The end of the school year hasn't meant a slowdown for Southern Methodist University. Cranes are rising and donations keep coming in for the university, which is celebrating its centennial.
SMU announced its most recent donation today -- a $5 million gift to start the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. The latest gift from the Dedman family, a major university donor, will fund collaboration across academic disciplines at the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.
The institute will offer research space and a lab with computing technology. It will host seminars between faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and members of the community on cross-disciplinary, global topics. The institute will operate in Dallas Hall and in other existing spaces around campus.
Caroline Brettell, an anthropology professor, will serve as the first director of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, according to a university press release. Brettell has specialized in research on international migration and immigration in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.