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 [...]

By | 2020-01-27T10:30:55-08:00 January 27th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on OK, boomers, this SMU student body president shows why his generation might be the one that can fix politics

Tower Center features SMU alumnus Denver Nicks

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 [...]

By | 2020-01-13T09:20:33-08:00 January 13th, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Graduate News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Tower Center features SMU alumnus Denver Nicks

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Democrats target suburban voters in key battlegrounds ahead of 2020

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 [...]

By | 2019-09-24T10:54:45-07:00 September 22nd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Cal Jillson, Political Science, Democrats target suburban voters in key battlegrounds ahead of 2020

Students Seek SCOTUS Gold

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 [...]

By | 2019-09-19T19:07:00-07:00 September 19th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Students Seek SCOTUS Gold

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 | 2019-08-20T07:35:15-07:00 August 21st, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Events, Political Science|Comments Off on Excelling In Business

The Challenges Ahead For Texas Democrats Beto O’Rourke, Julián Castro

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.

By | 2019-08-26T11:39:10-07:00 August 2nd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science|Comments Off on The Challenges Ahead For Texas Democrats Beto O’Rourke, Julián Castro

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

By | 2019-07-15T10:04:31-07:00 July 15th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, History, Political Science, Statistical Science, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Congratulations to Hunter Kolon and Amanda Oh. They were recently awarded the Hatton Sumner Foundation Scholarship.

SMU Tower Center is in Paris talking Global Migration Trends

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 tower@smu.edu 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.

By | 2019-06-24T06:52:04-07:00 June 24th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on SMU Tower Center is in Paris talking Global Migration Trends

Listen: Cal Jillson, Political Science, How Would a Border Shutdown Affect Our Economy?

WBAP Originally Posted: April 2, 2019 With President Trump considering a border shutdown, the question is raised of how it will affect our economy. SMU Political Science Professor Cal Jillson joined the WBAP Morning News to weigh in on what might happen. LISTEN

By | 2019-04-02T10:02:36-07:00 April 2nd, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Listen: Cal Jillson, Political Science, How Would a Border Shutdown Affect Our Economy?

Listen: Dr. Matthew Wilson On the Democrat Reaction About the Mueller Report

WBAP Originally Posted: March 25, 2019 Several Democrats have responded to the news that President Trump did not obstruct justice, and that no evidence of collusion with Russia was found. SMU Political Science Professor Dr. Matthew Wilson joined the Morning News to discuss these reactions. LISTEN

By | 2019-03-27T10:30:38-07:00 March 27th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science|Comments Off on Listen: Dr. Matthew Wilson On the Democrat Reaction About the Mueller Report
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