Calendar Highlights: March 24, 2009

Rebekah HurtGartner Honors Lecture: Former SMU Honors Program student Rebekah Hurt (’06, top right), a 2004 Richter Scholar and recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, will discuss representations of the ‘been-to’ – an African who has been to Britain or America, usually to study, and who has subsequently returned home – in African fiction since 1911, and elements of the ‘been-to’ experience that resonate across national and historical lines. Her lecture, “Responsibilities of the ‘Been-To’ in African Literature and the Experience of an SMU Marshall,” begins at 3:30 p.m. March 24 in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Promenade AB.

Ancient mysteries: World-renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, will share new scientific findings from Tutankhamun’s tomb in a lecture presented by the Dallas Museum of Art. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are $22 (student rate) to $37 and will be available at the box office.

Etruscan 'canopic' urnVisiting Artist Lecture Series: The Meadows Museum presents Ranjani Shettar at 6:30 p.m. March 24 in the Dr. Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. Shettar, a native of Bangalore, India, creates sculptural installations that use a wide range of materials from the organic to the industrial to evoke the present collision of high-tech Bangalore with its rural surroundings. For more information, contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-2489.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Writer and film/video maker Gregg Bordowitz, author of The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986-2003 and faculty member in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will speak at 6:30 p.m. March 26 in the Dr. Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Film theorist Sharon Willis explores how the films of Sidney Poitier manage the contradictions generated in their stories of interracial encounter and reconciliation, as well as Poitier’s iconic weight within white liberal discourse, in “Black Mentors and White Redemption: The Extraordinary Career of Sidney Poitier.” The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. March 26 in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library. Presented by the Department of English and DeGolyer Library. For more information contact Leslie Reid, 214-768-2946.

Parsons Dance CompanyFriday Gallery Talk: Anne Bromberg, Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, will speak on “Exploring Etruscan Art” at 12:15 p.m. March 27 in the Jake and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum.

In McFarlin Auditorium:
March 27-28: TITAS presents the Parsons Dance Company at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-528-5576.

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).

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