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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 13, 2009

land-of-necessity-bookcover-200.jpgClubhouse Lunch: Assistant Professor Hector Rivera, director of the Center for Child and Community Development in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, speaks on “Integrating English Language Learners Into Our Schools – What Do We Need to Know?” at noon Oct. 14 in the Faculty Club. The lecture is part of the SMU Faculty Club’s Clubhouse Lunch series. Lunch is $5, or feel free to bring your own.

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Associate Professor of History Alexis McCrosson discusses her new book, including the visual rhetoric of scarcity and abundance in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and their history of “institutions of abundance” such as department and “big box” stores, in “Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the United States-Mexico Borderlands” at noon Oct. 14 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Presented by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Dedman College. Bring your lunch.

Long live the King: The Meadows Wind Ensemble spends a musical evening with an American icon in “Elvis Has Left the Building” at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The program features an Elvis “Vegas” medley, Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis, Eric Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas and a set of works by Frank Zappa – as well as a possible appearance by “the King” himself. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Music for a cause: The Meadows Chorale opens its season with a program of contemporary music that celebrates the passage of life into afterlife at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 in Perkins Chapel. “Each Shall Arise” features works by Tarik O’Regan, Morten Lauridsen and Eric William Barnum. In lieu of admission, online donations are requested for the North Texas Food Bank. Food items may also be donated in person at the concert. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 6, 2009

The 1931 Titanic Memorial in Washington, D.C.Wendland-Cook Professorship Inaugural Lecture: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology commemorates the establishment of the Wendland-Cook Professorship in Constructive Theology with a lecture by the first faculty member to hold that position. Joerg Rieger will discuss “Speaking Truth to Power – With a Twist: Re-envisioning the Task of Theology and the Academy” at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, followed by a reception in the Kirby Hall Parlor. Free and open to the public.

“Holocaust Legacies” lecture: Author and University of Pittsburgh Professor of Art History Kirk Savage (Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape) will explore the achievements and pitfalls of the victim monument, which has come to rival the hero monuments of old. “Beyond the Victim Monument” begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Co-sponsored by the Division of Art History in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, the Dallas Holocaust Museum and The Sixth Floor Museum. Free and open to the public; tickets required. For more information, call 214-768-2698; for tickets, call 214-768-2787. (Right, the Titanic Memorial on Washington, D.C.’s southwest waterfront, originally erected in 1931.)

'The Blood of Jesus' theatrical posterScreening a classic: Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon and the Hamon Arts Library present a free screening of Spencer Williams’ 1941 classic, The Blood of Jesus, Oct. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Made specifically for African-American audiences in segregated movie theaters, the film was placed in the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the screening at 7 p.m. and a panel discussion moderated by SMU Professor of Cinema-TV Rick Worland at 8 p.m. Arrive early – seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed. For more information, call 214-768-3225 or visit smu.edu/friends.

Clubhouse Lunch: The SMU Faculty Club hosts a Clubhouse Lunch with Hector Rivera, director of the Center for Child and Community Development in the University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, at noon Oct. 14 in the Faculty Club. Rivera will speak on “Integrating English Language Learners Into Our Schools – What Do We Need to Know?” Lunch is $5; attendees are welcome to bring their own.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 21, 2008

Thanksgiving cornucopiaThe SMU Forum is taking a break for the holiday and will return after Thanksgiving. Your news, calendar and For the Record items will be saved for upcoming issues. Keep sending your Forum news to Kathleen Tibbetts, 214-768-7672.

Turkey Day treats: SMU Catering is accepting Thanksgiving orders for cakes, pies, cookies and breads through Nov. 21. Make your choices from the 2008 menu and order form (PDF format), and follow the directions for placing your order in person or by mail, phone or fax. All prices include tax. Baked goods are for pick-up only and will be available Nov. 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Umphrey Lee Center. Visa, MasterCard and checks (payable to SMU Catering) are accepted.

Sharing is caring: In response to the 29-million-meal gap for people living at or below the federal poverty level, the “Close the Gap” food drive intiative cosponsored by Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy continues through Nov. 24, 2008. Drop off items for the North Texas Food Bank in the campus collection boxes, or contribute through the online grocery cart.

