SMU scholars lead Community Conversation on renaming schools named for Confederate generals, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

SMU Community Conversations - Dallas Public Schools Named After Confederates

As Dallas addresses the challenges of dealing with its Confederate monuments, SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and Perkins School of Theology host a Community Conversation on the proposed renaming of four Dallas public schools currently named for Confederate generals.

The Dallas Independent School District Board voted in September to focus on renaming four Dallas ISD elementary schools named for Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Albert Sidney Johnston and William Cabell. The SMU panelists will provide perspective and historical context surrounding the naming of Dallas ISD schools.

“Community Conversations: SMU Scholars Discuss Dallas Public Schools” will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Panelists include:

The discussion will be moderated by Ted A. Campbell, professor of church history in Perkins School of Theology. The event is free and open to the public.

> RSVP for “SMU Community Conversations” online

SMU-record 14 professors receive 2014-15 Sam Taylor Fellowships

UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry logoFourteen SMU faculty members – a University-record number – have received 2014-15 Sam Taylor Fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund of the Division of Higher Education, United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

The Fellowships, funded by income from a portion of Taylor’s estate, award up to $2,000 for full-time faculty members at United Methodist-related colleges and universities in Texas. Any full-time faculty member is eligible to apply for the Fellowships, which support research “advancing the intellectual, social or religious life of Texas and the nation.”

Applications are evaluated on the significance of the project, clarity of the proposal, professional development of the applicant, value of the project to the community or nation, and the project’s sensitivity to value questions confronting higher education and society.

The winning professors for this academic year, and their projects:

Edward Countryman, History, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, for research at the Canadian National Archives for his book on Joseph Brant and colonial America.

Johan Elverskog, Religious Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, to work in the Getty Museum’s archives for his book on the history of Buddhist influence in art.

Kathleen Gallagher, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship, Meadows School of the Arts, to conduct interviews in Puerto Rico regarding non-profit organization life cycles.

Adam Herring, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, to include color plates in his monograph on Inca artworks.

Peter Kupfer, Music History, Meadows School of the Arts, to survey how viewers understand cultural meanings of classical music used in advertising.

Rita Linjuan Men, Communication Studies, Meadows School of the Arts, to collect survey data for analysis of transparency in organizations’ social media communications.

Rebekah Miles, Perkins School of Theology, for archival research and interviews regarding Ursula Niebuhr’s works.

Brian Molanphy, Art, Meadows School of the Arts, to support his Spring 2015 artist residency at l’Ecole de céramique de Provence in France.

Lisa Pon, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, for inclusion of illustrations in her forthcoming book.

Christopher Roos, Anthropology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, to support collaborative research in Tasmania.

Brett Story, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, for load-testing materials to study collapse resistance in buildings.

Peng Tao, Chemistry, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, for software to study protein-folding and unfolded protein response.

Jenia Turner, Dedman School of Law, to survey prosecutors and defense attorneys nationally regarding the U.S. criminal justice system.

Hye Jin Yoon, Temerlin Advertising Institute, Meadows School of the Arts, for a survey regarding efficacy of advertising appeals to individualism versus collectivism.

Faculty in the News: Winter 2009-10

Chee-Yun, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, was profiled in The Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune Jan. 11, 2010, the day before her recent performance with the Sarasota Concert Association.

Edward Countryman, Clements Department of History, Dedman College, discussed the implications of the Texas State Board of Education’s possible revisions to the state’s social studies curriculum with The Austin American-Statesman Jan. 10, 2010.

Paul Phillips, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, displayed “exquisite mastery” in his conducting debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as written in a concert review in The Dallas Morning News Jan. 8, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about the political fallout of efforts to protect an endangered bird and their impact on oil, natural gas and wind energy development with CNN Money Jan. 6, 2010. He also discussed the stakes in the recent Republican gubernatorial debate with KERA Radio News Jan. 11, 2010. Read the full story and listen to the broadcast. audio

bernard-weinstein-kxas-200.jpgBernard Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, wrote about the Barnett Shale and the potential economic and national security benefits of its natural gas deposits for The Houston Chronicle Dec. 16, 2009. In addition, he talked with with KXAS Channel 5 News about growth expectations for the North Texas area in a segment broadcast Jan. 3, 2010. Read the full report and watch the video. video

Al Armendariz, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering, was profiled as the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief for Region 6 in The Houston Chronicle Jan. 3, 2010.

Robin Lovin, Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics, discussed President Obama and Christian realism with The Dallas Morning News Dec. 31, 2009. Lovin has written a book on the subject, Christian Realism and the New Realities, published by Cambridge University Press.

Scott MacDonald, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking, Cox School of Business, talked about how small businesses have felt the pinch as banks cut back on lending in the wake of the financial crisis with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Dec. 27, 2009.

Christine Buchanan on Fox 4 NewsChristine Buchanan (left), Biological Sciences, Dedman College, discussed the dangers of catching salmonella from illegally sold baby turtles with Fox 4 News Nov. 11, 2009. Watch the video. video

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 1, 2007

Promotional image from The New World400 years young: The Fondren Library Media Collection and Friends of the SMU Libraries honor the 400th anniversary of Virginia’s Jamestown Settlement with a film festival that includes a screening of Terrence Malick’s The New World (2005), starring Colin Farrell, Christian Bale and Christopher Plummer. University Distinguished Professor of History Edward Countryman provides commentary in “Jamestown and the Earliest American Colonies,” which runs 7-10 p.m. Nov. 1-2 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Keeping the beat: The Meadows Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Lee, presents “An Evening of Percussion” at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free.

A new view: SMU Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White will discuss “Perspectives of the New VP for Student Affairs” in a Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon at noon Nov. 7 in the Faculty Club. RSVP to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

A day at the races: SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies hosts Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and co-host of FOX News Channel’s “The Beltway Boys,” for a discussion of “The Political Landscape for 2008” Nov. 7 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. Reception at 5:30 p.m., program 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP to Spencer Diebel at the Tower Center, 8-3954

It’s academic: Some of SMU’s smartest students will join forces and compete in the University’s annual College Bowl Tournament, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7. Root for your favorites in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom; learn more about forming a team from the Student Foundation, 8-4498.

Drawing on inspiration: M.F.A. student Susan Barnett leads an evening of casual instruction with “Sketching in the Galleries” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Meadows Museum. The event is free, but space is limited; RSVP to M. Carmen Smith, 8-4993.

For the Record: Oct. 12, 2007

Peter J. RoseEdward Countryman, History, discussed the history and potential benefits of open immigration in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Oct. 8, 2007.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, talked about Texas’ high intake of federal dollars versus its “pork-barrel libertarianism” in The Houston Chronicle Oct. 9, 2007.

Peter Rose (’04), a Geological Sciences alumnus and student of Louis Jacobs, has identified bones found on a ranch near Glen Rose, Texas, during the 1990s as a previously unknown species, which he has named Paluxysaurus jonesii. A previous, incomplete examination of the bones identified them as those of a pleurocoelus, resulting in the species being named the Texas state dinosaur in 1997. The official designation now may be reassigned to the paluxysaurus. Read more from The Dallas Morning News. (Left, Rose, now studying at the University of Minnesota, as photographed by David Joles of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune.)