Sunbelt prisons are focus of 2012 Clements Center Symposium

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Sunbelt prisons are focus of 2012 Clements Center Symposium

Logo image for 2011-12 Clements Center SymposiumDeclaring that today’s racially disproportionate rates of incarceration represent “a New Jim Crow,” scholar Michelle Alexander has argued that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” This assertion, and its exploration, provide the theme of the 2011-12 Annual Public Symposium presented by SMU’s William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

“Sunbelt Prisons and the Carceral State: New Frontiers of State Power, Resistance and Racial Oppression” is cosponsored by the Clements Center, SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program and The Center for the American West at the University of Colorado. It will take place 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. March 24 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

The event brings together historians, legal experts, civil rights veterans and formerly imprisoned activists to discuss “The Age of Mass Incarceration” in the American Southwest. The international slate of presenters and panelists includes U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson ’76 and 2010 Clements Book Prize winner Kelly Lytle Hernández.

The symposium is open to the public and has been approved for Continuing Education Credit for teachers.

The $10 registration includes the conference fee, refreshment breaks and a light buffet lunch. Read more about how to register or contact the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, 214-768-3684.

Find a complete schedule at the Clements Center Annual Symposium homepage

March 21, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Faculty in the News: Aug. 25, 2009

Geoff Orsak on KERA's 'Think'Nathan Cortez, Dedman School of Law, discussed the legal implications of insurers offering overseas networks for cheaper health and dental care with USA Today Aug. 24, 2009.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, took part in an online discussion of the mutual engagement between science and religion in the Dallas Morning News‘ Texas Faith blog Aug. 24, 2009. He also participated in a Texas Faith conversation on the connection between religion and politics with Theology Dean William Lawrence and Maguire Professor of Ethics Robin Lovin Aug. 18, 2009.

Louis Jacobs, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College, talked about how the end of the Angolan civil war has affected the search for dinosaur fossils in that country with Yahoo! News Aug. 21, 2009.

Geoffrey Orsak (above), Dean, Lyle School of Engineering, took part in a discussion about whether the design controversy around the Trinity toll road project can be solved by good engineering on KERA Channel 13’s “Think” Aug. 14, 2009.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, moderated a town hall debate on health care that included Texas Congressional representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) and Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) at Cityplace Conference Center Aug. 17, 2009. It was one of the few meetings nationwide where a Democrat and Republican have appeared together. Coverage appeared in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Aug. 18, 2009.

August 25, 2009|Faculty in the News|

Leaders discuss diversity at SMU summit

R. Gerald Turner, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Karen Hughes, and Jose BowenCongresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (’76), who represents Texas District 30, spoke with a select group of middle school students and their parents Aug. 20 at the Youth Summit and Diversity Dialogue hosted by SMU. The summit, which represented 45 countries, also featured Karen Hughes (’77), Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs with the U.S. Department of State. The event was the result of a collaboration between Rep. Johnson and Meadows Dean José Bowen; Bowen and SMU President R. Gerald Turner were among the speakers.

“I wanted to be a part of building a world of peace and culture, so I decided to do something,” Rep. Johnson said. “It is important to learn about diversity now and set an example to the world.”

By studying foreign languages and traveling the world, people can become more informed citizens and learn to appreciate, not just tolerate, differences, said Ambassador Hughes. Read more and see conference highlights on video. (Left to right, President Turner, Rep. Johnson, Ambassador Hughes and Dean Bowen at the summit.)

August 31, 2007|News|
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