SMU Classes Move Online Through End of Spring Semester

SMU News Originally Posted: March 20, 2020 Dear SMU Community, Each day we evaluate the challenging issues created by COVID-19 and work diligently to make the best possible decisions for all of us. To align with declarations from federal, state and Dallas County health authorities, SMU is moving all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. We also are reducing even further the number of people working on campus. Effective Monday, March 23, the University moves to essential personnel only status until April 3.  Employees will be contacted directly by their appropriate vice president or athletics director with guidance on their individual units’ operating plans. All faculty and staff, whether salaried or hourly, will continue to be paid during this period. Please remember to report your [...]

Dr. Rachel Ball-Phillips credits SMU and Tower Center for enabling international opportunities

Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: Jan 23, 2020 FROM SMALL TOWN TEXAS TO INDIA: HOW AN SMU TOWER CENTER FELLOWSHIP OPENED DOORS Former SMU Tower Center alumna, Dr. Rachel Ball-Phillips, is an adjunct lecturer in History and the Director of National Student Fellowships and the President’s Scholars at SMU. She credits SMU and the opportunities awarded through the Center with opening doors that enabled her to pursue her passion for Indian studies. We spoke with her to learn more about her journey from a small town in Texas, to India, and now professor, writer and scholar at SMU. READ MORE

By | 2020-01-27T10:40:16-08:00 January 28th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History, Tower Center|Comments Off on Dr. Rachel Ball-Phillips credits SMU and Tower Center for enabling international opportunities

Tower Center features SMU alumnus Denver Nicks

Tower Center blog Originally Posted: November 2019 Denver Nicks, SMU ’07, a Hunt Leadership Scholars recipient and a Tower Center alumnus, is an award-winning journalist, former staff writer for TIME, and contributor to National Geographic Travel, Rolling Stone, Uproxx, and other publications. He is also the author of the books Hot Sauce Nation: America’s Burning Obsession, PRIVATE: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History, and CONVICTION about Lyons v. Oklahoma, a pivotal case in the career of Supreme Court justice and civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall. Currently pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at Tulane Law School, Denver took a few moments to speak with us about his time at the Tower Center and how the professors and programming provided a solid, well-rounded foundation that has [...]

By | 2020-01-13T09:20:33-08:00 January 13th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Tower Center features SMU alumnus Denver Nicks

Want to work for the State Department? Here’s how.

Tower Center Originally Posted: November 25, 2019 Diplomat-in-Residence, Kathryn Crockart, came to SMU to present information on how to apply for a career at the U.S. Department of State. The Department of State is the diplomatic wing of the federal government, handling foreign affairs and the promotion of American foreign policy throughout the world. As the lead foreign affairs agency, the Department of State represents the U.S. at embassies, consulates, and missions to international organizations around the world. With 70,672 employees in 275 posts in 190 countries, the Department of State has many diverse career paths and opportunities; no career is the same. READ MORE

By | 2020-01-13T09:21:05-08:00 January 10th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center|Comments Off on Want to work for the State Department? Here’s how.

SMU Tower Center is in Paris talking Global Migration Trends

Event Date: June 24, 2019 Location: Collège de France.11 Place Marcelin Berthelot, 75231 Paris, France For More information: Bora Laci, 214-768-4716 or tower@smu.edu Immigration Policy in an Era of Globalization and Crisis (Paris, France) - SMU scholars will join other academics from various institutions in Paris, France to discuss "Immigration Policy in an Era of Globalization and Crisis," and the effects said policy has on nations around the globe. The event will be a multi-day affair (June 23 - June 25) held at the Collège de France in Paris, co-sponsored by the Tower Center for Political Studies and the Institut Convergences MIGRATIONS. READ MORE Or follow @SMUTowerCenter for live tweet of the conference.

By | 2019-06-24T06:52:04-07:00 June 24th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on SMU Tower Center is in Paris talking Global Migration Trends

Immigration Policy in an Era of Globalization and Crisis

SMU NEWS Originally Posted: May 20, 2019 SMU scholars will join other academics from various institutions in Paris, France June 23-25, to discuss "Immigration Policy in an Era of Globalization and Crisis," and the effects said policy has on nations around the globe. The event will be a multi-day affair (June 23 - June 25) held at the Collège de France in Paris, co-sponsored by the Tower Center for Political Studies and the Institut Convergences MIGRATIONS. READ MORE

By | 2019-05-20T08:34:52-07:00 May 24th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Immigration Policy in an Era of Globalization and Crisis

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 | 2019-04-04T08:44:21-07:00 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 | 2019-02-25T10:45:36-08:00 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
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