SMU Department of History
Historian and author William M. Tsutsui began work July 1 as the new dean of SMU’s Dedman College, home to the humanities, social sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences. Tsutsui comes to SMU from the University of Kansas where he was associate dean for international studies and a professor of history.
A specialist in the business, environmental and cultural history of 20th-century Japan, Tsutsui holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Princeton universities. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (Palgrave, 2004). Continue reading
A new Texas Historical Marker is based on the research of Southern Methodist University graduate Andrea Norris Kline, who uncovered the information as part of an independent research project for Crista DeLuzio, an associate professor in the SMU Department of History.
The historical marker is located at the Old Red Courthouse, a county historical museum, in downtown Dallas. It commemorates Texas women’s fight to be allowed to serve on juries. Kline used U.S. census records, newspaper archives and Texas Legislature records to document the history of jury service in Dallas County. The Dallas Women Lawyers’ Association funded the plaque.
A growing global movement to apologize and make restitution to victims of human rights abuses is now gathering steam in the United States, but it won’t be a first for the country, says the president of The Western History Association.
“In reviewing the history of reconciliation in the American West, I’ve found three examples of government restitution — where we acknowledge we’ve participated in human rights abuses and offered either an apology, restitution, reparation or all three,” says Sherry Smith, associate director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU and an SMU history professor.