Dennis Simon speaks on civil rights movement’s 50th anniversary

Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility

Dennis Simon speaks on civil rights movement’s 50th anniversary

Maguire Public Scholar and SMU Professor of Political Science Dennis Simon will give a lecture on the 50th anniversary of several landmark events in the civil rights movement and the present-day role of race in American politics on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

“The Politics of Memory and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement” begins with hors d’oeuvres at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture following at 12 p.m. The event will be held in the second floor mezzanine of McFarlin Auditorium and is open to the public free of charge.

September 27, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

The Big Short discussion continues with expert panel Sept. 13

'The Big Short' book coverSMU continues its conversation about the 2012 Common Reading with a panel discussion on issues raised in Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

The discussion, featuring both campus and business leaders, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in SMU’s DeGolyer Library. A reception precedes it at 6:30 p.m.

The panelists include:

The event is presented by Friends of the SMU Libraries. Attendance is free, but space is limited. RSVP to Cindy Ruppi, Central University Libraries, 214-768-3225.

Visit SMU’s Common Reading homepage

September 13, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Voter registration rally to be part of SMU’s Constitution Day 2012

'Scene at the Signing of the Constitution' by Howard Chandler Christy

“Scene at the Signing of the Constitution” by Howard Chandler Christy

SMU will celebrate a day devoted to good citizenship with an event designed to help students exercise their voting rights.

A voter registration drive is the centerpiece of the University’s 2012 Constitution Day observance 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons.

The event is cosponsored by the Office of the Provost, Central University LibrariesHughes-Trigg Student Center and Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.

The League of Women Voters will provide the nonpartisan voter registration services. Other highlights will include refreshments and a U.S. Constitution trivia game, with prizes awarded for correct answers.

The U.S. Constitution defines the structure of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of the federal government, as well as the duties, limitations of power and interaction of each with the others. The Constitution also defines the rights of individual citizens in the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the document.

Constitution Day – also known as Citizenship Day – commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and recognizes all who are born in the United States or who have become naturalized citizens. The federal law establishing the observance was created in 2004.

> Visit the U.S. Constitution’s official homepage at the National Archives
> Find educational resources at the National Constitution Center homepage
> Learn more about the observance and its history at ConstitutionDay.com
> Read primary documents in American history at the Library of Congress website

September 10, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Dallas mayor, leaders meet at SMU to discuss education May 7

'Block to Boardroom' mastheadDallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will join North Texas leaders in a public discussion on the community’s ethical role in supporting public education Monday, May 7, 2012 at SMU.

As Mike Miles prepares to take over as DISD superintendent, “From Your Block to the Boardroom” is designed to spark a conversation about the community’s role in supporting excellence in education. The event is co-hosted by SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, and Center on Communities and Education.

Simmons Dean David Chard will moderate the panel, which will include the Rev. Gerald Britt, vice president of CitySquare’s public policy and community program development; Florencia Velasco Fortner, CEO of Dallas Concilio; Torrence H. Robinson, Fluor Foundation senior director of community affairs; Bill McKenzie, Dallas Morning News columnist; and Todd Williams, executive director of Commit!.

“Our efforts with schools need to be sustained, and we hope that our dialogue at SMU can be the first in a series of discussions to determine how the community can make a difference and bolster the education of all students,” Chard says.

Maguire Center Director Rita Kirk will provide the ethical framework for the discussion. “We expect our school administrators and elected officials to hold the public trust and represent the best interests of our children, but what do we expect of our neighbor or local business, or even ourselves?” she says. Kirk will join Regina Nippert, executive director for SMU’s Center on Communities and Education, and Mayor Rawlings in underscoring the vital importance of supporting public education.

The panel discussion, including breakfast, takes place 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. Tickets are $50 for the public, $25 for SMU employees, and are available online at block2boardroom.eventbrite.com.

> Read more from SMU News

May 4, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Walt Humann to receive SMU’s 2012 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award

Walter J. HumannBusinessman and public servant Walter J. Humann ’67 is chiefly recognized for creating the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system and helping desegregate Dallas schools. For these and other accomplishments he will receive the 2012 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU at a noon luncheon at the Belo Mansion April 2.

