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The American Dream in the Age of Trump: 100 Days In
Cal Jillson, Professor of Political Science, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, SMU

Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

In his classic 2004 book Pursuing the American Dream: Opportunity and Exclusion Over Four Centuries, SMU Political Professor Dr. Cal Jillson wrote, "The American Dream is a constant reminder that America's true nature and distinctive grandeur is in promising the common man, the man on the make, a better chance to succeed here than common men enjoy anywhere else on earth."

The Council has, appropriately, engaged SMU's famed Professor Jillson to examine the current administration's progress on April 29 in a Saturday at the Melrose breakfast program titled "The American Dream in the Age of Trump: 100 Days In."

The "First Hundred Days" measurement of a president's performance reaches back to the arrival of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the Oval Office in March 1933. Journalists at the time, and historians subsequently, noted that in the period from March 9 to June 16, Congress approved almost all of FDR's New Deal measures designed to pull the nation out of the Great Depression.

Through the decades since, the first 100 days of a presidents' term have, rightly or wrongly, gotten the spotlight of media and political commentary. As President Dwight Eisenhower noted when critics complained of his "do-nothing" first 100 days, the Constitution gives a president "four years to make his mark."

Professor Jillson is a frequent guest on broadcast programs in campaign seasons and at other times during an administration's political triumphs and challenges. He is known for being able to put complex issues "into easy-to-understand historical frameworks." A writer and noted speaker, he has been profiled by The Dallas Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News as "one of Texas' top political experts."

His latest book is The American Dream: In History, Politics, and Fiction, a reassessment of the concept and its accessibility.

According to his biography, Professor Jillson earned a doctorate in government and politics in 1979 from the University of Maryland and "has been teaching about American politics since 1976. Since moving to Texas in the mid-1990s, he has charted the Republican Party’s rise to power and assessed the prospects of a return to competitiveness of the Democratic Party."

From 1996 to 2001, he was chair of the SMU Political Science Department and directed the Tower Center for Political Studies, which examines domestic politics and national security issues.

He is the author of two government textbooks: American Government: Political Development and Institutional Change, and Texas Politics: Governing the Lone Star State.

He is also the author of books that "deal with the origins of American legislatures and with the health and performance of contemporary American political institutions." They are Congressional Dynamics, New Perspectives on American Politics and The Dynamics of American Politics.


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9:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast
10 AM Program & Book Signing
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Warwick Melrose Hotel
3015 Oak Lawn Ave.
Dallas, TX 75219
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$45 Members
$60 Non-Members
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