News Issues Sites

The following News Issues Sites facilitate media coverage of issues making news, as well as faculty and programs at SMU.

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About Syria
SMU national security, marketing, legal and human rights scholars offer their perspectives on whether President Obama should be granted the authority to attack Syria.
The NSA Scandal Joshua Rovner, new Tower Center National Security expert, says the NSA seems like a scandal in search of consequences and a crime in search of a victim.

Established News Issues Sites

Adventures Whether volunteering in India, participating in a Study Abroad program in England, or interning in New York City, SMU students are having amazing adventures around the world.
Ad America In 2002, the U.S. Department of State launched a first-ever public diplomacy campaign featuring television spots promoting the happy lives of American Muslims. A study by two SMU professors assessed reactions among international viewers.
American Dream Has the American Dream -- the belief that anybody who works hard enough can move up the economic ladder -- become merely a talking point for politicians?
Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling Why it is taking so long for women to be elected in greater numbers to Congress drove political scientists Dennis Simon of SMU and Barbara Palmer of American University to search for clues to this political gender gap.
Bob Hope Bob Hope and Southern Methodist University share memories stretching back to the 1920s, when the young vaudevillian was performing at Dallas' Majestic Theatre.
Calatrava Santiago Calatrava, the acclaimed architect, engineer, and artist of “the most spectacular buildings in the world at the moment,” gave the keynote address at Southern Methodist University’s 2005 Commencement ceremony.
Dallasaurus When amateur fossil finder Van Turner discovered a small vertebra at a construction site near Dallas 16 years ago, he knew the creature was unlike anything in the fossil record. Scientists now know the significance of Turner’s fossil as the origin of an extinct line of lizards with an evolutionary twist: a land-dwelling species that became fully aquatic.
Education Experts From studies on the reading capabilities of children with mental retardation to litigation over "No Child Left Behind," SMU offers some of the most authoritative experts on education.
Enron Find experts on the trial and on the effect Enron's collapse has had on business practices, politics, and society.
From George to George From George Washington to George Bush, facts, figures, and lots of information.
The Full Matilda The Full Matilda, written by SMU English Professor David Haynes, follows six generations of the Housewrights as they evolve from in-service to one of Washington’s most powerful political families into their own realm of power.
Giant Fifty years ago, Hollywood came to the small West Texas town of Marfa to film the movie "Giant." The movie did for Texas what "Gone With The Wind" did for the South: forever burn an image in the mind about a place and its people.
The JFK Assassination With the Dallas skyline clearly visible from its campus, Southern Methodist University shares both a history with and proximity to the events of November 22, 1963.
Learn Differently About 45 million Americans - 15 percent of the population - have some form of learning disability. Most likely you know such a person, are related to one or are one yourself.
Live Responsibly SMU is committed to providing an educational environment that supports students’ health and well-being while they pursue their academic and personal goals. This commitment is fundamental to our mission as a University and as a community of trust whose members live, learn and work together
Mustangs The SMU Mustangs — three 11-foot bronze statues of wild horses —  were dedicated April 27, 2005, in front of Moody Coliseum.
Oldest Christmas Card One of the first mass-produced Christmas cards — dating back more than 160 years — can be found among the extensive special collections of Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology.
Revelation With the airing of NBC's Revelations comes television's latest attempt to attract audiences - and turn a profit - through a twist of the truth.
Same-Sex Marriage Ruling   In two of the most anticipated legal decisions this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to overturn a key section of the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and let stand a lower court ruling overturning California’s contentious Proposition 8.
Under The Tuscan Sun The discovery of 2,000-year-old pendant necklaces, gold hair ornaments, rings and semi-precious stones, and silver coins is bringing to life a largely forgotten people who, among other things, built the first cities in Italy and introduced Greek culture to the Romans.
Voting Rights Ruling  The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — the map that determines which states must get federal permission before they change their voting laws.