The Tail of the Lion: 100 Years of General Relativity, the Scientific Theory of Space and Time

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Listen to Associate Professor of Physics, Stephen Sekula, as he commemorates one of the greatest scientific discoveries of modern times: Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. This lecture is part of the SMU Godbey Lecture Series sponsored by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. For information on future events, visit:

Student achievement in the spotlight during SMU Engaged Learning Week, Feb. 8-12, 2016

SMU’s Engaged Learning Week expands its schedule for 2016 and features a growing undergraduate presence at the University’s annual Research Day as well as presentations from McNair Scholars and Summer Research Fellows.

This year’s event takes place Feb. 8-12 and will help students learn more about expanding their education outside the classroom, from undergraduate research and community service to professional internships and creative projects.

The week begins Monday, Feb. 8 with presentations by graduating Engaged Learning Fellows in Community Service and Internships at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Creative Projects panel at 3 p.m., both in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. READ MORE

Confucianism Then and Now

Event Date: Thursday February 25, 2016
Time: 5:15 p.m. Reception, 5:45 p.m. Lecture
Location: Meadows Museum, Jones Hall

Join SMU Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, Johan Elverskog as he continues the 2016 Spring Godbey Lecture Series. Please RSVP at or 214-768-3527. For more information

Representing the Self: From Literary Discourse to Visual Artifacts

Event Date: Friday, Febuary 12, 2016
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Owen Fine Arts Center 1060

Dancygier photo[1]Join guest lecturer Barbara Dancygier of the University of British Columbia as she lectures on the self. For more information visit

Academic Publishing in the 21st Century: A Roundtable Discussion

Event date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. with Refreshments
Location: McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall


How should you package and disseminate your ideas for widest readership and maximum impact? How are digital platforms and the Internet changing the nature of publishing? Join us for a roundtable discussion on the opportunities and the challenges of academic publishing in the 21st century. Please RSVP at 214-768-3527. For more information visit

The Tail of the Lion: 100 Years of General Relativity, the Scientific Theory of Space and Time

Event date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Time: 5:15 p.m. Reception, 5:45 p.m. Lecture
Location: Meadows Museum, Jones Hall

SMU Associate Professor of Physics, Stephen Sekula, as he kicks off the 2016 Spring Godbey Lecture Series. Please RSVP at or 214-768-3527
For more information visit

Anthropology Graduate Student Shay Cannedy and four of her peers to organize SMU’s first Refugee and Forced Migration Symposium

Originally Posted: January 20, 2016

DALLAS (SMU)Whether the topic is immigrants from Mexico or refugees from Syria, much of public opinion on these complex issues appears driven by emotion rather than fact. That’s what prompted SMU Anthropology Graduate Student Shay Cannedy and four of her peers to organize SMU’s first Refugee and Forced Migration Symposium, which will feature a renowned refugee expert and a Syrian refugee living in Dallas.

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The symposium, “Whose Protection? Interrogating Displacement and the Limits of Humanitarian Welcome,” is open to the public Thursday and Friday, Jan. 28-29, in room 144 of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall on SMU’s campus.

Delivering the symposium’s keynote address is George Mason University Professor David Haines, a renowned expert on refugee resettlement in the United States. Haines’ lecture, “Remembering refugees,” will be presented at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 in Simmons 144, following a 30-minute reception that starts at 5 p.m.

The symposium will continue from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, also in Simmons 144, with remarks from Syrian refugee Ghada Mukdad and presentations from SMU graduate students.

Mukdad, who was stranded in the U.S. when the outbreak of civil war prevented her from returning home in 2012, will speak about the conflict in Syria and her own legal struggles to gain official refugee status. Ghada is the founder of the Zain Foundation, a global human rights advocacy group, and an advisory board member of the Syrian Civil Coalition, which advocates for the victims of Syria’s refugee crisis.

Cannedy and fellow graduate students Katherine Fox, Sara Mosher, Ashvina Patel and Carrie Perkins will each present a lecture based on their own research into refugee issues around the world, ranging from Thailand to San Francisco

“Given current large-scale refugee movements in Europe and the Syrian refugee controversies in Texas, we thought a symposium would be a good way to open discussion on the topic and bring forth something from our own research,” Cannedy says. “A lot of countries are rethinking their migration policies and how we treat asylum seekers, so it’s on the forefront of people’s minds right now.”

