Meadows Museum Launches New Series of Public Gallery Talks, Art in Focus

Make the most of your Wednesday lunch break with Art in Focus, the Meadows Museum new series of public gallery talks. From February through May 2016, on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m., Meadows will offer a 15-minute gallery talk on a single work of art. The series will focus on works in the permanent collection, and the talks will be delivered by Museum staff.

The goal of this series is to encourage a range of approaches to exploring the visual arts, providing a unique perspective, and inviting visitors to look more closely at individual objects on display in the Museum.

The series kicked-off this past Wednesday with a talk presented by Edward Payne, Meadows Prado Curatorial Fellow, on Francisco Goya’s, Bury them and keep quiet (Enterrar y callar), c. 1810. Working proof of Plate 18 from The Disasters of War.

Admission is free with your SMU ID!


Diego Rodríguez de Silva y VELÁZQUEZ (1599–1660), Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa) (Sibila con tábula rasa), c. 1648



Diego Velázquez, Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa), c. 1648

Presented by: Rebecca Quinn Teresi – Meadows/Kress/Prado Fellow



Claudio Castelucho, Portrait of Marie Cronin, c. 1906

Presented by: Nicole Atzbach – Curator



Salvadore Dali, L homme poisson, 1930. The Meadows Museum at SMU recently acquired the painting.



Salvador Dalí, L’Homme poisson, 1930



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Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Feb. 5, 2016 is in the Air: Join the Meadows School of the Arts at Union Coffee from 8 – 9 p.m. on Feb. 6 for a special love-themed concert! Bring someone special to listen to a delightful mix of classical, pop and jazz love tunes while you enjoy Union’s delicious coffee and snacks. The Gleó Trio as well as Greenville Grass will preform. Dallas’s only audience-participation kazoo choir will preform during intermission. The event is free and open to the public.

An Evening Commemorating Black History Month: The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development presents a campus evening of music, history and discussion commemorating Black History Month. Singer, writer and staff member Pamela Bailey will perform historical music with storytelling to explore little-known aspects of American race and culture. Following the musical performance, a distinguished panel of SMU faculty and staff will discuss the preservation or elimination of historic symbols of the South. Joining are professionals from 70kft, the Dallas design firm who redesigned a new symbol for the South. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 in O’Donnell Hall, room 2130 from 7 – 9 p.m. RSVP to

Engaged Learning Week: Engaged Learning Week, beginning Monday, Feb. 8, includes five days of events that put student projects front and center at SMU. Throughout the week, students will give 5 minute presentations on their Engaged Learning community service, internship, engineering and research projects. Feel free to drop in to hear some amazing stories! Click here for a full schedule.

Romantic ReTreat: Come feel the love with Talent, Recruitment, Entertainment and Arts Team (TREAT) before Valentine’s Day for live music, poetry, free food and dancing. The event will be held in the Meadows Atrium on Thursday, Feb.11 from 8 – 11 p.m.

Honoring Andrew Needham: Andrew Needham, associate professor of history at New York University, is the winner of the 2014 Weber-Clements Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America, for his volume Power Lines:  Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest. He will be honored on Wednesday, Feb. 10 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, 3225 University. 5:30 reception followed by 6 p.m. lecture and book signingBooks will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public, though registration is requested.

Coffee & Conversation with Nori Katagiri: Nori Katagiri, Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Louis University will talk about military power in Japan on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall (map). Katagiri teaches and conducts research on international security and East Asia. He is the author of Adapting to Win: How Insurgents Fight and Defeat Foreign States in War (2014). He is writing his second book on military power in Japan and has carried out a number of interviews with defense officials and lawmakers in Japan. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to

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Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Jan. 29, 2016

Meadows Virtuosi Concert: Andrés Díaz and Matt Albert present the annual performance featuring Meadows faculty, students and guests playing side-by-side in an exciting chamber music program on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Also featuring DSO violinist Maria Schleuning and the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Cézanne Quartet, this matinee includes works by Caroline Shaw, Andrew Norman, Kevin Puts and Astor Piazzola and the rarely performed septet realization of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen.

