Happiness Symposia: Continuing its two-month series on “Happiness: What Makes you Smile?,” the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute presents Kent Berridge, professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Michigan. Berridge will discuss how affective neuroscience begins to identify some of the brain’s wellsprings for peak states of hedonic happiness. The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. For more information, please visit the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences webpage or contact Elizabeth Fielding.
Sammons Lecture: Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez will give the 15th annual Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics. Presented by SMU Meadows School of the Arts Division of Journalism, the lecture will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Bob Hope Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the SMU Meadows News webpage.
SMU Meadows Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital: As the second offering in this season’s Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series, SMU Meadows faculty members Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung, Douglas Howard and Brian Jones will join forces for “2×2 Pianos and Percussions.” Feature a dynamic concert of masterpieces from the 20th century, the performance will take place Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty and staff. For more information, call the Meadows ticket office at 214-768-2787 or visit the SMU Meadows webpage.
Midwives: Leaders in Global Health: As part of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences hosts a lecture entitled “Midwives: Leaders in Global Health.” Speakers will discuss midwifery and the role of midwives in medical missions, specifically in developing nations, refugee camps and conflict zones. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. For more information, contact Emily Sloan.
“Texas Three Step: An Evening with the Lone Star State’s Presidential Libraries”: SMU’s Center for Presidential History presents “Texas Three Step: An Evening with the Lone Star State’s Presidential Libraries,” an event highlighting the three presidential libraries located in Texas. Featuring the directors of all three libraries, attendees will gain insight into the inner workings of these libraries and to the presidents whose records they preserve. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. in McCord Auditorium. For questions about the event, contact the Center for Presidential History.
A New Cold War? Russia, the US and the Meaning of Ukraine: Sponored by the Annette Strauss Internationalizing Dallas Lecture Series, SMU Tower Center for Political Studies presents A New Cold War? Russia, the US and the Meaning of Ukraine. The event will feature Freedom House President David J. Kramer and SMU John G. Tower Distinguished Chair Joshua Rovner and take place Wednesday, Oct. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Ernest & Young Gallery, Cox School of Business. While the event is free and open to the public, reservations are required. Please RSVP here.