Linda Eads

Women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke to speak at SMU Sept. 24

Women's health advocate Sandra FlukeWomen’s health advocate Sandra Fluke — the Georgetown University law student Rush Limbaugh verbally attacked earlier this year for supporting contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act — will be at SMU Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 to discuss “Economics and Equality: How Obstacles to Women’s Health Care Access Affect Us All.”

Fluke’s appearance is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program with support from Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Program and the Office of the Provost.

On the heels of her speech at the Democratic National Convention Sept. 5, and her March testimony before a Democratic steering committee, “Sandra Fluke is emerging as one of our most outspoken advocates for reproductive rights and women’s health issues,” says Beth Newman, director of SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and associate professor of English.

“Our goal is not to stage a debate between adversaries who hurl worn-out sound bites at one another. We want to offer students and the community an informed discussion about the relationship between reproductive rights and women’s health and how the conversation plays out in the media.”

Joining Fluke for the panel discussion will be:

  • Charles E. Curran, SMU’s Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, “who can provide insight, as a moral theologian and loyal dissenter within the Catholic Church, into some of the issues Fluke raised in her testimony last March,” Newman says.
  • SMU Associate Provost and Dedman School of Law Professor Linda Eads, who can add legal expertise to the discussion.
  • Ken Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Texas, “who can speak about how the Texas legislature’s recent defunding of all Planned Parenthood clinics is affecting women’s health,” Newman says.
  • Event moderator Karen Thomas, professor of practice in Meadows School of the Arts. The award-winning journalist has 25 years’ experience covering the news as well as health and family issues.

For more information, contact the SMU Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Written by Denise Gee

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SMU faculty members mentor first Women’s Initiative Fellows

Eighteen SMU faculty members taught or mentored in the Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program of the George W. Bush Institute in 2012.

Under the program, 14 Egyptian women received leadership training “designed to empower women to transform their countries,” says Charity Wallace, director of the GWBI Women’s Initiative.

At SMU February 13-19, the fellows began their experience with leadership courses on topics such as influence without authority, negotiation, advocacy, and building teams and networks. SMU faculty in business, anthropology, communications, political science, law and education taught the courses. Several members of SMU faculty and staff also provided consultation in the development of the program and its curriculum.

The inaugural class of Egyptian women ranged in age from 23 to 52 and represented professions such as education, health, business, politics, law and media. They included both Muslims and Christians.

In addition to their SMU courses, the fellows visited local organizations such as Genesis Women’s Shelter and the Dallas Women’s Foundation to learn practical applications of their classroom work. The fellows also traveled to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., for additional training and mentoring.

“Working with the Egyptian women’s fellowship program was one of the best experiences I have had as a member of the SMU faculty,” says Linda Eads, law professor and associate provost, a mentor through the program. “The leadership training provided by the Cox Executive Education faculty was outstanding, and the substantive seminars provided by many faculty in other SMU schools were superb.

“The best part was meeting and interacting with the Egyptian women who were selected to participate,” Eads adds. “Each one has already accomplished so much in Egypt. Some are active in journalism, some in providing help for Egyptian women suffering domestic abuse, some in improving the Egyptian legal system. These women are inspiring.”

Eads began mentoring a young lawyer from Alexandria during her visit and communicates regularly with her since her return to Egypt, she says. “She and I are working together to expand her network and her knowledge.”

Other SMU faculty involved in the program include:

  • Patty Alvey, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Cheryl Butler, Dedman School of Law
  • Jay Carson, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business
  • Kimberly Davis, Executive Education, Cox School of Business
  • Ernest Jouriles, Psychology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Sheri Locklear Kunovich, Sociology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • LaiYee Leong, John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Renee McDonald, Psychology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Maria Minniti, Entrepreneurship, Cox School of Business
  • Neena Newberry, Executive Education, Cox School of Business
  • Tony Pederson, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Robin Pinkley, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business
  • Mickey Quiñones, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business
  • Dan Schill, Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts
  • Francesca Spinelli, Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business
  • Carolyn Smith-Morris, Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
  • Paige Ware, Teaching and Learning, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The Women’s Initiative is a major project of the George W. Bush Institute, which since 2010 has conducted several symposia on campus focusing on economic growth, global health, human freedom, and education, including literacy and economic opportunity for the women of Afghanistan. Future Women’s Initiative fellows programs will include women from various areas of the world, with a current concentration on the Middle East.

Above, the George W. Bush Institute has posted a highlight video from the 2012 Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program featuring former First Lady Laura Bush ’68. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or click here to see the Women’s Initiative Fellowship Program video in a new windowvideo

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Linda Eads becomes SMU Associate Provost July 1, 2011

SMU Associate Provost Linda EadsLinda Eads, associate professor in SMU’s Dedman School of Law and immediate past president of the Faculty Senate, has accepted a position as the University’s Associate Provost. She will begin her new duties July 1, 2011.

