Brain vacations: Registration is now open for the 2008 SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, scheduled for July 17-20 at SMU’s Fort Burgwin campus in northern New Mexico. The weekend courses include history, anthropology, art and art history, botany, earth sciences, digital photography and mountain sports. For more information, contact Allison Curran, 8-8267 (8-TAOS). (Top right, Taos’ Santuario de Chimayo.)
An executive exhibition: “Hail to the Chief: Presidential Libraries” is now on display in Fondren Library Center. For more information, contact Cynthia Ruppi.
Dance for a cause: Seniors in the SMU Division of Dance produce and perform their own choreography in “Common Thread” at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Margo Jones Theatre. The concerts are free; donations are encouraged and will benefit Bryan’s House, Dallas’ only special-care facility for children and teenagers with HIV/AIDS and their families. For more information, call the Division of Dance at 8-2718.
Dare to dream: SMU celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with MLK Week 2008, scheduled for Jan. 21-26. Events include an MLK Day of Service, a birthday party in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, SMU’s annual Unity Walk and an MLK Kids Day sponsored by the Association of Black Students. MLK Week is sponsored by Student Activities & Multicultural Student Affairs (SAMSA). For more information, contact Ke’ana Hardy, 8-4583.
Paper magic: Werner “Wynn” Kramarsky’s affection for the abstract, the geometric and the minimalist is showcased in a new exhibition featuring the Kramarsky family’s gift to SMU’s Pollock Works on Paper Study Collection. “The Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky Gift of Contemporary Drawings” runs Jan. 22-Mar. 22 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Learn more about Wynn Kramarsky at The Brooklyn Rail. (Bottom right, Oaxaca – It’s Going to Rain by George Mead Moore, graphite on paper, 1998.)
Talking Texas: SMU’s Sam Ratcliffe and Ellen Buie Niewyk, curators of two concurrent Jerry Bywaters exhibitions now on display at Meadows Museum, will discuss Bywaters’ major role in establishing the Texas Regionalism movement of the 1930s and ’40s in a Brown Bag Lecture, “Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker & Interpreter of the Southwest,” noon-1 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. For more information, call 8-3684.
Reference this: Gillian McCombs, dean and director of Central University Libraries, will lead “This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Library Anymore,” a panel discussion on the changing role of libraries in an increasingly fast-paced technological world. The discussion takes place Jan. 24 in DeGolyer Library, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the panel at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries. For more information, contact Cynthia Ruppi at 8-3225.
New views of Japan: Japan’s changing national identity at home and abroad is the topic for the 2008 SMU Asian Studies Symposium Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in the Meadows Museum. Speakers will include M. Diana Helweg Newton and James Hollifield, both of SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies. The symposium and reception are free; the registration deadline is Jan. 22. Find a complete schedule at the Tower Center website; RSVP by e-mail or phone at 8-3954.
- Jan. 22: TITAS presents “An Evening With Patti LuPone” at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-528-5576.