In conversation series, two Mexican-Americans compare what made them the leaders they are today

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 13, 2018 What does it mean to live in the hyphen? Two Mexican-Americans spent an hour Monday night tackling the question in the second round of “Duets,” the quarterly event series hosted by the Arts & Life team of The Dallas Morning News. Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, was joined by Luisa del Rosal, executive director of Southern Methodist University's Tower Center for Political Studies, to talk about his new book, “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration,” and about living life as both Mexicans and Americans. Corchado and del Rosal’s own histories exemplify why a term like Mexican-American doesn’t tell you much on its own. Born in [...]

By | 2018-06-14T08:50:29+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on In conversation series, two Mexican-Americans compare what made them the leaders they are today

Political review on border security and the trade dispute

Fox 4 Originally Posted: April 8, 2018 Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers from SMU takes a look at the topics from Washington D.C. this week and the impact on the 2018 midterm elections. http://www.fox4news.com/good-day/political-review-on-border-security-and-the-trade-dispute  

By | 2018-04-10T09:04:08+00:00 April 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Political review on border security and the trade dispute

A Student’s Push to Make SMU’s Campus Stronger

SMU Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: March 21, 2018 David Shirzad at a meeting with the Tower Scholars Program in Washington D.C. - Photo credit, Tower Center Blog HCM Tower Scholar and Student Body President David Shirzad has dedicated his time at SMU to making the school a better place. He’s been a Peruna handler, a member of the Mob (a group of high-spirited students guaranteed tickets to men’s basketball games), a student representative to the Board of Trustees and more. His latest mission is to give students more opportunities to have their voices heard. For this month’s Scholar Spotlight we talked to David about his time at SMU and what advice he has for younger and incoming scholars. What drove you to [...]

By | 2018-03-21T11:21:07+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on A Student’s Push to Make SMU’s Campus Stronger

What Makes Immigration Reform So Hard

Bush Institute's The Catalyst Originally Published: Winter 2018 edition The following by SMU Political Science Prof. James F. Hollifield, Director of the John Tower Center for Political Science, first appeared in the Winter 2018 edition of the Bush Institute's The Catalyst, and he was interviewed on the subject by KERA public radio's Think on March 8, 2018. For the last several years, the United States has been gripped in a sharp debate over the flow of immigrants into the United States. The fierce exchanges include squabbles over issues like what to do with a large population of unauthorized immigrants and how to manage refugee flows. And the debate comes complete with political landmines that make it difficult to modernize immigration systems to meet the needs of the times. It is easy [...]

By | 2018-03-19T11:08:33+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on What Makes Immigration Reform So Hard

Listen: The Challenges Of Fixing Immigration

KERA Think Originally Posted: March 8, 2018 When it comes to immigration reform, at the heart of the debate is: How do we decide who to let in, and how do we protect ourselves from those we want to keep out? James F. Hollifield, director of the John Goodwin Tower Center at SMU, joins us to walk through these tough questions. His essay “What Makes Immigration Reform So Hard?” appears in the winter issue of The Catalyst. LISTEN

By | 2018-03-14T09:49:11+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Listen: The Challenges Of Fixing Immigration

Event: Feb 15-16, Understanding Global Migration

Date: Feb. 15-16 Location: Crum Auditorium, 3150 Binkley Ave Time: Feb. 15 7:30am-5pm, Feb. 16 7:30am-1:15pm The SMU Tower Center and Clements Center for Southwestern Studies are holding a two-day international conference Feb. 15-16 to dissect global migration with support from the Center for Presidential History and the Cox School of Business. The conference features migration experts from all over the world separated into different panels. LEARN MORE

By | 2018-02-13T11:08:23+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, History, Tower Center|Comments Off on Event: Feb 15-16, Understanding Global Migration

To ease gentrification pain, some Latinos embrace gentefication to preserve culture

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: February 6, 2018 Fino Rodriguez shows off his skills as a chef at Taquero, his restaurant at the intersection of Chihuahua Avenue and Singleton Boulevard in West Dallas. It’s a crossroads of reinvention. Chihuahua leads into a Latino neighborhood of Mexican immigrants like Rodriguez. Singleton Boulevard runs through an area of rapid gentrification, where for years now new restaurants, apartments and even townhomes have been popping up. Rodriguez came here to show off his delicately prepared food and, just as importantly, his Mexican heritage. He’s part of a gentrification movement called gentefication, a fusion of the Spanish word gente, people, with gentrification. It’s loosely defined as development led by Latinos in Latino-dominant neighborhoods, often close to downtowns. “I wanted to demonstrate that [...]

By | 2018-02-06T10:16:03+00:00 February 6th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events|Comments Off on To ease gentrification pain, some Latinos embrace gentefication to preserve culture

Freedom protesters in Iran will eventually prevail, but they need our help

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 10, 2018 The following by Darab Ganji appeared in the Jan. 10, 2018, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Darab Ganji is a political economist and a board member at SMU's John Tower Center for Political Studies. The world is again witnessing the Iranian people expressing their legitimate demands for freedom, human rights and a better life. For the past two weeks, Iranians have been peacefully and courageously defying the brutality of the mullah regime and the Islamic republic system through civil disobedience and protests. The protests are against Iran's "Supreme Leader" Ali Khamenei, the president, Hassan Rouhani, and the entire Islamic republic system. What started as an anti-Rouhani protest in Mashhad, Iran's second largest city, quickly turned into anti-establishment protest [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:43:06+00:00 January 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Freedom protesters in Iran will eventually prevail, but they need our help

Mexico holds presidential elections this year, and voters in Dallas could hold the key

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 7, 2018 Luisa del Rosal is executive director of the Tower Center at SMU and founding executive director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center on its campus. Mexico’s presidential election this year is expected to be violent, dirty and fiercely combative, with high stakes on both sides of the border, including in North Texas. Dallas has the second-largest number of Mexicans registered to vote in the July contest, trailing only Los Angeles and surpassing Chicago, Houston and New York City, according to Mexico’s National Electoral Institute, or INE. The number of registered voters (55,473) represents a surprising surge in the North Texas region, which historically has taken a back seat to Houston — and its vast energy sector — [...]

By | 2018-01-08T18:00:04+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Mexico holds presidential elections this year, and voters in Dallas could hold the key

Robert Jordan, Political Science, lends expertise on CNBC

CNBC Originally Posted: December 27, 2017 Saudi crown prince's lavish buys: Some see hypocrisy, others say they're no big deal Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been linked to multimillion-dollar purchases of artwork, real estate and yachts. Some warn the purchases send the wrong signal at a time when the powerful crown prince is spearheading an anti-corruption campaign. Others say the purchases have nothing to do with the crackdown and many Saudis aren't bothered by Crown Prince Mohammed's spending. A series of recent reports have connected Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince — an avowed anti-corruption crusader — to lavish real estate, art and yacht purchases. To some, the spending is a sign of hypocrisy and a threat to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's legitimacy. [...]

By | 2018-01-02T08:27:23+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Robert Jordan, Political Science, lends expertise on CNBC
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