Transforming the Oil and Gas Industry: Dr. Yildirim Hurmuzlu, SMU professor of mechanical engineering, will discuss how a simple idea could transform the oil and gas industry during the Wednesday, Feb. 3 Lyle School of Engineering breakfast series.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m. in Caruth Hall, Room 406, Dr. Hurmuzlu will discuss how a competitive device and groundbreaking software changes how precious oil reserves are extracted. Register by Jan. 26. The event is free, but seating is limited.

Archaeogenomics of Human-Animal-Microbial Ecology: The Department of Anthropology presents a lecture by Dr. Michael Campana, Postdoctoral Fellow with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Monday, Feb. 1 from 5 – 6 p.m. in Heroy Hall, room 153, Dr. Campana will present a lecture on how human activities, including animal domestication, migration, and environmental manipulation, effect changes in animal, and microbial ecology. Archaeogenomics, the application of genomics to archaeology, can help reconstruct past events. Using archaeogenomics, Dr. Campana explores ecological interactions between humans, animals, and microbes over time.

Stephen Harrigan presents A Friend of Mr. Lincoln: As part of the Authors LIVE! series, co-sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries, Stephen Harrigan presents a free lecture and book signing at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall (3300 Mockingbird Lane) on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.

For $30, guests can attend the 6 p.m. author’s reception and receive a signed book. RSVP required for the author’s reception.

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The Magic FluteWith the Meadows Opera Orchestra, directed by Hank Hammett, conducted by Paul Phillips and sung in a new English translation by Kelley Rourke, the performance of The Magic Flute at SMU is one not to miss. 

Full of enchanting melodies and fantastical creatures, one of the most popular and appealing operas of all time brings Mozart’s genius to the fore in a unique and profound fable of humanity, wisdom, bravery, enlightenment, friendship and love. Performances will take place from Thursday, Feb. 4 through Sunday, Feb. 7 in the Bob Hope Theater. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff.

> See showtimes and buy tickets here


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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan to visit SMU Feb. 25, 2016

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay RyanFormer U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan will present a reading of her poetry at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, following a 6 p.m. reception in room 131 of SMU’s Dedman Life Sciences Building.

The event is cohosted by SMU English Professor Willard Spiegelman, the SMU Department of English and the Gilbert Lecture Series.

“Ryan will be reading from her poetry, presumably a mix of recent and earlier work,” Spiegelman says. “She is very engaging, humorous and compatible in an approachable way. She has a wonderful stage presence.”

In addition to serving as the nation’s 16th Poet Laureate from 2008-2010, Ryan has won a Pulitzer Prize and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011 – a prestigious distinction.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the SMU Department of English at 214-768-2945.

— Kenny Ryan

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2016 Meadows Virtuosi Concert takes place Saturday, Jan. 30

Andres Diaz

Andrés Díaz

The 2016 Meadows Virtuosi Concert will spotlight Professor of Cello Andrés Díaz and Artist-in-Residence and Director of Chamber Music Matt Albert in an annual performance featuring Meadows faculty, students and guests playing side-by-side in an exciting chamber music program.

Also featured will be Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Maria Schleuning and the Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Cézanne Quartet, made possible by a generous campaign donor.

Matt Albert, 2014

Matt Albert

The program will include works by Caroline Shaw, Andrew Norman, Kevin Puts and Astor Piazzola, as well as the rarely performed septet realization of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen.

The show is free and open to the public and will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30  in Caruth Auditorium.

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SMU students host first Refugee and Forced Migration Symposium Jan. 28-29, 2016

David W Haines

David W. Haines

A renowned expert in refugee resettlement and a Syrian refugee living in Dallas are featured speakers in SMU’s first Refugee and Forced Migration Symposium.

“Whose Protection? Interrogating Displacement and the Limits of Humanitarian Welcome” will also feature presentations from SMU graduate students. It is open to the public Thursday and Friday, Jan. 28-29, in 144 Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall.

