We’re all familiar with the suburbs-to-downtown commute that many Americans make between their homes and jobs. But what happens when the suburbs stretch for hours outside the city center? In this summer’s edition of the Bush Institute’s Catalyst magazine, Tower Fellow Cullum Clark analyzed the impact of urban sprawl, industry clustering, and housing prices on wealth inequality.
“Most people can’t afford to live where the best opportunities are,” he wrote.
Tower Center Senior Fellow and SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson commented on the cross-aisle conversations that are taking place as Presidents Bush and Clinton met in Little Rock to celebrate the graduation of the 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholars.
“In this day and age, there’s so little cooperation across party lines and so much polarization that any program that can bring people together under Democrat and Republican to talk about solution-based approaches to public policy challenges and transcend partisanship is extremely welcome,” Wilson said.
After receiving more than 50 applications from scholars across the United States, the Latino Center for Leadership and Development (LCLD) and the SMU Tower Center awarded seven grants to scholars earlier this month interested in understanding the Latino experience in the United States focusing on issues such as immigration and education.
Tower Center Fellow Sionaidh Douglass-Scott wrote an article for the UK’s Prospect magazine criticizing the House of Commons for spending too little time reviewing amendments to the European Union Withdrawal Bill. The bill, which dictates that the European Union would no longer be able to pass laws directly affecting the UK after Brexit, was passed through the Commons in only two days, and without much debate.
Douglass-Scott warns that “…time is of the essence, and yet there is also a democratic imperative in adequate parliamentary scrutiny of all of this paradigm changing legislation.”
Tower Center Fellow, Shubha Ghosh, director of the Syracuse University Intellectual Property Institute, discussed the potential patent transfer to a Native American tribe for the drug Restasis on a Bloomberg podcast.
The conference is designed to highlight and stimulate discussion on the issues most pressing to the Latino community in Texas and the broader U.S. The six panels, comprised of a mix of national experts, state and municipal leadership, as well as local stakeholders, will explore solutions around the 2020 Census, redistricting, voter rights, immigration, unaccompanied minors, and U.S. – Mexico relations.
Ashvina Patel, a PhD candidate at SMU’s Department of Anthropology, wrote a piece for Sapiens explaining how healthcare eludes many Rohingya refugees in India despite the refugees having free access via the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR. Patel spent 11 months with the Rohingya community in India for her research.
“The UNHCR does a lot of good, but the organization could do a better job addressing challenges refugees face in accessing the services to which they are permitted,” Patel wrote.
This month’s spotlight is with Tower Scholars Program Director Victoria Farrar-Myers. Victoria sits on Arlington’s City Council and teaches classes within the Tower Scholars Program on public policy. Her research focuses on the democratic process and the separation of powers. We sat down with her to see what it’s like to wear two hats–one as a policymaker and another as a professor.
Tower Center Board Member and political economist Darab Ganji wrote an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News after President Trump announced the U.S. would leave the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Ganji opens his piece writing the decision was “a bold move that could be extremely positive or potentially disastrous for the civilized world.”