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

Will the Republican tax bill work?

SMUVideo Published on Dec 7, 2017 Professor Jeffrey Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History, talks about President Trump and the tax reform legislation now making its way through Congress with Fox 4, the local Fox network affiliate. Watch https://youtu.be/Ak-aCsfH8mk  

By | 2017-12-08T06:30:27+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, History, Political Science|Comments Off on Will the Republican tax bill work?

History Professor Op-Ed in New York Times: George McGovern, Vietnam and the Democratic Crackup

New York Times Originally Posted: December: 5, 2017 On Sept. 24, 1963, George McGovern, the junior senator from South Dakota, addressed a full chamber on America’s growing entanglement in Southeast Asia. His words rang like a fire bell in the night. “The current dilemma in Vietnam is a clear demonstration of the limitations of military power,” the 41-year-old Democrat declared, just before the vote on a record-breaking defense appropriation. “There in the jungles of Asia, our mighty nuclear arsenal, our $50 billion arms budget, and our costly ‘special forces’ have proved powerless to cope with a ragged band of illiterate guerrillas fighting with homemade weapons.” Even worse, in Saigon, American resources were being used “to suppress the very liberties we went in to defend,” he [...]

By | 2017-12-05T08:25:36+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on History Professor Op-Ed in New York Times: George McGovern, Vietnam and the Democratic Crackup

SMU history professor/time expert Alexis McCrossen explores the evolution of New Year’s celebrations

SMU News Originally Posted: November 30, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) – Before fireworks displays, the Tournament of Roses Parade and champagne toasts, New Year’s Day in the United States was a time to pay respect, reflect and render accounts. The revelry came later, says Alexis McCrossen, SMU professor of history. Ironically, the holiday’s deeper meaning and purpose would get lost in the annual bacchanalia. Thousands of Americans in 1927 lined up outside the White House to attend a reception hosted by President Calvin Coolidge. The tradition began with George Washington's presidency and continued through the presidency of Herbert Hoover. Photo courtesy the U.S. Library of Congress. “There’s something deeply symbolic about the new year,” McCrossen says. “Historically it’s been when individuals and communities made sense of [...]

By | 2017-12-04T10:54:54+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on SMU history professor/time expert Alexis McCrossen explores the evolution of New Year’s celebrations

Here’s how George H.W. Bush guided America through the turbulent end to the Cold War

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 When the World Seemed New is a remarkable book about a remarkable person. Southern Methodist University professor Jeffrey Engel describes in engrossing detail the patient and sophisticated strategy President George H.W. Bush pursued as the Cold War came to an end. Engel writes that Bush "guided the world through dangerous moments, whose peaceful outcome in hindsight continues to obscure their difficulty." Bush was one of those one-term presidents (John Adams is another who comes to mind) whose tenure tends to be underrated because of its brevity. Becoming president in the shadow of the intriguing relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Bush's first move was to hit the brakes. He thought, notes Engel, that Reagan had been too [...]

By | 2017-11-09T11:31:30+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Here’s how George H.W. Bush guided America through the turbulent end to the Cold War

SMU Clements Center for Southwest Studies to Host Nov. 15 Book Prize Event for Three Roads to Magdalena Author

SMU News Originally Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 David Wallace Adams developed the book during a Clements Center fellowship DALLAS (SMU) – Acclaimed as a unique and enduring window into borderlands history, David Wallace Adams’ 2016 book, Three Roads to Magdalena: Coming of Age in a Southwest Borderland, 1890-1990, will be awarded this year’s Weber-Clements Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America Wednesday, Nov. 15, at SMU. The free public event, hosted by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, will be held in the Texana Room of Fondren Library, 6404 Hilltop Lane. A reception from 5 to 5:30 will be followed by a lecture and book-signing from 5:30 to 6:30. Seating for the event is limited; register here or contact swcenter@smu.edu, 214-768-3684 or raelmore@smu.edu. Three Roads [...]

By | 2017-11-08T16:01:33+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Anthropology|Comments Off on SMU Clements Center for Southwest Studies to Host Nov. 15 Book Prize Event for Three Roads to Magdalena Author

SMU panel adds historical context to the Confederate school names

The Advocate Originally Posted: October 31, 2017 Students, professors and neighbors gathered Monday night to participate in a panel discussion about Confederate school names in Dallas ISD at Southern Methodist University (SMU). A crowd of around 100 gathered to hear four SMU professors discuss the historical context of the era in which these schools were named. Due to its proximity, most of the discussion and questions centered around Stonewall Jackson Elementary, whose new name will be submitted to the Dallas ISD trustees in February. The professors discussed the efforts of the Confederate support groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Daughters of the Confederacy after the Civil War to create a new narrative about a war about states rights and of Northern aggression, [...]

By | 2017-11-02T09:48:53+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on SMU panel adds historical context to the Confederate school names
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