Delivering the symposium’s keynote address is George Mason University Professor David W. Haines, a renowned expert on refugee resettlement in the United States. Haines’ lecture, “Remembering Refugees,” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 in 144 Simmons Hall, preceded by a 30-minute reception at 5 p.m.

Ghada Mukdad

Ghada Mukdad

SMU Anthropology Graduate Student Shay Cannedy and four of her peers organized the symposium, which continues from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, also in 144 Simmons, with remarks from Syrian refugee Ghada Mukdad and presentations from SMU graduate students.

Mukdad, who was stranded in the United States 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 will each present a lecture based on their own research into refugee issues around the world, 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.

“Some people view refugees and migrants as more of a security issue than a human rights issue,” Cannedy adds. “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.”

— Kenny Ryan

> Read the full story from SMU News

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Students present their world-changing concepts in 2016 Big iDeas Demo Day and Business Plan Competition Friday, Jan. 29

SMU Big iDeas logo, blue background-400SMU student teams will present world-changing business concepts to compete for thousands of dollars in start-up money in SMU’s 2016 Big iDeas Business Plan Competition Friday, Jan. 29, in The CUBE, 600 Expressway Tower, East Campus.

The event begins with the Big iDeas Demo Day Fair noon-1:30 p.m. in the Expressway Tower lobby. The Fall 2015 Big iDeas Pitch Contest winners will present their results, prototypes, pilots or other work accomplished since receiving their $1,000 grants.

Find a list of Fall 2015 Big iDeas Pitch Contest winners

Later, student teams will vie to receive up to $5,000 in project funding in the Business Plan Competition, 2-3 p.m. in The CUBE. Their proposals will be judged by a panel of surprise guest experts. Successful teams will combine winning pitches with solid business plans.

> Read about SMU’s 2015 Big iDeas Business Plan Competition winners

Big iDeas supports student innovation and entrepreneurship by providing support for forward-thinking ideas that are viable, sustainable and provide value to society. The program is open to undergraduates of all majors. Students work in teams with one member serving as the principal investigator. The PI must be an SMU undergraduate for the duration of the funding phase.

Demo Day and the Business Plan Competition are hosted by SMU Engaged Learning. For more information, contact Mona Alluri, 214-768-3225.

> Visit the SMU Big iDeas homepage:

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Poet, performance artist Sarah Kay to give SMU Tate Distinguished Lecture Jan. 26, 2016

Sarah Kay, Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, Jan. 26, 2016

Poet and performance artist Sarah Kay – a writer, educator, and co-director of an organization dedicated to improving children’s lives through poetry – will visit SMU Tuesday, Jan. 25 to speak in the 2015-16 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. She will speak at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium

Kay is a spoken-word poet who began performing in New York at age 14 at the renowned Bowery Poetry Club in the East Village. In 2006, she became a member of the club’s Slam Team and a featured poet on “HBO’s Def Poetry Jam,” as well as the youngest poet to compete at the National Poetry Slam in Austin.

> Follow Sarah Kay on Twitter @KaySarahSera

In 2011, Kay created a sensation at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California with a performance of her poem B (If I Should Have a Daughter). The performance earned two standing ovations and has since been viewed almost 4 million times online via YouTube.

The poem itself has since been made into a short hardcover book, B, illustrated by Kay’s lifelong friend Sophie Janowitz, and has been ranked as the No. 1 poetry book on An anthology of her works, No Matter the Wreckage, was published in 2014 by Write Bloody Publishing. Kay’s poems and articles have also been published in Pear Noir!, the Literary Bohemian, DecomP, Damselfly Press, Union Station Magazine, Foundling Review, the Huffington Post and, among others.

> Watch Sarah Kay’s TED 2011 performance of B (If I Should Have a Daughter) in a new window video

Kay holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Grinnell College.

She is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE (Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression), which uses spoken-word poetry to entertain, educate and inspire young students.

> Visit Sarah Kay’s personal website:

All SMU community members are invited to hear Sarah Kay speak and answer questions at the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Please tweet your questions for the forum to #SMUtate.

