Godbey Lecture Series

SMU experts, organizations teach an electoral college in 2012

Stock photo of 'Vote' buttonsA host of Election 2012 events at SMU will offer opportunities for enlightenment, discussion and debate as election day approaches. Understand what makes presidents tick, analyze election issues and discuss the presidential debates at SMU events open to the community as well as students, faculty and staff.

A small sampling:

Texas Faith Public Forum: Perkins School of Theology Dean William Lawrence will join a panel of journalists and North Texas pastors of diverse faith traditions to discuss how the 2012 election is helping to define the national interest. “Elections and the Common Good” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. The panel will be moderated by Dallas Morning News editorial columnist William McKenzie and senior political writer Wayne Slater of the newspaper’s Texas Faith blog. Free and open to the public.

• Presidential Debate Series: View the televised presidential debates in SMU’s O’Donnell Recital Hall, then participate in debates about them moderated by faculty and members of the SMU Speech and Debate Program. Events are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 3Thursday, Oct. 11Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Monday, Oct. 22. All are free, and all begin at 7 p.m.

Election 2012 Preview: Political science professors Cal Jillson, Dennis Simon and Matthew Wilson will discuss the trends, issues and voter groups critical in determining the outcomes of various races in a Godbey Lecture Series event Monday, Oct. 15. The 6 p.m. lecture will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. wine reception; all events are held at Maggiano’s, NorthPark Center. The event is part of a Godbey series on Election 2012; the cost is $45 per lecture for Godbey Lecture Series members, $65 for nonmembers. Attend all three lectures for $135 (member price) or $195 (nonmember price). Register online or call 214-768-2532.

Secrets From the White House Kitchen: Recipes, anecdotes and samples of White House kitchen fare are on the menu when Secrets from the White House Kitchens author John R. Hanny III speaks, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The evening includes a lecture, signed book and hors d’oeuvres. Cost is $99. Register online through SMU’s Continuing and Professional Education site.

The Economy and Election Outcomes: Which economic outcomes seem to matter most to voters? Do macroeconomic fluctuations exhibit cycles related to the electoral cycle? Economics professor Nathan Balke discusses economic implications for the November elections in “It’s Always ‘The Economy, Stupid’” – a Godbey Lecture Series event Monday, Oct. 29. The 6 p.m. lecture will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. wine reception; all events are held at Maggiano’s, NorthPark Center. The event is part of a Godbey series on Election 2012; the cost is $45 per lecture for Godbey Lecture Series members, $65 for nonmembers. Attend all three lectures for $135 (member price) or $195 (nonmember price). Register online or call 214-768-2532.

Election 2012 Analysis: Political science professors Cal Jillson, Dennis Simon and Matthew Wilson assess turning points in presidential and congressional campaigns and analyze voting results in this Godbey Lecture Series event Monday, Nov. 12. The 6 p.m. lecture will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. wine reception; all events are held at Maggiano’s, NorthPark Center. The event is part of a Godbey series on Election 2012; the cost is $45 per lecture for Godbey Lecture Series members, $65 for nonmembers. Attend all three lectures for $135 (member price) or $195 (nonmember price). Register online or call 214-768-2532.

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Barnard, Ehring, Sverdlik receive 2012 Godbey Authors’ Awards

SMU faculty books receiving 2012 Godbey Authors' AwardsThree SMU faculty authors were honored for outstanding books published in 2011 at the 2012 Godbey Lecture Series Authors’ Award Luncheon. The 32nd annual presentation took place Wednesday, April 25.

The Godbey Authors’ Awards are presented by the Godbey Lecture Series in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Honorees are chosen for their outstanding scholarly research, publications and teaching ability. Each receives a prize of $1,000.

The 2012 honorees are:

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Elverskog, Kerins, Stephens receive 2011 Godbey Authors’ Awards

2011 Godbey Authors' Awards winnersThree SMU faculty authors will be honored for outstanding books published in 2010 at the 2011 Godbey Lecture Series Authors’ Award Luncheon. The 31st annual presentation takes place 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

The Godbey Authors’ Awards are presented by the Godbey Lecture Series in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Honorees are chosen for their outstanding scholarly research, publications and teaching ability. Each receives a prize of $1,000.

The 2011 honorees are:

  • Johan Elverskog, professor of religious studies in Dedman College, for Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road (University of Pennsylvania Press)
  • Mark Kerins, assistant professor of film and media art in Meadows School of the Arts, for Beyond Dolby (Stereo): Cinema in the Digital Sound Age (Indiana University Press)
  • Kathleen Sullivan Stephens, adjunct professor of English and academic adviser in Dedman College, for Our White Boy (Texas Tech University Press)
  • The luncheon reservation deadline is Thursday, April 21. For tickets and more information, contact Deborah Martin in the Godbey Lecture Series office, 214-768-2532.

