Dennis Simon is an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. He is the recipient of SMU's "M" Award, the Willis Tate Award, and President's Associate award. He regularly teaches courses on congressional elections, the American Presidency, presidential elections, and the politics of change in the United States. Since the spring of 2008, he has taught a course on the Politics and Legacies of the Civil Rights Movement and served as the faculty leader of SMU's Civil Rights Pilgrimage.
Professor Simon is a founding member of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University, a non-partisan center that sponsors a variety of conferences and public programs as well as research by faculty and undergraduate students. At present, he serves the Tower Center as a member of its Faculty Advisory Committee and as Director of its American Politics and Economics Program.
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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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