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Calendar Highlights: Nov. 19, 2013

A Conversation with the NSA: The current debate surrounding the NSA is coming to SMU, Tuesday, Nov. 19. There will be a panel discussion focusing on whether the NSA undermines civil liberties in pursuit of national security or that their efforts after 9/11 are effective for counter-terrorism. The panel will include one of the NSA’s senior leaders, John DeLong, who is the Director of Compliance at the NSA. Prior to the NSA he worked as the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division at the Department of Homeland Security and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a degree in physics and mathematics.

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Panel from L-R: John DeLong, Jeffrey Kahn, Joshua Rovner, Jeffrey A. Engel

In addition to DeLong, panel members include SMU’s Jeffrey Kahn, Joshua Rovner and moderator Jeffrey A. Engel. Kahn is an associate professor of Law at SMU and visiting fellow-in-residence at McGill University; his research and writings focus on different governments and human rights. Rovner is the John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security and Associate and Director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies; his research and writings focus on intelligence. Engel is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU; his research and writings focus on U.S. presidential and American diplomatic history. The panel starts at 6 p.m. in the Vester Hughes Auditorium of Caruth Hall; registration is required.

MJO Fall Concert: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra will have their fall concert Thursday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The show will include traditional and new works, including pieces by student composers. The MJO is directed by Akira Sato, who received a Master’s degree in jazz arranging from UNT and plays the trumpet. The fall concert will also include vocals from Morgan Wood. The concert is free of charge in the Bob Hope Theatre of Owen Arts Center.

Days of Fire: Senior correspondent for The New York Times and author Peter Baker will be at SMU on Thursday, Nov. 21. Baker is speaking at SMU on his new book, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White Housewhich explores the controversial eight years of the George W. Bush and Dick Cheney White House. Baker researched for five years and conducted more than 200 interviews to write the book; focusing on how the duo was confronted crisis by crisis for two terms and strived to protect the country and remake the world. The event starts at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium and includes a light reception, lecture and book signing. Admission is free but registration is required.

Meadows Weekend Events:

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  • SYZYGY: The SYZYGY New Music Ensemble will have a concert Friday, Nov. 22. They will perform 11 songs with the accompaniment of winds, strings, harp and percussion plus the vocals of Cecily Gordon. The concert will start at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium.
  • Composers’ Concert: On Saturday, Nov. 23 there is an Emerging Sounds Composers’ Concert. The night includes world premiere performances of student works from the Meadows School music composition program and the works cover diverse genres of music. Past works have gone on to win awards and national/international recognition! The concert is at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium.
  • Chamber Music: The Chamber Music program invites you to their first Sunday afternoon concert on Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. Enjoy the camber’s string, wind, and piano sounds in the intimate setting of O’Donnell Auditorium (room 2130).
  • World Music Ensemble: The WME is performing Sunday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre. The WME explores music from cultures around the globe; it combines exotic instruments with Western orchestra for a unique melodies and original compositions. The performance will include Meadows students and internationally acclaimed guest artists.

Calendar Highlights: April 10, 2013

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

Percussion double feature: Indonesian master musician Ade Suparman performs with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble and World Music Ensemble at noon  Wednesday, April 10, as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Brown Bag Concert Series. It serves as a preview for the Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert that same day at 8 p.m. The spring concert features different faculty artists and composers:  Andrés Díaz, Meadows cello professor, Dr. Lane Harder, Meadows alum and composition faculty member, and Suparman, who plays the zither and bamboo flute. The noon performance is in the Taubman Atrium; the 8 p.m. performance is in Caruth Auditorium. Both are free and open to the public.

Drone strikes: Is the United States legally obliged to explain its drone policy? This and other topics will be discussed on Thursday, April 11, during Drone Strikes: Security, Human Rights and Morality. The lecture will include perspectives from Jeffrey Kahn, SMU Dedman School of Law professor, Naureen Shah, Columbia Law School associate director, Michael Lewis, Ohio Northern University Law School professor. The panel is moderated by Chris Jenkins, SMU Dedman School of Law professor. The event begins at 5 p.m. in Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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Poetry and pain: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences presents an interdisciplinary discussion, The Languages of Pain: What Poetry Can Tell Us about Pain, and What it Can’t. The panel will be led by Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English, who will be joined by Thomas Mayo, Law; Robert Howell, Philosophy; and Rhonda Blair, Theatre. Each will discuss the role poetry plays in their specific discipline and how people use poetry to give words to inexplicable pain, both physical and mental. Spiegelman is the editor-in-chief of Southwest Review and has authored books, essays and reviews as well as contributed to The Wall Street Journal. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Room 133, Fondren Science Building.

