SMU sponsors musical tribute to African American author-activist Margaret Walker Alexander on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

SMU sponsors musical tribute to African American author-activist Margaret Walker Alexander on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Randy Klein and Aurelia Williams

Randy Klein, at piano, and Aurelia Williams

Members of the SMU community are invited to a free performance of “For My People: A New Musical Work” on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Clarence Muse Café Theater, 1309 Canton Street, Dallas.

Celebrating the centennial of the birth of acclaimed African American poet-scholar-activist Margaret Walker Alexander (1915-1998), the event will feature the opus’ author, Randy Klein, joined by Aurelia Williams and the Heart and Soul Singers performing in honor of SMU’s first sponsorship of the annual College Language Association (CLA) convention (April 8-11 in Dallas).

Margaret Walker Alexander

Margaret Walker Alexander

Co-sponsors of the musical tribute are SMU’s Department of English and Ethnic Studies Program in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences along with the University’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, in partnership with the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, the College Language Association and Dr. Maryemma Graham of the University of Kansas.

“This is not only CLA’s 75th convention and the centennial of Dr. Margaret Walker Alexander’s birth, but it’s also the centennial of SMU’s opening,” says CLA host committee chair Darryl Dickson-Carr, associate professor of English in SMU’s Dedman College.

“Walker Alexander was the direct inspiration for The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, as its founder, Curtis King, was her student and protégé,” Dickson-Carr says. “The CLA’s first visit to Texas in 50 years coincides with remarkable events in Dallas and SMU’s histories, and features the work of some of its best and most celebrated students.”

Dylan Smith

Dylan Smith

Synthia Green

Synthia Green

SMU will host a private reception for CLA members at Café 43 in the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. University leaders set to greet CLA guests include Dedman College Dean Thomas DiPiero, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies James Quick and Department of English Chair Nina Schwartz.

A jazz trio led by Dylan Smith of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will provide entertainment, as will Meadows student Synthia Green.

SMU English Department graduate students will serve as CLA convention volunteers.

For more details about the CLA and related events, contact Dr. Dickson-Carr.

Written by Denise Gee

April 2, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News|

‘Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style’ comes to an end Oct. 5, 2014 at the Bush Center

Photo by Terri Glanger for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Photo by Terri Glanger for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

After three months as a special exhibit at The George W. Bush Presidential Center“Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” comes to an end Sunday, Oct. 5.

The exhibition is a major retrospective of the legendary American fashion designer. Offering Dallas the opportunity to experience fashion first-hand, the exhibit explores de la Renta’s remarkable career from its origins to its most recent masterpieces.

Photo by Terri Glanger for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Photo by Terri Glanger for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Featuring more than 60 outfits, the exhibit highlights de la Renta’s designs for three First Ladies: Nancy Reagan, Hilary Clinton and Laura Bush. As the coutourier’s ensembles changed with the times, his designs offer insight into the unique role of the First Lady as our country’s official hostess to world leaders and trendsetter in style, fashion and entertaining.

When thinking about the various personal styles and eras of each First Lady, its hard to imagine how one designer could have dressed each so beautifully. Yet through each differing fashion period, de la Renta created just the right look for the President’s wife.

“Oscar de la Renta is a successful designer because he is always Oscar,” says Chelsea Bell, professor in the Division of Journalism’s Fashion Media Program in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. “His designs for each of the First Ladies were specific to their tastes and personalities, yet they all exuded the aesthetic of [his] design style. Great designers are able to capture the needs and personalities of their clients while still maintaing the design sensibilities that define their work.”

The exhibit also features de la Renta’s Spanish and garden inspirations, as well as his use of motifs and silhouettes from cultures around the globe. Highlighting the craftsmanship that goes into the creation of couture clothing, other sections detail his work for stars of stage, screen and high society.

SMU faculty, staff and students receive free admission to the Bush Center with their SMU IDs. The exhibit is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., as well as Sunday 12-5 p.m.

