To deal with North Korea, Trump should look to George H. W. Bush

Houston Chronicle Originally Posted: October 19, 2017 BY: Jeffrey A. Engel. Jeffrey Engel is the founding director of SMU's Center for Presidential History and the author of When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War, published next month. North Korea's nuclear threat should have been solved 25 years ago. So President Trump proclaims. But the country remains problematic due not to American negligence, but because at a pivotal moment in history its own leaders misread history. We should not repeat their mistake, forgetting the real meaning of the Cold War's end for American policy: the value, and the virtue, of patience. Trump begins his narrative of failure 25 years ago, and so should we. A new democratic age seemed at hand [...]

By | 2017-10-19T19:46:23+00:00 October 19th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on To deal with North Korea, Trump should look to George H. W. Bush

No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland. New book reflects unique and transformative human rights learning experience

SMU News Originally Posted: October 17, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) – Bearing witness to Poland’s deep physical and emotional scars that linger long after World War II – when the Nazis made the country the epicenter of the Holocaust – is the focus of a new book by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program: No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland (Terrace Partners, $39.95). The large-format hardcover combines more than 200 contemporary photos of occupied Poland’s deadliest Holocaust sites with historical vignettes and poignant observations from those who have experienced one of the most comprehensive, longest-running Shoah study trips offered by a U.S. university. Preview the book here. Each December, the two-week “Holocaust Poland” trip – led for more than 20 years by SMU Prof. Rick Halperin – exposes [...]

By | 2017-10-17T18:53:40+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland. New book reflects unique and transformative human rights learning experience

Political Firestorm Between Texas Republicans Over Harvey Relief Aid

CBS DFW Originally Posted: October 12, 2017 A source tells CBS11, Governor Abbott felt let down by Texas Republicans in the House for a lack of leadership and for not fighting hard enough for Harvey relief. Texas Governor Greg Abbott delivers a briefing to the public on Hurricane Harvey at the Texas Department of Public Safety building on September 1, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images) The Governor told the Houston Chronicle Wednesday that the Texas delegation in the House of Representatives needed a “stiff spine” and that “It appears the Texas delegation will let themselves be rolled by the House of Representatives.” SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson says it’s not just the words, but the man who said them [...]

By | 2017-10-13T10:24:33+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Political Firestorm Between Texas Republicans Over Harvey Relief Aid

Watch: Political fallout from Las Vegas shootings

WFAA Originally Posted: October 8, 2017 SMU Associate Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson talks about some of the political fallout from the recent shootings in Las Vegas, especially the sale of bump stocks and other firearms issues. https://youtu.be/DYkvo40tddI

By | 2017-10-12T11:47:50+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Watch: Political fallout from Las Vegas shootings

A composite window into human history

SMU Research Originally Posted: October 3, 2017 Better integration of ancient DNA studies with archaeology promises deeper insights. DNA testing alone of ancient human remains can’t resolve questions about past societies. It’s time for geneticists and archaeologists to collaborate more fully in the face of ever greater advancements in ancient DNA research, according to SMU archaeologist David J. Meltzer and his colleagues in a recent article in the scientific journal Science. The authors write in “A composite window into human history” that over the past decade, DNA testing of ancient human remains has become a valuable tool for studying and understanding past human population histories. Most notably, for example, is how sequencing of ancient genomes resolved the dispute over our species’ evolutionary relationship with Neanderthals, the authors point [...]

By | 2017-10-12T11:33:50+00:00 October 12th, 2017|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on A composite window into human history

Prehistoric humans formed complex mating networks to avoid inbreeding

SMU Research Originally Posted: October 10, 2017 A new study has sequenced the genomes of individuals from an ancient burial site in Russia and discovered that they were, at most, first cousins, indicating that they had developed sexual partnerships beyond their immediate social and family group. A new study has identified when humans transitioned from simple systems designed to minimize inbreeding to more complex ones suitable for hunter-gatherer societies. The study findings are reported in the journal Science and demonstrate that, by at least 34,000 years ago, human hunter-gatherer groups had developed sophisticated social and mating networks that minimized inbreeding. The study examined genetic information from the remains of modern humans who lived during the early part of the Upper Palaeolithic, a period when modern humans from [...]

By | 2017-10-11T07:50:16+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Prehistoric humans formed complex mating networks to avoid inbreeding

Flashback: SMU alum won Nobel Prize

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: October 8, 2017 Editor's note: Take a look back at The Dallas Morning News archives. In October 1980, Dallas-raised James Cronin became the first SMU graduate to win a Nobel Prize. Although Cronin's prize-winning physics work was done while working at Long Island, N.Y.'s Brookhaven National Laboratory, he credited his Dallas education for inspiring him to pursue a life of scientific study. Teachers at Highland Park High School remembered him fondly. SMU's Dr. Harold Jeskey recalled that his colleague, physics department chairman Frank C. McDonald, made it clear that "one of his great, great prides was Jimmy Cronin." The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences noted that while Cronin's work was "without direct practical applications," it held "great importance for the understanding of elementary matter [...]

By | 2017-10-10T17:52:08+00:00 October 10th, 2017|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Physics|Comments Off on Flashback: SMU alum won Nobel Prize

Congratulations to SMU Anthropologist Caroline Brettell inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Oct. 7

SMU News Originally Posted: October 6, 2017 DALLAS (SMU) — Noted SMU anthropologist Caroline Brettell will be inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences during a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. Brettell joins 228 new fellows and foreign honorary members — representing the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector — as a member of one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies. “Caroline Brettell is an internationally recognized leader in the field of migration, and one of Dedman College’s most productive scholars,” said Thomas DiPiero, dean of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. “I couldn’t be happier to see her win this well-deserved accolade.” “I am surprised and deeply honored to receive [...]

By | 2017-10-07T09:53:21+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Anthropology, DCII, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Congratulations to SMU Anthropologist Caroline Brettell inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Oct. 7

Dallas ISD Board Votes To Scrap Names of Confederate Leaders From Schools

Candy's Dirt Originally Posted: September 29, 2017 The discussion was at times contentious, but overall, Dallas Independent School District trustees were unified in their desire to change the names of four schools currently named for Confederate leaders. The board voted unanimously to require schools named after Albert Sidney Johnson, Robert E. Lee, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and William L. Cabell to change their names. A fifth school, John B. Hood Middle School, changed its name to Piedmont G.L.O.B.A.L. Academy last year. As expected, there was plenty of spleens vented during the time afforded for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. In the end, those speaking about the subject were fairly evenly split for and against. “Your resolution creates a new and separate set of [...]

By | 2017-10-04T08:23:05+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Dallas ISD Board Votes To Scrap Names of Confederate Leaders From Schools
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