesia that he began to experience after a series of head injuries. Credit- D Magazine A few days after the November presidential election, I meet the poet Greg Brownderville for a coffee near the campus of SMU, where he teaches poetry and runs the Southwest Review, the century-old quarterly literary journal. We are here to discuss Brownderville’s latest volume of poetry, A Horse With Holes in It, published in November by Louisiana State University Press. Our conversation, however, inevitably turns to the recent election. “Snark is having a moment in this country,” Brownderville says. He is wearing a sweater under a [...]

By | 2017-01-03T13:23:14+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Greg Brownderville, English, How an SMU Poet Straddles America’s Cultural Divide

Willard Spiegelman, English, new book Senior Moments included in a list of recommended holiday reading by writers over 50

The Berkshire Eagle Originally Posted: December 17, 2016 'Tis the season for well-meaning younger people to offer advice to elders who, they fear, are sad or uninterested in the holidays. The blog Senior Care Corner claims that one geriatric specialist, worrying about senior depression, said, "I wish they would cancel December." True, the winter holidays may bring memories to elders of earlier, maybe happier — at least, more boisterous — times. And we who have lost someone we shared the holidays with may need to give expression to the empty space in our lives. But as an alternative to unsolicited advice — eat and drink moderately at parties, catch another screening of "It's a Wonderful Life," drive around (or, preferably, get driven around) neighborhood light [...]

By | 2016-12-20T08:45:37+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Willard Spiegelman, English, new book Senior Moments included in a list of recommended holiday reading by writers over 50
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