> For additional details and images visit the Bush Center’s “Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style” homepage

September 24, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News|

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 4, 2013

Creative Musings: On Thursday, Dec. 5, the Meadows Museum invites you to ”Creative Musings”: a discussion of different pieces in the Virginia Meadows Galleries that have an emphasis on the creative process and the materials used to execute them. The main focus will be on Juan de Borgona’s The Investiture of Saint Ildefonsus. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free with museum admission. Advance registration is required; please call 214-768-4993.

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GW & slavery: The Center for Presidential History and the George W. Bush Library and Museum are hosting a lecture on “George Washington and the Problem of Slavery” on Thursday, Dec. 5 by Ed Countryman, SMU Distinguished Professor and historian of the American Revolutionary era. Countryman will share his own research on the topic and home in on how Washington’s capacity for growth and Revolutionary-era slavery are connected. The event begins at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium; registration is required.

Chamber Music

  • Faculty Concert: Meadows Chamber Music hosts its faculty recital Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., featuring Liudmila Georgievskaya, adjunct lecturer in piano and coordinator of accompanying at Meadows. Guest artists Brent Buemi (clarinet), Marty Spake (bassoon), and Maria Schleuning (violinist) will also perform. The concert is in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, and admission is free.
  • Honors Concert: Meadows Chamber Music holds its honors concert Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. The night will feature advanced chamber music groups chosen by Meadows faculty. The concert is in Caruth Auditorium and free of charge.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra: The MSO presents their winter concert featuring guest cellist Christopher Adkins, Meadows adjunct associate professor of cello and Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal cellist. The concert will highlight two works: Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo and Symphony No. 4 by Dmitri Shostakovich. The show will run Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Both performances are in Caruth Auditorium, and tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

December 4, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

Campus celebrates Veterans Day 2013

SMU Veterans pinVeterans Day 2013 is Monday, Nov. 11, and SMU will honor its military vets in many ways this week:

• SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility will present SMU Veteran lapel pins to all University vets – students, faculty and staff – to recognize their service and identify their membership with the University’s veteran community. The Maguire Center will present pins 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at the Main Quad flagpole. In addition, Ruthie’s Rolling Café will offer free sandwiches to vets wearing their pins.

• The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum will offer free admission to all veterans, retirees, active duty, National Guard, Reserve, and Coast Guard service members on Veterans Day. The Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Veterans Day 2013; the offer is good for all tickets sold at the admissions desk that day, but not applicable to tickets sold online. Any service member participating in the free admission offer will be asked to show a form of identification upon purchasing their tickets. For more information, e-mail bush43media@nara.gov.

• The Office of the Provost hosts a luncheon honoring veterans 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. The keynote speaker is U.S. Army Col. Miguel Howe (Ret.), director of the Military Service Initiative in the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Special presentations will also be made by:

  • SMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul Ludden
  • University Chief Information Officer Joe Gargiulo (U.S. Navy 1975-77, U.S. Navy Reserve 1978-80)
  • SMU Chief of Police Richard Shafer (U.S. Air Force 1973-94)
  • SMU Color Guard
  • Associate Vice President for Campus Services Julie Wiksten ’78, ’92
  • Brandon Montgomery ’14, president, U.S. Military Veterans of SMU (U.S. Marine Corps 2005-10)
  • Blake Helm ’14 (M.B.A.), vice president, Cox Veterans in Business (U.S. Army, 2005-12)

• In addition, the Office of the Provost and SMU Military Veterans are collecting holiday toys and care package items during the luncheon. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots program and personal items for active-duty U.S. military service members. Visit the United Service Organizations (USO) website for a list of suggested care package items.

• SMU’s Central University Libraries invite you to view one of DeGolyer Library’s finest collections in digitized form: the Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs. Shaffer’s evocative images depict the indigenous populations and local conditions of North Africa, Italy, Southern France, and Germany from 1943 to 1945. Included are 19 images of Mount Vesuvius that depict the volcano before, during and after its eruption in 1944.

November 8, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|
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