Afternoon Gallery Talks: Join Meadows Curator Nicole Atzbach for Martín Rico and His Circle, an afternoon gallery talk Friday, April 12. Atzbach has been with Meadows Museum since 2010 and became a curator in 2012. She will discuss the current Meadows exhibition, Impressions of Europe: 19th-century Vistas by Martín Rico. The talk begins at noon and is free with regular admission to the Meadows Museum.

Jampact: The eclectic Jampact band brings a mix of jazz, funk and world music to campus Saturday, April 13. The band includes some of SMU’s own faculty members; the musicians are Meadows Dean José Bowen, piano, with SMU professors Kim Corbet, trombone and synthesizer; Akira Sato, trumpet; and Jamal Mohamed, drums; with musician Buddy Mohamed on bass. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 13, 2012

Tate Lecture: The third Tate lecture of the semester will feature Jane McGonigal, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. McGonigal is the author of Reality is Broken and is known as a visionary in the gaming world. Her lecture will focus on the idea of applying the gamer spirit to the problems that we face in the 21st century. The student forum is at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom and the lecture is at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

MJO: The Meadows School of the Arts invites you to hear the Meadows Jazz Orchestra in a free concert Tuesday, Nov. 13. The ensemble will perform works focused on the traditions of large ensemble jazz as well as new works by Director Akira Sato and Meadows faculty and students. Sato is a trumpet player, arranger and composer and has directed the Meadows Jazz Orchestra at SMU since 2011. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Take a stand: The SMU Debate program presents a public debate on energy, Wednesday, Nov. 14. This event is free and open to the public for observation as well as participation. The debate starts at 6 p.m. in the O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center (Room 2130).

Mexico’s melting pot: Clements Fellow Ruben Flores will speak on the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution and Mexico’s efforts to create a unified nation in the Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture Series Wednesday, Nov. 14. Flores is at SMU completing his manuscript The Beloved Communities: Mexico’s Melting Pot and the Making of American Civil Rights. The lecture starts at noon in the Texana Room of the Degolyer Library. Don’t forget your lunch!

Levine Lecture: Shalem Center founder Yoram Hazony visits SMU for a Levine Lecture in Jewish Studies Thursday, Nov. 15. Hazony, president of the Center’s Institute for Advanced Studies, will focus his lecture on whether the Bible can be read as a work of philosophy in narrative form. After the lecture Dr. Hazony’s most recent book will be available for purchase and signing. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Please contact Rabbi Heidi Cortez  for more information.

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Looking for a laugh: The Program Council invites you to a night of stand-up comedy: Steve Hofstetter, know as the man of “comedy without apology,” is coming to SMU Thursday, Nov. 15. Hofstetter has appeared on numerous national TV shows, has written three books and released three albums. He is a columnist with College Humor and visits over 100 colleges every year. The stand-up starts at 8 p.m. in the Hughes Trigg Theater.

In C: SYZYGY and DJ Dennis DeSantis invite SMU to a collaborative remix performance of Terry Riley’s In C. On Friday, Nov. 16, the sounds of pianos, percussion, strings, winds and singers will be heard with DJ DeSantis and Meadows ensemble director Mat Albert. This unique performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center, and is $7 for faculty, staff and students

Calendar Highlights: April 13, 2010

Chicano scholar Julian SamoraSinging strings: The Meadows Guitar Ensemble presents music spanning 3 centuries from Spain, South America and the United States at 8 p.m. April 13 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free. For more information, contact the Division of Music in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, 214-768-1951.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The work of Julian Samora (right), the founder of Latino studies, becomes a case example of how a scholar addresses social justice in his work in an upcoming Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue. “A Struggle for Social Justice: The Chicano Voice of Julian Samora – How Does His Legacy Respond to Conservatives’ Attacks on Churches That Preach Social Justice?” takes place April 14 in the Prothro Hall Refectory, Room 104. The discussion will be moderated by Anthony Cortese and Susanne Johnson of the Department of Sociology in SMU’s Dedman College. Light dinner at 6:30 p.m., discussion 7-8:30 p.m. RSVP to Rachel Lamb, Perkins School of Theology.

Meadows Dean Jose Bowen performing with JampactMeadows at the Bath House: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents a concert of art, music and dance with the band Jampact and digital artists Carola Dreidemie, assistant professor in the Division of Art, and Richard Klein. Jampact features Meadows Dean José Bowen (right, piano), Buddy Mohamed (bass), and Meadows faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synthesizer), Akira Sato (trumpet) and Jamal Mohamed (drums). SMU dance students Albert Drake and Tawanda Chebikwa will also perform. The show begins at 8 p.m. April 17 in the Bath House Cultural Center at Dallas’ White Rock Lake, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Tickets are $10 each. For more information, contact Kim Corbet.

