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August 26, 2019 For better or worse, we live in interesting times. As stressful as these days can sometimes be, lived as they are amid warring headlines, political factions, and the constant sensory assault of social media, I take solace in the timely value of the work of my colleagues and students in the philosophy department. In an era of rants and tweets, what could we need more than logic, critical reasoning and sustained, concentrated thought? In an age where people of opposing viewpoints rarely talk to one another, what could be more helpful than studying the arguments on both sides of important issues so that we become clearer not only about what we think, but about what others think as well? When what is [...]
One day. For 24 hours on March 5, the entire SMU community will come together to give back and celebrate the causes we care about – supporting students, improving cities, educating teachers, fighting for justice, fueling champions – together, the possibilities are endless. Please consider supporting a Dedman College cause: Dedman College Scholars Dean’s Research Council SMU Human Rights SMU Fund for Dedman College Data Hackathon Challenges: Dean’s Research Council Match Gifts made to the Dedman College Dean’s Research Council will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Thank you to generous donors, Dr. Anthony Aramoonie ‘94 and Nicole Aramoonie for making this possible! Dedman College Scholars Challenge Support scholarships and help us meet the challenge from longtime SMU supporters Carl Sewell ’66 and Peggy Higgins [...]
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 [...]
Ben Prengler spent his summer in Washington D.C. as a Space Policy Intern at the White House. About Ben Prengler: I am triple majoring in political science, economics and public policy, and double minoring in public policy and international affairs and philosophy. I am from Fairview, Texas, which is between Allen and McKinney. At SMU, I am the Speaker of the Student Senate, an undergraduate fellow with the Medders Fellowship through the Tower Center doing research in multiculturalism, an HCM Tower Scholar, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society). Outside of SMU, I’ve worked on three political campaigns: two for the U.S. Congress, and one for the Texas House of Representatives. In one Congressional [...]
CNBC Make it Originally Posted: February 21, 2018 According to billionaire technology entrepreneur Mark Cuban, earning a college degree in computer science might not be the safe investment you think it is. Today, students who study computer science have a high likelihood of scoring a lucrative job: Glassdoor determined computer science and engineering to be the number one highest-paying major to study in 2017. Meanwhile, students of liberal arts subjects often make far less. But Cuban, also an investor on ABC's "Shark Tank," expects that to change. "I'm going to make a prediction," Cuban told AOL in 2017. "In 10 years, a liberal arts degree in philosophy will be worth more than a traditional programming degree." That's because Cuban expects artificial intelligence technology to vastly [...]
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: June 19, 2018 Last month, a philosophy major from the University of Dallas carried his diploma straight from academia to a job in investment banking. He got this job not despite his degree, but because of it. A firm that manages trillions of dollars in assets contacted UD's career office seeking a liberal arts major. During the Republican presidential debates in 2015, Marco Rubio told America that "we need more welders and less philosophers." But if that's so, why would a major investment bank view a degree in the liberal arts, and in philosophy in particular, as an asset rather than a liability? One explanation comes from Wall Street investor Bill Miller, who in January gave $75 million to the philosophy [...]
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 28, 2017 It's time to ask: What's so great about democracy? I don't mean we should doubt that democracy is the best approach to government. I think we should remind ourselves why it is. Spoiler alert: It's not because it results in the best leaders. Democracy is valuable even if it doesn't always generate the optimal outcome. Governing ought not be done without the consent of the governed; the democratic process is the way we as a people give our consent. If a democratic government often lumbers along, therefore, with policies that are unwise and ill informed, and even when it elects leaders whose popular appeal exceeds their competence, at least it is a government that rules at the [...]
LISTEN: Professor Jean Kazez on her new book, The Philosophical Parent - today at 1 pm on KERA Think. http://kera.org/listen Want more on Professor Kazez? Click HERE