SMU faculty to help lead immigration history conference at Dallas’ Old Red Museum Sept. 19, 2015

James Hollifield

SMU faculty to help lead immigration history conference at Dallas’ Old Red Museum Sept. 19, 2015

Immigrants going through San Angelo, Texas - early photograph, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection

A photo by M.C. Ragsdale ca. 1885-90 of immigrants passing through San Angelo, Texas. From the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photography Collection, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

The challenging task of teaching a controversial subject to middle- and high-school students will be the focus of an upcoming immigration conference featuring several University faculty members.

SMU and the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture are partnering with Humanities Texas and the Texas Historical Commission to present a conference on the history of U.S. immigration from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at the museum.

“Issues surrounding immigration are at the forefront of public discourse these days,” said Zac Harmon, executive director of the Old Red Museum. “Statistics and beliefs are strongly held but are often mistaken for facts. This conference will provide documented, factual information for teachers, politicians and other citizens who really want to understand the issue. We are grateful to the Philip R. Jonsson Foundation for sponsoring this first of what we hope will become an annual conference.”

Conference participants can choose to hear two of six speakers scheduled during the morning session. Lunch and a keynote address by Margaret Spellings, president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and former secretary of education (2005-09), will follow.

Afternoon breakout sessions will provide teachers with lesson plans, materials and strategies to help them make history come alive for students of all grade levels. Teachers attending both sessions can earn six Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.

Topics and speakers include:

  • “D/FW Becoming an Immigrant Gateway” – Caroline Brettell, University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Ruth Collins Altshuler Director of SMU’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute
  • “Gone To Texas: Immigration to the Lone Star State in the 19th Century” – Gregg Cantrell, Emma and Ralph Lowe Chair of Texas History, TCU
  • “Immigration and the Changing Face of America” – Neil Foley, Robert and Nancy Dedman Chair in History, Dedman College
  • “Visualizing the Changing Landscape of U.S. Immigration” – Kyle Walker, assistant professor of population and urban geography, TCU
  • “Managing Migration in an Era of Globalization” – James F. Hollifield, Ora Nixon Arnold Professor of International Political Economy and director of SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies
  • “Immigration and the Changing Demography of Liberal Democracies” – Gary Freeman, professor of government, University of Texas-Austin

Registration, which includes a continental breakfast, lunch, parking, materials and access to the exhibit area, is $25 and can be completed online at www.oldred.org. For information, contact Shannon Page at the Old Red Museum, 214-757-1927.

Written by Kenny Ryan

September 2, 2015|Calendar Highlights, For the Record, News|

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 24, 2014

lonmorThe Morenci Marines: A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War: Clements Center Monthly Talks presents Kyle Longley, author of The Morenci Marines: A Tale of Small Town America and the Vietnam War. Drawing on personal interviews and correspondence, Longley’s book sheds light on nine young men who left the Arizona mining camp of Morenci to serve their country in Vietnam. The event will take place 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in 144 Simmons Hall. 

Virtual Read-Out: As part of international Banned Books Week, SMU Fondren Library will host a Virtual Read-Out 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Join SMU and readers across the world to read 30 seconds out loud from a banned book of your choice. Click here to see a list of books challenged or banned in 2013-14.

SMU's James F. Hollifield

SMU’s James F. Hollifield will lead discussion on “The Euro Crisis and the Challenge for France.”

The Euro Crisis and the Challenge for France: SMU John G. Tower Center for Political Studies hosts SMU Professor James Hollifield and Dr. Mark Wynne as they discuss “The Euro Crisis and the Challenge for France.” The event will take place 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Great Hall. Open only to Tower Center Forum members, SMU students, faculty and staff, attendees are asked to please RSVP here.

Happiness Symposia: Continuing its two-month series on “Happiness: What Makes you Smile?” the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute presents Mary Esteve, Associate Professor of English at Concordia University, Thursday, Sept. 25. Esteve will share her work on “The Politics and Polemics of Happiness: Back to the Postwar Future.” The event will take place at 5 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

33rd Season of Tate Lecture Series: Former Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright and Colin L. Powell will visit SMU Monday, Sept. 29 to kick off the 33rd season of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture SeriesRead more about the 2014-15 kickoff event.

Coach Larry Brown Lecture on Value and Ethics: The Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Gamma and the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility presents Basketball Hall of Fame Head Coach, Larry Brown as the next Delta Gamma Lecturer in Values and Ethics. The event will take place 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Read more about the Lectureship in Values and Ethics [pdf].

