Brian Franklin, History, pens article for Washington Post on the historic perils of pastors courting politicians

Washington Post Originally Posted: June 15, 2018 Evangelicals need less politicking, more soul-searching Partisan politics are costing evangelical churches their souls. Brian Franklin works at Southern Methodist University, where he is the associate director of the Center for Presidential History and adjunct lecturer in the department of history. The Southern Baptist Convention held its annual meeting in Dallas this week. The two-day conference featured religious speakers from across the country, but the two that elicited the largest response were not pastors but politicians: Vice President Pence and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Tex.). Both Abbott and Pence used their time to their political advantage. Abbott began Tuesday morning with stories of faith and service, only to transition to culture-wars rhetoric: an invective against the secularist “onslaught against religious liberty” by “sacrilegious” [...]

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George H.W. Bush makes history by celebrating his 94th birthday

Washington Post Originally Posted: June 12, 2018 Jeff Engle, Center for Presidential History was interviewed for this article. After Barbara Bush died in April, there were fears that her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, might die, too. He was hospitalized with a blood infection the day after Barbara’s funeral. But on Tuesday, Bush made history by becoming the first former president to reach the age of 94. Gerald Ford died at 93 years and 165 days. Ronald Reagan lived for 93 years and 120 days. Jimmy Carter, born four months after Bush, will turn 94 on Oct. 1. Bush will mark his birthday with his family in Kennebunkport, Maine, though it’s unlikely he will be able to jump out of a plane, as he did on [...]

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Richard Nixon Is the Reason President Trump’s Aides Have to Repair Documents He Rips Up

Time Originally Posted: June 11, 2018 President Trump reportedly has a habit of ripping up documents after he’s done with them, a tendency that has sent aides scrambling to quite literally pick up the pieces. In line with his self-professed desire to metaphorically tear up Washington institutions, the President has apparently declined to adhere to the decades-old law — and even longer-standing tradition — that requires the preservation of presidential documents, leaving aides scrambling to tape them back together, according to a report in Politico. Longtime government officials developed a system to mend documents after Trump finished with them, sending the pieces to record management to be taped back together before being sent them to the National Archives, according to Politico. “I had a letter from [Senate Minority Leader [...]

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Congratulations to all celebrated at 2nd annual Faculty Book Fest

Dedman College News Originally Posted: May 17, 2018 Congratulations to all the faculty celebrated at the Dedman College & Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s 2nd Annual Faculty Book Fest on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. See below for a list of Dedman College faculty books When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War Jeffrey Engel, Department of History Partners with God: Critical and Theological Readings of the Bible in Honor of Marvin A. Sweeney Serge Frolov, Department of Religious Studies with Shelly L. Birdsong No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland Rick Halperin, Department of History Booker T. Washington in American Memory Kenneth M. Hamilton, Department of History The Culturalist Challenge to Liberal Republicanism Michael Lusztig, Department of Political Science Statistical Modeling for Degradation Data [...]

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SMU History Professor Receives Fulbright Scholar Award

Dedman College News Originally Posted: May 16, 2018 SMU, Faculty, Dedman School of Humanities, History, Kelly, Jill, PhD Congratulations to Jill E. Kelly, Assistant Professor in the William P. Clements Department of History, who recently received a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award. Kelly will use the award to travel to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to conduct archival and oral history research from January through July 2019 for her second book project, “‘The Burden is Heavy, We Need the Men’: Gendered Knowledge in the 1959 Rebellions in South Africa.” The research examines the gendered nature of ethnicity and anti-apartheid resistance in 1950s South Africa. “I will visit private and public archives in the cities of Pietermaritzburg, Durban, and Johannesburg and start a new oral history project withinterviews [...]

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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 [...]

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Watch: Jeff Engel, Center for Presidential History, discusses Iran nuclear deal

Fox4 Originally Posted: May 9, 2018 Dr. Jeff Engel, the director of SMU's Center for Presidential History, stops by Good Day to talk about the Iran nuclear deal. President Trump made a campaign promise and followed through. But how will it affect talks in North Korea? Will it have an impact on American business. Watch

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Event: May 7, Student Film Festival

Event Date: May 7, 2018 Time: 6:30pm Location: McCord Auditorium The students of KNW 2314: On the Edges of Empire would like to invite you to a film festival featuring student-produced films based on the photographs of India and Mexico from the DeGolyer Library at SMU. The film festival will also feature an award-winning film, Your Way Back to Me, by Austin-based director Alexandra Dietz. Dietz and the subject of the film, Dot Sheridan, will be present at the film festival for a Q&A following the film screening.

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Teaching America to Read Was the Perfect Life Mission for Barbara Bush

Fortune Magazine Originally Posted: April 18, 2018 Center For Presidential History Director, Jeff Engel lends expertise to Fortune Magazine on the legacy of Barbara Bush. Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday night at 92, is only the second first lady in American history to have both married and birthed a president. (Abigail Adams was the first.) But while that tidbit will inevitably make its way into the history books, her initiative to promote literacy is the core tenet of her legacy. First ladies often pick areas of policy to champion—and Bush chose literacy. She launched a literacy foundation in her name in 1989, the first year of her husband’s presidency. The goal of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy is to ensure that every child, [...]

By | 2018-04-24T07:52:29+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Teaching America to Read Was the Perfect Life Mission for Barbara Bush
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