Hilltop on the Hill

Scenes from Washington

Eleven students are traveling to Washington, D.C., with SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The program is led by Rita Kirk, director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and professor of Communication Studies in Meadows School of the Arts; Stephanie Ann Martin, assistant professor of Communication Studies; and Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility and lecturer at the Center for Nonprofit Management. During the program, students meet with SMU alumni, talk with communication staffers on the Hill, learn from lobbyists about their advocacy functions, assess the role and function of the news media, and investigate the role of political parties as representatives for constituent concerns. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions, the presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit.

2015-10-12T15:31:03+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Hilltop on the Hill (Fall 2015)|

Coming full circle

An update from Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and an SMU alumna: It’s morning in Washington, D.C. I take a deep breath in through my nose, pause, and exhale. “Do you smell that?” I say to one of our students. There’s something different about the air here. They smile in agreement. Anyone near our group, especially fellow metro travelers, must be able to sense the excitement and anxiousness. The students’ energy levels are soaring and their eyes are bright with anticipation. This will be my third Hilltop on the Hill trip, and each time is more exciting and meaningful than the last. I went on the trip as an undergraduate [...]

2013-11-04T17:30:13+00:00 November 4th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Journalism during the Civil War

An update from Briana, a sophomore Hunt Scholar majoring in political science in Dedman College and communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts:  “Without a struggle, there can be no progress.” Frederick Douglass’s claim harmonizes with the exact phenomenon journalists felt during the Civil War. A sense of veracity and perseverance was instilled after this life-changing historical period. The Civil War was a trying time in America’s social and cultural history. We fought against those that were once a part of our country and experienced a war on our nation’s soil. The Civil War exhibit in the Newseum evidences that journalists certainly did face challenges when covering different events caused by the Civil War. The exhibit is arranged where [...]

2013-10-14T23:26:52+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill 2013|

Performers rock the Black Tie and Boots Ball

Twenty-one communication studies and journalism students are in Washington, D.C., in January 2013 as part of the Meadows School of the Arts’ Hilltop on the Hill program. In addition to reporting on Inaugural events, the students will visit media and government sites, and meet with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. The trip is led by Rita Kirk, professor of communication studies; Daniel Schill, assistant professor of communication studies, and Carolyn Barta, journalism professor. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions and the G8 Economic Summit.

2013-01-22T20:21:44+00:00 January 20th, 2013|Hilltop on the Hill, 2013 Inauguration|

Social media (or life after newspapers)

Twenty-one Journalism and Corporate Communications & Public Affairs students in Meadows School of the Arts are studying in Washington, D.C., this October for the Hilltop on the Hill 2010 program. The program is endowed by the Bauer Foundation for CCPA students wanting to study political communication on location in D.C. and at the political party conventions, the Presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit. The students spend five days in the nation's capital, where they visit media and governmental sites and are briefed by policy analysts, political communicators and journalists.

2011-10-27T15:52:10+00:00 October 11th, 2010|Hilltop on Hill2010|

First day in D.C.

An update from Brad, a junior with a double major in economics and CCPA, and a history minor: The day started off bright and early at 4:00 a.m. I was hoping that my shower would help wake me up, but instead I had to rely on the generated excitement for my trip that was about to begin. Once boarding the plane, I met a nice girl named Amanda, a financial analyst from Dallas who was also going to the Inauguration. Luckily, she had a family friend with a law firm that overlooks the Inauguration site. She had been to the two previous Inaugurations, and she informed me a little bit about the experiences that I would have and what I [...]

2013-01-07T20:14:16+00:00 January 17th, 2009|Inauguration Trip 2009|