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Tower Center Team Chairs Graduate Seminar at ASHE Conference

Tower Center Senior Fellow Dr. Michael McLendon is chairing a preconference seminar with the assistance of Tower Center Executive Director Luisa del Rosal and Program Specialist Olisa Dellas for the 41st annual Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference. … Continue reading

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Brexit judgment proves exclusion of Parliament from Article 50 is illegal

The High Court of Justice ruled Nov. 3 that Parliament must vote in order to activate Article 50, which would begin the process of the UK leaving Europe. Tower Center Fellow and constitutional law expert Sionaidh Douglas-Scott responded in a statement on Queen … Continue reading

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Fairooz Adams | Identity Politics and anti-Assimilation in the U.S.

Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Fairooz Adams, class of 2018, published two essays in the University Honors Program’s publication Hilltopics. The first looks at the push for political correctness on college campuses and the second addresses the importance of assimilation for … Continue reading

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Tower Scholar Interviewed on Al Jazeera

Tower Scholar Kovan Barzani, class of 2017, was interviewed on Al Jazera about canvassing in North Dallas. Barzani is managing Jim Burke’s campaign to be elected as Texas State Representative for District 114. Burke is running against Jason Villalba, who is … Continue reading

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Victoria Farrar-Myers | Social Media’s Influence on Elections

Tower Center Senior Fellow Victoria Farrar-Myers was part of a panel for the McCuistion episode “How Social Media and Technology Influence Elections” Oct. 30. Farrar-Myers talked about the research she did for the book she edited “Controlling the Message: New Media … Continue reading

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Adam Levine | How Political Rhetoric Engages and Demobilizes Citizens

Adam Seth Levine, professor of government from Cornell University, gave his talk “How Political Rhetoric Engages and Demobilizes Citizens”  at the Tower Center- Latino Center for Leadership and Development joint policy forum Oct. 28. Conventional wisdom about political rhetoric leads … Continue reading

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Latino Catholics more likely to vote Democratic than Protestants

Latino Public Policy postdoc Alicia Reyes-Barrientez presented on her dissertation, “Divided by Faith? An Examination of Religious Affiliation as a Determinant of Group Consciousness Among Latinxs” at the Tower Center Oct. 26. Reyes-Barrientez found that Latinos have historically voted Democratic, … Continue reading

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Q&A | Life as a Scholar and Athlete

The Tower Center sat down with Tower Scholar A.J. Jeffries to discuss his experience with the Tower Scholars Program and the SMU men’s soccer team. Jeffries is majoring in economics, history and public policy with minors in philosophy and public … Continue reading

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Tower Chair Josh Rovner | No-fly zones in Syria won’t lead to political settlement

Tower Chair Joshua Rovner was quoted in the Guardian’s article “Why Hillary Clinton’s plans for no-fly zones in Syria could provoke U.S.-Russia conflict” Oct. 25. Washington has debated no-fly zones in Syria for five years, a tactic Hillary Clinton defended … Continue reading

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Student Blog — Claire Huitt | China’s Evolving Economy and Society

China of the last four decades, with its heavily centralized bureaucracy and its exponential economic growth, is a far cry from the first three decades of the People’s Republic of China, yet the remnants of the Maoist era still greatly affect … Continue reading

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