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SMU authors: Tell us about your new books published in 2017

Faculty, staff, students and alumni: Did you publish a general-interest book in 2017? SMU News is seeking information on your publications for possible inclusion in its end-of-year holiday book list.

Please complete this brief web form to submit your book information, and send a high-resolution electronic cover image to the SMU Books e-mail address. Please include in the web form a site address where News and Communications can find more information.

Questions? Contact book list editor Cherri Gann, 214-768-7657. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

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SMU books: Great holiday reads for 2016

Still shopping for the holidays? Complete your gift list with books published in 2016 by the SMU community, including faculty, staff members, trustees, alumni, libraries and museum.

From history to art to science to the Southwest, this year’s compilation by SMU News’ Cherri Gann has selections to please readers of poetry, personal and spiritual enrichment, young adult fiction and celebrity memoir. There’s a southern-themed cookbook for foodies, an uproarious card game based on the language of the Bard, and an arty crime caper filled with mystery and intrigue.

Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore, but all are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. Authors are listed alphabetically.

> Find the full list at SMU News

Attention authors: Tell SMU News about your new books published in 2016

Faculty, staff, students and alumni: Did you publish a general-interest book in 2016? SMU News is seeking information on your publications for possible inclusion in its end-of-year holiday book list.

Please complete this brief web form to submit your book information, and send a high-resolution electronic cover image to the SMU Books e-mail address. Please include in the web form a web address where News and Communications can find more information.

Questions? Contact book list editor Cherri Gann, 214-768-7657. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

Two SMU Ph.D. graduates serve as co-editors of new book on ‘the moral science’ of economics

Book cover of 'Economics: From the Dismal Science to the Moral Science'Three distinguished Texas economists – two of whom received their Ph.D. degrees from SMU – have collaborated on a new collection of the writings of a prominent scholar of the moral and ethical dimensions of economic thought.

Economics: From the Dismal Science to the Moral Science: The Moral Economics of Kendall P. Cochran was published in January 2015 by the University of North Texas Press. Cochran, who died in 2007, was a former UNT chair and professor of economics. The book is co-edited by two current UNT economics faculty members, Senior Lecturer Susan L. McHargue Dadres ’98 and Associate Professor David J. Molina – as well as Mona Hersh-Cochran ’66, professor emerita of economics at Texas Woman’s University. (Hersh-Cochran became SMU’s first woman Ph.D. graduate when she successfully defended her doctoral thesis in the Department of Economics in 1966.)

In a brief biography of her late husband that opens the book, Hersh-Cochran writes that “[Kendall] made significant contributions to his field of study – the revolutionary idea, at the time, that economics should be studied and applied in a moral and ethical context.”

“[Kendall] Cochran’s articles are significant at this time because he is able to argue persuasively that economists have a moral obligation to provide policy recommendations that are consistent with a social agenda of fairness and opportunity,” reads the publisher’s description of the new book. “While many agree with Adam Smith that individuals are motivated by self-interest, it does not follow that any action or policy that promotes an individual’s self-interest is therefore worthwhile or beneficial from society’s perspective…. Cochran makes an eloquent case that economists must identify instances in which government policy can and should be used to protect and promote society’s well-being.

“Cochran believed that economists moved too far in the direction of analysis free of words like ‘ought’ and ‘should’ and devoted his career to establishing that economics is a moral science.”

“As a person who has written extensively on the issue of financial institutions that are Too Big to Fail and the horrendous costs they have imposed on society, I wish that much of the guidance and precepts espoused by Professor Cochran had been put into practice years ago,” writes Harvey Rosenblum, executive vice president and director of research (retired) of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and adjunct professor of finance in SMU’s Cox School of Business. “Incentives truly matter, and [Cochran’s] writings offer special guidance and insights into getting economic incentives right by not ignoring the important moral precepts contained in Adam Smith’s original writings.”

> Learn more about the book – and read it online – at the University of North Texas website

Attention authors: Tell SMU News about your new books

loving-u-book-cover-150Faculty, staff, students and alumni: Did you publish a general-interest book in 2014? SMU News is seeking information on your publications for possible inclusion in its end-of-year holiday book list.

Director of Online Communications Gary Shultz has made it easy: Just fill out this web form and click. Include your name and title, e-mail address, the title of your new book, month and year of its publication, and a brief description. Please include a web address where News and Communications can find more information. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

After you send in your information, please email a high-resolution copy of your book cover to SMU Books.