Memorial service for Prof. Dennis Simon scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017 in Perkins Chapel


The SMU community will gather to remember the life of Associate Professor of Political Science Dennis Simon at 2 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017 in Perkins Chapel.

Dr. Simon died Sunday, Feb. 12 in Dallas after a long illness. An SMU faculty member since 1986, he was a recognized expert on the American presidency, national elections, women and the political glass ceiling, and the politics of change in the United States.

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The family requests that memorial gifts go to the SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage, of which Dr. Simon was a faculty leader.

Tap the YouTube screen to see Dr. Simon speak on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage at TEDxSMU 2014, or click here to see Dennis Simon’s TEDxSMU talk in a new windowvideo


Expert in Latin and Hispanic theologies Fernando Segovia visits SMU’s Perkins School of Theology March 31-April 11, 2014

Fernando SegoviaA noted expert in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Hispanic theologies has come to the Hilltop as a visiting scholar.

Dr. Fernando Segovia will be in residence in the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology March 31-April 11, 2014.

Segovia is the Oberlin Graduate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in Vanderbilt University Divinity School, where he has taught since 1984. He is also a member of the theology faculty of Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

He teaches and researches in the fields of early Christian origins, theological studies, and cultural studies, including non-Western Christian theologies, postcolonial, minority and diaspora studies. Segovia has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals, has worked as consultant for foundations and publishing houses, and has lectured both nationally and internationally. He is also a past president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States.

He is editor, with Roland Boer, of The Future of the Biblical Past and of A Postcolonial Commentary on the New Testament Writings, with R. S. Sugirtharajah.

Segovia will preach, lecture and participate in a number of public and academic events during his tenure. Two events are open to the public:

• Dr. Segovia will preach during the annual Archbishop Romero Memorial Service in Perkins Chapel at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2. His homily is titled “Romero and the Call to Bear Fruit in the World.”

• On Thursday, April 3, Segovia will give a public lecture, “Vatican II in Retrospect: A Lifetime and Welcome Companion,” in the Prothro Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, professor of global Christianities and mission studies in the Perkins School, will present a Response. The event begins with refreshments at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Lecture and Response at 6 p.m.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Segovia to Perkins School of Theology and to SMU,” said the Rev. Dr. Hugo Magallanes, director of the Center. “He is world class scholar, the current president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and to have him with us for two weeks is a great honor. His teaching and writings are quite influential in general, and in particular in the area of Biblical interpretation from a post-colonial perspective,” he said.

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Longtime SMU benefactor Elizabeth Perkins Prothro dies

Elizabeth Perkins ProthroElizabeth Perkins Prothro, a longtime SMU benefactor, died May 23 in Wichita Falls. Mrs. Prothro was the daughter of the late Joe J. and Lois Perkins, who were founding contributors to SMU in 1913, and later, in the early 1940s, endowed the SMU Theology School, which in 1945 was named in their honor.

“Elizabeth Prothro has left an indelible mark on SMU and on all who knew her,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Her contributions to this University and to its students, faculty and staff are truly historic. We join the Perkins-Prothro family in mourning her passing, but also in celebrating her extraordinary life.”

Services took place May 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls.

In January 2007, Mrs. Prothro, with the Perkins-Prothro Foundation, provided the lead gift of $6 million to help launch a building program for the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. The plans included the construction of a new 20,000-square-foot facility to be named Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, in her honor. A ribbon cutting and dedication of the new building is scheduled for Sept. 11, 2009. SMU will honor Mrs. Prothro’s contributions with a celebration of her life following the September dedication.

Including the $6 million gift, the Perkins and Prothro families and their foundations have given more than $36.3 million to SMU since the first gift from her parents two years before the University opened in 1915. Most of the family’s support has been for Perkins School of Theology, including its Bridwell Library, but other gifts have been designated for the Perkins Administration Building and Perkins Natatorium.

Mrs. Prothro earned a Bachelor of Arts in government and political science from SMU in 1939. She and her husband, Charles, who preceded her in death in 2001, provided some $7 million in gifts to the Perkins School of Theology in 1997, including funds for endowed scholarships, renovation of Perkins Chapel and a permanent collection of rare Bibles and related works spanning eight centuries.

Mrs. Prothro was a SMU Board of Trustees member from 1972-87 and was named a trustee emeritus in 1991. She was a founding member of the boards of Perkins School of Theology and Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon and later served on the Texas Committee of The Campaign for SMU.

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