The “tea” on the English degree

Daily Campus Originally Posted: December 7, 2018 It is May 2011. SMU’s campus is buzzing with pre-graduation excitement and seniors are restless to begin the next chapters of their lives. Sarah Bennett, now the managing editor for D Home and D Weddings, is among these students. She is happy to complete her degree in Creative Writing finally, but as with many graduating seniors, some anxieties are beginning to grow in the back of her mind. Will she land her dream job? Will she have to settle for a different position? Will she find a job at all? Though these questions are like persistent flies buzzing around her brain, there is one choice she has never questioned: her major in Creative Writing. “I knew I wanted [...]

By | 2018-12-10T10:21:36+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on The “tea” on the English degree

Dallas novelist’s ‘LitNight’ builds a literary scene in the casual atmosphere of a nightclub

Dallas Morning News Originally posted: December 7, 2018 Dallas novelist Sanderia Faye got the idea of celebrating literature in a bar when she attended Brooklyn's Franklin Park Reading Series, which has hosted the likes of A.M. Homes, Jennifer Egan and Colson Whitehead. Faye thought that same informal atmosphere at the monthly gathering of writers and readers could make literary fiction more approachable in Dallas, too. So in June, she founded LitNight at the Sandaga 813 nightclub in Exposition Park. "It takes the stigma out of literary fiction," says the author of Mourner's Bench, which tells the story of an 8-year-old girl's awakening in 1964 amid the civil rights movement. "You have this camaraderie between the authors but also with the audience. It's a great environment." The next installment [...]

By | 2018-12-07T08:02:37+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Events|Comments Off on Dallas novelist’s ‘LitNight’ builds a literary scene in the casual atmosphere of a nightclub

The “Southwest Review” reimagined

The Daily Campus Originally Posted: September 25, 2018 In print for more than a century, the Southwest Review begins a new chapter as Greg Brownderville, SMU professor and editor-in-chief, updates the look of the magazine and takes the initiative to advance its digital presence. The “Southwest Review” is the third oldest continuously published quarterly in the United States. It was established in 1915 as “The Texas Review” out of the University of Texas at Austin, before it was moved to its current home at Southern Methodist University in 1924. The magazine was created to prove that there was a home for literature and the arts, even in unsung Texas, a region that was quickly transforming from a land of cattle and cotton to one of industry and urbanization [...]

By | 2018-10-09T11:04:55+00:00 October 9th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on The “Southwest Review” reimagined

A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.

Inside Higher Ed Originally Posted: August 28, 2018 Public May Not Trust Higher Ed, but Employers Do  A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts. Though public support for higher education seems to be waning, this skepticism doesn’t appear to extend to potential employers, who say they still have faith in colleges and universities, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of the Association of American Colleges & Universities. But while executives and hiring managers believe that institutions are teaching graduates the skills needed for entry-level jobs, they reported that students usually aren’t ready to be promoted. AAC&U commissioned the Washington, D.C.-based Hart Research Associates to survey two groups: 500 or so business [...]

By | 2018-08-28T10:01:16+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Earth Sciences, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Statistical Science, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on A new survey reveals that not only do business executives value college, they want students with skills associated with the liberal arts.

May Commencement Information

If you are looking for May Commencement information click here. Schedule of events Commencement Speaker Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 103rd Commencement Weekend, May 18 and 19, 2018. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association with SMU as alumni. On Saturday [...]

Congratulations! Kenneth Martin selected as 2018 Humanity in Action Fellow

Humanity in Action Originally Posted: May 6, 2018 Humanity in Action has selected Southern Methodist University's Kenneth Martin for one of the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and the United States. 67 students and recent graduates were selected for the 2018 Fellowship programs out of an extremely competitive pool of 564 applicants from universities and colleges across the United States. Martin will participate in the Warsaw Fellowship program. Martin will join Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Greece, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore past and present examples of resistance to intolerance, with a goal of encouraging future leaders to be engaged citizens and responsible [...]

By | 2018-05-11T09:04:05+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, History, Undergraduate News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Congratulations! Kenneth Martin selected as 2018 Humanity in Action Fellow

Congratulations to Klaus Desmet and Bonnie Wheeler

SMU Forum Originally Posted: May 4, 2018 Klaus Desmet, Ruth and Kenneth Altshuler Centennial Interdisciplinary Professor in Economics, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, has been appointed Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in the International Trade & Investment and Political Economy program. It is a major recognition honoring senior scholars who have made deep impact in their fields, says Economics Chair Santanu Roy: “The NBER is the most prestigious national think tank that brings together researchers in economic policy and empirical economic analysis.” Bonnie Wheeler, Associate Professor of English and Director of Medieval Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, won the 2018 Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies, presented by the Medieval Academy of America. “Professor [...]

By | 2018-05-04T09:46:41+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Economics, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Congratulations to Klaus Desmet and Bonnie Wheeler

‘God Save Texas’ Review: A Lone Star State of Mind

Wall Street Journal Originally Posted: April 26, 2018 Mr. Spiegelman is an emeritus professor of English at Southern Methodist University. By: Willard Spiegelman The dust jacket of his new book misidentifies Lawrence Wright as a Texas native (he was born in Oklahoma; as a child he moved to Abilene, and in 1960 to Dallas), but this is a forgivable mistake, because he writes about his state with the fervor, knowledge and ambivalence that come from deep-seated familiarity. A Pulitzer Prize winner (for “The Looming Tower,” his book about al-Qaeda), he has found his latest and best subject in “God Save Texas.” Its subtitle, “A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State,” is the tip-off: Only someone who loves his state would ever allow a political entity [...]

By | 2018-04-30T08:22:01+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English|Comments Off on ‘God Save Texas’ Review: A Lone Star State of Mind
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