How France’s Yellow Vest protests could influence the U.S.

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: December 17, 2018 Dayna Oscherwitz is an associate professor of French and Francophone studies at Southern Methodist University. She wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News. There is something eerily familiar about the strikes and demonstrations paralyzing France over the past several weeks. Precipitated by rising income inequality and deeply unpopular economic policies, the "Yellow-Vest" protests seem to be just one more iteration of the strikes and demonstrations that erupt in France semi-regularly, one facet of a demand for greater equality and a culturally-specific expression of democratic will. In some ways these weekly Saturday strikes and demonstrations bear similarities with other French protest movements, from the 2005 riots to the strikes of May 1968. But the targeted use of [...]

By | 2018-12-17T06:18:34+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on How France’s Yellow Vest protests could influence the U.S.

Alcohol use may increase among Hispanic Americans as they become more ‘Americanized’

SMU Research Originally Posted: December 1, 2018 SMU professor Priscilla Lui and co-author find that ‘Americanization’ of alcohol use affects women more than men Higher rates of alcohol use and drinking consequences are found among Hispanic American adolescents and adults who are more “Americanized,” according to a new study authored by Southern Methodist University (SMU) professor Priscilla Lui and her colleague, Byron Zamboanga, at Smith College. Using scientific research accumulated over the past 40 years, Lui and Zamboanga analyzed data from over 68,000 Hispanic Americans – including first-generation immigrants and native-born individuals. Lui’s research has found that people in this group who are more “Americanized” are more likely to: be drinkers, consume alcohol at greater intensity, experience more negative consequences associated with alcohol use, and [...]

By | 2018-12-11T09:32:45+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Psychology|Comments Off on Alcohol use may increase among Hispanic Americans as they become more ‘Americanized’

December Rotunda Recessional

SMU News Originally Posted: December 10, 2018 The December Rotunda Recessional is at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, December 14th  Watch the ceremony live @ www.smu.edu/live One of the University's most symbolic traditions is the Rotunda Passage, which includes both a processional and recessional. Many students begin their lives at SMU by processing through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall to Opening Convocation held in McFarlin Auditorium, symbolizing their entrance to SMU. At the end of their time at SMU, students will recess back through the Rotunda at the conclusion of the Baccalaureate Service held the evening before May Commencement. It is a symbolic departure from campus and out into their future as the newest members of the SMU Alumni family. The Rotunda Passage also recognizes the importance [...]

By | 2018-12-10T08:41:55+00:00 December 14th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on December Rotunda Recessional

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”

December Commencement Convocation is Saturday, December 15

SMU News Originally Posted: December 10, 2018 December Commencement is at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 15th. Watch the ceremony live @ www.smu.edu/live. On Saturday morning, the all-University Commencement Convocation assembles degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony takes place in Moody Coliseum on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Students and faculty, dressed in academic regalia, enter the coliseum to grand processional music. Each graduate walks across the stage and is individually recognized. Doctoral candidates are hooded, the President confers degrees and a formal address is delivered. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours. READ MORE Schedule of events can be found here: https://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/Registrar/AcademicCeremonies/DecemberCommencement/ScheduleForTheDay

By | 2018-12-10T10:15:51+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on December Commencement Convocation is Saturday, December 15

Earth Sciences Faculty Remember Star Pupil and Friend Lü Junchang

Dedman College News Originally Posted: December 12, 2018 Faculty in the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences were stunned by the sudden death in October of Lü Junchang, one of China’s leading dinosaur experts and a beloved former student who received his Ph.D from SMU in 2004. Writing about his death in Scientific American, writer Richard Coniff called him one of the most important dinosaur researchers in the past half-century. Junchang, 53, was a researcher at the Institute of Geology at the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences in Beijing.  Paleontologist Stephen Brusatte, in his 2018 book, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, described Junchang as having curiously accented English because of his Chinese cadence and the Texas drawl he picked up as a graduate student at [...]

By | 2018-12-12T11:11:33+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences|Comments Off on Earth Sciences Faculty Remember Star Pupil and Friend Lü Junchang

SMU alumnus Kelvin Beachum, doing his part to end world hunger

Sporting News Originally Posted: December 5, 2018 Jets left tackle Kelvin Beachum knows what it's like to grow up as a child with parents who need help putting food on the table. Now the 29-year-old wants to do his part to ensure fewer families have to worry about their next meal. “I used to be one of them," Beachum recently told Sporting News. "I was one of those kids that was on fee reduced lunch, and I’ve experienced some of the issues that kids are facing right now. I knew from personal experience how that was and have been able to join the fight for it.” In an article posted last month on the Jets' team site titled, "In My Own Words: Kelvin Beachum on His Fight to End World Hunger," he reflects upon [...]

By | 2018-12-11T19:16:43+00:00 December 12th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences|Comments Off on SMU alumnus Kelvin Beachum, doing his part to end world hunger

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

The “tea” on the English degree

Daily Campus Originally Posted: December 7, 2018 It is May 2011. SMU’s campus is buzzing with pre-graduation excitement and seniors are restless to begin the next chapters of their lives. Sarah Bennett, now the managing editor for D Home and D Weddings, is among these students. She is happy to complete her degree in Creative Writing finally, but as with many graduating seniors, some anxieties are beginning to grow in the back of her mind. Will she land her dream job? Will she have to settle for a different position? Will she find a job at all? Though these questions are like persistent flies buzzing around her brain, there is one choice she has never questioned: her major in Creative Writing. “I knew I wanted [...]

By | 2018-12-10T10:21:36+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on The “tea” on the English degree

Ever Wonder how Exhibits are Made? Here’s Your Answer

Smithsonian.com Originally Posted: December 7, 2018 On a slow November afternoon at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, exhibit writer Juliana Olsson and intern Myria Perez slipped behind a temporary barrier to sneak a peek at “Sea Monsters Unearthed,” the museum’s newest exhibit scheduled to open the next morning. With the quiet, dramatically-lit space all to themselves, the two reminisced on the years of work that led to this moment. Juliana: A lot of people go through a dinosaur phase as kids, but I think we can safely say that neither of us grew out of it. What was your paleontology journey? Myria: I was definitely that kid. My mom would take me to the Houston Museum of Natural Science growing up, and my favorite part was the paleontology [...]

By | 2018-12-07T11:55:15+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Faculty News|Comments Off on Ever Wonder how Exhibits are Made? Here’s Your Answer
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