Vincent Van Gogh, 'Head of a Peasant Woman'Lasting impression: The Meadows Museum‘s groundbreaking exhibition “From Manet to Miró” closes Dec. 2, 2008. See it soon – visit the website for museum hours. (Left, Head of a Peasant Woman by Vincent Van Gogh; pencil, conté crayon and black chalk on paper; 1884. Photograph by José Loren, courtesy of The Abelló Collection.)

Live united: SMU’s 2008 United Way campaign is now under way. Make a donation with Express Ca$h at the Hughes-Trigg Mane Desk, or contribute online and check your department’s progress.

Will sing for food: The 160-voice Resounding Harmony choir, directed by Timothy Seelig, will team up with the Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir for a benefit concernt at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The choirs will donate at least 50 percent of concert proceeds to the North Texas Food Bank and Crossroads Community Services. Tickets are $25 per person, available at www.resoundingharmony.org or through Sandy Huneke at 817-913-9978.

Tate Series continues: The 2008-09 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series continues Dec. 2 with Philippe de Montebello, the longest-serving director of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Find more information at the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website.

We gather together: The SMU Faculty Club presents “Favorites from Presidents and Royalty” prepared by SMU Executive Chef Tim Schaub, as well as holiday music by pianist Bill Greene, at its 2008 Holiday Party 4-6 p.m. Dec. 3. Please bring two canned food items for the North Texas Food Bank. Faculty Club members are welcome to bring a guest. RSVP by Dec. 1 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

Save the date: The 2008 Staff Association Holiday Luncheon takes place at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. Watch your e-mail or the Staff Association website for reservations information.

Howie MandelIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Nov. 21: TITAS presents two legendary acts – The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band – in the Dallas debut of Down by the Riverside at 8 p.m. Order tickets online or contact the TITAS box office at 214-528-5576.

Nov. 23: Congregation Nishmat Am presents comedian Howie Mandel at 7 p.m. Order tickets online or contact Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 7, 2008

For your health: Flu shots are now available every Wednesday in the Memorial Health Center, 9-11 a.m. and 1:30=3:30 p.m., while supplies last. No appointment is necessary.

Vote buttonsFaculty Club Distinguished Luncheon: Political Science Professors Cal Jillson, Dennis Simon and Harold Stanley offer their analysis of the 2008 presidential election at noon Nov. 12 in the Faculty Club. Cost is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by Nov. 7 to Dee Powell, 8-3012,

Hamilton Visiting Scholar in Geophysics: Noted geophysicist Richard W. Carlson of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, will lecture on “A History of Earth Formation” at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. The lecture is presented by the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

Learning to lead: Hunt Oil CEO and SMU trustee Ray L. Hunt will share his insights with students in President R. Gerald Turner‘s 2008 Leadership Summit at 5 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Levine Endowed Lecture: Zev Garber, professor of Jewish studies at Los Angeles Valley College, will speak on “Faith After Auschwitz: Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust” at 7:30 pm Nov. 12 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall.

'Mustang' book coverInto the wild: Author Deanne Stillman will discuss the storied history and current plight of the Western wild horse – as well as her latest book, Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American WestNov. 13 in DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies and DeGolyer Library. The event is free; registration is required. Register online or contact Ruth Ann Elmore, 8-3684.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Associate Professor of History of Christianity Edwin Sylvest will moderate a conversation on how La Guadalupe plays a central role in the emergence and practice of Latino Catholic religiosity. “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe: Mother of God, Mother of the Americas, Our Cosmic Mother” is scheduled for Nov. 13 in the Umphrey Lee Faculty Dining Room. Light dinner at 6:30 p.m., discussion follows 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Carolyn Douglas.

Got talent? The SMU Staff Association presents its 9th annual talent show noon-1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. An art and photography exhibit will open at 11:30 a.m. in the prefunction area. The show is free; lunch is $12 per person. RSVP for lunch by Nov. 7; submit payment to Nancy Skochdopole, 100E Blanton Student Services Building.

Calender Highlights: Sept. 12, 2008

U.S. ConstitutionWe, the people: SMU celebrates Constitution Day Sept. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Stop by during the day to view a copy of the United States’ founding document – with cake, punch and a reading of the Preamble at 12:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Raphael Folsom will lecture on “This Weeping Land: The Making, Destruction and Rebirth of the Yaqui Mission Towns, 1533-1810,” at noon Sept. 17 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon: Dedman College Dean Cordelia Candelaria will offer “Dedman College Perspectives” at noon Sept. 17 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. Cost is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Immigration conversation: In honor of SMU’s 2008 Common Reading Experience, The Devil’s Highway, the Fondren Library Center presents the documentary “Crossing Arizona” at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Professors Ben Johnson, History, and Harold Stanley, Political Science, will discuss the film immediately following the screening. The screening is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Central University Libraries and Friends of the SMU Libraries.

