Piano and percussion: SMU’s Meadows School of Art invites you to the Faculty Artists and Alumni Series for piano performances by Catharine Lysinger and Alex McDonald. Lysinger is director of the Piano Preparatory Department in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts; in 2008 she created the National Piano Institute for Young Artists in collaboration with David Karp. McDonald is a pianist and current doctoral student at the Julliard School. For the second half of the program Lysinger and McDonald will be joined by percussionists Douglas Howard and Brian Jones. Howard is an adjunct associate professor of percussion for Meadows and principal percussionist and has received the Sabian Lifetime Achievement award at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Jones is an adjunct professor of jazz percussion at VCU. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students.
Athletic Forum: The 2012 PwC SMU Athletic Forum continues with Danica Patrick on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Patrick was the 2005 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and the first woman to win an IndyCar race (the 2008 Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi). Patrick is married, lives in Arizona and ranks 10th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Hear about her extraordinary experiences at noon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For more information, contact Jeff Lockhart, 214-768-4314.
500 Days: New York Times best-selling author and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald gives SMU’s Fall 2012 William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in 241 Umphrey Lee Center. Eichenwald – a former investigative reporter, columnist and senior writer for The New York Times and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize – will discuss his latest book, 5oo Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars. This non-fiction work takes an inside look into the decisions and dialogue of the 18 months (500 days) following the 9/11 terror attacks. The William J. O’ Neil Lecture series brings a business journalism professional to speak on campus each semester. The event is free and open to the public.
The Twelve: Author Justin Cronin visits SMU to give a lecture and book signing for his latest novel, The Twelve, at noon Friday, Nov. 2 in the Mary Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. The event starts with a light buffet at 11:30 a.m. Cronin, a New York Times best-selling author, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Whiting Writer’s Award. The Twelve is book 2 in his trilogy about a government experiment gone wrong that unfolds into a man-made apocalypse. This event is presented by Friends of the SMU Libraries; contact Cindy Ruppi, 214-768-3225, for more information.
Community Service Day: On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 the SMU campus community and local alumni are encouraged to participate in the 44th annual Community Service Day. Presented by the SMU LEAD and the Community Engagement and Leadership Center, community service day is one of the longest standing traditions. Service projects for this year include: redoing a rooftop garden, organizing a library, working in the thrift store and service at the Dallas Arboretum. Service will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you can sign up through Mustang Trak. Contact the Community Engagement and Leadership Center at 214.768.4403 for more information.
Making music: The launch of the 2012 Faculty and Student Artist Recital Series is Saturday, Nov. 3, with Andrés Díaz and Matt Albert as the featured faculty artists of the night. Díaz, a professor of cello in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, is an internationally renowned concert artist who has been awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Albert is a violinist, visiting artist-in-residence and director of chamber music in Meadows. Díaz and Albert will showcase their works alongside advanced students at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.