Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

SMU News Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU graduate Rahfin Faruk has received a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The highly selective scholarship is awarded each year to up to 40 intellectually distinguished Americans to advance knowledge in the scholars’ chosen fields and to promote understanding of Britain. Rahfin Faruk Faruk earned Bachelor’s degrees from SMU in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies in 2015, graduating summa cum laude. A President’s Scholar, he was selected to serve as the voting student member of the SMU Board of Trustees. He led the University’s student newspaper, The Daily Campus, and the Tower Center Student Forum, where students examine politics and public policy. In 2014 he was one of only 59 U.S. college students awarded a Truman Scholarship, [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Graduate News, Political Science, Religious Studies, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dedman College alumnus Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship

Joshua Rovner in Washington Post: This is why the push for transparency may have cost Clinton the election

Washington Post Originally Posted: November 28, 2016 Hillary Clinton thinks James B. Comey cost her the presidency. Eleven days before the election, the FBI director informed congressional leaders that newly discovered information might be relevant to the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. That inquirywas never formally closed, but months earlier, Comey made it clear that he would not seek prosecution. His new message was vague but provocative, and the campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump immediately used it to reinforce its claim that the email story was “worse than Watergate.” At the time Clinton was surging in the polls, and Trump’s campaign seemed to be imploding under the weight of poor debate performances and accusations of sexual assault. Some [...]

By | November 28th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Joshua Rovner in Washington Post: This is why the push for transparency may have cost Clinton the election

Tower Center Director James Hollifield and Luisa de Rosal talk with Austin American Statesman:

Austin American Statesman Originally Posted: November 14, 2016 In what can be seen as the extension of a diplomatic olive branch, the highest-ranking Mexican diplomat in North America said Monday that his government was not going to publicly engage in conversations about a border wall, deportations or any other issues discussed in the U.S. presidential campaign until after President-elect Donald Trump takes office Jan. 20. “We’re not going to reply; we’re not going to address what was said during the campaign,” Paulo Carreño King, Mexico’s undersecretary to North America, told the American-Statesman on Monday during the first visit by a high-ranking Mexican official to Austin since Trump won the election last week. “What we think is more important is that we push forward an agenda [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Tower Center Director James Hollifield and Luisa de Rosal talk with Austin American Statesman:

Q&A with Tower Center Director Jim Hollifield | What we can expect from a Trump presidency

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2016 The contentious 2016 election came to an end early Nov. 9 with a result that surprised many — Donald Trump won the presidency. In his victory speech, Trump promised to be a president for all Americans. “Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. Below, Tower Center Academic Director Jim Hollifield gives his insight on what to possibly expect out of an unexpected Trump presidency. Tower Center: What was your initial reaction to the election results? Jim Hollifield: I was surprised but not too surprised. If the vote was going to be decided by white working class voters in the upper-Midwest then Clinton would lose the election, and that’s essentially what happened. These [...]

By | November 10th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Q&A with Tower Center Director Jim Hollifield | What we can expect from a Trump presidency

Graduate appointed Executive Director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center

Daily Campus Originally Posted: September 29, 2016 An accomplished graduate of Southern Methodist University, Luisa Del Rosal, is taking on new ventures as the Executive Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies. She has also been named the executive director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center, a division of Dedman College. As the first female, Hispanic executive director for the Tower Center, she hopes to raise awareness against cultural stereotypes and provide an inviting platform for the SMU community and the public to discuss difficult topics. “I am excited and ready for the challenge but I also feel a great deal of responsibility to prove that women can do this, and that we can support each other in the process,” said Del Rosal, who was named [...]