Students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

> Follow the Tate Series on social media: Twitter – @SMUtate | Instagram – @smutate

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Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Jan. 22, 2016

Pollock Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception: The Pollock Gallery Exhibit opens on Friday, Jan. 22 and runs through Saturday March, 19. To celebrate the opening, a reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 in the Pollock Gallery of the Hughs-Trigg Student Center. The Faculty Exhibition will showcase works by professors in the Division of Art, including a wide range of media. This exhibition gives students and the DFW community the opportunity to see and experience the work of teaching artists.

SMU Uprising: A free performance by contemporary Christian music duo Shane & Shane and talk by author and former Navy SEAL Chad Williams will be presented at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane, at 7 p.m. Friday, January 22. The evening, SMU Uprising, is sponsored by SMU’s Office of the Chaplain. Shane & Shane features solo artists Shane Barnard and Shane Everett. Known for their close harmonies and acoustic soft rock and country-influenced music, they released their tenth album, Psalms II, in 2015. Chad Williams, author of SEAL of God, served as a Navy SEAL from 2004 to 2010 before entering full-time ministry.

Drawing from the Masters: On Sunday, Jan. 24th enjoy an afternoon of informal drawing instruction as artist Ian O’Brien leads participants through the Meadows Museum’s galleries.  Beginning at 1:30 p.m., this session will provide an opportunity to explore a variety of techniques and improve drawing skills. The session is designed for adults and students ages 15 and older, and open to all abilities and experience levels. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own sketchpads and pencils. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Carmen Smith at or 214.768.4677.

Anonymous Takeover: SMU Student Senate Diversity Committee is hosting a conversation on the power of Yik Yak’s anonymous posts and the effects on our community Wednesday, Jan. 27th at 7:30 p.m in Hugh-Trigg Student Center. The Diversity Committee works to facilitate interaction and cultural awareness between various backgrounds and serves as a liaison between different ethnic, religious, sexual orientations, age groups, and nationalities within the SMU community by ensuring that they continue to have a constant voice within the Student Senate.

Remembering Refugees: The Department of Anthropology and the Embrey Human Rights Program present a lecture by renowned forced migration scholar, Dr. David Haines on Thursday, Jan. 28 in Simmons Hall, Room 144. Serving as the keynote lecture for the SMU Anthropology Graduate Student Symposium, the lecture will offer a historical overview of refugee reception in the United States as well as a contemporary analysis of global connections. Refreshments will be served from 5-5:30 p.m and the lecture will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


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SMU Jewish Studies celebrates Judeo-Spanish Culture Week Jan. 24-31, 2016

Judeo-Spanish Culture Week 2016 flyer

Schedule of events for SMU’s 2016 Judeo-Spanish Culture Week. Click the image for a full-size version.

The Jewish Studies Program in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences celebrates the unique culture of Jews in Spain with a series of events and lectures Jan. 24-31, 2016.

Highlights of Judeo-Spanish Culture Week include:

  • A screening of Flory’s Flame, a documentary about the life and music of 90-year-old Sephardic composer and performer Flory Jagoda, Sunday, Jan. 24. Free.
  • A discussion of “Jewish Treasures of Medieval Spain” with Danielle Joyner, visiting assistant professor of art history, and Shira Lander, director of Jewish studies, Monday, Jan. 25. Free.
  • A lecture on the future of the Judeo-Spanish language Ladino by Bryan Kirschen, assistant professor of Romance languages at Binghamton University and co-writer and co-director of the 2015 film Saved by Language, Thursday, Jan. 28. Free.
  • A concert featuring Trio SefardiHoward Bass, Tina Chancey and Susan Gaeta – who perform with Flory Jagoda using period instruments and specialized vocal techniques in their stories and songs. Tickets are $5 for SMU students, $15 for SMU faculty and staff members, and $25 for the general public; they are available online at Tickets will not be sold at the door.

All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Shira Lander, director of Jewish Studies, 214-768-2157.

Find more information, including a full schedule, at SMU’s Dedman College blog

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