Call me by my name: And no, I’m not NAFTA

Dallas Business Journal Originally Posted: April 4, 2019 Luisa del Rosal, executive director of the SMUMission Food Texas-Mexico Center, is quoted in this Dallas Business Journal article. Call it USMCA, NAFTA Redux, NAFTA 2.0, or “The Trade Agreement formerly known as NAFTA.” You can even call it by its name: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. But until it’s actually approved by Congress or scuttled by the Trump Administration, the complex trade relationship that has developed between the North American nations over the past 25 years remains at an uncomfortable crossroads. A change in administrations in Mexico, the volatility along the U.S.-Mexico border and a general preference within the Trump Administration for bilateral relationships are creating uncertainties about the new trade framework even before it is approved, [...]

By | 2019-04-04T08:44:21+00:00 April 4th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Call me by my name: And no, I’m not NAFTA

For Mexico, ‘Roma’ is a dark reminder that racial, class issues remain

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: Feb. 22, 2019 Mary Morales, wearing her domestic garb, left the fruit market here, wobbling as she carried plastic bags filled with mangos, papayas and a head full of questions. She had watched the movie Roma and it hit too close to home. "Not much has changed, has it?" said Morales, 60, who cleans homes and cares for two children, a dog and two cats in the same neighborhood where the movie is based in, Colonia Roma. "I loved the movie, but nothing surprised me. Were you surprised?" The black-and-white Netflix movie set in the 1970s has garnered ten Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture. Yalitza Aparicio has already made history as the first indigenous woman nominated for Best [...]

By | 2019-02-25T10:45:36+00:00 February 25th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on For Mexico, ‘Roma’ is a dark reminder that racial, class issues remain

A Framework for the Future: The Tower Scholars Program

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 Fourth year Economics major Zach Miller describes how the Tower Scholars Program has shaped his understanding of the world. A few years ago I walked into a store to buy a frame. As a chronic procrastinator (and a good one at that), I had planned to buy one for months. But despite having already spent heavily to secure its eventual contents, I just hadn’t gotten around to it. Those contents would be delivered soon enough, but in the meantime, I couldn’t help but get distracted by all the other shiny products on the shelves. When the time came to choose a frame, it was among the most emotionally and intellectually taxing decisions I’ve ever made. ‘Do I choose the [...]

By | 2019-01-03T08:51:33+00:00 January 11th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on A Framework for the Future: The Tower Scholars Program

Making a Difference in the Lives of Teens Experiencing Homelessness

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 Jorge Baldor, '93, has a long history of working to improve the lives of others through his support of programs like the Innocence Project, After8toEducate, and through the co-founding of Latino Center for Leadership Development. His latest effort, the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center, is the result of a partnership with several leading nonprofits in Dallas. The Center is for homeless teens and young adults and will offer services including meals, access to showers, a computer lab, and medical and mental health referrals. READ MORE

By | 2019-01-03T08:32:44+00:00 January 3rd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Tower Center|Comments Off on Making a Difference in the Lives of Teens Experiencing Homelessness

For me, immigration to the U.S. meant “winning the lottery”

Trib Talk Originally Posted: December 13, 2018 In 1996 my parents won the lottery. The prize? Four one-way tickets from my poor, transitional post-communist home country of Albania, to Dallas, with little money and a chance to work hard — actually all the time — to chase down a nugget of the American Dream for my six-year old brother, Igli, and four-year-old me. This wasn’t the Powerball or MegaMillions lottery; it was actually bigger than that, because it breathed hope into our family and individual futures. Albania was in transition, with an uncertain future, and our prospects were bleak. Stunned that he actually won the U.S. State Department’s Green Card lottery to emigrate to the U.S. and get the chance to start anew, my father, [...]

By | 2018-12-13T09:00:39+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Tower Center|Comments Off on For me, immigration to the U.S. meant “winning the lottery”

SMU political science professor will speak at annual University of Louisiana at Lafayette academic symposium

Fox News 15 Originally Posted: December 10, 2018 Anthony and Matthew Wilson will share the podium in New Iberia, Louisiana, at the fourth annual University of Louisiana at Lafayette James Lee Burke Academic Symposium “James Lee Burke and Louisiana Politics” on April 6, 2019. The free event, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, is part of the Books along the Teche Literary Festival to be held April 5 – 7. The two scholars and brothers, will speak from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Iberia Parish Library’s Main Branch (445 E Main St., New Iberia). Both Anthony and Matthew Wilson bring to their presentations strong credentials as well as their knowledge of Louisiana’s culture, politics and literature. Anthony Wilson, associate professor of English at [...]

By | 2018-12-11T09:10:16+00:00 December 11th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on SMU political science professor will speak at annual University of Louisiana at Lafayette academic symposium

Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

SMU Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Noelle Kendall ’19 is majoring in biological sciences and earning minors in chemistry and french in addition to her Tower Scholars Program minor in public policy and international affairs. We asked her about her experience as a Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar and about why science and public policy matter to her. READ MORE

By | 2018-11-12T11:07:52+00:00 November 12th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

Robert Jordan, Tower Center, commentary, Khashoggi murder requires real response to Saudi Arabia policy

The Hill Originally Posted: October 27, 2018 Robert W. Jordan served as the United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001 to 2003. He is now a diplomat in residence at the John Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University In the wake of the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia are at the lowest point since the 9/11 attacks. I arrived in Riyadh as the new United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia a month in the aftermath of that tragedy 17 years ago. My first question to Prince Salman, at the time governor and now king, was “How could it be that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis?” His answer astonished me as he [...]

By | 2018-10-31T07:09:28+00:00 October 31st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Robert Jordan, Tower Center, commentary, Khashoggi murder requires real response to Saudi Arabia policy
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