Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan to visit SMU Feb. 25, 2016

Gilbert Lecture Series

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan to visit SMU Feb. 25, 2016

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay RyanFormer U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan will present a reading of her poetry at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, following a 6 p.m. reception in room 131 of SMU’s Dedman Life Sciences Building.

The event is cohosted by SMU English Professor Willard Spiegelman, the SMU Department of English and the Gilbert Lecture Series.

“Ryan will be reading from her poetry, presumably a mix of recent and earlier work,” Spiegelman says. “She is very engaging, humorous and compatible in an approachable way. She has a wonderful stage presence.”

In addition to serving as the nation’s 16th Poet Laureate from 2008-2010, Ryan has won a Pulitzer Prize and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011 – a prestigious distinction.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the SMU Department of English at 214-768-2945.

— Kenny Ryan

January 29, 2016|Calendar Highlights, News|

Calendar Highlights: April 4, 2013

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Gilbert Lecture Series: The Department of English presents a lecture on Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo by Elizabeth Tshele on Thursday, April 4. Tshele, herself born and raised in Zimbabwe, earned her M.A. from SMU in 2007. She will also read from her new book, We Need New Names, which will be released this summer. The event takes place in DeGolyer Library with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room and lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. It is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Haute culture: On Thursday, April 4, SMU’s Meadows Museum presents “The Art of Fashion,” a lecture by Myra Walker, University of North Texas professor and curator and director of UNT’s Texas Fashion Collection. In 2007 she was guest curator at the Meadows for its blockbuster exhibition Balenciaga and His Legacy: Haute Couture from the Texas Fashion Collection. The lecture coincides with the second annual SMU Fashion Week, a five-day campus event in collaboration with Meadows School of the Arts, the Division of Journalism’s Minor in Fashion Media Program, and the SMU Retail Club. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium.

Ambivalent resistance: The Thinking about Agency Series presents Sherry Ortner, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at UCLA, on “The Case of Gendered Agency” at 3:15 p.m. Friday, April 5. Ortner has done fieldwork with the Sherpas of Nepal and has received numerous grants and fellowships. The lecture takes place in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall, and is free and open to the public.

Slavery Symposium: The William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies and The School for Advanced Research present “Uniting The Histories of Slavery in North America and its Borderlands” on Saturday, April 6. The all-day public symposium will bring together specialists in history, anthropology, folklore and psychology to speak on slavery and the areas of the country it affected in the past. Panelists will present their research and results, and a moderator will guide questions and discussion between the panelists and the audience. The event begins at 10 a.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Below is an overview of the day:

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April 4, 2013|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 21, 2012

Ilona Romule: Creamer Horse (courtesy of Ferrin Gallery)

Art smart: Ceramicist Ilona Romule will be at SMU Monday, Sept. 24, to give the Meadows Visiting Artist Lecture. Romule’s unique work is simultaneously two-and three-dimensional: She draws figures on the sides of her pots and sculpts them partially emerging from the pots as three-dimensional forms. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and has participated in international competitions and exhibitions. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room of the Owen Arts Center and is free to the public.

SYZGY: The Meadows new music ensemble SYZGY will open its 2012-13 season Friday, Sept. 28 with a program featuring work by composer John Adams and led by ensemble director Matt Albert. The strings, winds and percussions can be heard at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Raúl Coronado

“We the Pueblo of Texas”: The Gilbert Lecture Series kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with an event focused on Latino studies and hosted by Raúl Coronado. Coronado is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, a past resident of SMU as a Bill and Rita Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America, and the author of A World Not to Come: A History of 19th-Century Latino Writing, Print Culture, and the Disenchantment of the World. Coronado is currently working on a study of the historical emergence of queer Latino/a subjectivities; hear all of his insights in DeGolyer Library.

True to Texas: Y’all are in for a treat, because the 2012 State Fair of Texas begins Friday, Sept. 28 and runs daily through Saturday, Oct. 21. The fair kicks off with a ceremony at 7 a.m. and a parade through downtown Dallas at noon. Highlights include the Reliant Starlight Parade, the State Fair Auto Show, livestock shows, the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Chevrolet Main Stage featuring artists like Kellie Pickler and Kevin Fowler, and all the fried food your heart desires. General admission is $16; call 214-565-9931 for more information.

Faculty artistry: Chee-Yun Kim and Alessio Bax are more than SMU faculty members: They are also internationally renowned musicians who have won the Avery Fisher Career Grant. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Chee-Yun will play the violin and Bax the piano as they perform pieces from composers Ferruccio Busoni and Beethoven as part of the Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series. The performance is in Caruth Auditorium and costs $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

September 21, 2012|Calendar Highlights|

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.)

April 5, 2011|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 16, 2010

Worldly beats: Percussion and improvisation take center stage in this semester’s installment of the Meadows World Music Ensemble, directed by Jamal Mohamed. Exotic percussion instruments from Africa, Asia and the Middle East are prominently featured with more “Western” instruments like the vibraphone, keyboard and guitar. A mix of traditional works, original pieces and good old ‘jamming’ sessions is the order of the night. The performance is at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 in the Bob Hope Theatre in Meadows. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Eric SundquistA Gilbert for the road: The SMU Department of English‘s final installment of the Fall 2010 Gilbert Lecture Series is almost here. This week’s speaker is Eric Sundquist (pictured), author and the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. His lecture, “We Dreamed a Dream: Larry Ellison, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama,” covers the unfinished second novel of acclaimed author Larry Ellison, who in over 40 years of civil rights coverage unearthed a lot of truths about race in America, ranging from the MLK days to the Obama presidency. The reading is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Admission is free. A reception precedes the reading at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Gilbert Lecture Series website.

Break out the jazz hands: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra, directed by Akira Sato, will conduct an exploration of traditional large ensemble jazz pieces, as well as introducing new student and professional works into the mix – including pieces by Sato, other Meadows faculty and current jazz students. Admission is free for the performance, which begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

November 16, 2010|Calendar Highlights, Save the Date|
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