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How historians view Trump – and how Trump sees himself

CBS News There’s at least one thing that Donald Trump’s critics and supporters can agree on about his presidency, according to Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University: “He came in to be a disrupter, and of all of his accomplishments, I think it’s very easy to say that he accomplished […]

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Why do we count down to the New Year?

Zocalo Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2022 Few people counted down to anything until the 1960s and 1970s—and yes, that included the new year. Celebrations and midnight kisses on December 31, of course. Countdowns, no. How, then, did the countdown go from almost nonexistent to ubiquitous in the latter half of the 20th century? And why […]

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Congrats to alumnus Aaron Sánchez

SMU’s Clements Department of History heartily congratulates, alumnus Aaron Sánchez (Ph.D. 2013), on securing a position as assistant professor of history (advanced tenure-track) at Texas Tech University, a Carnegie Research 1 institution, beginning in fall 2022.

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SMU Debater Ryan Booth Ranked #1 in the Nation by IPDA

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Nov. 18, 2021 Ryan Booth is ranked as the number one varsity competitor in the nation by the International Public Debate Association in their fall rankings released on November 16, 2021. Booth’s record and ranking is based upon more than 30 debate rounds at four tournaments this fall. Booth finished […]

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Faculty Awards and Recognition

Congratulations to the following faculty: Ken Hamilton: Living Legacy Award. At its annual meeting and virtual conference, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (the founders of Black History Month), presented Ken Hamilton with a Living Legacy Award. Priscilla Lui: Early career award and invited talk. Priscilla Lui (Psychology) was awarded […]

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Congratulations to Ruben A. Arellano

Congratulations to Ruben A. Arellano, a 2017 recipient of the Ph.D. in History from SMU, for his recently published article– “Radicals and Reformers in the ‘Big D’:  The Rise of Ethnic Mexican Politics in Dallas, Texas, 1969-1980.” Journal of South Texas 35(Spring 2021): 24-55.

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Religion News Service Publishes Opinion Piece by SMU History Professor, Kathleen Wellman

Religion News Service Originally Posted: October 27, 2021 Kathleen Wellman, Dedman Family Distinguished Professor of History SMU Dallas, for a commentary critical of efforts by right-leaning Christian groups to inordinately influence curriculum to match a faith-based world view. Published in Religion News Service under the heading The right’s attacks on critical race theory are an attempt to hijack […]

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Congrats to Jill Kelly!

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What’s So Great about The Great Plains?

Reviews in American History Originally Posted: September 2021 issue Clements Center director Andy Graybill finished a historiographical essay on Walter Prescott Webb’s The Great Plains (1931), which appeared in the September issue of Reviews in American History and will also as the introduction to a brand-new edition of Webb’s book due out in 2022 from […]

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Historian Ed Countryman lends expertise to The Guardian

The Guardian Originally Posted: August 13, 2021 One history textbook exclusively refers to immigrants as “aliens”. Another blames the Black Lives Matter movement for strife between communities and police officers. A third discusses the prevalence of “black supremacist” organizations during the civil rights movement, calling Malcolm X the most prominent “black supremacist” of the era. […]