Washington

Pondering 9/11 Headlines

SMU students are traveling to Washington, D.C., with SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The program is led by Rita Kirk, director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and professor of Communication Studies in Meadows School of the Arts; Stephanie Ann Martin, assistant professor of Communication Studies; and Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and lecturer at the Center for Nonprofit Management. During the program, students meet with SMU alumni, talk with communication staffers on the Hill, learn from lobbyists about their advocacy functions, assess the role and function of the news media, and investigate the role of political parties as representatives for constituent concerns. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions, the presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit.

2017-12-20T15:06:16+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Hilltop on the Hill (Fall 2017)|

Exploring D.C.

Associate Professor of Political Science Joe Kobylka and the students in his Honors Program class “The Supreme Court Seminar” are spending six days in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., doing research in the papers of former Supreme Court Justices. Each student has developed a unique research topic, question, and design, and will use the justices’ papers to find evidence to help answer the question and write a culminating original research paper.

2017-03-15T14:16:15+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Political Science in Washington, 2017|

Scenes from Washington

Eleven students are traveling to Washington, D.C., with SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The program is led by Rita Kirk, director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and professor of Communication Studies in Meadows School of the Arts; Stephanie Ann Martin, assistant professor of Communication Studies; and Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and lecturer at the Center for Nonprofit Management. During the program, students meet with SMU alumni, talk with communication staffers on the Hill, learn from lobbyists about their advocacy functions, assess the role and function of the news media, and investigate the role of political parties as representatives for constituent concerns. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions, the presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit.

2015-10-12T15:31:03+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Hilltop on the Hill (Fall 2015)|

What’s in a bowl of soup?

Rahfin is a junior President’s Scholar and member of the University Honors Program who is majoring in economics, political science and mathematics in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Internship for summer 2013 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is working for the U.S. State Department at the Bureau of Central and South Asia in Washington, D.C.

2013-07-12T16:28:46+00:00 July 12th, 2013|Rahfin in Washington|

Performers rock the Black Tie and Boots Ball

Twenty-one communication studies and journalism students are in Washington, D.C., in January 2013 as part of the Meadows School of the Arts’ Hilltop on the Hill program. In addition to reporting on Inaugural events, the students will visit media and government sites, and meet with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. The trip is led by Rita Kirk, professor of communication studies; Daniel Schill, assistant professor of communication studies, and Carolyn Barta, journalism professor. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions and the G8 Economic Summit.

2013-01-22T20:21:44+00:00 January 20th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill, 2013 Inauguration|

My summer as a White House intern

Afsana, a junior international studies major in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, served as an intern during summer 2011 at the White House. Afsana, who works at SMU's John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, was awarded the internship through the White House Internship Program.

2011-09-23T16:16:05+00:00 September 23rd, 2011|Afsana in Washington, D.C.|

Big change in plans

As part of the political science course "Law, Politics and the Supreme Court," students and Political Science Associate Professor Joe Kobylka are spending spring break 2011 in Washington, D.C. The students are conducting research on Supreme Court cases at the Library of Congress.

2011-06-29T20:03:02+00:00 March 17th, 2011|Supreme Court Spring2011|

Social media (or life after newspapers)

Twenty-one Journalism and Corporate Communications & Public Affairs students in Meadows School of the Arts are studying in Washington, D.C., this October for the Hilltop on the Hill 2010 program. The program is endowed by the Bauer Foundation for CCPA students wanting to study political communication on location in D.C. and at the political party conventions, the Presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit. The students spend five days in the nation's capital, where they visit media and governmental sites and are briefed by policy analysts, political communicators and journalists.

2011-10-27T15:52:10+00:00 October 11th, 2010|Hilltop on Hill2010|

First day in D.C.

An update from Brad, a junior with a double major in economics and CCPA, and a history minor: The day started off bright and early at 4:00 a.m. I was hoping that my shower would help wake me up, but instead I had to rely on the generated excitement for my trip that was about to begin. Once boarding the plane, I met a nice girl named Amanda, a financial analyst from Dallas who was also going to the Inauguration. Luckily, she had a family friend with a law firm that overlooks the Inauguration site. She had been to the two previous Inaugurations, and she informed me a little bit about the experiences that I would have and what I [...]

2013-01-07T20:14:16+00:00 January 17th, 2009|Inauguration Trip 2009|
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