What Princes and Princesses are Teaching Our Kids

DFW Child Originally Posted: September 3, 2019 Martha Satz, Assistant Professor in the English Department was interviewed for this article. Skyla is absolutely over the moon about princesses. The North Texas 5-year-old not only dresses up like the characters and enjoys the movies, but she has also attended parties alongside her aunt, a professional party entertainer who appears at events as princess characters. But type “princess culture” into Google, and you’re sure to find a slew of articles declaring how bad princesses are for kids like Skyla: “Why Disney princesses and ‘princess culture’ are bad for girls.” “Can Disney fix its broken ‘princess culture’?” “Study finds Disney princess culture magnifies stereotypes in young girls.” So are there really so many negative effects resulting from our kids’ obsession with princesses? INNER BEAUTY? When we show [...]

By | 2019-09-10T11:08:12-08:00 September 12th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English|Comments Off on What Princes and Princesses are Teaching Our Kids

Mickey’s Wild Ride

SMU News Originally Posted: September 8, 2019 Mickey Dollens ’11 majored in English with a creative writing specialization and minored in psychology. If you look at the arc of Mickey Dollens’ life so far, you can almost feel the syncopated rhythm of the opportunities he embraced and the hard knocks he survived. His story starts with an unlikely football scholarship and his life-changing years at SMU. But just as Mickey’s chapter on the Hilltop was nearing an end, his brother’s suicide drove him to re-examine everything. Mickey tried out for the NFL – and failed. But his attempt managed to earn this Oklahoma flatlander a slot on the U.S. Bobsled team. The life adventure continued after bobsledding with boom (and bust) in the oil business [...]

By | 2019-09-08T19:08:02-08:00 September 7th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Psychology|Comments Off on Mickey’s Wild Ride

Excelling In Business

SMU News Originally Posted: August 20, 2019 Be self-aware. Embrace unexpected opportunities. Lead with empathy. That’s just some of the great advice shared by alumni who took their SMU degrees and forged unexpected paths after leaving the Hilltop. One thing they all have in common is that they didn’t let fear get in their way. When they have a vision, Mustangs are unstoppable. READ MORE

By | 2019-08-20T07:35:15-08:00 August 21st, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Events, Political Science|Comments Off on Excelling In Business

Supporting Biographies of Nineteenth-Century Publishers and Writers

NEH Originally Posted: July 9, 2019 Throughout Ezra Greenspan’s career, the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported his work on groundbreaking biographies that have brought new perspectives and voices to college and high school classrooms. From his first book on George Palmer Putnam, to his recent biography of William Wells Brown, to his current project, a biography of Frederick Douglass’s family, NEH funding has helped Greenspan illuminate the lives of historical figures and the histories of books and publishing for a broad audience. George Palmer Putnam: Representative American Publisher(2000) explores the life of nineteenth-century America’s most significant publisher, a man whose career and investments gave rise to modern commercial publishing in the United States and fostered the careers of Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and [...]

By | 2019-07-10T06:39:26-08:00 July 11th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English|Comments Off on Supporting Biographies of Nineteenth-Century Publishers and Writers

I’m A Mom And A Vaccine Researcher. Here’s Why You Should Vaccinate Your Children

Huffington Post Originally Posted April 25, 2018 SMU Department of English​ alumna Kari Nixon pens a personal story for Huffington Post​. I never thought I’d become a mother. The idea of handling someone else’s bodily fluids as, like, a day job, was abhorrent to me. And yet, at 29, I found myself walking across a graduation stage to shake George W. Bush’s hand after receiving my Ph.D. ― all while very, very, cumbersomely pregnant. In fact, security had to make an exception and allow me to have a bottle of water (not much was allowed in with a former president around, and all) because I ― or, well, my uterus, rather ― kept threatening to go into labor. I often describe May and June of [...]

By | 2019-04-26T06:58:42-08:00 April 25th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Graduate News|Comments Off on I’m A Mom And A Vaccine Researcher. Here’s Why You Should Vaccinate Your Children

Event: March 21, Diverse Careers for Humanities Scholars

Event date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Location: Hyer Hall, Room 100 What else can you do with a humanities Ph.D., in addition to seeking a tenure-track job? Hear five scholars describe their hybrid and alternative career paths: Diana Bellonby, Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt, as well as President and Co-Founder of The Fringe Foundation for Social Justice: Amanda Dotseth, Curator, Meadows Museum, SMU; Alan Itkin, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, SMU; Evelyn Montgomery, Curator, Old Red Museum, Dallas, and public historian; and Michael Widner, SMU alumnus, medievalist, digital humanist, and director of a software startup. Moderated by Crystal Clayton of the SMU Hegi Career Center. READ MORE

By | 2019-03-20T09:10:09-08:00 March 21st, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Event: March 21, Diverse Careers for Humanities Scholars

Event: March 21, What Does a Journal Editor Want?

Event Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019  Time: 4:50 PM - 6:20 PM (CT) Location: Hyer Hall, Room 100 Editors from six scholarly journals describe what they look for when they read manuscripts submitted for publication: Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, Nineteenth-Century Theater and Film; Nora Gilbert, Studies in the Novel; Daniel Hack, Victorian Literature and Culture; Akiko Tsuchiya, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos; Rajani Sudan, Configurations; and Alexandra Wettlaufer, Nineteenth-Century Contexts. READ MORE

By | 2019-03-20T09:06:25-08:00 March 20th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events|Comments Off on Event: March 21, What Does a Journal Editor Want?

Event: March 21, INCS 2019 pre-conference professionalization panels

March 21, 2019 3:30-4:45 100 Hyer Hall Diverse Careers for Humanities Scholars What else can you do with a humanities Ph.D., in addition to seeking a tenure-track job? Hear five scholars describe their hybrid and alternative career paths: Diana Bellonby, Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt, as well as President and Co-Founder of The Fringe Foundation for Social Justice: Amanda Dotseth, Curator, Meadows Museum, SMU; Alan Itkin, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, SMU; Evelyn Montgomery, Curator, Old Red Museum, Dallas, and public historian; and Michael Widner, SMU alumnus, medievalist, digital humanist, and director of a software startup. Moderated by Crystal Clayton of the SMU Hegi Career Center. March 21, 2019 4:50-6:20 100 Hyer Hall What Does a Journal Editor Want? Editors from six scholarly journals describe what [...]

By | 2019-03-08T14:08:05-08:00 March 8th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Graduate News|Comments Off on Event: March 21, INCS 2019 pre-conference professionalization panels

The New Southwest Review: SMU’s Literary Magazine, One of America’s Oldest, Reinvents Itself

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 Under the leadership of Professor Greg Brownderville, Southwest Review continues to embrace new voices while recognizing a rich history. I recently took over the editorship of America’s third-longest-running literary quarterly, Southwest Review (SwR), which was founded in 1915 and is published under the aegis of Southern Methodist University. As the new editor, I’m determined to broaden the magazine’s reach and readership, and I aim to start right here at home, with the SMU community. Let me paint you a picture of what SwR has been and what it is rapidly becoming. The last issue of 2017 marked an important event in the history of the magazine: our first redesign and relaunch since the 1980s. We enlisted the help of a firm called [...]

By | 2019-01-03T08:47:58-08:00 January 10th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on The New Southwest Review: SMU’s Literary Magazine, One of America’s Oldest, Reinvents Itself
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