David Haynes, English, mentioned in a post about building a literary community of African American writers

Literary Hub Originally Posted: May 18, 2017 As part of the socially conscious Dallas literary scene, I have worked toward creating a space for African American writers for nearly ten years. In 2013, with novelist and Southern Methodist University professor David Haynes, I co-founded Kimbilio—Swahili for “safe haven”—to support fiction writers of the African Diaspora. But my literary advocacy developed for selfish reasons—I was alone in a new city and needed to commune with writers, especially other writers of color. When I received my MFA in creative writing from Arizona State University, I returned to my career in sales and marketing with hopes that I would find time to write. After a few years, I had only written a few pages. I missed the literary [...]

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Congratulations Dedman College Graduates!

SMU’s 102nd annual Commencement Weekend, May 19 and 20, 2017

 Baccalaureate Service :  8:00 p.m. Friday, May 19th Commencement: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 20th Watch Online @ smu.edu/live MORE INFO: http://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/Registrar/AcademicCeremonies/MayCommencement  Message from the President and Provost On behalf of the Southern Methodist University community, we invite you to attend SMU's 102nd annual Commencement Weekend, May 19 and 20, 2017. The activities that make up Commencement Weekend showcase some of the University's best traditions and are designed to recognize the pride we all feel in our students' accomplishments. The Baccalaureate Service on Friday evening enables graduating seniors and their guests to worship together. Later, as these seniors march through the Rotunda of Dallas Hall for the tradition known as Rotunda Recessional, they mark the end of their undergraduate years and the beginning of their lifelong association [...]

Book Review: If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art

D Magazine Originally Posted: May 2017 issue Longtime SMU professor Willard Spiegelman offers art and architecture criticism from a distance in this collection. After calling Dallas home for more than 45 years, Willard Spiegelman has moved north to split his time between New York and Connecticut. To mark the occasion, the writer and longtime SMU professor has released his latest book, If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art, a collection of essays on art and architecture he published in the Wall Street Journal beginning in the late 1980s. Much of the volume is understandably given over to writing about North Texas, such as considered responses to the opening of I.M. Pei’s Meyerson Symphony Center, Renzo Piano’s Nasher Sculpture Center, and Tadao Ando’s Modern Art [...]

By | 2017-05-16T11:15:59+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Book Review: If You See Something, Say Something: A Writer Looks at Art

Save the Date: April 20, Born-Again, Spied-Again James Baldwin

SMU News Originally Posted: April 12, 2017 What: James Baldwin, buried in 1987, often looks like today's most vital and most cherished new African American author. This lecture will explore the reasons behind Baldwin's resurrection, from his elevated place in the cultural memory of the Black Lives Matter movement to his new status as an icon of state surveillance and racial counter-surveillance. The SMU Department of English is hosting this Gilbert Lecture Series event. Who:William J. Maxwell, Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis  He is the author of : F.B. Eyes:  How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature. His book will be sold at the event. When:Thursday, April 20, 2017. Reception at 6 p.m. Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Where:McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Room 0306 Cost: Free and open to [...]

By | 2017-04-13T10:59:22+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Events|Comments Off on Save the Date: April 20, Born-Again, Spied-Again James Baldwin

Dedman College Alumnus John Harper ’68: ‘The Best Medicine Is Science And Compassion Intersecting At The Patient’

SMU Magazine Originally Posted: March 24, 2016 SAVE THE DATE: Join SMU Dedman College alumnus John Harper at the 7th annual Literature + Medicine Conference  from 8 a.m. to noon April 1 at SMU’s Mack Ballroom in the Umphrey Lee Center. Cardiologist John Harper ’68 vividly remembers waking in the middle of the night to the sound of his father crying out in pain. It was 1964 and Harper was 17 years old – just a year shy of starting college at SMU. But he was as frightened as a small child that night when he peaked through a cracked-open bedroom door into the hallway of his West Texas home. A physician named Bruce Hay was arriving at 3 a.m., impeccably dressed in a three-piece suit, his black doctor’s bag in [...]

By | 2017-03-24T00:34:23+00:00 March 24th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English|Comments Off on Dedman College Alumnus John Harper ’68: ‘The Best Medicine Is Science And Compassion Intersecting At The Patient’

Event: April 5, Long Stories Cut Short – A Reading and Book Signing

A reading and book signing with author Fredrick Luis Aldama. Sponsored by The Creative Writing Program and the SMU Department of English, Southwest Review; Red Pegasus Comics

By | 2017-03-20T08:22:08+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Event: April 5, Long Stories Cut Short – A Reading and Book Signing

#MustangsGiveBack is TODAY! Support Dedman College!

What will you support at SMU? Make a gift on March 7, 2017, and be a part of Mustangs Give Back, our annual one-day giving challenge. Here are some of the Dedman College projects on the #MustangsGiveBack list: Bring International Film Festival to Campus: SMU's spring international film festival brings the best of foreign cinema to campus. Films from the Arab world, Africa, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and many other countries and regions are screened at no cost to students or the general public. This helps bring international cinema to a city, whose existing film venues and festivals tend to exclude such films. Dollar Goal:  $5,000 Integrating History and Technology through training on 3D scanner and printer: Students interact with 3D scanned models in real time, deepening their [...]

Willard Spiegelman leaves Dallas a lovely parting gift with ‘If You See Something, Say Something’

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: March 1, 2017 The word is out: Willard Spiegelman, Southern Methodist University's distinguished Hughes Professor of English, is selling his Dallas condo and moving full time to New York and Connecticut. Spiegelman —  author, editor, educator, raconteur — has also long been a contributor to The Wall Street Journal and been Dallas' most eloquent public voice in the New York media world. It's bad enough that we're losing him in person, but as the WSJ radically cuts back on its arts coverage, we risk missing out on him altogether. But his many fans can take great joy that SMU's DeGolyer Library has produced a fulsome and beautifully illustrated book of his visual arts and architecture criticism. If You See Something, Say [...]

By | 2017-03-02T09:21:28+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on Willard Spiegelman leaves Dallas a lovely parting gift with ‘If You See Something, Say Something’
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