John Sullivan-Dates to learn: The 2008 Staff Development Day, sponsored by the SMU Staff Association, is scheduled for Mar. 13. This year’s Risk Assist Fair takes place Mar. 14. Register online now for the Risk Assist Fair, and watch the SMU Forum for additional information on both events.

Judaica Lecture: Nils Roemer, professor of Jewish studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, discusses “Jewish Messianism on Trial: German and Jewish Debates on Redemption” at 2 p.m. Mar. 9 in the Bridwell Library.

Future forward: Provost Paul Ludden will discuss “The Future as SMU’s New Provost” in a Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon at noon Mar. 19 in the SMU Faculty Club. The cost is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by Mar. 14 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez discusses “Captivity, Slavery and Adoption Among the Comanche Indians, 1700-1875” at noon Mar. 19 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

Scott-Hawkins Lecture: John Sullivan (right, at left in photo), professor in the Graduate Program in Colonial History at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, will speak on “Reviving the Historic Nahuatl (Aztec) Language of MexicoMar. 19 in DeGolyer Library. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the lecture to follow at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sharron Pierson, 8-2984.