Calendar Highlights: Sept. 10, 2013

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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 10, 2013

A perfect union: Dolley Madison, spouse of James Madison, is remembered for the impact she had while living in the White House – especially her keen understanding of both the social and political workings of Washington. SMU will host a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 10,  focusing on Dolley and her role in the construction of a new political society and democratic ruling style. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation starts at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium. Please contact Brian Franklin for more information.


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The accidental victim: Friends of the SMU Libraries will host James Reston Jr. for a lecture and book signing on his new work, The Accidental Victim: JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Real Target in Dallas Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. Reston, who was David Frost’s Watergate advisor from 1976-77 and has written 15 books, presents the theory that Texas Governor John Connally was the intended target of the JFK shooting. A reception precedes the event at 6 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited;  RSVP to Cynthia Ruppi or call 214-768-3225. Watch “The Today Show” on Thursday, Sept. 12 for a special feature on Reston.

Visiting artist: Uruguayan multimedia artist Alejandro Cesarco will present a Visiting Artist Lecture at SMU Wednesday, Sept. 11. Cesarco’s work explores how we comprehend and frame narrative by using repetition and memory across numerous media. Cesarco was born in Uruguay and represented the country in the 2011 Venice Biennale and was the 2011 winner of the Baloise Art Prize. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Room B600, Owen Arts Center.

Honest Abe: The Hon. Frank Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, is known for his knowledge and collection of Abraham Lincoln information and materials. He will speak on Lincoln’s unique approaches to our nation’s issues, especially his openness to reevaluation and change, in “Abraham Lincoln: An Evolving Commander in Chief,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in DeGolyer Library.


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MWE: The annual Meadows Wind Ensemble classics concert celebrates the 75th birthday of a Dallas pioneer Friday, Sept. 13. To honor the late Howard Dunn (pictured left) – the second conductor of the MWE and founder of Dallas Wind Symphony – the Wind Ensemble will perform works from Paul Dukas, Richard Strauss and more. The concert takes place at Dallas City Performance Hall at 8 p.m., and tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

Friday’s concert marks the first event in the Meadows School’s new Community Concert Series, which will showcase SMU Meadows performers in different Dallas venues throughout the year.

September 10, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: May 6, 2013

Summer is nearly here — the end of Spring 2013 (and another semester) at a glance:


  • May 6: Last day of instruction
  • May 7: Reading Day
  • May 8-14: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • May 16-31: May Term 2013 for SMU Campus and SMU-in-Taos
  • May 17-18: May Commencement Weekend
  • May 27: University Holiday, Memorial Day
  • June 6: Last day to file for August Graduation

Friends of SMU Libraries: The Friends of SMU Libraries is holding their annual dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6 at Seasons 52, located at Northpark Center. Featured speaker Hugh Aynesworth is a journalist, author and historian and will be presenting his most recent work, Witness to History, a personal retrospective on the JFK assassination 50 years after the event. This event is $45 per person and registration is required.

Beta Test: Visit SMU Guildhall graduate students in the Hughes-Trigg Commons on Tuesday, May 7, to playtest the unique video games they created. Stop in anytime from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

End of 2013 Tate Lecture Season: The final Tate Lecture of the 2012-2013 season is Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The season will close with Álvaro Uribe. As always the Student Forum is at 4:30 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg and the lecture is at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

May 3, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 29, 2012

Piano and percussion: SMU’s Meadows School of Art invites you to the Faculty Artists and Alumni Series for piano performances by Catharine Lysinger and Alex McDonald. Lysinger is director of the Piano Preparatory Department in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts; in 2008 she created the National Piano Institute for Young Artists in collaboration with David Karp. McDonald is a pianist and current doctoral student at the Julliard School. For the second half of the program Lysinger and McDonald will be joined by percussionists Douglas Howard and Brian Jones. Howard is an adjunct associate professor of percussion for Meadows and principal percussionist and has received the Sabian Lifetime Achievement award at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. Jones is an adjunct professor of jazz percussion at VCU. The performance takes place at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students.

Athletic Forum: The 2012 PwC SMU Athletic Forum continues with Danica Patrick on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Patrick was the 2005 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and the first woman to win an IndyCar race (the 2008 Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi). Patrick is married, lives in Arizona and ranks 10th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Hear about her extraordinary experiences at noon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For more information, contact Jeff Lockhart, 214-768-4314.