September 24, 2014|Calendar Highlights, Year of the Faculty|

Faculty in the News: April 19, 2011

Jean-Paul Comelin, Distinguished Visiting Artist in Residence in Dance, Meadows School of the Arts, was the subject of an interview on how dance brings art and love to stage that was published in KERA’s Art&Seek March 31, 2011.

Jeff Bellin, Dedman School of Law, talked about a court ruling that could make it easier for victims of child pornography around the country to get restitution for an article published by The Associated Press March 25, 2011.

Jim Hollifield, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, participated in a panel discussion on the future of religion, medicine, media, and world power at the Festival of Ideas, organized by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He was featured in a story on the festival that appeared in Pegasus News March 27, 2011.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about whether legal disputes involving churches and other religious institutions are constitutionally different from those involving their secular counterparts in a “Texas Faith” blog post for The Dallas Morning News April 5, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about job gains and the economic outlook for Texas with The Dallas Morning News April 1, 2011. In addition, he discussed with The Weather Channel how Japan’s April 7 aftershock will affect the world economy in a segment that aired April 7, 2011. video

Hiroki Takeuchi, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Japan’s aging population and its lack of preparation for retirement with The Dallas Morning News April 2, 2011.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed rising fuel costs and their effect on food prices with The San Marcos Daily Record April 7, 2011.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, talked about whether Dish Network’s purchase of Blockbuster would mean layoffs with the Star Newspapers April 8, 2011.

Bill Dorsaneo, Dedman School of Law, discussed a U.S. district court judge’s reversal of a $625.5 million jury decision against Apple Inc. with The Tyler Telegram April 6, 2011.

April 19, 2011|Faculty in the News|

Former president, First Lady to receive Tower Center Medal of Freedom

Laura and George W. BushFormer President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush (’68) will each receive the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in Dedman College during formal ceremonies April 21, 2010. The Medal of Freedom is presented every two years to an individual, or individuals, who have furthered the cause of freedom throughout the world.

“During one of the most challenging times in the nation’s history, President and Mrs. Bush worked tirelessly to promote freedom initiatives throughout the world, and they continue those efforts through programs at the George W. Bush Presidential Center,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are proud to present them with the Tower Center Medal of Freedom.”

The Tower Center supports teaching and research programs in international and domestic politics with an emphasis on global studies and national security policy. Additionally, it educates undergraduates in international relations, comparative politics and political institutions.

The Tower Center Medal of Freedom recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of democratic ideals and to the security, prosperity and welfare of humanity. This year’s event chairs are Gene Jones, Linda Gibbons and Nancy Halbreich.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell received the first Tower Center Medal of Freedom in 1997. Other recipients include former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former President George H. W. Bush, General Tommy R. Franks (U.S.A., Ret.), U.S. Senator John McCain and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Tower Center Medal of Freedom event is the largest fundraiser for the Tower Center. The Center sponsors several conferences a year, works with other international organizations such as the Dallas Council on World Affairs, and supports faculty research and travel. Each year the Tower Center Board of Directors awards undergraduate fellowships to SMU students interested in studying in Washington, D.C., or in U.S. embassies abroad. Another Tower Center program places SMU students in summer internships in the U.S. State Department.

“President and Mrs. Bush honor not only the Tower Center and SMU by accepting this award, but also the late Sen. John Tower,” said James Hollifield, director of the Tower Center and professor of political science. “Security, prosperity and human freedom – ideals important to Sen. Tower – were marks of their tenure in the White House.”

The Tower Center was established in memory and honor of former U.S. Sen. John Tower, who earned a master’s degree in political science from SMU in 1953. He also taught in the Political Science Department after his retirement from the Senate. Tower represented Texas in the U.S. Senate from 1961 to 1985. He served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and, after retiring from the Senate, as U.S. strategic nuclear arms negotiator with the Soviet Union in Geneva. He died in 1991.

April 21, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

Faculty in the News: May 11, 2009

Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, discussed the movement to stop President Obama from making the commencement address at Notre Dame with The Associated Press. The resulting article appeared in The Los Angeles Times May 10, 2009.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about incumbents, especially Republicans, in Congress seeking higher office as a path to better opportunities with USA Today May 4, 2009.

James Hollifield, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, provided expertise on the tight connection between Texas and Mexico in a story about the H1N1 flu’s impact on Mexico’s economy that appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle May 3, 2009.

Tom Mayo, Dedman School of Law and Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, was interviewed for a feature story on Poem In Your Pocket Day that appeared in The Dallas Morning News April 30. 2009. Also featured in the article was SMU senior Jesse Smith, an English/creative writing major in Dedman College.

May 11, 2009|Faculty in the News|
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