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 | 2018-12-13T09:00:39-08:00 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”

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 | 2018-12-11T09:10:16-08:00 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

Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

SMU Tower Center Blog Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar Noelle Kendall ’19 is majoring in biological sciences and earning minors in chemistry and french in addition to her Tower Scholars Program minor in public policy and international affairs. We asked her about her experience as a Highland Capital Management Tower Scholar and about why science and public policy matter to her. READ MORE

By | 2018-11-12T11:07:52-08:00 November 12th, 2018|Biology, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Tower Center, World Languages and Literatures|Comments Off on Tower Center Spotlight: Noelle Kendall ’19

Robert Jordan, Tower Center, commentary, Khashoggi murder requires real response to Saudi Arabia policy

The Hill Originally Posted: October 27, 2018 Robert W. Jordan served as the United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001 to 2003. He is now a diplomat in residence at the John Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University In the wake of the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia are at the lowest point since the 9/11 attacks. I arrived in Riyadh as the new United States ambassador to Saudi Arabia a month in the aftermath of that tragedy 17 years ago. My first question to Prince Salman, at the time governor and now king, was “How could it be that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis?” His answer astonished me as he [...]

By | 2018-10-31T07:09:28-07:00 October 31st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on Robert Jordan, Tower Center, commentary, Khashoggi murder requires real response to Saudi Arabia policy

Robert Jordan: ambassador and professor

Daily Campus Originally Posted: October 18, 2018 When the President asks for your service, do you say yes? Even if it could cost you your life? Robert Jordan, who would later become a professor at SMU, met George W. Bush long before the latter held the title of president. A lawyer, Jordan represented Bush during an SEC investigation into a stock trade. Jordan said the young George Bush was very decisive and friendly, with a memorable sense of humor. Young Bush was also impatient, and did not wish to spend time waiting for an investigation to proceed when he knew he had done nothing wrong. After about two years of debate, Jordan was able to convince the SEC of that as well. Soon after, Bush [...]

By | 2018-10-19T06:51:57-07:00 October 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News|Comments Off on Robert Jordan: ambassador and professor

The revolving door at the White House could have lasting consequences for the U.S.

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: October 17, 2018 Victoria Farrar-Myers, Senior Fellow at the SMU Tower Center, opines on the impact of the record number of departures from the Trump Cabinet. Departures of high-level executives in business are usually indications of the health of the enterprise. While this seems intuitive, the same frame has not always applied to presidential administrations. In fact, there is a whole set of literature that studies the presidential administration from transition to culmination. This research indicates that those who work in the 24/7 world of the White House usually depart by the latter half of the first term. The Trump administration, as it has in so many other ways, defies this conventional wisdom. Already within the first 21 months of his presidency, Donald Trump has lost [...]

By | 2018-10-18T15:14:49-07:00 October 18th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Tower Center|Comments Off on The revolving door at the White House could have lasting consequences for the U.S.

Video: Campus experts weigh in on senatorial debate at SMU

SMU News Originally Posted: September 24, 2018 See what SMU faculty and staff experts have to say about the 2018 Texas and U.S. mid-term elections. https://youtu.be/FN4Tjx77_NM https://youtu.be/eSm0rxKhEpk https://youtu.be/xDVec0W97Ps

By | 2018-10-09T11:09:14-07:00 September 25th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Political Science, Tower Center|Comments Off on Video: Campus experts weigh in on senatorial debate at SMU

What I Did Last Summer: Ben Prengler ’19

Ben Prengler spent his summer in Washington D.C. as a Space Policy Intern at the White House. About Ben Prengler: I am triple majoring in political science, economics and public policy, and double minoring in public policy and international affairs and philosophy. I am from Fairview, Texas, which is between Allen and McKinney. At SMU, I am the Speaker of the Student Senate, an undergraduate fellow with the Medders Fellowship through the Tower Center doing research in multiculturalism, an HCM Tower Scholar, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society). Outside of SMU, I’ve worked on three political campaigns: two for the U.S. Congress, and one for the Texas House of Representatives. In one Congressional [...]

By | 2018-08-22T11:42:14-07:00 August 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Tower Center, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on What I Did Last Summer: Ben Prengler ’19

My Roots: Luisa del Rosal

D Magazine Originally Posted: June 2018 The executive director of Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center on her youth in Chihuahua, Mexico. BY LUISA DEL ROSAL AS TOLD TO DANIELLE ABRIL PUBLISHED IN D CEO JUNE 2018  PHOTOS COURTESY OF LUISA DEL ROSAL “I grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico. The reason I’m so attracted to Texas is because Chihuahua has the same idea of rugged individuality. That really helped in the spirit I bring to leadership. Mexico, for 71 years, was not really a democracy. There was a lot of movement to change that, and that came from Chihuahua. My parents were trailblazers. My mom doesn’t have a college degree, and my dad was a parent while he was going to college. I was a little bit of a surprise [...]

By | 2018-06-25T07:51:36-07:00 June 25th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Faculty News, Tower Center|Comments Off on My Roots: Luisa del Rosal
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