SMU community meets 2009 honorary degree recipients May 15

In keeping with University tradition, SMU will welcome its 2009 class of honorary degree recipients with a series of symposia in their honor. The symposia are scheduled for May 15, and all are free and open to the entire campus community.

“The honorary degree symposia are an opportunity for the campus and Dallas communities to see why these folks are being honored with an SMU degree,” says Fred Moss, associate professor in Dedman School of Law and symposium moderator. “Otherwise, they might simply be a name and a list of impressive credentials. They can be more fully appreciated as being outstanding in their fields though such events.”

The events and participants are as follows:

Harold W. Attridge• Panelists Mark Chancey of Dedman College‘s Religious Studies Department and Jaime Clark-Soles, Roy Heller and Susanne Scholz of Perkins School of Theology discuss “The Bible in American Public Life” in a symposium honoring Doctor of Divinity recipient honoris causa Harold W. Attridge, dean of Yale Divinity School. The symposium takes place 10 a.m.-noon in Perkins Chapel, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. reception in Bridwell Library.

Arthur Mitchell• Co-founder and artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and honorary Doctor of Arts recipient Arthur Mitchell will discuss his life and work with Meadows School of the Arts professors Shelley Berg, Dance, and Maria Dixon, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, in “A Conversation with Arthur Mitchell,” followed by a Q & A with the audience. The event begins at 1 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, 2130 Owen Arts Center.

Alexander McCall Smith• SMU faculty, staff and students are invited to meet acclaimed author and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipient Alexander McCall Smith and to take part in “A Conversation with Alexander McCall Smith,” moderated by Dedman School of Law Professor Fred Moss, from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. The SMU Bookstore will sell McCall Smith’s books on site, and the author will autograph them after the program.

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