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Are government shutdowns the new normal?

MPR News Originally Posted: January 22, 2019 It's the longest government shutdown in history, now entering its fifth week. It feels like shutdowns are more common these days. Is our perception reality? And if so, is this the new normal when it comes to the U.S. government? What are the consequences of a long shutdown, both in terms of economic and human toll? And what would it take to end this one? Or has Washington lost its will to negotiate? Guest host Tiffany Hanssen spoke with two experts in presidential history and put this shutdown in perspective. Guests: Dr. Jeffery Engel, professor and founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University Linda Bilmes, a professor of public policy at the John F. [...]

By | 2019-01-22T11:48:42+00:00 January 22nd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Are government shutdowns the new normal?

SMU History Professor Paves a Digital Path to the Past

SMU News Originally Posted: January 17, 2019 How the daughter of a Texas Instruments engineer injected technology into her love of history to write one of the most influential books in the past 20 years SMU history professor Jo Guldi’s book, The History Manifesto (Cambridge University Press, 2014), recently was named one of the most influential books of the past 20 years by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Writing with Harvard’s David Armitage, she argues that historians need to shed their enthusiasm for micro-history and return to examining history’s big picture to better influence the future. Guldi and Armitage propose that historians embrace new technology as the key to analyzing the grand scope of history in ways that were not possible before. Supercomputing capable of [...]

By | 2019-01-18T06:33:37+00:00 January 18th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on SMU History Professor Paves a Digital Path to the Past

Government shutdown freezes Dallas scientists’ work — and paychecks

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 16, 2019 The 25-foot-long swimming lizards sit alone in the dark. A few weeks ago, they drew thousands of visitors a day at the Washington, D.C., National Museum of Natural History, where they helped tell the story of shifting continents, evolution and life on Earth. Now the museum is closed, a casualty of the partial government shutdown. "It just makes no sense," said Louis Jacobs, a paleontologist at Southern Methodist University who spent months assembling the exhibit with a team of colleagues and students. The show was a career highlight for Jacobs, who retired from SMU last May, and a source of pride for his team and the school.  It showcases 85-million-year-old fossils that Jacobs and colleagues unearthed along the coastal cliffs of West Africa starting [...]

By | 2019-01-17T09:41:36+00:00 January 17th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on Government shutdown freezes Dallas scientists’ work — and paychecks

Event: Jan. 20, 5 Dia Internasional del Ladino: A Celebration of Judeo-Spanish Culture

Event Date: Sunday, Jan. 20 Location: McCord Auditorium Time: 1:30-4:30 pm This one-day celebration of Judeo-Spanish culture will feature personal Sephardic stories, an update on Ladino studies, and a concert of Ladino music. Ladino is an historic Jewish language with a geographically diverse distribution that developed a rich cultural heritage since its emergence in medieval Spain. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information contact Shira Lander at jewishstudies@smu.edu.  

By | 2019-01-15T07:56:03+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Jewish Studies Program, Jewish Studies Program|Comments Off on Event: Jan. 20, 5 Dia Internasional del Ladino: A Celebration of Judeo-Spanish Culture

Christopher Roos, Anthropology, Jemez Pueblo offers centuries of valuable fire lessons

Albuquerque Journal Originally Posted: December 22, 2018 BY: CHRISTOPHER ROOS / ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGIST, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT SMU DALLAS The wildland fire tragedy in California underscores the risk of living on a flammable planet. In 2017, co-occurring outbreaks cost dozens of lives in both California and Portugal. Australia also endures waves of deadly fire. Even places we do not typically associate with wildfire appear among the rolls of devastated communities. We have global wildfire problems that are varied, urgent and deadly. As an environmental archaeologist, I know that these flammable landscapes have long human histories, too. I look to this history for examples of successful coexistence between human societies and fire. I have been working with the Native American community at Jemez Pueblo, whose ancestors [...]

By | 2019-01-14T10:43:45+00:00 January 15th, 2019|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Christopher Roos, Anthropology, Jemez Pueblo offers centuries of valuable fire lessons

Jan. 29 – Feb. 26: International Film Festival

Event Date: Jan. 29 - Feb. 26, 2019 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Dallas Hall 306 The 4th Annual SMU World Languages & Literatures Film Festival will take place January 29 - February 26. All screenings are free and open to the public. More info: https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/Academics/Departments/WorldLanguages/Events/Filmfestival  

By | 2019-01-09T07:47:29+00:00 January 14th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Jan. 29 – Feb. 26: International Film Festival

Fulfill your Second Language Requirement Abroad!

Event Date: January 24, 2019 Location: Collaborative Commons (Fondren Starbucks) Time: 10 am - 2 pm (drop-in any time) Students interested in fulfilling their second language requirement abroad in Summer 2019 are encouraged to stop by the info table on January 24 to find out more about the following programs and meet program directors: SMU-in-FRANCE (July 6 - August 10), SMU-in-TUSCANY (July 2 - August 5), SMU-in-COSTA RICA (May 27 - June 28). www.smu.edu/international/abroad/programs/summer. Applications are due Feb. 1  

By | 2019-01-11T06:32:03+00:00 January 11th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Fulfill your Second Language Requirement Abroad!

A Framework for the Future: The Tower Scholars Program

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 Fourth year Economics major Zach Miller describes how the Tower Scholars Program has shaped his understanding of the world. A few years ago I walked into a store to buy a frame. As a chronic procrastinator (and a good one at that), I had planned to buy one for months. But despite having already spent heavily to secure its eventual contents, I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Those contents would be delivered soon enough, but in the meantime, I couldn’t help but get distracted by all the other shiny products on the shelves. When the time came to choose a frame, it was among the most emotionally and intellectually taxing decisions I’ve ever made. ‘Do I choose the [...]

By | 2019-01-03T08:51:33+00:00 January 11th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on A Framework for the Future: The Tower Scholars Program

The New Southwest Review: SMU’s Literary Magazine, One of America’s Oldest, Reinvents Itself

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 Under the leadership of Professor Greg Brownderville, Southwest Review continues to embrace new voices while recognizing a rich history. I recently took over the editorship of America’s third-longest-running literary quarterly, Southwest Review (SwR), which was founded in 1915 and is published under the aegis of Southern Methodist University. As the new editor, I’m determined to broaden the magazine’s reach and readership, and I aim to start right here at home, with the SMU community. Let me paint you a picture of what SwR has been and what it is rapidly becoming. The last issue of 2017 marked an important event in the history of the magazine: our first redesign and relaunch since the 1980s. We enlisted the help of a firm called [...]

By | 2019-01-03T08:47:58+00:00 January 10th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on The New Southwest Review: SMU’s Literary Magazine, One of America’s Oldest, Reinvents Itself
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