clements-symposium-2009-logo.jpgA unique set of political, economic and social forces have helped make the Sunbelt a national power center – from the “marketplace missionaries” of Chick-Fil-A to the region’s burgeoning Latino population. These political and social dynamics will be the focus of the 2008-09 Annual Public Symposium, presented by SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

“Sunbelt Rising: The Politics of Space, Place, and Region in the American South and Southwest” is cosponsored by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and takes place 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. April 25 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall.

The Sunbelt has been steadily drawing Americans from older cities to Southwestern metropolitan centers since World War II. The symposium will explore this phenomenon in topics ranging from urban renewal as a civil rights issue in Miami to the intersections of politics and religion that occur throughout the region.

The symposium is open to the public. Register online or contact the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, 214-768-3684.