Caroline Brettell

Faculty in the News: Sept. 28, 2010

Cover of 'The Creative Process Illustrated'Caroline Brettell, Anthropology, Dedman College, talked about birthright citizenship and the current controversy over the 14th Amendment with The New York Times’ Upfront Magazine Sept. 20, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the politics of candidates’ tax returns and the race for Texas governor with The Houston Chronicle Sept. 26, 2010.

Glenn Griffin, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts, offered insight into the advertising creative process on the KERA Public Radio program “Think” Sept. 22, 2010. Griffin is co-author (with the University of Oregon’s Deborah Morrison) of The Creative Process Illustrated: How Advertising’s Big Ideas Are Born, published in September 2010 by How. Read more and listen to the interview with Krys Boyd. audio

September 28, 2010|Faculty in the News|

Faculty in the News: May 25, 2010

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about strides being made by the Tea Party and its potential impact on the Republican Party with The Toronto Star May 19, 2010. He also discussed Texans with clout in Washington, D.C., with The San Antonio Express-News May 18, 2010.

Jean Kazez, Philosophy, Dedman College, discussed her new book, Animalkind: What We Owe to Animals, with host Krys Boyd on the KERA 90.1 FM program “Think” May 19, 2010. Listen to or download the program. audio

Dwight Lee, O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, wrote an essay on why businessmen may be more honest than preachers, politicians and professors that appeared in the Winter 2010 edition of The Independent Review.

Mel Fugate, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business, discussed the lack of progress in efforts to control executive pay in companies blamed for helping create the recent economic crisis for an article that appeared in The Pittsburgh Post May 16, 2010.

Caroline Brettell, Anthropology, Dedman College, talked about the social, political and economic impact of Dallas-Fort Worth-area immigrants with host Krys Boyd on the KERA 90.1 FM program “Think” May 18, 2010. Listen to or download the program. audio

Mary Spector, Civil Clinic, Dedman School of Law, talked about how the accomplishments of her mother, retired Texas Supreme Court Justice Rose Spector, influenced her own law career for an article that appeared in The Texas Lawyer May 3, 2010.

May 25, 2010|Faculty in the News|

Brettell, Kofele-Kale named University Distinguished Professors

Two SMU faculty members have been named University Distinguished Professors, as announced by the Office of the Provost. Caroline Brettell of the Department of Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, and Ndiva Kofele-Kale of the Dedman School of Law were recommended by an Advisory Committee to the Provost comprised of 4 current holders of SMU endowed chairs and 2 current holders of University Distinguished Professorships.

The University Distinguished Professorships were created in 1982 by SMU’s Board of Trustees to honor outstanding faculty members who meet the highest standards of academic achievement. University Distinguished Professors are appointed in perpetuity and receive cash awards of $10,000 per year for a 5-year rolling term.

Caroline BrettellCaroline Brettell, Dedman Family Distinguished Professor in Dedman College, served as chair of the Department of Anthropology from 1994 to 2004. She also served as president of the Faculty Senate in 2001-02 and director of the Women’s Studies Program from 1989 to 1994. She was honored with the SMU Distinguished University Citizen Award in 2004. Her research interests include migration and immigration, the cross-cultural study of gender, the intersections of anthropology and history, and European ethnography. Brettell has been a member of the SMU faculty since 1988. From July 2006 to June 2008, she served as acting dean of Dedman College.

Ndiva Kofele-KaleNdiva Kofele-Kale first came to SMU in 1988 as a visiting professor from the University of Tennessee School of Law. He became a full-time faculty member in the Dedman School of Law in fall 1989 and a full professor in 1998. An expert in international dispute resolution, human rights and public international law, Kofele-Kale served from 1990-96 as associate editor of The International Lawyer, a joint publication of the American Bar Association and the Dedman School of Law. He teaches courses in public and private international law and business associations.

April 24, 2009|News|

Honors students explore ‘The Immigrant Experience’

SMU students Pia Lara and Ashley Michelle Howe with Meredith VieiraDuring Spring Break, 15 SMU honors students visited New York, where they explored 130-year-old tenement rooms on the Lower East Side, staged an impromptu performance at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and traced family histories at Ellis Island.

The students toured the city as part of the Honors Cultural Formations course “The Immigrant Experience,” which has focused this term on New York as a city of immigration throughout America’s history.

“The students saw firsthand what they have been reading about in class,” says Caroline Brettell, Dedman Family Distinguished Professor of Anthropology in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, who teaches the course. “They experienced the rich and layered history of the city as well as its hyper-diversity. They saw the impact immigrants have on cities – how they claim space and construct neighborhoods.”

SMU’s Richter Fellowship Program, which has supported independent research at the University since 1999, funded the class trip as a way of getting students outside the traditional curriculum. Each student who participated will complete an independent research paper.

(Above, students Pia Lara and Ashley Michelle Howe with “Today” show host Meredith Vieira on the street outside the NBC television studios.)

Read more and see a slide show from SMU News. slide show

March 30, 2009|News|

Physician Robert Haley is 2008 Dedman College Distinguished Graduate

Robert W. Haley and relativesDr. Robert Ware Haley, whose research has helped improve hospital care and define the symptoms of Gulf War syndrome, was honored as the 2008 Dedman College Distinguished Graduate during the Dedman College Celebration May 7.

The ceremony also honored Anthropology Professor Caroline Brettell for her service as Dedman College interim dean from 2006 to 2008.

Dennis Foster, D.D. Frensley Professor of English, was named the Dedman Family Distinguished Professor. English and history major Jessica Erwin was honored as the Robert and Nancy Dedman Outstanding Senior Student.

Right, Robert W. Haley (second row center) gathers with SMU President R. Gerald Turner (fourth from right) and a few of the 21 Haley family members who have graduated from the University.

Haley: SMU faculty among “formative influences”


May 30, 2008|News|
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