Presented each year by SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award is given to individuals who exemplify the spirit of moral leadership and public virtue. In Humann’s case, that involves his work in improving education, transportation, race relations, government organization, urban planning and infrastructure in North Texas. It also recognizes his time as a successful businessman: Humann leads his own firm, WJH Corporation, and has held top management positions in other major corporations, including Hunt Consolidated, Memorex-Telex and the LTV Corporation.

Longtime SMU board member Ray Hunt, this year’s J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award event chair, worked with Humann during the awardee’s time (1975-1992) as president of Hunt Investments and chair of the executive committee of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., one of the largest privately held energy, real estate, agribusiness and investment companies in America. Later, Hunt was also a partner in Humann’s WJH Corporation operations.

“Having worked closely with both Walt and Erik Jonsson on many projects, I can say that Walt’s spirit of public service and responsibility to his community is cut from the same cloth as Mayor Jonsson,” Hunt says. “Everything Walt has done for Dallas and its citizens, not to mention in his private business, has been conceived and executed with the highest level of ethical conduct and moral responsibility. I believe that there is no one in Dallas more deserving of this honor than Walt.”

Humann was selected for the honor because of his lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life for the Dallas community, says Maguire Center Director Rita Kirk.

“With quiet tenacity and perceptive vision, he played a pivotal role in the desegregation of the Dallas Independent School District by founding the Dallas Alliance. The Alliance’s Education Task Force created the Magnet Schools of DISD, thereby enriching the education and lives of thousands of children.” As Humann told D Magazine in 1985, “I felt strongly that the way to go was by voluntary intermixing of the races, where you have quality education at the end of the bus rides.”

“With everything he’s done,” Kirk says, “Walt upholds the tradition of excellence that the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award was created to recognize.”

Nationally, Humann was selected in the late 1960s by President Lyndon B. Johnson as the first White House Fellow from Texas.  Later, in 1970, he was chosen as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Men of America,” primarily for chairing the national committee that helped create the U.S. Postal Service. The former deficit-ridden, politically driven Post Office Department was replaced with a service run more like a public corporation. At the time USPS was created, it constituted the largest federal government reorganization in U.S. history.

During his time in Washington, Humann also co-authored with Doris Kearns (now Goodwin) and others a report, requested by the President, on ways to heal the breach between the college student community and the federal government. This report was presented to President Johnson in 1968 — one of the most turbulent years in U.S. history, marked by massive student anti-war protests. The report was titled, “Confrontation or Participation: The Federal Government and the Student Community.” He also wrote a children’s book, an illustrated poem entitled The Little Crescent Moon and the Bright Evening Star, and co-authored, with Mayor Jonsson, D: The Book of Dallas.

Regionally, the “father of DART” also led the successful redevelopment of the North Central Corridor, with Central Expressway and the DART rail line helping solve the nation’s “oldest living highway controversy.” In addition, Humann helped mediate the Love Field dispute among three airline CEOs and the mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth in the 1980s. He founded the Jubilee Project in the late 1990s and served for more than 10 years as its chairman, helping revitalize a 62-block inner-city Dallas neighborhood. Jubilee is trying a unique approach by dealing comprehensively with all elements affecting a blighted community — public education, anti-crime, health, employment, housing, economic development and physical improvements.

Humann holds a physics degree from MIT, an M.B.A. from Harvard, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Evening Division of SMU’s Dedman School of Law (’67). He has received numerous business and public service awards, including SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, Dedman School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award and The Legacy of Leadership Award from the White House Fellows Foundation in Washington, D.C.

He is married to his high school sweetheart; they have three children and eleven grandchildren.

Past winners of the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award, now in its 15th year, include Ruth S. Altshuler, Bob Buford, Ronald G. Steinhart, Michael M. Boone, Zan W. Holmes Jr., Roger Staubach, Caren Prothro, Tom Luce, 
Ron Anderson, 
Jack Lowe Jr., William T. Solomon, Stanley H. Marcus, Charles C. Sprague and Curtis W. Meadows Jr.

Tickets for the event are $50 for individuals; sponsorship tables for 10 also are available for $1,500. For ticket information, contact Erin Sutton at 214-768-4575.

Written by Denise Gee

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March 28, 2012|Calendar Highlights, For the Record, News|
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