International Symposium on Violence in the U.S.-Mexican Borderlands a Success

April 27, 2016

Panel: Alfredo Corchado, DMN; Alan Knight, Oxford; Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez, Texas State University; Gerardo Gurza, Instituto Mora; Brandon Morgan, New Mexico Community College

Dallas, TX – SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, in partnership with the Instituto Mora of Mexico City, hosted a public forum on the history of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday, April 16, at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas.

Bringing together scholars and journalists from Mexico, the United States and Great Britain, the international forum focused on the long evolution of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, from the role of the state in borderland violence, drugs and smuggling, to refugees, migrants and mob violence. Over 200 people attended the afternoon conference featuring panel discussions centered on the evolution of violence along the border from the 1800s to the modern drug wars.

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Sherry Smith welcomes and introduces symposium

“Because of the modern drug wars, the border today has an enduring reputation as a site of brutal violence,” noted Andrew J. Torget, a professor of history at the University of North Texas and one of the organizers of the event. “But what people tend to forget is that border violence has changed dramatically during the past two centuries, and there is nothing inevitable about today’s situation. This public event will present historical background for the modern situation, as we discuss how border violence has evolved over time.”

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Group photo of presenters on the steps of Dallas Hall

Sponsored by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU in partnership with Instituto Mora of Mexico City, and with support from SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program and the Latino Cultural Center, a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

LEARN MORE: The official program brochure with presenter names and affiliations. HERE

Watch the public forum on the history of violence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Epinephrine, a Positive and Negative Effector of Stress and Stress-Induced Illness

Event date: May 2
Time: 3:30 p.m.

Join Dona Lee Wong, Ph.D. of Harvard Medical School for a special guest lecture on her work. This event is sponsored by the DCII’s Biopsychosocial Research Cluster and the Center for Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery (CD4).

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Inaugural Faculty Book Fest!

Event date: May 3, 2016
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Remarks at 2:30 p.m.
Location: Dallas Hall Rotunda

This is books scramble. Many books to scatter under sky.

Take a break on Reading Day and join us to celebrate all books published by SMU faculty members in 2015. Refreshments and raffle prizes will be provided! RSVP at or 214-768-3527.


The Department of Economics will host conference April 29 and 30 in honor of Professor Shlomo Weber


Shlomo Weber, Dedman Economics Faculty
Shlomo Weber, Dedman Economics Faculty

The Department of Economics will host a conference in honor of Professor Shlomo Weber to recognize his contributions to economics research and to the lives of the many collaborators and colleagues he has worked with throughout his academic career. The one and a half day conference will begin at 1:30pm on Friday, April 29th and concluding at 5pm on Saturday, April 30th.


During the conference, the 2007 Nobel Laureate, Eric Stark Maskin from Harvard University will speak about “Elections and Strategic Voting: Condorcet and Borda.” Professor Maskin is an American economist recognized with Leonid Hurwicz and Roger Myerson “for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory.” Maskin’s lecture will be on Saturday, April 30 from 10:30-11:30 in Dedman Life Sciences Building, room 131.

In addition to Professor Maskin, the following is the list of distinguished invited speakers for the conference:

  • Michael Alexeev (Indiana University)
  • Alberto Bisin (New York University)
  • Rajat Deb (Southern Methodist University)
  • Klaus Desmet (Southern Methodist University)
  • Paul Dower (Florida International University)
  • Joan Esteban (Institut d’Analisi Economica (CSIC) and Barcelona GSE)
  • Piero Gottardi (University of Venice and European University Institute)
  • Hideo Konishi (Boston College), Eric Maskin (Harvard University)
  • Michel Le Breton (Toulouse School of Economics)
  • Juan D. Moreno-Ternero (Universidad Pablo de Olavide)
  • Ignacio Ortuno-Ortin (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • Hans Wiesmeth (Technische Universität Dresden)
  • Eyal Winter (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Detailed information about this conference can be found on

Embrey Human Rights Program’s “Evening With Kang Il-Chul and Lee Ok-Seon”

SMU News

Originally Posted: April 20, 2016

DALLAS (SMU) – During World War II, the Japanese military abducted, tricked or coerced as many as 200,000 women for use as sex slaves, euphemistically called “comfort women.” Most were from occupied Korea, with others from China, Southeast Asia and Europe – and two-thirds were killed or died after their abuse.

In a rare U.S. appearance, two of the survivors will be at SMU on Friday, April 22, for the Embrey Human Rights Program’s “Evening With Kang Il-Chul and Lee Ok-Seon,” held in partnership with Seoul, South Korea’s House of Sharing, an assisted living home where Il-Chul and Ok-Seon and five others find support.

The free public event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception featuring Korean food and dance tributes, followed by a 7:15 p.m. discussion in McCord Auditorium, Room 306 of Dallas Hall, 3225 University Blvd.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those in the SMU and Dallas community to hear two of less than 50 surviving victims of Japanese military sexual slavery,” says Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin. “Their powerful stories of exploitation and courage deserve to be heard – and the atrocities inflicted on them remembered and never repeated.” READ MORE

Professor Kunovich, Sociology, Recognized at Hilltop Excellence Awards Ceremony

Professor Sheri Kunovich received the Extra Mile Award from the Students for New Learning. Students for New Learning is an SMU-chartered student organization for students with ADHD or learning differences. The group meets monthly to provide support, learn tips and strategies, plan fun events, and works to increase campus understanding on the topic of learning differences.

