Daily Archives: March 18, 2013

A connection to a defining moment

An update from Brandon F., a sophomore political science and accounting major who is conducting research on the development and eventual end of Brown v. Board’s doctrine of “All Deliberate Speed...”: Looking back on the week, all I can say is WOW! Spring Break in Washington, D.C., turned out to be the most academically satisfying experience of my life. My research, which focused on the period of desegregation, gave me a new sense of the magnitude of the Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The papers at the Library of Congress allowed me to look directly through the eyes of the Supreme Court Justices, an experience that was truly one of a kind. Each day I was able to examine the [...]

2013-03-18T21:43:43+00:00 March 18th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

Freedom music

An update from Harvey, a junior majoring in economics and political science: After a full week of inspiring stories, historical context, and personal bonds, music summed up all of the emotions of this trip for me. Visiting the STAX Museum in Memphis has made me realize the importance of music in keeping up the spirits of many in the Civil Rights Movement. It's important to mention that it was the struggle toward equality that gave African-Americans and their allies the drive to do what they did, but it was also music that played a part in reminding them what they were fighting for. It reminds me of what they were fighting for. In other words, freedom music – as I shall [...]

2013-03-18T20:58:48+00:00 March 18th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|

Rich week of research

An update from Taylor, a sophomore majoring in political science and Spanish who is conducting research on school prayer decisions during the 1980s and early 1990s: I’m back in Dallas, and I can’t believe it was already a week ago that we were checking in to get our readers’ cards at the Library of Congress. Eric and Taylor with Justice Blackmun's portrait The second half of the week was just as busy as the first half. Thursday started out with some more research in the Madison building before we set out on our tour of the Supreme Court. From the outside, the Court is truly imposing (even if we couldn’t see the front because they were renovating the marble). [...]

2013-03-18T21:52:28+00:00 March 18th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

Our ‘scholarly conversation’

An update from Brandon B., a third-year political science, history and English major who is conducting research on "swing Justices" on the Court: After an abbreviated day of research on Saturday and a long stay at the airport, we made it back to D/FW airport about 9 that evening. The week really flew by, and I was digging through files at the library basically until we had to start packing up. Considering the breadth of my research project, I knew that I likely would not get through everything I needed, but I was amazed at how much I did manage to see. All things considered, I probably ended up with significant qualitative data on over 50 Supreme Court cases (some of [...]

2013-03-18T21:38:39+00:00 March 18th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|

Keeping the momentum going

An update from Katelyn, a sophomore majoring in journalism, Spanish and political science, and conducting research on the Supreme Court's opinions on student rights: It’s now Saturday evening, and as I sit 30,000 feet in the air on my flight back to Dallas, I finally have time to reflect on my whirlwind experience in Washington, D.C. When we came to D.C. early Monday morning, I couldn’t conceptualize what it was I was about to do. I knew two things: (1) I had research to conduct in the justices’ papers in the Library of Congress, and (2) my Spring Break was going to be unlike any other. I knew I was in for a great experience, but I really could never expect [...]

2013-03-18T21:22:40+00:00 March 18th, 2013|Political Science in Washington, 2013|