Calendar Highlights: April 28, 2009


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Calendar Highlights: April 28, 2009

happy-face-istock-456.jpgDon’t worry, be happy: The SMU Health Center hosts a brown bag presentation on the Science of Happiness noon-12:50 p.m. April 30 in Room 205, Memorial Health Center. Learn about positive psychology, a new movement in psychology that focuses on what makes people happy. Faculty and staff earn 1 Wellpower Mind credit for attending. For more information, contact Jennifer Hughes.

Mane_Event_POSTER_PINK.jpg End-of-the-year fun: Join the SMU Student Foundation for the annual Mane Event from 3-6 p.m. May 1 on the lawn in front of Dallas Hall. The carnival-like event is a great way to have some fun before finals and includes music, games, inflatables and tons of free food. The event is free and open to the entire SMU community.

alonzo-kings-lines-ballet.jpgIn McFarlin Auditorium:

May 1-2: TITAS presents Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-528-5576.

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).

April 28, 2009|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: April 14, 2009

artshow.jpgMaster of Fine Arts Qualifying Exhibition: With spring comes the annual exhibition of the Division of Art’s graduate students works, featuring art in a wide-ranging variety of styles and media. The event is open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. until April 18 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-4439.

Documentaries at their best: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Division of Cinema-Television welcome Fred Wiseman, regarded as one of the world’s greatest living documentary filmmakers, at 6 p.m. April 14, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Wiseman’s body of work includes Titicut Follies and High School and Domestic Violence, which won numerous honors including a Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information and to make a reservation, call 214-768-2787.

sexandsoulbook.jpgLet’s talk about sex: Boston University professor Donna Freitas will be on campus April 15 to discuss her research and her book “Sex and the Soul”, which focuses on juggling sexuality, spirituality, romance and religion on America’s college campuses. There will be a faculty and staff light lunch and lecture at 11:30 a.m. in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. RSVP to Edilson Volfe. In addition, Freitas will hold a student forum at 5 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, call 214-768-4502.

T.BoonePickens.jpgFinding a better way: SMU’s Maguire Energy Institute hosts a town hall meeting with T. Boone Pickens at 2 p.m. April 16 in McFarlin Auditorium. Pickens is the author of The First Billion is the Hardest, and the first 200 SMU students at the event will receive a free autographed copy of his book. The lecture will focus on The Pickens Plan: Ending Our Dependence on Foreign Oil. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Gilbert Lecture Series: SMU’s Dedman College and Department of English present Alan Liu and “Digital Humanities and Academic Change” at 6:30 p.m. April 16 in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library. Professor Liu argues that the digital humanities are catalyzing fundamental changes in humanities practices and organization. The event opens with a 6 p.m. reception in the Texana Room. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Leslie Reid 214-768-2946.

smurealy.jpgUp all night to make a difference: SMU and Panhellenic sponsor the 6th annual Relay for Life April 17 on Bishop Boulevard. The event celebrates cancer survivorship and raises money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. Students participating in the evening-long team relay will walk non-stop around the Boulevard to symbolize that cancer never sleeps and the need to move forward in the fight against it. Free and open to the public; visit the website to join a team or donate to the cause.

David SedarisIn McFarlin Auditorium:

April 19: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents the classic ballet comedy Coppelia at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 214-631-2787.

April 19: The Dallas Museum of Art presents author, humorist and commentator David Sedaris at 7:30 p.m., benefiting the Kay Cattarulla Endowment for the Literary and Performing Arts. Sold out. For more information, visit the DMA website.

