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

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

SMU Students Explore Research Avenues at the Library of Congress

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 Dr. Joseph F. Kobylka, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, leads a Supreme Court seminar of 12 undergraduates every other spring, which allows these exceptional students to conduct research using the papers of Supreme Court justices in the Library of Congress. Read on to learn more about how the class came to be and experiences from some of his students. Dr. Kobylka on the origins of the Supreme Court Seminar: I have been doing research in the Library of Congress since the mid-1990s as a part of the research for my biography of former Justice Blackmun. In addition to uncovering a wealth of previously unknown-to-the-public information, working in the case files of Justices Marshall, Brennan, Blackmun, and White and [...]

By | 2019-01-03T08:42:14+00:00 January 7th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on SMU Students Explore Research Avenues at the Library of Congress

Returning to the Hilltop to Shape a New Generation of Scientists

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 Dr. Heather DeShon, Associate Professor in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, describes how her love of science as a child led her to pursue a career in academia, her return to the Hilltop as a member of the faculty, and how women are making progress in the sciences. How did you first discover your passion for geophysics? In elementary school I always chose the earthquake or volcano for class projects and loved to camp and be outdoors with my family, and I remained very interested in all things science throughout junior high and high school. My mother made me read her National Geographic magazine so she could have someone to talk to about the articles, and that [...]

By | 2019-01-04T08:01:52+00:00 January 4th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Returning to the Hilltop to Shape a New Generation of Scientists

Shaping Opinion podcast with Dr. Alexis McCrossen

Shaping Opinion Originally Posted: Dec. 31, 2018 Alexis McCrossen, a professor at SMU and an expert on how cultures have marked time in history, Joins Tim to talk about our New Year’s Eve traditions with a special focus on the story behind that Times Square Ball Drop. Listen If you plan to watch the Times Square ball drop at Midnight on New Year’s Eve, you’re not alone.  New York City expects to play host to over 2 million people for the festivities. Over 175 million across the United States will watch the ball drop on TV. And around the world, over 1 billion people will watch. 103 million said they will travel 30 miles or more to celebrate 93.6 million will drive Listen

By | 2019-01-03T10:45:06+00:00 January 3rd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Shaping Opinion podcast with Dr. Alexis McCrossen

SMU professor talks about a shutdown showdown

FOX4 Originally Posted: December 21, 2018 Even without a shutdown, this week is being called the most chaotic week in Donald Trump's two years in office. SMU political science professor Cal Jillson talked to Good Day about the border wall funding, government shutdown, Russian investigation, Syria and more. WATCH

By | 2019-01-02T07:21:37+00:00 December 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on SMU professor talks about a shutdown showdown

Listen: Historian Remembers George H.W. Bush’s Legacy

NPR Originally Posted: December 6, 2018 Rachel Martin talks to presidential historian Jeffrey Engel, who remembers former President George H.W. Bush as a globalist, and as a president who felt entitled to power. LISTEN

By | 2018-12-11T11:10:39+00:00 December 21st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Listen: Historian Remembers George H.W. Bush’s Legacy

Two-Minute Take: Interest Rates and the Housing Market

GEORGE W. BUSH INSTITUTE Cullum Clark is Director of the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative and an SMU Adjunct Professor of Economics The Federal Reserve is considering slowing down interest rate hikes in 2019. What does this mean for home buyers? Twitter Facebook Should the Fed decide to slow down its path of interest rate increases in 2019, how will it impact the housing market? The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Reserve is reconsidering its prior intention of imposing three or more increases in its benchmark interest rate during 2019. This emerging caution on the part of U.S. monetary policy-makers reflects growing concerns about signs of economic weakness abroad and the potential impact of U.S.-Chinese trade disputes on the domestic economy. All else equal, lower interest [...]

By | 2018-12-11T11:24:24+00:00 December 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, Faculty News|Comments Off on Two-Minute Take: Interest Rates and the Housing Market

Tower Center Spotlight: How 19th Century Liberalism Informs Ideas of Citizenship Today 

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 20, 2018 How does a person qualify for citizenship? How do we determine those qualifications? We talked with the SMU Political Science Department’s newest professor, Gianna Englert, about her research and how it applies to questions being asked about citizenship today. TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? My research is in political theories, specifically history of political thought, which means I look mostly at the past for insights that can inform political questions in the present. Specifically my work is on the 19th century and the history of liberalism in the 19th century. How do liberals deal with the question of political inclusion or citizenship, deciding who’s in, who’s out and why? We sometimes think of a [...]

By | 2018-12-06T10:49:36+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Tower Center Spotlight: How 19th Century Liberalism Informs Ideas of Citizenship Today 
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