Cowboys chat: The SMU Athletic Forum welcomes Dallas Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones, noon-1:30 p.m. April 20 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $60 each. For more information, contact Brittany Timmerman, 214-768-4314.

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Raul Coronado will discuss “A World Not to Come: Revolution, Modernity, and Latino Literary History, 1810-1860” at noon April 21 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Bring your lunch.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 3, 2009

Akira SatoAll that jazz: SMU’s Meadows Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Akira Sato (right) presents an evening of small-group jazz featuring classic works such as Stella by Starlight by Victor Young, Take Five by Dave Brubeck, Windows by Chick Corea and Groovin’ High by Dizzy Gillespie. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Music at 214-768-1951.

Maguire Public Scholar Lecture: Law Professor Jenia Turner will examine the limits of advocacy in representing clients accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide in “Ethical Dilemmas of International Criminal Defense Attorneys,” part of the “Holocaust Legacies: Shoah as Turning Point” series. The lecture takes place noon-1 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center West and Central Ballrooms; heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served at 11:30 a.m. Presented by SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and Human Rights Education Program. Free and open to the public; no RSVP necessary.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Poet Jeff Dolven, professor of Renaissance literature at Princeton University and author of Scenes of Instruction in Renaissance Romance, speaks on “Styles of Disjunction” Nov. 5 in DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room; lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Free and open to the public. Presented by the Department of English, Dedman College.

Meadows Chamber Music Showcase: Performers will present chamber works ranging from the early Classical period to the 20th century at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 2 p.m. Nov. 8 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

Faculty, students collaborate in ‘Meadows at the Bath House’

BL Lacerta poster for Meadows at the Bath House seriesFaculty and students in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts have found a new way to blend their talents. “Meadows at the Bath House,” a new series of performances that cross genres and disciplines, opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Dallas’ Bath House Cultural Center.

The series reflects the Meadows School’s interest in expanding its interdisciplinary offerings in the community, fostered by Dean José Bowen.

“In any given show you’re likely to see musicians working with dancers, poets and/or actors,” says Kim Corbet, series producer and Meadows music history faculty member. “Behind the scenes, there may be collaborations with the advertising department or film students documenting or using their talents as a component within the show itself.”

The inaugural show features the music and dance explorations of BL Lacerta. The interdisciplinary ensemble includes three musicians and two dancers: Corbet on trombone and synthesizer, Kevin Hanlon (Associate Professor of Music Composition) on guitar, and pianist David Anderson of SMU’s Huffington Department of Earth Sciences. The Meadows-trained dancers are Tawanda Chabikwa (M.F.A. ’10) and Jennifer Mabus (B.F.A. ’93).

“The group rigorously rehearses improvisationally, with dancers routinely making music and musicians moving on stage with the dancers,” Corbet says.

The second show, set for 8 p.m. Nov. 13, features the Meadows faculty jazz quintet Jampact along with videographers and movement artists. The group includes Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano) and Meadows faculty members Akira Sato (trumpet), Jamal Mohamed (drums), Buddy Mohamed (bass) and Corbet.

Tickets to each performance are $5. The Bath House Cultural Center is located at 521 E. Lawther Drive on the east side of White Rock Lake. For more information, contact Kim Corbet at 214-542-5663 or visit the Bath House Cultural Center website.

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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 30, 2008

The Big iDea: Student teams that received grants in the 2007-08 Big iDeas competition will report on the progress of their projects and explain their research findings in the Big iDeas Fall Symposium, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. A brief reception will follow.

Meadows Wind Ensemble Director Jack DelaneyGodbey Lecture Series: Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Melissa Barden Dowling, director of SMU’s Classical Studies Program, examines the achievements of the men known as the Five Good Emperors and how they balanced the great issues of their times in the Godbey Lecture Series‘ Boshell Foundation Lecture, “The Good Emperors and the Golden Age of the Roman Empire.” The series begins Nov. 4 and continues on consecutive Tuesdays, with the third lecture scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13. All lectures begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon at Maggiano’s NorthPark Center. Cost is $156 for Godbey Lecture Series members and $186 for nonmembers. Register online or contact the Godbey Lecture Series, 8-2532.

World premiere winds: The Meadows Wind Ensemble welcomes acclaimed contemporary percussion ensemble NEXUS for the world premiere of Eric Ewazen‘s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble – composed on commission for the MWE, NEXUS and MWE Director Jack Delaney (top right) – in “The Beat of Different Drummers!” at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

'Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child' by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Kelly Donahue-Wallace, chair of the Departments of Art Education and Art History at the University of North Texas, discusses the global influences found in objects from well-to-do colonial homes in “A caballo entre dos mundos: Material Culture in Spanish Colonial Texas.” The lecture begins at noon Nov. 5 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Bottom right, Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child, from a series on mixed race marriages in Mexico. Oil on canvas by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768, Museo de America, Madrid, Spain/The Bridgeman Art Library.)

