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SMU Doctoral Candidate Wins Cherokee National Scholarship

Congratulations! Kevin Briceland, SMU doctoral candidate in history, has been awarded a Cherokee Nation Scholarship to continue his graduate studies.

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Listen: SMU alumna, Jennifer Koshatka Seman on Texas Public Radio

Texas Public Radio Jennifer Koshatka Seman (Ph.D. in history, 2015), SMU alumna and lecturer at Metropolitan State University in Denver, was interviewed by Texas Public Radio in San Antonio on curanderismo, faith healing, in the U.S./Mexico borderlands– https://www.tpr.org/podcast/fronteras/2022-01-21/fronteras-borderlands-curanderos-faith-healers-of-the-late-19th-and-early-20th-centuries-were-also-revolutionaries.  

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Congratulations to Joel Zapata

Dedman News Joel Zapata (Ph.D. in history, 2019), SMU alumnus and assistant professor at Oregon State University, has been named Cairns K. Smith Faculty Scholar at OSU for his research in public history.

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Congratulations to Ruben Arellano

Ruben A. Arellano (Ph.D. history 2017), SMU alumnus and Dallas College-Mountain View professor, recently published the following– “El Es Dios! A Historical Interpretation of Danza Azteca as a Revitalization Movement’ Journal of Festive Studies, Vol. 3, 2021, 121—14 https://doi.org/10.33823/jfs.2021.3.1.61

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Opinion: America should honor MLK’s vision by halting the death penalty

Dallas Morning News By Rick Halperin, director of the SMD Dallas Human Rights Program On Monday the nation will pause, perhaps too briefly, to remember and pay tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., arguably the leading U.S. (and global) civil and human rights activist who was the voice of reason and conscience during […]

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How historians view Trump – and how Trump sees himself

CBS News There’s at least one thing that Donald Trump’s critics and supporters can agree on about his presidency, according to Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University: “He came in to be a disrupter, and of all of his accomplishments, I think it’s very easy to say that he accomplished […]

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Why do we count down to the New Year?

Zocalo Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2022 Few people counted down to anything until the 1960s and 1970s—and yes, that included the new year. Celebrations and midnight kisses on December 31, of course. Countdowns, no. How, then, did the countdown go from almost nonexistent to ubiquitous in the latter half of the 20th century? And why […]

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Happy Holidays!

SMU will be closed December 23-31. Have a great holiday and we will see you in 2022!

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Congrats to the Grads!

December Commencement is at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 2021. Watch live via smu.edu/live.

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Congrats to alumnus Aaron Sánchez

SMU’s Clements Department of History heartily congratulates, alumnus Aaron Sánchez (Ph.D. 2013), on securing a position as assistant professor of history (advanced tenure-track) at Texas Tech University, a Carnegie Research 1 institution, beginning in fall 2022.