2008 Family Weekend logoGilbert Lecture Series: TCU’s Addie Levy Professor of Literature, Linda Hughes, discusses “Navigating the Material(ity) of Victorian Print Culture” Sept. 18 in DeGolyer Library. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception in the Texana Room, followed by a 6:30 lecture in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room.

Bring the kids: SMU celebrates Family Weekend 2008, “SMU Safari,” Sept. 19-21 at points across campus – including Ford Stadium, where SMU plays TCU at 7 p.m. in the State Farm DFW Duel Battle for the Iron Skillet. Learn more at the Student Foundation website.

Fun and games: The Guildhall at SMU celebrates its 5th anniversary with a block party for the general public and game-industry professionals noon-3 p.m. Sept. 20 at SMU-in-Legacy. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited for fun, food and games for all ages (plus a bounce house and slide for the kids).

Calendar Highlights: Aug. 29, 2008

Cover of 'The Devil's Highway'A day without labor: SMU celebrates Labor Day Sept. 1. University offices will be closed, and no classes will be held.

Take it outside: The Faculty Club will host a Welcome Back BBQ 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at the SMU Faculty Club. The cost is $5; members may use their free membership lunch pass. RSVP by Sept. 1 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Common Reading author to speak: Author Luis Alberto Urrea (The Devil’s Highway) will give SMU’s first 2008-09 Gartner Honors Lecture at 4 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The entire SMU community and the general public are welcome.

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Calendar Highlights: April 25, 2008

Mane Event 2008 logoWe go together: The Student Foundation pays homage to the carnival scene in “Grease” with its theme for Mane Event 2008. The entire SMU community can enjoy the food, midway games and festivities at this annual celebration of the last day of class, 3-7 p.m. April 25 on the Main Quad. Get a sneak preview from a student organizer.

Paintings to pixels: Law Professor Bill Bridge will speak on “From the Cave to the iPod” in the Faculty Club’s “Last Lecture” wine and cheese reception at 4 p.m. April 29 in the SMU Faculty Club. RSVP by April 25 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Meadows at the Meyerson: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present its 15th annual benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. April 29 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Under the direction of conductor Paul Phillips, the Meadows Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Emmanuel Chabrier’s Espana and Manuel de Falla’s First and Second Suites from The Three-Cornered Hat. Meadows Artist in Residence Chee-Yun will join the orchestra for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This year’s honoree is arts patron and philanthropist Nancy Hamon. Tickets range from $6 to $100 and are available from the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

East Village Opera CompanyIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • April 30: Dashboard Confessional will perform with special guest Five Times August in the Program Council‘s 2008 Code Red Concert at 8 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 8-4400.
  • May 1: TITAS presents the East Village Opera Company (right) at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 214-528-5576.

Calendar Highlights: April 10, 2008

Art for a cause: SMU will help raise money for refugees of ethnic and political violence as it hosts Art For Darfur 6-9 p.m. April 12 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. The event features a silent art auction with live music and a “Tents of Hope” community art project. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission, $10 to participate in the tent painting. All proceeds benefit the International Rescue Committee‘s humanitarian work in Darfur and Eastern Chad.

Relay For Life logoA walk to remember: SMU Panhellenic holds its 2008 Relay For Life April 11-12 on Bishop Boulevard. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. April 11. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Ready for some football? NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks in the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum noon-1:30 p.m. April 16 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Individual tickets are $60 and can be ordered online.

Renaissance musicians: SMU’s Brown Bag World Music Series presents Renaissance and Celtic music by Cantiga at noon April 16 in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Bring your lunch.

The romance of France: The Faculty Club presents a special dinner featuring Professor Emeritus Maurice Elton speaking on “My Love Affair With France.” The event begins at 6 p.m. April 17 in the SMU Faculty Club. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members. RSVP by April 14 to Dee Powell, 8-3012

Greek tragedy: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – including the rarely performed original Prologue and Epilogue – at 8 p.m. April 18 in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free.