Inside baseball: Baseball Hall of Famer, former American League and National League MVP and former American League manager of the year Frank Robinson will address the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. The luncheon and talk last from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Suzy Brack, 8-4314.

Jazz hands: The Varsity in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center becomes a jazz club for a free performance by electro-acoustic jam band JamPact at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The band – a collaboration among Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano) and music faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Buddy Mohamed (bass), Jamal Mohamed (drums) and Akira Sato (trumpet) – performs “an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music.” Appetizers and coffee drinks will be served during the concert. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 8-1951.

A JamPact evening in The Varsity Oct. 1

Jampact in concert

The Varsity in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center will be transformed into a jazz club for a free performance by electro-acoustic jam band JamPact at 8 p.m. Oct. 1, 2008.

The band, a collaboration among Meadows Dean José Bowen and music faculty members from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, performs “an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music.” All performance pieces are world-premiere originals.

Appetizers and hot and cold coffee drinks will be served tableside during the concert. The Café Jazz series will continue with another JamPact performance at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan at 8-1951.

Above, JamPact, left to right: Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano), Buddy Mohamed (bass), Akiro Sato (trumpet) and Jamal Mohamed (drums).

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 21, 2008

'Shinobi' promo posterFinal weekend for film festival: SMU’s 2008 Japanese Film Festival concludes Feb. 22-23 with screenings of Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (right) on Friday and Whisper of the Heart on Saturday. Both are in Japanese with English subtitles and begin at 6:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Admission is free. Learn more about the films at the SMU Japan Club website.

Jam session: Electro-acoustic jazz group JamPact, featuring Meadows Dean José Bowen and other faculty members, offers a free performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, contact the Division of Music, 8-2880.

Extreme homebuilding: SMU students and community members will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23-24.

Gotta dance: The Meadows Division of Dance presents its Spring 2008 Brown Bag Dance Series noon-1 p.m Feb. 25-29 in the Owen Arts Center lobby. Bring your lunch for free performances of original ballet, modern and jazz works choreographed by students.

Who’s that girl? The Gartner Honors Lecture Series continues Feb. 25 with “Iconicity and Advertising: Shanghai, Mukden, Tianjin and the Modern Girl Icon.” Tani E. Barlow, University of Washington, will discuss the central role of generic “modern girl” images in Chinese advertising of the 1920s and ’30s at 3:30 p.m. in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library.

New frontiers: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies hosts Stanford history professor Alberto Camarillo, author of Not White, Not Black: Mexicans and Racial/Ethnic Borderlands in American Cities. Camarillo will speak on “Cities of Color: The New Racial Frontier in California’s Minority-Majority Cities” Feb. 26 in DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m. with a booksigning to follow.

All that jazz: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra, led by Akira Sato, gives a free concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Join the Club: The SMU Faculty Club presents a Clubhouse Luncheon with Tinsley Silcox, Central University Libraries director of public services, who will discuss “Preserving the Heritage of African-American Filmmakers.” Lunch begins at noon Feb. 27 in the Faculty Club; cost is $5. RSVP by Feb. 26 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 26, 2007

tris-speaker-150.jpgAll that jazz: Jazz ensemble JamPact – featuring Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano), Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Akira Sato (trumpet), Jamal Mohamed (drums) and Buddy Mohamed (bass) – offers a free concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Faculty art: Assistant Professor of Art Noah Simblist presents his new exhibition, “Protocols of Zion,” Oct. 29-Dec. 1 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Over a barrel: SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies presents Tower Center Research Associate Steve LeVine, former Wall Street Journal correspondent, speaking on “The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune in the Caspian Sea,” Oct. 30 at the Hotel Crescent Court. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the 6:30 p.m. program and book-signing. RSVP by Oct. 26.

Views from abroad: Carol Troyen of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston lectures on “Venice in the Age of Impressionism: American Artists in Venice” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Dr. Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum

doug-varone-dancers-150.jpgTalking baseball: DeGolyer Library hosts Charles C. Alexander, who will discuss his new biography of a Texas baseball great and unsung charter member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Spoke: A Biography of Tris Speaker, published by SMU Press. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with a lecture and book-signing at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in DeGolyer Library. Free; registration is required.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Nov. 2-3: TITAS presents Doug Varone and Dancers at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact TITAS at 214-528-5576. (Promotional photo by Phil Knott.)