Texas’s Most Famous Historian Looks Back at His Own, Legendary Life

Texas Monthly Originally Posted: February 2021 Andrew R. Graybill is a professor of history and the director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University. This article originally appeared in the February 2021 issue of Texas Monthly with the headline “A Historian’s History.”  While working in the archives at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, the historian Michael Collins came across what he describes, somewhat hyperbolically, as “a buried treasure—pure gold, at least in a figurative sense.” It was the unfinished autobiography of Walter Prescott Webb, perhaps the most famous historian the Lone Star State has ever produced. Webb drafted the manuscript in his mid-fifties while spending the 1942–1943 academic year at the University of [...]

By | 2021-01-20T11:25:54-08:00 January 20th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History, SW Center|Comments Off on Texas’s Most Famous Historian Looks Back at His Own, Legendary Life

Congratulations to sociology major and recent graduate Sabrina Brakke

Congratulations to Sociology major and recent graduate Sabrina Brakke for her peer-reviewed publication entitled “Raising Animals to Die for Profit: How Corporate America is Changing Human-Animal Relationships in Rural America.”  The work appears in Volume 6, Issue 1 of the SMU Undergraduate Journal of Research. Congratulations, Sabrina, on all of your hard work!

By | 2021-01-19T13:08:00-08:00 January 19th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Sociology, Sociology (Student), Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Congratulations to sociology major and recent graduate Sabrina Brakke

America faces its fourth existential crisis, and President-elect Biden will need to go big

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 17, 2021 Jeffrey A. Engel is a history professor and founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He wrote this opinion column for The Dallas Morning News. What is an American? More accurately, who? The question fuels our current political woes, drives Donald Trump’s second impeachment, and has sparked the most profound Constitutional crisis since 1868. It is a question we, and President-elect Joe Biden, must answer to move forward. The answer shouldn’t be hard. Americans follow a particular creed based upon democratic rule, guided by our shared Constitution. Unlike other countries where bloodlines and birth determine one’s rights, anyone can be and become fully American as long as he or she abides by [...]

By | 2021-01-19T08:07:00-08:00 January 19th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on America faces its fourth existential crisis, and President-elect Biden will need to go big

Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel joins host Krys Boyd

KERA Originally Posted: January 14, 2021 One week after pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, members of the House of Representatives returned to that very spot to impeach the president for a second time. Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel joins host Krys Boyd to talk about this unprecedented chapter in American history – and about whether it will unify the country or tear it further apart. Engel is a co-author of “Impeachment: An American History.” LISTEN

By | 2021-01-15T07:52:42-08:00 January 15th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel joins host Krys Boyd

Clements fellow wins Shapiro Book Prize

The Huntington Originally Posted: January 14, 2021 The Huntington names Clements fellow Benjamin Francis-Fallon the winner of inaugural Shapiro Book Prize for outstanding first monograph in American history and culture for his book, The Rise of the Latino Vote: A History. Congratulations Ben! For more information, see https://www.huntington.org/news/inaugural-shapiro-book-prize-winner-named

By | 2021-01-14T12:17:14-08:00 January 14th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, SW Center|Comments Off on Clements fellow wins Shapiro Book Prize

Trump ‘accountable?’ Easier said than done

The Hill Originally Posted: January 12, 2021 BY JAMES F. HOLLIFIELD AND DONLEY T. STUDLAR, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS — THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL. In the current controversy over President Trump’s challenge to the Electoral College vote and the attack on the U.S. Capitol, we hear a lot about accountability. But what does this mean in the context of U.S. political institutions that divide authority among three branches of government, and how can Congress hold the president accountable?  Many observers, foreign and domestic, often are confused about the lines of authority in American government. In parliamentary systems, the direction is clearer. The elected legislature chooses the political executive, led by the prime minister and the legislature and [...]

By | 2021-01-13T07:27:34-08:00 January 13th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Trump ‘accountable?’ Easier said than done

Cal Jillson joins Good Day to discuss Democrats trying to impeach President Trump for a second time

FOX4 Originally Posted: January 11, 2021 Democrats in Congress hope to remove President Donald Trump from office or at the very least leave a damaging footnote in history books. SMU political science professor Dr. Cal Jillson joined Good Day to explain how that is possible with just nine days left in office. WATCH

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SMU experts weigh in on the U.S. Capitol attack and discuss what’s next and who’s responsible

North Texas E-News Originally Posted: January 10, 2021 Dallas, Texas (SMU) – These SMU faculty experts share their thoughts about the U.S. capitol attack, explain what the January 6 attack means for President Trump’s standing with the Republican Party and discuss what comes next. Its now more likely that before that Trump will try to pardon himself  “In light of the January 6 pro-Trump mob attack on Congress, it’s now much more likely than before that President Trump will try to pardon himself (and his closest confidants) for any federal crimes before leaving office,” states Dale Carpenter, constitutional law professor at SMU. “That’s because he has not only added to the list of his potential charges but he has also increased the possibility that charges will actually be brought by the Department of Justice.” [...]

By | 2021-01-11T06:51:25-08:00 January 10th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on SMU experts weigh in on the U.S. Capitol attack and discuss what’s next and who’s responsible

‘The Image Is What Matters’: SMU Presidential Historian Says Better For Nation If Trump Attends Biden Inauguration

CBS DFW Originally Posted: Jan. 8, 2021 Historians and political experts are reacting to an announcement by President Donald Trump that breaks a long-standing tradition. When Joe Biden takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, President Trump says he won’t be there. The president announced the news Friday, Jan 8 on Twitter. He said, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.” To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2021 When Trump was inaugurated in 2017, then President Barack Obama was there out of respect for a tradition that only three presidents throughout history have scorned, [...]

By | 2021-01-11T06:41:37-08:00 January 8th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on ‘The Image Is What Matters’: SMU Presidential Historian Says Better For Nation If Trump Attends Biden Inauguration

2020 was a tough year. Here’s how we can make it mean something.

Washington Post Originally Posted: December 31, 2020 By Alexis McCrossen Alexis McCrossen is a professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tex., and the author of a forthcoming book titled “Time’s Touchstone: The New Year in American Life.” Never have a people voiced so much disdain for a single year as they have for 2020. Headlines ask whether 2020 is the worst year in history. Social media sites echo endless dire testimonials. T-shirts and memes ask, “Is 2020 Over Yet?” Avenue Beat, a trio of sweet-voiced teenagers accompanied by a guitar, croon, “Can we just get to 2021?” During 2020, many people experienced devastating personal losses of loved ones, jobs, prospects and opportunities due to covid-19. The world slid deeper toward devastating climate change. A [...]

By | 2021-01-04T06:48:16-08:00 January 4th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on 2020 was a tough year. Here’s how we can make it mean something.
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