SMU News Originally Posted: September 21, 2o20 DALLAS (SMU) – The upcoming presidential election will be the first opportunity to vote for many SMU students, including Wilson Russ, and the University is lining up opportunities for these new voters to learn more about the process. But Russ is going to learn the election system from a very personal angle – by volunteering to serve as a poll worker on Nov. 3. “I’m very excited to vote for the first time and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to serve as a poll worker during this turbulent 2020 year,” said Russ, a sophomore studying political science, public policy, economics. He answered a call for young volunteers to help fill the gaps left by older Americans who traditionally staff polling [...]
USA Today Originally Posted: September 1, 2020 AUSTIN — As a junior at Southern Methodist University, Austin Hickle says the challenge of safely reopening classes amid the coronavirus pandemic and affording young Texans the rewards of the college experience falls directly on the shoulders of students. "This COVID pandemic is one of our generation's defining moments. We have to step up to the plate," said Hickle, who is majoring in political science and economics and is also SMU's student body vice president. "Students have never (before) been asked to carry this (amount of) responsibility." READ MORE
OK, boomers, this SMU student body president shows why his generation might be the one that can fix politics
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: Jan. 24, 2020 Raised in the Houston area, Darian Taylor, will graduate in May with a double major in public policy and communications. Regardless of what job he lands next, he intends to make time to replicate his work at SMU by doing community-organizing. READ MORE OK, this boomer decided — as another nasty election cycle tempts me to cower under my bed until 2021 — to instead seek out the opinion of someone who’s about to cast his first vote in a presidential primary. What young person would want to wade into this pigsty? I asked Darian Taylor, a senior at Southern Methodist University. With a smile that lit up the room, he responded, “Yes, that’s me.” This 21-year-old [...]
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 [...]
Good Morning America Originally Posted: September 10, 2019 Democrats say they are mounting a major push across battleground states to court suburban voters -- a key voting demographic that was once the bedrock of the GOP but has been shifting away from the party in the era of President Donald Trump. The effort, which will target areas that will likely define the 2020 presidential contest, kicks off on Thursday with a roundtable event, hosted by Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez, alongside local Texas residents in the suburbs of Harris County. The site of this first event sits in the 7th Congressional District currently held by freshman Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher -- whose seat was a key pickup in a crucial geographic area seen by [...]
Law.com Originally Posted: September 18, 2019 Welcome to Supreme Court Brief, our home for news and analysis about the US Supreme Court and the lawyers who practice there. Thanks for reading! By Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle Welcome to Supreme Court Brief. The justices are speaking regularly right now, just weeks before the start of the new term, and we’ve got a few lines from Justice Kagan about keeping her thoughts to herself—at least on some things. Plus: Catch up with a group of students who spent some time this year inspecting the papers of justices at the Library of Congress. Also: The House Judiciary Committee is taking another look at how to make federal courts more accessible. Thanks for reading, and your feedback is [...]
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
CBS DFW Originally Posted: August 1, 2019 Texas Democrats Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro face different challenges as they try to build momentum for their Presidential campaigns. O’Rourke, the former El Paso Congressman, already qualified for next month’s debate in Houston, but analysts say he needs to stop his slide in the polls and fundraising. Analysts say Castro, the former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary for President Barack Obama, needs to find a way to qualify for the next debate. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson said he was better last night even than the first debate. Castro continues to win praise for his debate performance Wednesday night, when he went head to head against former Vice President Joe Biden over illegal immigration.
Congratulations to Hunter Kolon and Amanda Oh. They were recently awarded the Hatton Sumner Foundation Scholarship.
Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: July 8, 2019 The John G. Tower Center for Political Studies is thrilled to announce the recipients of The Hatton Sumner Foundation Scholarships. SMU incoming seniors Hunter Kolon and Amanda Oh were awarded scholarship that will support their interests in diplomacy and international affairs. READ MORE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.