Calendar Highlights: Nov. 19, 2013

Jeffrey A. Engel

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 19, 2013

A Conversation with the NSA: The current debate surrounding the NSA is coming to SMU, Tuesday, Nov. 19. There will be a panel discussion focusing on whether the NSA undermines civil liberties in pursuit of national security or that their efforts after 9/11 are effective for counter-terrorism. The panel will include one of the NSA’s senior leaders, John DeLong, who is the Director of Compliance at the NSA. Prior to the NSA he worked as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division at the Department of Homeland Security and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in physics and mathematics.

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Panel from L-R: John DeLong, Jeffrey Kahn, Joshua Rovner, Jeffrey A. Engel

In addition to DeLong, panel members include SMU’s Jeffrey Kahn, Joshua Rovner and moderator Jeffrey A. Engel. Kahn is an associate professor of Law at SMU and visiting fellow-in-residence at McGill University; his research and writings focus on different governments and human rights. Rovner is the John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security and Associate and Director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies; his research and writings focus on intelligence. Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU; his research and writings focus on U.S. presidential and American diplomatic history. The panel starts at 6 p.m. in the Vester Hughes Auditorium of Caruth Hall; registration is required.

MJO Fall Concert: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra will have their fall concert Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The show will include traditional and new works, including pieces by student composers. The MJO is directed by Akira Sato, who received a Master’s degree in jazz arranging from UNT and plays the trumpet. The fall concert will also include vocals from Morgan Wood. The concert is free of charge in the Bob Hope Theatre of Owen Arts Center.

Days of Fire: Senior correspondent for The New York Times and author Peter Baker will be at SMU on Thursday, Nov. 21. Baker is speaking at SMU on his new book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White Housewhich explores the controversial eight years of the George W. Bush and Dick Cheney White House. Baker researched for five years and conducted more than 200 interviews to write the book; focusing on how the duo was confronted crisis by crisis for two terms and strived to protect the country and remake the world. The event starts at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium and includes a light reception, lecture and book signing. Admission is free but registration is required.

Meadows Weekend Events:

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  • SYZYGY: The SYZYGY New Music Ensemble will have a concert Friday, Nov. 22. They will perform 11 songs with the accompaniment of winds, strings, harp and percussion plus the vocals of Cecily Gordon. The concert will start at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium.
  • Composers’ Concert: On Saturday, Nov. 23 there is an Emerging Sounds Composers’ Concert. The night includes world premiere performances of student works from the Meadows School music composition program and the works cover diverse genres of music. Past works have gone on to win awards and national/international recognition! The concert is at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium.
  • Chamber Music: The Chamber Music program invites you to their first Sunday afternoon concert on Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. Enjoy the camber’s string, wind, and piano sounds in the intimate setting of O’Donnell Auditorium (room 2130).
  • World Music Ensemble: The WME is performing Sunday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre. The WME explores music from cultures around the globe; it combines exotic instruments with Western orchestra for a unique melodies and original compositions. The performance will include Meadows students and internationally acclaimed guest artists.
November 19, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

Jeffrey Engel named SMU’s Director of Presidential History Projects

Jeffrey A. Engel, new director of Presidential History Projects at SMUJeffrey A. Engel, an award-winning American history scholar, has been selected as SMU’s new director of Presidential History Projects and associate professor of presidential studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Engel will join SMU on July 1, 2012, from Texas A&M University, where he serves as an associate professor of history and public policy and as the Verlin and Howard Kruse ’52 Founders Professor. Engel also has served as director of programming for the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs at Texas A&M.

Engel’s wife, Katherine C. Engel, also will join the Dedman College faculty as an associate professor of religious studies. She currently serves as an associate professor of history at Texas A&M and as an affiliate fellow of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University.

In addition to his role as a tenured faculty member of SMU’s William P. Clements Department of History, Jeffrey Engel will be the founding director of the SMU Presidential History Project. The director will oversee a team of scholars who will interview individuals involved in formulating and implementing U.S. presidential policies.

“With the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in the near future, it is fitting that SMU have an academic center devoted to the study of the presidency,” said SMU Provost Paul Ludden. “With his broad range of experience and outstanding academic credentials, Dr. Jeffrey Engel is the perfect choice to lead this new effort. Engel is recognized for his insightful writings on the presidency. Most recently, he received the Bernath Lecture Prize as the outstanding young historian writing on foreign affairs.

“At the same time, we are pleased to welcome Katherine Engel, one of the rising young scholars of American religious history working in the field today. Her transnational approach to the study of religion, deploying numerous languages and work on several continents, sets the standard for interdisciplinary scholarship.”

Jeffrey Engel received a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001, and a Master of Arts in American history from Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and attended St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University in 1994.  He was also a John M. Olin Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University’s program in International Security Studies.

“I am honored indeed to join SMU’s prestigious faculty, filled with scholars engaged in studying the United States and beyond,” Jeffrey Engel said. “The American presidency has in many ways become a global office in the 20th century and beyond. I look forward to working with my SMU colleagues to explore the innumerable ways presidents have shaped our country, and our world.”

Jeffrey Engel is the editor of Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989 (Oxford University Press, 2009); The China Diary of George H.W. Bush: The Making of a Global President (Princeton University Press, 2008); and Local Consequences of the Global Cold War (Stanford University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2008).

He is the author of Cold War at 30,000 Feet: The Anglo-American Fight for Aviation Supremacy (Harvard University Press, 2007), which received the American Historical Association’s 2008 Paul Birdsall Prize, awarded biannually to honor important work in European military and strategic history. In addition, he is the author or co-author of 40 academic and professional articles and book reviews and has presented more than 40 scholarly presentations and lectures on American foreign relations, international relations and military history to more than 25 universities and professional associations. Currently, he is writing When the World Seemed New: American Foreign Policy in the Age of George H.W. Bush, to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Katherine C. Engel, associate professor of religious studies at SMUKatherine Engel has served as an assistant professor of history at Rutgers University and holds a prestigious Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Her recent research has focused on international Protestantism during the American Revolution.

She is the author of the prize-winning Religion and Profit: Moravians in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009) and numerous articles and book chapters.

She holds both a Ph.D. (2003) and a Master of Arts (1996) in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Haverford College in 1994.

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