Calendar Highlights: Nov. 13, 2008

hidden-in-america-150.jpgTuition benefits applications due: The deadline for submitting Spring 2009 tuition benefits applications is Nov. 18. Find forms, schedules and a downloadable Tuition Benefits Handbook at SMU’s Human Resources website.

Stamping out hunger: In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Month, SMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement partners with the North Texas Food Bank and the Resounding Harmony chorus to present the 1996 film “Hidden in America” starring Beau and Jeff Bridges and Frances McDormand. Bring two nonperishable food items for the Food Bank and be entered in a drawing for two tickets to the Resounding Harmony benefit concert Nov. 24 in SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. Food items collected will be donated to the SMU Helps Close the Gap campaign, sponsored by Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy.

Fall Dance Concert continues: The 2008 Meadows Fall Dance Concert continues with masterworks by renowned choreographers Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle and Eleo Pomare set to music ranging from Ralph Vaughan Williams to John Coltrane. Performances take place Nov. 13-16 at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Is image everything? How important is image at SMU, and how do image and stereotypes influence our daily lives? Join the Ethics Design Team of SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility to discuss the ethics of image and the public personae of college students at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

Fall Dance Concert 2008Will sing for food: The 160-voice Resounding Harmony choir, directed by Timothy Seelig, presents its inaugural concert to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and Crossroads Community Services. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. The concert is part of a 3-week campaign organized by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy to raise funds and food supplies in partnership with the Food Bank’s 3-year “Close the Gap” initiative. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at www.resoundingharmony.org or through Sandy Huneke at 817-913-9978.

“Great” expectations: SMU hosts a special screening of a new documentary by Dallas-based AMS Pictures. “The Real Great Debaters of Wiley College” begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Inspired by the Hollywood film “The Great Debaters,” the documentary tells the true story of Wiley College’s 1935 debate team and their defeat of the reigning national champions. The screening is co-sponsored by SMU’s Division of Cinema-Television, the Association of Black Students, Program Council Films, Student Filmmakers Association, and Ben Voth, Director of Forensics. Admission is free.

The element of fire: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents the U.S. premiere of The Intercourse of Fire and Water (Yi1) for cello and orchestra as part of its latest program, “The Elements: Fire,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in Caruth Auditorium. The piece – written by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” composer Tan Dun – will feature guest soloist Andrés Díaz, international recording artist and Meadows faculty member. Also on the program are Haydn’s Fire Symphony and Liszt’s symphonic poem Prometheus. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

In McFarlin Auditorium:
Nov. 14-15: TITAS presents the Dallas debut of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets, call TITAS at 214-528-5576.

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