Find details on the Jan. 29 portion of the symposium here. RSVPs for both days of the symposium are requested at

“Forced migration movements are global,” Cannedy says. “People seeking protection don’t only arrive on the doorstep of the U.S., but are also handled by developing countries.” By examining global trends in how various nations react to migration and refugee challenges, Cannedy believes the United States can develop a strategy that works best for its own concerns and needs.

“Some people view refugees and migrants as more of a security issue than a human rights issue,” Cannedy says. “But the new Canadian administration, for example, emphasizes making a compassionate welcome rather than closing borders, so we’ll be talking about how different migration policies impact the lives of people who come into contact with them.” READ MORE

Jewish Studies Presents Judeo-Spanish Culture Week, January 24-31

For Immediate Release
January 20, 2016
Contact: Shira Lander, 214-768-2157,

Dallas, TX– Southern Methodist University will celebrate Judeo-Spanish culture with a series of festive events and lectures the week of January 24-31. Highlights include a screening of Flory’s Flame, a documentary about the life and music of renowned 90-year old Sephardic composer and performer Flory Jagoda, lectures from professors Danielle Joyner, Shira Lander and Bryan Kirschen and a concert featuring Trio Sefardi. All activities are sponsored by SMU’s Jewish Studies. More information is available at


Below is a full schedule of events: All events are open to the public.

Sunday January 24 (2:30-4pm McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall) – An exclusive screening of Flory’s Flame, based on the life and work of performer Flory Jagoda, a National Heritage Fellow. Flory was born in Sarajevo to a musical family whose roots stretched back to Spain for hundreds of years prior to the Jewish expulsion during the Inquisition in 1492. Living in small Jewish communities in Bosnia over the ensuing centuries, the songs and lyrics of their culture were lovingly passed down generation by generation to Flory, the only member of her family to survive the Holocaust. She spent her career composing, recording and performing this music worldwide, which culminated in the sold-out Celebration Concert in September 2013 in the US Library of Congress. Cost: Free

Monday, January 25 (5-6pm Fondren Science 123) – Visiting Assistant professor of Art History, Danielle Joyner and Shira Lander, Director of Jewish Studies, will discuss “Jewish Treasures of Medieval Spain.” Professor Joyner will discuss manuscript production in the Middle Ages and the cooperation between Jewish and Christian workshops, while Professor Lander will discuss synagogue architecture and prominent Jewish illuminated manuscripts from Medieval Spain, like the Sarajevo Haggadah and the Alba Bible, which was featured in the Meadows Museum exhibit “Treasures from the House of Alba.” Cost: Free

Thursday, January 28 (5-6pm McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall) – The future of Ladino will be the subject of a lecture by Dr. Bryan Kirschen, whose movie, Saved by Language, a documentary exploring Sephardic narratives in Sarajevo regarding the Holocaust, was premiered at last year’s Dia Internasional del Ladino. Kirschen is Assistant Professor of Romance Languages at Binghamton University specializing in field of Hispanic Linguistics. He has presented and published on a variety of topics related to Judeo-Spanish in contact with Modern Spanish, in addition to having edited a volume on Judeo-Spanish linguistic, literary, and culture studies. Cost: Free

Sunday, January 31 (4-5:30pm Caruth Auditorium) – The weeklong festival will culminate with an afternoon concert by Trio Sefardi, whose musicians and vocalists perform with Flory Jagoda. Using period instruments and specialized vocal techniques, Howard Bass, Tina Chancey and Susan Gaeta will provide a delightful hour and a half of story and song. The event promises to entertain all, young and old alike. Tickets available online at Tickets not sold at the door.


EVENT: MLK Day Symposium at University of Dallas with guest speaker Professor Darryl Dickson-Carr

Event Date: Jan 18, 2016
Time: 11 am-1 pm
Free and open to the public

MLK Day Symposium at University of Dallas. “The ‘Birthright of Freedom’: Reading ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ in Light of #BlackLivesMatter and Missouri” with guest speaker Professor Darryl Dickson-Carr, Chair of the SMU English Department. RSVP to by Jan. 14 at 5 p.m.

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