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Calendar Highlights: Closing attractions for Commencement 2012

As Spring 2012 finals end and SMU gears up for its 97th Commencement celebration, take note of three remarkable exhibitions that end this weekend. See them before they’re gone:

A portrait of Charles Dickens wearing a tartan waistcoat, photographed by G. Herbert Watkins in 1858

• DeGolyer Library honors the 2012 bicentennial of a literary titan with Charles Dickens: The First 200 Years, featuring more than 200 items from the Stephen Weeks Collection – including all of Dickens’ major works in original editions, as well as prints, drawings, letters, later editions, piracies, translations, adaptations, and advertising ephemera. The exhibit runs through Saturday, May 12, and is free and open to the public.

DeGolyer is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and will observe special Saturday hours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12 for visiting SMU parents – including Stephen Weeks, whose daughter Jennifer will graduate from the University this weekend.

Image from Bridwell Library exhibit of religious books for children at SMU• Bridwell Library explores Bibles, psalms, catechisms, instructional works, moral stories, devotional literature and hymnals written and published specifically for youngsters in Four Centuries of Religious Books for Children, on display in the Bridwell’s Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries through Saturday, May 12.

The event is free and open to the public; check the Bridwell Library homepage for gallery hours. An online version will also be on display for the duration of the exhibition.

A detail from the Pastrana TapestriesMeadows Museum offers unprecedented insight into four 15th-century panels of monumental scale and skill that count among the finest surviving Gothic tapestries in existence. The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries runs through Sunday, May 13.

Featured exclusively at the Meadows is the armor of Duarte de Almeida, the standard-bearer for Afonso V of Portugal, who is depicted prominently in one of the tapestries. Now housed at the Cathedral of Toledo in Spain, Duarte’s armor is the only relatively complete example of period armor that can be directly related to Portugal.

Also on display are 15th- and 16th-century maps lent by SMU’s DeGolyer Library that not only help to relate how world geography was understood around the time of the tapestries’ creations, but also to establish a context for understanding the feats of exploration led by the Portuguese well before Columbus set sail. Check the Meadows Museum homepage for visiting hours.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 5, 2011

Archivist of the United States David FerrieroThrough an archivist’s eyes: David Ferriero (right), 10th Archivist of the United States, will give a close-up view of the mission and history of the National Archives with “An Insider’s Perspective: The Mission of the National Archives and the Creation of the George W. Bush Presidential Library” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the lecture. Sponsored by SMU’s DeGolyer Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon, Bridwell Library and the Book Club of Texas. For more information contact Cindy Ruppi, 214-768-2253.

Writings on rights: SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program presents an evening with a group of international refugees, asylum seekers and other forced migrants currently living in North Texas. “Escape to Dallas: Stories of Flight & Survival” will feature readings of original stories and writings by the presenters, who will share their experiences of flight from conflict and political and economic threats, as well as of their resettlement in the Dallas area. The event takes place 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sherry Aikman, 214-768-8347, and visit the Refugee Writers blog.

Local discounts: Designer Shoe Warehouse Park Cities has scheduled an SMU appreciation event for 5-9 p.m. Oct. 11, 2011. Present their flier (downloadable in PDF format) to receive 20% off regularly priced items and 10% off clearance merchandise. The store is located at 8335 Westchester Drive in Preston Center.

In McFarlin Auditorium:
• Dr. Temple Grandin, the Colorado State University professor whose life with animals and with autism became a Golden Globe Award-winning HBO movie, will present “An Evening with Temple Grandin: Animals Make Us Human” at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in McFarlin Auditorium. Presented by Guide Dogs for the Blind and Lone Star Puppy Raisers. Buy tickets online at TicketLeap.

Calendar Highlights: Commencement Week, May 10, 2011

Commencement 2010 assembly photo by Hillsman S. JacksonSave the date: Make plans to attend the 2011 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic. The annual celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, rain or shine. Stay up-to-date on picnic plans at the Staff Association website.

Catch them while you can: Make plans to visit these SMU exhibitions before they close:

Commencement Countdown 2011:

> Learn more at the Registrar’s Commencement 2011 website
> RSVP online for the Faculty Breakfast and Processional
> Read more about U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the 2011 Commencement speaker

(Right, participants assemble for Commencement 2010. Photo by Hillsman S. Jackson.)