“Professor Eads is an outstanding scholar, an award-winning teacher, and during this past year she has exhibited remarkable leadership as President of the Faculty Senate,” wrote SMU Provost Paul Ludden in an e-mail to the faculty announcing the appointment, dated May 16.

A nationally renowned legal scholar, Professor Eads has been named to the American Law Institute and is recognized as one of Texas’ top lawyers. As associate provost, she will oversee academic affairs in the Provost’s Office and serve as the Director of the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program.

Eads also joins the Provost’s Office leadership team, which includes Associate Provost Harold Stanley, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies James Quick, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Stephanie Dupaul, Assistant Provost Tony Tillman, and Senior Program Specialist Lisa O’Donnell.

Effective at the end of the Spring 2011 semester, previously serving Associate Provosts Ellen Jackofsky and Ellen Pryor returned to the faculties of Cox School of Business and Dedman School of Law, respectively. The Provost’s Office has created two blogs where SMU community members can express thanks for their service and best wishes for their future teaching endeavors.

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Faculty in the News: March 8, 2011

Jake Batsell on CBS-11 NewsJake Batsell, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, provided expertise for a CBS-11 News story on tweeting and sports that was broadcast March 6, 2011. Watch Jake Batsell on CBS-11. video

Ed Fox, JCPenney Center for Retail Excellence, Cox School of Business, talked about the possible effects of rising commodity prices on Dallas-area consumers with The Dallas Morning News Feb. 22, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, wrote that the current turmoil in the Middle East should be taken as a sign the United States should develop and maintain a complete portfolio of domestic energy sources in an article that appeared in The Hill Feb. 22, 2011. He also wrote about the potential of natural gas locked in shale formations in a story published by The Washington Examiner Feb. 18, 2011. In addition, he wrote about this resource’s potential impact on the Texas economy in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article published Feb. 28, 2011.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the political implications of Texas’ changing demographics with The Houston Chronicle Feb. 18, 2011, and with The New York Times Feb. 25, 2011. He also discussed with The Canadian Press the political fallout from President Obama’s instruction to the U.S. Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits same-sex marriage. The article was published Feb. 28, 2011, and appeared on numerous Canadian news sites.

Peter Weyand, Applied Physiology and Wellness, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, provided expertise for a story about how fast humans may eventually be able to run that appeared on National Public Radio Feb. 19, 2011.

Linda Eads, Dedman School of Law, talked about Texas lawyers’ vote against proposed amendments to the state bar’s Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct with Texas Lawyer Feb. 17, 2011.

John Attanasio, Dean, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a National Law Journal story on the successes of an SMU program that pays law firms to “test drive” new Law School graduates. The article appeared in the Feb. 28, 2011 edition.

Faculty in the News: Feb. 8, 2011

Meadows MuseumJosé Bowen, Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, talked about places he finds special in Dallas for an article that appeared in The Wall Street Journal Feb. 5, 2011.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about demographic changes in Texas and how they will affect the political landscape with The Dallas Morning News Jan. 29, 2011. He also discussed Republicans and Democrats sitting side by side at President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Jan. 23, 2011.

Jillson provided expertise for an article on Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s political tactics in identifying certain pieces of legislation as emergency items for an article that appeared in The Houston Chronicle Jan. 24, 2011. He also spoke with the Chronicle for a Jan. 10, 2011 story about the attention Texas will draw because of its political redness and the governor’s promise not to raise taxes.

Linda Eads, Dedman School of Law, wrote about why Texas lawyers should vote for the disciplinary rule referendum in a piece published by Texas Lawyer Jan. 24, 2011.

D. Aaron Lacy, Dedman School of Law, provided expertise for a Texas Cable News (TXCN) story on a lawsuit filed by a woman who was fired for taking time off work to vote. The story aired Jan. 18, 2011.

Michael Cox, O’Neil Center For Global Markets and Freedom, Cox School of Business, talked about how Americans may be better off economically than we realize for a U.S. News & World Report article published Jan. 20, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business wrote about how the United States can reduce its oil imports by developing natural gas that’s locked in shale formations in an article published in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Jan. 26, 2011. He also discussed the mixed North Texas economic outlook with The Dallas Business Journal Jan. 11, 2011.

Karen Thomas, Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, wrote about the effect of her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease on her family members’ relationships with each other in a story published in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 18, 2011.

Willard Spiegelman, English, Dedman College, wrote about the Salvator Rosa exhibit at Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum for the Jan. 20, 2011 edition of The Wall Street Journal

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about the White House oil spill commission’s call for a dramatic overhaul of the way the United States regulates offshore drilling in an article published by Reuters. It appeared in the Jan. 11, 2011 edition of The Calgary Herald and numerous other publications.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about why some religious denominations produce more political leaders in The Dallas Morning News‘s Texas Faith blog Jan. 18, 2011.

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