Meadows School of the Arts

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.
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Expanded Horizons in London

Austin is a junior, double majoring in accounting and communications. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2015 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He spent the summer in London studying immigrant culture and working at community center. Continue reading

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Summer in D.C.

Amy is pursuing a joint degree MA/MBA in business and arts management from the Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts. She is a recipient of the Virginia H. Miles scholarship and an Artistic Scholarship from Cox and Meadows, respectively. She was also recently awarded the Lanham Deal Internship award for academic achievement by the Eugene McDermott Foundation. This summer she is among 19 interns from around the world participating in the Summer Internship Program at the National Gallery of Art. Amy will assist the development department with fundraising and administration. Continue reading

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Welcome to London!

Students in the SMU-in-London: Arts and Culture program spend five weeks in the city, becoming 21st-century explorers while taking two courses. Associate Theatre Professor Gretchen Smith in the Meadows School of the Arts teaches London theatre history from the era of Shakespeare to the present. Dance Professor Shelley Berg uses the city of London itself as a metropolis filled with myriad “performance” experiences – cultural, social, historical and political. Continue reading

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Top 10 reasons to study in Moscow

Eva is a senior double majoring in theatre and world languages. She spent Summer 2014 in Moscow with the SMU-in-Moscow program to continue her Russian studies and to do international theatre research for an Engaged Learning Project and a Robert Mayor Interdisciplinary Research Project. Continue reading

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Failures of Our Past

Students traveled to Washington, D.C., in October 2014 as part of SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The students visited media and government sites, and met with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. Continue reading

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Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan

Katelyn is a senior majoring in political science in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and journalism and theatre in Meadows School of the Arts. During fall 2014, as part of her Engaged Learning project, she visited Jordan to research the Syrian refugee crisis within the context of Jordanian security and international affairs. Continue reading

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Mussolini’s rhetoric of space: Locating discourse within the city

Alice is a graduate student in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Ph.D. program in art history, RASC/a (Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture). She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to conduct research in Italy. At archives including the Archivio Centrale dello Stato di Rome and the UN archives in Florence, she intends to investigate Mussolini’s aspirations for Rome and the changes he wished to make to its spatial structure. Continue reading

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Our busy first week in London

Students in the SMU-in-London: Arts spend five weeks in the city, becoming 21st-century explorers while taking two courses. Associate Theatre Professor Gretchen Smith in the Meadows School of the Arts teaches London theatre history from the era of Shakespeare to the present. Dance Professor Shelley Berg teaches about London as a metropolis filled with myriad “performance” experiences – cultural, social, historical and political. Continue reading

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Meeting (and Tweeting) Governor Perry

As part of MayTerm 2014, a group of students from Temerlin Advertising Institute at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts are on an industry immersion course in New York City. The course involves nine days of visits to advertising agencies, client companies and media organizations. Members of the “Nimble Nine,” as our nine students call themselves, will blog about their up-close and personal look at the amazing advertising business in New York Continue reading

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