Calendar Highlights: April 5, 2011

Susanne ScholzFound in translation: Is it political correctness or linguistic skill that makes for a good Bible translation? Susanne Scholz (right), associate professor of Old Testament in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, will discuss “God’s Word as Man’s Word? The Politics of Translating the Sacred Texts of Christianity and Judaism” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Bridwell Library Benefactors Room. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

Cutting the cord: Writer and scholar Terry Castle – Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and author of National Book Critics Circle Award nominee The Professor and Other Writings – discusses “Becoming an Orphan: Helicopter Parents, Velcro Moms and Self-Education” as part of the 2010-11 Gilbert Lecture Series Thursday, April 7, in DeGolyer Library. A 6 p.m. reception in the Texana Room precedes the 6:30 p.m. lecture in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Free and open to the public.

The spiritual network: Author, speaker and activist Brian McLaren will speak on seeking vital connections with God and others in a lecture that springs from his new book, Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words. The event includes a book signing session and will take place 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Sponsored by the Center for Missional Wisdom in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology. For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, 214-768-2167. Learn more about McLaren’s talk from the Perkins website.

Yolande Moreau in 'Seraphine'French Film Festival concludes: The 15th-anniversary celebration of SMU’s French Film Festival continues through April 9, 2011. The final screenings include Indigènes (Days of Glory, 2006) on Wednesday, April 6. César and Lumière award-winning cowriter and director Rachid Bouchareb tells the stories of four North African recruits who fight to liberate France during World War II, as well as for equal treatment in the French military and society. The film will be followed by a discussion with Hervé Tchumkam, assistant professor in Dedman College’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and an expert in French, Francophone, African and postcolonial studies. The festival wraps up Saturday, April 9, with Séraphine (2008), starring César Award-winner Yolande Moreau as painter Séraphine de Senlis, a housekeeper who became one of the most acclaimed naïve artists of the 1920s and ’30s before dying in an insane asylum in 1942. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, and all films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. These films are intended for an adult audience and may contain sexual content, nudity and violence. Sponsored by the SMU French Club, the SMU Students’ Association and the Tournées Festival. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the 2011 French Film Festival homepage. (Right, Yolande Moreau in Séraphine.)

Faculty in the News: Nov. 16, 2010

Henry Arthur McArdle, 'The Battle of San JacintoEric White, curator at SMU’s Bridwell Library, discussed James G. Pepper’s work creating a hand-lettered, hand-illustrated Bible with The United Methodist Church’s Interpreter Magazine. The article appeared in the November-December 2010 edition.

Sam Ratcliffe, head of special collections in SMU’s Hamon Arts Library, talked with The Houston Chronicle about the recent discovery of a smaller version of Texas artist Henry Arthur McArdle’s famed painting The Battle of San Jacinto (right) – a canvas previously thought to have been destroyed in a 1918 house fire. The article appeared in the paper’s Nov. 8, 2010 edition.

Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Sarah Palin’s visit to Dallas and its potential impact on other politicians’ aspirations with The Dallas Morning News Nov. 10, 2010.

Cal Jillson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about how – and whether – President Obama can adapt to the new political realities of Washington with The Christian Science Monitor Nov. 6, 2010. In addition, he discussed the 2010 midterm elections with The Houston Chronicle and USA Today in articles that appeared Nov. 3, 2010.

Peter Raad on 'Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman'Peter Raad (right), Executive Director, The Guildhall at SMU, discussed the future landscape of video games on the nationally syndicated PBS series “Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman.” The show aired Nov. 4, 2010. Watch it online. video

Dennis Simon, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Democratic successes in Dallas County elections despite Republican dominance of national races with The Dallas Morning News Nov. 3, 2010.

Anastasia Suen, Creative Writing, Continuing and Professional Studies, was featured in an article on the “Frisco Reads” program that appeared in The South Lake Times Oct. 27, 2010.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked with The Wall Street Journal about how cement used in oil drilling is prone to failure. The article appeared in the Oct. 30, 2010 edition.

Dan Howard, Marketing, Cox School of Business, discussed Halloween sales of candy, costumes and decorations as a barometer for general economic recovery with The Dallas Business Journal Oct. 29, 2010.