Aspen Santa Fe Dance CompanyIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • April 18-19: TITAS presents the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (bottom right) at 8 p.m. both nights. For ticket information, call 214-528-5576.

Calendar Highlights: March 27, 2008

Honor your colleagues: The Office of the Provost seeks nominations of outstanding teaching faculty, tenured and tenure-track, for a number of external teaching awards ranging from $5,000 to $200,000. Those submitting a candidate’s name should include a letter giving the rationale and indicating willingness to be a formal nominator if the person becomes the SMU nominee for an award. Please include names of three additional references for the nominee. Each nomination should be endorsed by the nominee’s department chair; chairs may endorse more than one nominee. Please send nominations to the Office of National Fellowships, Office of the Provost, by April 20, 2008. Watch the SMU Forum for additional information.

Choir of King's College CambridgeFrom Russia with love: Pianist Andrey Ponochevny, winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, and mezzo soprano Marina Khankhalaeva, soloist of Buriatiya State Opera and Ballet Theatre, are featured performers in SMU’s 2008 Russian Festival beginning at 2 p.m. March 29 in the Meadows Museum. The program includes music and songs of Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gavrilin, Bizet and Rossini. Tickets are $10-$20; admission is free for SMU students and children under 12. For more information, visit the Russian American Center website.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts “Religious Borders, Educational Borders: Cultural Practices and Spiritual Spaces, the Case of Latino Youth” 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 1 in 207 Kirby Hall. Featured speakers include Hector Rivera, assistant professor in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Harold Recinos, professor of church and society in Perkins School of Theology. For more information, contact Hector Rivera, 8-2917.

Drumming it up: The Meadows Percussion Ensemble performs with guest artists the Meadows World Music Ensemble at 8 p.m. April 1 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free.

D founder speaks: D Magazine founder and owner Wick Allison speaks in the next Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon at noon April 2 in the SMU Faculty Club. Price is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by March 28 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

From pews to bleachers: To commemorate the first day of 2008 baseball season, Perkins Associate Professor of Christian Worship Mark Stamm leads a baseball-themed Opening Day service at 11:30 a.m. April 2 in Perkins Chapel.

Art & Soul: The Perkins School of Theology’s 2008 Art & Soul program presents the Choir of King’s College Cambridge (top right) April 3 at the Cathedral Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $28 and available online from Ticketmaster.

A song for you: The Meadows Opera Theatre performs scenes from opera and musical theatre in “Opera Free For All” at 1 p.m. April 4 in the Taubman Atrium. Bring your lunch.

Salman AhmadIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • March 29: Dancers, poets and musicians from Algeria, Bosnia, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Syria present A Mystical Journey – Sufi Music and Other Expressions of Devotion from the Muslim World at 2 p.m. For ticket information, e-mail Golden Jubilee USA. (Bottom right, performer Salman Ahmad, photographed by Aziz Ladha.)
  • April 4: The SMU Program Council presents the 2008 edition of Sing Song, featuring student teams performing musical numbers and skits they create themselves. The show begins at 7 p.m.; for more information, call 8-4400.

Calendar Highlights: Mar. 6, 2008

John Sullivan-Dates to learn: The 2008 Staff Development Day, sponsored by the SMU Staff Association, is scheduled for Mar. 13. This year’s Risk Assist Fair takes place Mar. 14. Register online now for the Risk Assist Fair, and watch the SMU Forum for additional information on both events.

Judaica Lecture: Nils Roemer, professor of Jewish studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, discusses “Jewish Messianism on Trial: German and Jewish Debates on Redemption” at 2 p.m. Mar. 9 in the Bridwell Library.

Future forward: Provost Paul Ludden will discuss “The Future as SMU’s New Provost” in a Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon at noon Mar. 19 in the SMU Faculty Club. The cost is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by Mar. 14 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez discusses “Captivity, Slavery and Adoption Among the Comanche Indians, 1700-1875” at noon Mar. 19 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

Scott-Hawkins Lecture: John Sullivan (right, at left in photo), professor in the Graduate Program in Colonial History at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, will speak on “Reviving the Historic Nahuatl (Aztec) Language of MexicoMar. 19 in DeGolyer Library. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the lecture to follow at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sharron Pierson, 8-2984.

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