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Calendar Highlights: March 30, 2009

Meadows Symphony Orchestra violinistsMeadows at the Meyerson: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents its 16th annual benefit concert, “The 2009 Meadows at the Meyerson,” at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street. Under the direction of Paul Phillips, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra will perform Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49 by Sibelius. The Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir will join the symphony in a performance of John Corigliano’s Fern Hill. Concluding the program will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Students from the Meadows School will also present performances and displays in the lobby before the concert. Tickets range from $7-$13 and are available online or though the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Learning from the best: President Turner welcomes Gerald J. Ford to the President’s Leadership Summit lecture series at 5 p.m. April 1 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Ford is a member of the SMU Board of Trustees and a preeminent expert in banking and financial institutions. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sherry Aikman, 214-768-4403.

Meadows DanceA week of dance: The Meadows School of the Arts presents the Meadows Spring Dance Concert at 8 April 1-5 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. The event features a diverse selection of ballet, contemporary and jazz works by distinguished guest artists and faculty. The performance will honor the 75th birthday of Arthur Mitchell founder and director of Harlem’s Dance Theatre, Arthur Mitchell’s 75th birthday and the 40th anniversary of the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff and can be purchased online. For more information contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-2787.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins School of Theology will address the role of religious communities and religious leaders in Latin America in the area of human rights. “Human Rights and Communities of Faith in Latin America” begins at 7 p.m. April 1 in the Faculty Dining Room, Umphrey Lee Center. The event will be moderated by Rick Halperin and Joerg Rieger. Guests are invited to attend a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. before the discussion. The event is free; registration is required. Contact Rachel Lamb.

darrellwaltrip.gifHonoring a racing great: The Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum welcomes the winner of three NASCAR Championships and winner of 84 Winston Cups, Darrell Waltrip, at noon April 2 in the Grand Ballroom, Hilton Anatole Hotel. Waltrip was voted the American Driver of the Year three times, NASCAR Driver of the Decade for the 1980s, and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. He is now a NASCAR analyst on the FOX Network, for which he won a 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality. Visit the Athletic Forum website for more information and to purchase tickets for the event.

Daoud Corm paintingComini Lecture Series: Sarah Rogers will examine the career and work of Daoud Corm, Beirut’s first professional painter, in “Daoud Corm, Cross-Cultural Encounters, and the Origins of Lebanese Modern Art.” The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. April 2 in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. The event is free; reservations are required. Call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Brush up your Shakespeare: Meadows Opera Theatre presents an “Opera Free For All” at 1 p.m. April 3 in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. The event will feature a musical journey into the heart of the Bard with scenes from operas and musicals inspired by Shakespeare’s works. Free and open to the public; bring your lunch.

March 30, 2009|Calendar Highlights|

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).

March 24, 2009|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: March 17, 2009

Civil rights, social justice: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and its Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department present a week-long symposium on the importance of understanding and valuing diversity and how we conceive of, and practice, communication. “Keeping the Faith: Civil Rights and Social Justice 45 Years After Freedom Summer” takes place March 16-21, 2009 and will feature participants in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, as well as artists, professionals and politicians who have kept the organizing tradition of civil rights alive in America. Events include lectures, panel presentations, a musical performance, photography exhibit and screening of an award-winning documentary. For more information, contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-4359, or visit SMU News.

Texas prison farmClements Center Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Robert Chase will discuss the successes and failures of post-World War II Texas prison reform – highly regarded as modern and efficient for its time but with an internal reality at odds with its public reputation, which collapsed when inmates, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, revolted. His Brown Bag Lecture, “Jail House Attorneys, Building Tenders and Slaves of the State: Prisoners’ Rights, Internal Economies and Sexual Violence in Texas Prisons, 1945-80,” takes place at noon March 18, 2009 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Image courtesy of Bruce Jackson, University of Buffalo.)

Rhythm and Dhoom 2009: The SMU Indian Student Association presents its annual talent show, a statewide dancing and singing competition hosted by Comedy Central’s Daniel Nainan. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and performances start at 7 p.m. March 21 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are required for the event; admission is $12 pre-sale and $15 at the door. For more information, visit the ISA website.

Watch the ISA’s YouTube talent show preview:

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).

March 17, 2009|Calendar Highlights|
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