holiday-gift-red-200.jpgFind the perfect gift for a friend, family member or yourself among SMU courses, books, travel opportunities and other goodies. We’ve made a list, and invite you to add your own ideas in the comments. Read more under the link below.

For the readers in your life, browse these titles by current and former SMU scholars that were published or won awards in 2009:

'The Comanche Empire' coverQuest for Justice: Louis A. Bedford Jr. and the Struggle for Equal Rights in Texas (SMU Press) by Darwin Payne, professor emeritus of communications, Meadows School of the Arts.

The Comanche Empire (Yale University Press, published in cooperation with SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Dedman College) by Pekka Hämäläinen, former Bill and Rita Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America – winner of a 2009 Bancroft Prize and the 2009 Clements Center Book Prize.

Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History (Georgetown University Press) by Charles Curran, Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, winner of the 2008 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Theology and Religious Studies.

And check out books by SMU faculty members that won 2008-09 Godbey Authors’ Awards:

'Higher Realism' coverThe Paradox of Predictivism (Cambridge University Press) by Eric Barnes, professor of philosophy, Dedman College.

Higher Realism: A New Foreign Policy for the United States (Paradigm Publishers) by Seyom Brown, John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security in the Department of Political Science, Dedman College.

Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place (Yale University Press) by Benjamin Heber Johnson, associate professor in the William P. Clements Department of History, Dedman College (which also received the 2008 Ray and Pat Browne Award for the Best Reference/Primary Source Work in Popular and American Culture from the Popular Culture and American Culture Association).

Relive great moments in SMU football, basketball, swimming and diving, and more with classic photos and DVDs from SMU’s Heritage Hall. Browse the selection at the Heritage Hall website,

Fans can also show their Mustang pride with the latest in licensed gear from SMU’s official retailer, – including the official 2009 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl T-shirt.

vintage-calendar-2010-150.jpgThe 2010 Vintage SMU Football Calendar contains 12 frame-ready 11×14″ reproductions of classic SMU souvenir game programs – all printed on 100-percent recycled paper with soy-based inks. Part of the proceeds of each sale returns to the University. Buy it online for $18.95 at publisher Asgard Press’ website.

Personal finance, creative writing, World War II history and Spanish for the workplace are among the winter and spring courses offered as Informal Courses for Adults by SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. For more information visit the Informal Courses homepage or call 214-SMU-THINK.

Visit historic homes in East Texas, take a day tour of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Warehouse in Lewisville, or schedule a summer trip to northern New Mexico with Biology Professor John Ubelaker through the Godbey Lecture Series of SMU’s Dedman College. Learn more at the Godbey Series website or call 214-768-2532.

Give a Meadows Museum membership that offers exclusive benefits such as priority admission to selected lectures and presentations, member previews and receptions, and discounts at the Museum Shop. SMU faculty, staff, and degree students may join at a 20 percent discount. Learn more at the Meadows Museum website.