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The John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies was created to commemorate the late U.S. senator whose life was dedicated to public service and education. The Tower Center seeks to bridge the gap between the world of ideas, scholarship and teaching, and the practice of politics. The primary mission of the Tower Center is to promote the study of politics and international affairs and to stimulate an interest in ethical public service among undergraduates. The Tower Center is an academic center where all parties and views are heard in a marketplace of ideas, and the Center will pursue its mission in a non partisan manner.


Tower Center Forum

Membership in the SMU Tower Center Forum gives you exclusive access to a range of programs facilitated by the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, the premier academic center for public and international affairs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Student Forum

The Tower Center Student Forum is a platform for getting students involved in the larger world of politics, policy and international relations. Through publishing the Dialogue, a student-run academic journal, and through hosting lectures and seminars with guest speakers, the TCSF connects students to the larger world of government outside of SMU.

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