500 Days: New York Times best-selling author and Vanity Fair contributing editor Kurt Eichenwald gives SMU’s Fall 2012 William J. O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 in 241 Umphrey Lee Center. Eichenwald – a former investigative reporter, columnist and senior writer for The New York Times and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize – will discuss his latest book, 5oo Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror WarsThis non-fiction work takes an inside look into the decisions and dialogue of the 18 months (500 days) following the 9/11 terror attacks. The William J. O’ Neil Lecture series brings a business journalism professional to speak on campus each semester. The event is free and open to the public.

The Twelve: Author Justin Cronin visits SMU to give a lecture and book signing for his latest novel, The Twelve, at noon Friday, Nov. 2 in the Mary Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. The event starts with a light buffet at 11:30 a.m. Cronin, a New York Times best-selling author, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Whiting Writer’s Award. The Twelve is book 2 in his trilogy about a government experiment gone wrong that unfolds into a man-made apocalypse. This event is presented by Friends of the SMU Libraries; contact Cindy Ruppi, 214-768-3225, for more information.

Community Service Day: On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 the SMU campus community and local alumni are encouraged to participate in the 44th annual Community Service Day. Presented by the SMU LEAD and the Community Engagement and Leadership Center, community service day is one of the longest standing traditions. Service projects for this year include: redoing a rooftop garden, organizing a library, working in the thrift store and service at the Dallas Arboretum. Service will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and you can sign up through Mustang Trak. Contact the Community Engagement and Leadership Center at 214.768.4403 for more information.

Making music: The launch of the 2012 Faculty and Student Artist Recital Series is Saturday, Nov. 3, with Andrés Díaz and Matt Albert as the featured faculty artists of the night. Díaz, a professor of cello in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, is an internationally renowned concert artist who has been awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Albert is a violinist, visiting artist-in-residence and director of chamber music in Meadows. Díaz and Albert will showcase their works alongside advanced students at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Happy Halloween! 

October 29, 2012|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 8, 2012

On this day 520 years ago: Happy Columbus Day! Today, we celebrate the journey of Christopher Columbus and his arrival in America on Oct. 12, 1942. Columbus Day became an official federal state holiday in 1937 and is celebrated on the second Monday of October every year.

Author visit: Friends of SMU Libraries will host a lecture and book signing by author Susan Orlean Wednesday, Oct. 10. Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of seven books, including the best-seller The Orchid Thief and her most recent, Rin Tin TinThe Life and the Legend. The event will start with a light buffet at 11:30 a.m. in the Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Building. This event is free and open to the public; please RSVP to Cindy Ruppi if you plan to attend.

Moody Tip-Off: To kick off the 2012-13 basketball season and the re-design of Moody Coliseum as part of the University’s centennial celebration, SMU Athletics will host a “Tip-off at Moody” on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The special event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. tip-off; the night concludes with dinner and events at 7 p.m. The men’s basketball season begins Sunday, Nov. 11 against Loyola Marymount.

Oldovini’s organ: The Meadows School of the Arts and Larry Palmer, professor of harpsichord and organ, have teamed up to bring a special musical opportunity to the SMU community. Palmer will perform monthly demonstrations on Oldovini’s organ in the Meadows Museum. The organ is the only instrument by Pascoal Caetano Oldovini to be found outside the Iberian Peninsula. The first demonstration takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11; it is free, open to the public and a unique musical experience not to be missed.

Gallery Talks: The Meadows Museum hosts a Gallery Talk on Friday, October 12, in conjunction with the Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits exhibition. The event will feature perspectives from guest speakers such as Mark Leonard, chief conservator for the Dallas Museum of Art, on the painting techniques used and other insights. The talk takes place at 12:15 p.m. in the Jack and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum. No reservation is required, and the event is free for SMU faculty, staff and students.

SMU Forum wishes the faculty and students a very happy fall break! See you back on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. 

October 8, 2012|Calendar Highlights|

The Big Short discussion continues with expert panel Sept. 13

'The Big Short' book coverSMU continues its conversation about the 2012 Common Reading with a panel discussion on issues raised in Michael Lewis’ The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

The discussion, featuring both campus and business leaders, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 in SMU’s DeGolyer Library. A reception precedes it at 6:30 p.m.

The panelists include:

The event is presented by Friends of the SMU Libraries. Attendance is free, but space is limited. RSVP to Cindy Ruppi, Central University Libraries, 214-768-3225.

Visit SMU’s Common Reading homepage

September 13, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|
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