Mark Chancey, Religious Studies, Dedman College, talked about a Bible-based history curriculum being sought by a member of Louisiana’s Caddo Parish School Board with The Shreveport Times Nov. 2, 2010.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 27, 2010

Charles CurranChurch controversy: SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility has promoted the upcoming lecture by Charles Curran as the story of a man raised within the Catholic church who famously clashed with many of its leaders on just about every social issue possible, including premarital sex, masturbation, contraception, abortion, homosexuality, divorce, euthanasia, and in vitro fertilization. The tipping point came for Curran in 1986, where he was ousted from teaching at Catholic University of America schools despite having tenure. (The man responsible for Curran getting the boot? Josef Ratzinger, now known as Pope Benedict XVI.) Curran (right), now SMU’s Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, speaks about his challenges as a “black sheep” of the Catholic family in “The U.S. Catholic Bishops and Abortion Legislation: A Critique from within the Church” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. For more information, call 214-768-4255.

Service of Memory: The University’s annual Service of Memory will take place at noon Thursday, Oct. 28 in Perkins Chapel. The service honors SMU community members who have passed away during the past year and is organized by the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and Perkins School of Theology.

A future for books? Bridwell Library, DeGolyer Library and Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon are hosting a special lecture by the Director of Rare Book School and University of Virginia professor Michael F. Suarez, S. J. on the future stock of old-fashioned books and their “digital surrogate” replacements. In this lecture, Suarez will show the ways in which our changing technological and cultural times are determining the way we view text formation and comprehension itself. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Free parking is available for this event only in the Meadows Museum Parking Garage. Attendance is free, but RSVPs are required – respond online or call 214-768-3483.

Prado at the Meadows logoSpanish flair: SMU’s Meadows Museum hosts a faculty/staff reception celebrating its “Prado at the Meadows” partnership with Madrid’s renowned Prado Museum. Freixenet wines, hors d’oeuvres and Spanish guitar music will be provided. The party is scheduled for 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 in the Museum.

Modern MSO: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra takes a stroll through more (relatively) modern composers for its second show of the season, with pieces by Soviet-born Giya Kancheli, French composer Henri Tomasi, and Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Dallas Symphony player and faculty member John Kitzman is the featured trombone soloist on the Tomasi piece, aptly titled Concerto for Trombone. The performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 28, 2010

censored text‘Heretical’ exhibition: SMU’s Bridwell Library adds to their already large stable of exhibits as a new research piece on Medieval censorship, Heresy and Error: The Ecclesiastical Censorship of Books, 1400-1800, continues today. Contained within the exhibit are damaged and censored texts from the mid-1500s, when censor-heavy religious groups such as the Council of Trent sought to expurge and control all information related to the Church. (Pictured right, an example from Erasmus: In Novum Testamentum.) The exhibit operates within normal Bridwell Library hours, which can be found here and will run through Dec. 17. For more information, visit the Bridwell Library site or call 214-768-3483.

Brazil’s history in pictures: Meadows’ Comini Lecture Series continues with a look at the rapid modernization of Brazil during the Roaring ’20s and its effects not only on the nation itself but on geographer and explorer Alexander H. Rice, who is the subject of the lecture’s two documentaries. Culled together from 1924-25 footage, these records paint two contrasting pictures of Rice’s journey and paint a picture of how Brazil quickly rose from colony to an epicenter of industrialization in South America. The lecture is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Bob Hope Theatre. Admission is free, but reservations are required. For more information, call 214-768-2698; for reservations call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Return of the celluloid: The Student Filmmakers’ Association will hold its bi-annual Film Fest Oct. 1. Works are culled from across SMU’s diverse Cinema-Television family, with works ranging from conventional drama, comedy and documentary to experimental and animation. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the O’Donnell Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 214-768-2129.

Calendar Highlights: Aug. 31, 2010

Pearl rosary in shell from the Bridget Anne Braithwaite Rosary CollectionWelcome back, faculty: The SMU Faculty Club will be holding a Welcome Back BBQ 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 9. The cost is $5 per Faculty Club member. For more information contact Dee Powell, 214-768-4858, or visit smu.edu/facultyclub.

Rosary exhibit opens: SMU’s newest exhibit, the Bridget Anne Braithwaite Rosary Collection, is open for public viewing at Bridwell Library. The exhibit highlights a small selection of more than 320 rosaries from various cultures and regions, ranging from the 19th to the 20th century. The collection was donated to the Perkins School of Theology in June 2008 by the parents of Bridget Anne Braithwaite, and 15 selected rosaries will be on display until Dec. 12.