Event: The Use of Statistical Evidence in Two Areas of the Law

Event Date: April 15
Time: 12:15 p.m. with lunch
Location: Godwin Gruber Lawyer’s Inn – The Private Dining Room

Joseph L. Gastwirth, Professor of Statistics and Economics from George Washington University, as he discusses the analysis of data arising in jury discrimination cases and how statistical studies and measures are used to assess the health risks of drugs or exposures to chemical agents. This event is sponsored by the DCII Fellow Seminar, “Law and Statistics.” Please R.S.V.P. with or 214-768-3527.

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An SMU alumnus’ perspective on writing about science

Daily Campus

Originally Posted: April 8, 2016

The edges of the audiences’ lips curved upwards into cheeky grins as SMU alumnus Stephen Ornes said the first name he had chosen for his lecture on science writing: “Liars, Deniers, Doubters and evidence, where do we go from here?”

The physics and english degree-holder changed the name of his April 7 lecture to “Real and Imaginary Hazards in Writing about Science.” The lecture, which was held at 5:30 p.m. in the Fondren Science Building, highlighted the problems and solutions in the ongoing efforts to inform the public about scientific findings and their implications. READ MORE

‘Can the U.N. Walk & Chew Gum at the Same Time? Multitasking in Peace Operations’

Contact Denise Gee: or 214-768-7658

Originally Posted: April 7, 2016


Paul Diehl - professor of political science. Courtesy College of LAS
Paul Diehl – professor of political science. Courtesy College of LAS

DALLAS (SMU) – How does a war-torn country begin to re-establish peace after its people are left with damaged landscapes, psyches and international relationships? World-renowned national security expert Paul F. Diehl will examine related issues Tuesday, April 12, at SMU during a discussion titled, “Can the U.N. Walk & Chew Gum at the Same Time? Multitasking in Peace Operations.”

Hosted by SMU’s John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, the 6 to 8 p.m. event in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Great Hall, 5901 Bishop Blvd., will be free and open to the public; RSVP to

“There is a lot more to peace than simply ending a war. Iraq is a painful reminder that defeating an enemy isn’t the same as ensuring long-term peace and stability,” says acting Tower Center Director Joshua Rovner. “These problems will also confront the next administration even if military operations against ISIS are successful.”

“Building stable political institutions after the shooting stops is extremely important – and extraordinarily complex,” Rovner adds. “Paul is a world-renowned expert on these issues, having studied the problems of peacekeeping for decades. We are lucky to have him in the DFW area, which is increasingly a center for the study of national and international security.”

With expertise primarily focused on international conflict and enduring rivalries, U.N. peacekeeping and international law, Diehl serves as UT-Dallas’ associate provost, Teaching-Learning Initiatives director and the Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science.

He has written or edited 25 books and more than 100 articles and chapters on international security issues. His forthcoming book, The Puzzle of Peace: The Evolution of Peace in the International System (Oxford University Press, 2016), follows The Dynamics of International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Evaluating Peace Operations (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010), Peace Operations (Polity Press, 2008), The Scourge of War (University of Michigan Press, 2004) and War and Peace in International Rivalry(University of Michigan Press, 2000).

Diehl, past president of the international Peace Science Society, has received numerous grants and awards from such organizations as the National Science Foundation, United States Institute of Peace and the Lilly Foundation.

Before joining UT-Dallas in 2015, Diehl served the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the Henning Larsen Professor Emeritus of Political Science and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. He also is former director of the Correlates of War Project – the largest data collection effort on international conflict in the world – and founding director emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching Academy. Earlier, he was a faculty member at the University of Georgia and also at SUNY-Albany.

Diehl holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

For more details about the Tower Center in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, visit or call 214-768-3954.

About SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies

In the spirit of John Tower’s commitment to educate and inspire a new generation of thoughtful leaders, the Tower Center seeks to bridge the gap between the world of ideas, scholarship and teaching, as well as the practice of politics. The primary mission of the Tower Center is to promote the study of politics and international affairs and to stimulate an interest in ethical public service among undergraduates. The Tower Center is an academic center where all parties and views are heard in a marketplace of ideas, and the Center pursues its mission in a non-partisan manner.

About SMU

Southern Methodist University is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls approximately 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

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Tonight: NFL’s Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12 To Talk Sports And Human Rights

SMU Magazine

NFL offensive tackle, and Dedman College alumnus, Kelvin Beachum ’11, ’12 will talk about the role sports play in furthering the conversation on American human rights issues during a panel discussion on Thursday, April 7 at 7:15 p.m. in Dallas Hall’s McCord Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“A Conversation on Sports and Human Rights” will be moderated by WFAA sportscaster Dale Hansen and will include SMU Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director Monique Holland.

“Sports provides an easy doorway for social analysis, and a common ground for open dialogue,” says Embrey Human Rights Program Assistant Director Brad Klein, who helped organized the event.

“In sports media and the conversations of fans, it is common to hear discussions about paying college athletes, women’s and LGBT rights, race relations, team mascots, athletes with disabilities, drug use in competition and more,” Klein adds. “In this way, sports has a remarkable ability to get people of different backgrounds and perspectives talking together.” READ MORE