By | October 2nd, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center|Comments Off on Graduate appointed Executive Director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center

Income up, poverty down: Texas exceeding U.S. in key economic numbers

Dallas News Originally Posted: September 15, 2016 Texas rode the national wave of rising incomes and decreased poverty last year -- a combination economists and demographers found surprising, given turbulence in the state’s energy industry. “It’s a great report and it’s great for us,” said Pia Orrenius, a senior economist at the Dallas Federal Reserve. “You don’t see any impact from the oil bust.” Experts said the Lone Star state didn’t merely keep pace with the rest of the country; it exceeded national averages in key economic measures included in new Census Bureau data released Thursday. For the first time since 2009, the national median household income grew significantly, jumping 3.8 percent from $53,713 in 2014 to $55,775 in 2015. The phenomenon spanned racial categories [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Income up, poverty down: Texas exceeding U.S. in key economic numbers

Benefactors behind two Tower Center programs honored by D CEO Magazine with Latino Business Awards.

SMU News and D CEO Magazine Originally Posted: September 6, 2016 DALLAS (SMU) – SMU’s Latino Leadership Initiative in the Cox School of Business, as well as the benefactors behind two other SMU programs in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, have been honored by D CEO Magazine with Latino Business Awards. Launched in November 2013, the SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) distinguishes SMU as the only university working across the entire Latino talent pipeline for corporate America.  The initiative is designed to help meet the nation’s growing need for corporate leaders as national demographics evolve through management and organizational development, research into Latino corporate workplace retention and community outreach. D CEO named the Latino Leadership Initiative its “Outstanding Latino Nonprofit” for 2016. Nearly a year [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Benefactors behind two Tower Center programs honored by D CEO Magazine with Latino Business Awards.

Q&A | A Tower Scholar’s life in Uganda

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: August 30, 2016 The Tower Center sat down with Tower Scholar Thomas Schmedding, class of 2017, to talk about his time studying abroad and interning in Kampala, Uganda. Describe your life in Uganda.  Life in a developing country is both fascinating and physically/mentally demanding every day. My time in Uganda was full of unexpected opportunities and some of the most memorable experiences of my life. Throughout my four months in Uganda, I saw circumstances I couldn’t have possibly imagined: extreme poverty, inequitable government healthcare and education institutions, and broken social contracts, among others. Despite these challenges though, a sense of hope and optimism always filled the air. The Ugandans I ran into every day couldn’t have been more grateful for their [...]

By | September 6th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Q&A | A Tower Scholar’s life in Uganda

Tower Center for Political Studies, Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center name new executive director, Luisa Del Rosal

SMU News Originally Posted: August 10, 2016 The Tower Center for Political Studies and the recently announced Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center found a new executive director in a familiar face at SMU – Luisa Del Rosal, currently the director of strategy and international affairs with the Cox School of Business’ Latino Leadership Initiative. “The centers will help shape important regional and national conversations on topics such as education, trade and energy – topics that impact our communities every day,” Del Rosal says. “As research policy centers, they'll be places not of rhetoric, but of facts and idea sharing. The unique missions of each will influence policy questions and carry out the critical goals of engaging and mentoring the students who will become our next generation [...]

By | August 12th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Tower Center for Political Studies, Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center name new executive director, Luisa Del Rosal

Jeffrey Kahn: At SMU visit, Trump’s foreign policy adviser was a modern-day Joe McCarthy

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 25, 2016 Tower Center Fellow Jeffrey Kahn wrote an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News July 25. Kahn teaches and writes about American constitutional law, Russian law, human rights, and counterterrorism in SMU's Dedman School of Law. By Jeffrey Kahn SMU law professor Sen. Joe McCarthy built his name, and ruined it, by destroying the reputations of others. His M.O. was to insinuate guilt by linking his victims to people he had already brought down. I had the misfortune to hear a practitioner of the new McCarthyism when Joseph Schmitz — foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump — spoke at Southern Methodist University a year before Trump tapped him for his current position. The encounter left me chilled. [...]

By | July 26th, 2016|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Tower Center|Comments Off on Jeffrey Kahn: At SMU visit, Trump’s foreign policy adviser was a modern-day Joe McCarthy
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