A taste of the Renaissance: Princeton Professor of Literature Leonard Barkan will lecture on “Some Pages from Michelangelo’s Life” as part of the 2010-11 Gilbert Lecture Series Sept. 9. Currently, Barkan is on academic leave from Princeton, touring and researching for an upcoming book on Michelangelo’s drawings and writings. A short reception will take place at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room of SMU’s DeGolyer Library, followed by the reading at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Find upcoming Gilbert Lecture Series events online.

“Portraits of Muhammad”: On Sept. 2, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Johan Elverskog will speak on a topic of recent global controversy in “Portraits of Muhammad: From Genghis Khan to South Park.” The Dedman College-sponsored event begins at 7 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. For more information, contact the Department of Religious Studies at 214-768-2095 or visit www.smu.edu/religiousstudies.

Your future…in video games: The Guildhall at SMU will hold an open house 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 11 at 5232 Tennyson Parkway, Building 2 in Plano. Anyone interested in pursuing a degree or certificates= in software development, art creation or level design in videogaming can register for the event online – only 100 spots remain. Immediately following the two-hour symposium, lunch will be served at the Guildhall’s Gigantic Block Party. For more information, contact René Archambault, manager of admissions and alumni affairs, 972-473-3539.

Weber to give last public lecture as SMU professor April 27

'Fiasco' book coverDavid Weber will give his last public lecture as an SMU professor April 27. Weber, the Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History and director of the Clements Center for Southwest Studies in SMU’s Dedman College, retires in May 2010 and will take a sabbatical year after that.

Weber and co-editor Jane Lenz Elder, reference librarian in SMU’s Bridwell Library, will talk about their latest collaboration, Fiasco: George Clinton Gardner’s Correspondence from the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Survey, 1849-1854, recently published by SMU Press.

Gardner’s previously unpublished personal letters, written mostly to family, offer a fresh vantage point on the survey party’s logistical and financial problems, the quarrels among its civilian and military members, the personal and political rivalries of leading figures, and the personal foibles and inadequate funding that turned the work of the U.S. survey team into a catastrophic failure.

The event begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a 6:30 p.m. lecture and book signing, in DeGolyer Library.

The event is free and open to the public; registration is required. Find more information and register online, or contact the Clements Center, 214-768-3684.

Calendar Highlights: April 20, 2010

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Raúl Coronado will give a lecture entitled “‘We have been made the victims’: The Melancholia of Broken Social Contract and Spanish-American Independence” at noon April 21 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Bring your lunch.

Still image from 'Papers'“Papers,” please: A new film explores the stories of the approximately 2 million undocumented children born outside the United States and raised in this country, and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status and with no path to citizenship. “Papers” will be shown at SMU at 7 p.m. April 25 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. A discussion will follow. The event is free; donations are welcome. Presented by Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia and the LULAC Student Chapter at SMU. For more information, contact SMU LULAC President Elizabeth Zamora, 972-762-1964.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: A panel of SMU experts and others explore “Crypto Judaism in the American Southwest: Hidden Religious Roots of Hispanic Peoples” in a public workshop at 2:30 p.m. April 25 in the Great Hall, Room 121, Perkins Prothro Hall. Participants include David Maldonado Jr. and Gregory Cuellar, Perkins School of Theology; Pamela Patton, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts; Stanley M. Hordes, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico; and Juan Gutierrez, a doctoral candidate in the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago. A reception will follow. Presented by the Perkins School’s Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions with funds from the Luce Foundation. Cosponsored by Perkins School of Theology, the Perkins Mexican American Program, the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and the Department of Religious Studies in SMU’s Dedman College, and the SMU Judaic Studies Program. For more information, contact Stephanie Carroll, 214-768-3477.

Library of Congress Jefferson CollectionA presidential collection: In 1815, Congress purchased Thomas Jefferson’s personal library – then the largest private book collection available in North America – to replace the congressional library destroyed when the British burned the U.S. Capitol the previous year. Jefferson’s collection (right) served as the core of the Library of Congress until catastrophic fire again struck the Capitol on Christmas Eve 1851, destroying two-thirds of his original collection. Mark Dimunation, chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, discusses the reconstruction of this landmark collection and the fresh insight it provides into the mind of Thomas Jefferson and the world of the Enlightenment in “Forged in Fire: The Jefferson Collection at the Library of CongressApril 29 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Reception at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m. Sponsored by SMU’s Bridwell Library, DeGolyer Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon, and the Book Club of Texas. RSVP online or call 214-768-3483. (This event was rescheduled from Feb. 11.)

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