Student Perspective | President Trump, NAFTA and the Future of US Trade Policy

A failure to adjustThe SMU Tower Center Sun & Star Program hosted the conversation “President Trump, NAFTA and the Future of US Trade Policy” featuring Edward Alden, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, April 27. HCM Tower Scholar Visakh Madathil wrote about what he learned at the lecture in his essay below, “A Failure to Adjust.”

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Mattew Wilson Comments on President Trump’s NRA Speech

Tower Center Senior Fellow Matthew Wilson was interviewed by  BBC Weekend about President Trump’s comments on gun law at the NRA convention in Dallas last week. Wilson says he was in no way surprised by the status quo tone of President Trump’s NRA-rallying speech, even though President Trump had suggested that he was open to tightening gun laws after the Parkland mass shooting.

“I think the gun debate is, despite all of the activism surrounding it and all of the surge of student sentiment following the Parkland shooting, I think the gun debate in America is about where it’s been for some time” Wilson said.

Listen to the interview.

Center Spotlight | Jesus Canas

center spotlight jesus canasFor this month’s spotlight the SMU Tower Center interviewed Fellow Jesus Canas, a senior business economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Canas analyzes regional economic growth, specializing on the border economy. He talked to us about the NAFTA renegotiation and the looming presidential election in Mexico.

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Event Recap | The Year of the Woman 2.0

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Tower Center Senior Fellow Victoria Farrar-Myers introduces Victoria DeFrancesco-Soto April 23.

The SMU Tower Center hosted Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco-Soto, lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, to discuss her insights regarding the second flood of female candidates–Year of the Woman 2.0–and what this means for the future of political parity in the U.S.

Women were at the forefront of the 2016 presidential election not only with Hillary Clinton as the first female candidate of a major party, but also because of her opponent’s history of mistreatment toward women. The release of the Access Hollywood tapes made the issue viral. Candidate Trump responded to the uproar by bringing women who accused Bill Clinton of harassment back into the spotlight.

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Condoleezza Rice Discusses Barbara Bush, North Korea and Advice for Young Women at SMU Tower Center

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with the HCM Tower Scholars after her talk April 18.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spoke at the SMU Tower Center April 18 on a panel with former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal Thomas Stephenson. Senior Fellow Jeffrey A. Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History and moderator of the talk, opened the discussion with memories of Barbara Bush, who passed away the night before.

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Associate Ed Rincón | “Unconscious Bias at Starbucks? I don’t think so.”

Tower Center Associate Edward T. Rincón wrote an opinion piece for The Culture of Research blog about the recent incident involving two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. Rincón argues that the manager who called the police on these innocent men was not acting due to an unconscious bias, but due to a conscious one.

Read his full piece here.

SMU Tower Center Awards Next Class of Undergraduate Fellows

The SMU Tower Center is excited to announce its newest class of scholarship awardees and undergraduate fellows for 2018-2020! Congratulations to our two Hatton Sumners Scholars, Sophomores Anna Grace Carey and Madeline Sophia Dixon. Carey is majoring in Political Science, Fashion Media, and Journalism and earning minors in Law & Legal Reasoning and History of Visual & Performing Arts. Dixon is majoring in English and History and earning a minor in Philosophy.

We also want to congratulate our three new undergraduate fellows!

Edwin L. Cox Undergraduate Research Fellow: Amanda Oh, majoring in Political Science and History.

Henry S. and Juanita Miller Undergraduate Fellow: Morgan Peterson, HCM Tower Scholar majoring in History and English.

Tom Bryant Medders, Jr. Undergraduate Fellow: Stephen Frantz, majoring in Political Science, Philosophy, and Human Rights.

The fellows, now sophomores, will work on a research project during their junior and senior years under the guidance of a faculty mentor culminating in a final paper and presentation.

Event Recap | National Security Symposium

The SMU Tower Center held its eighth annual National Security Symposium titled, “National Defense: Budgets, Resources and Readiness,” featuring two panels each comprised of three experts and a moderator April 11. With the recent release of the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategy, and the budget for fiscal year 2018, the panelists had plenty to dissect in their presentations. Here’s what we learned from the discussions.

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