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    Calendar Highlights: Sept. 9, 2009

    'Darwin's Evolving Legacy' logoThe joy of science: SMU professors from multiple schools and disciplines will participate in a faculty symposium on “The Year of Darwin” 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 12 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Participants include David Meltzer and Ronald Wetherington, Anthropology, Dedman College; Larry Ruben and John Wise, Biological Sciences, Dedman College; Louis Jacobs, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College; and Rhonda Blair, Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts. Presented by the Office of the Provost, Dedman College, Meadows School of the Arts, and Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. For more information, contact Pia Vogel, 214-768-1790, or visit the “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy” homepage.

    Adobe churchInterdisciplinary Dialogue: The interplay between basic social science research and action research will be at the center of “Research on Latino Religious Topics: A Challenge to Scholars,” moderated by Harold Recinos, professor of church and society, Perkins School of Theology; and Hector Rivera, assistant professor, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The event begins Sept. 16 in the Prothro Hall Refectory (Room 104) with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. and discussion 7-8:30 p.m.

    Going green: The City of Dallas and more than 20 vendors will present sustainable products and other green solutions as part of SMU’s first Sustainability Fair for students, faculty and staff. The event takes place 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with tea and lemonade. Presented by SMU Purchasing.

    Recycling logoGodbey Lecture Series: Associate Professor of Hispanic American Literature Francisco Morán of Dedman College will discuss “Why Poetry Matters: Playing ‘Ajedrez’ (Chess) with Language” Sept. 17 at Maggiano’s NorthPark Center. The lecture begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The cost is $45 for Godbey members, $65 for non-members. Register online or call 214-768-2532.

    Reserve by April 24 for 2009 Godbey Awards luncheon

    godbey-authors-awards-2009-300.jpgThree outstanding SMU faculty authors will be honored for books published in 2008 at the 29th annual Godbey Lecture Series Authors’ Award Luncheon. The 2009 ceremony takes place 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 29 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom.

    The price for the luncheon is $17 per person, and the reservation deadline is Friday, April 24. For more information or to reserve a place, contact Deborah Martin in the Godbey Lecture Series office, 214-768-2532.

    The Godbey Authors’ Awards are presented by the Godbey Lecture Series in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Honorees are chosen for their outstanding scholarly research, publications and teaching ability. Each receives a prize of $1,000.

    The 2009 honorees are:

    Eric Barnes, professor of philosophy in Dedman College, for The Paradox of Predictivism (Cambridge University Press)

    Seyom Brown, John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security in the Department of Political Science, Dedman College, for Higher Realism: A New Foreign Policy for the United States (Paradigm Publishers)

    Benjamin Heber Johnson, associate professor in the William P. Clements Department of History, Dedman College, for Bordertown: The Odyssey of an American Place (Yale University Press)

    Calendar Highlights: Oct. 30, 2008

    The Big iDea: Student teams that received grants in the 2007-08 Big iDeas competition will report on the progress of their projects and explain their research findings in the Big iDeas Fall Symposium, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. A brief reception will follow.

    Meadows Wind Ensemble Director Jack DelaneyGodbey Lecture Series: Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Melissa Barden Dowling, director of SMU’s Classical Studies Program, examines the achievements of the men known as the Five Good Emperors and how they balanced the great issues of their times in the Godbey Lecture Series‘ Boshell Foundation Lecture, “The Good Emperors and the Golden Age of the Roman Empire.” The series begins Nov. 4 and continues on consecutive Tuesdays, with the third lecture scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13. All lectures begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon at Maggiano’s NorthPark Center. Cost is $156 for Godbey Lecture Series members and $186 for nonmembers. Register online or contact the Godbey Lecture Series, 8-2532.

    World premiere winds: The Meadows Wind Ensemble welcomes acclaimed contemporary percussion ensemble NEXUS for the world premiere of Eric Ewazen‘s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble – composed on commission for the MWE, NEXUS and MWE Director Jack Delaney (top right) – in “The Beat of Different Drummers!” at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

    'Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child' by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Kelly Donahue-Wallace, chair of the Departments of Art Education and Art History at the University of North Texas, discusses the global influences found in objects from well-to-do colonial homes in “A caballo entre dos mundos: Material Culture in Spanish Colonial Texas.” The lecture begins at noon Nov. 5 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Bottom right, Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child, from a series on mixed race marriages in Mexico. Oil on canvas by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768, Museo de America, Madrid, Spain/The Bridgeman Art Library.)

    Inside baseball: Baseball Hall of Famer, former American League and National League MVP and former American League manager of the year Frank Robinson will address the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. The luncheon and talk last from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Suzy Brack, 8-4314.

    Jazz hands: The Varsity in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center becomes a jazz club for a free performance by electro-acoustic jam band JamPact at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The band – a collaboration among Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano) and music faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Buddy Mohamed (bass), Jamal Mohamed (drums) and Akira Sato (trumpet) – performs “an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music.” Appetizers and coffee drinks will be served during the concert. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 8-1951.

    Calendar Highlights: Oct. 17, 2008

    Elemental music: Guest conductor Nicolás Pasquet of the Liszt Hochschule in Weimar, Germany, leads the Meadows Symphony Orchestra in “The Elements: Water” – a program featuring Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Debussy’s La Mer and Premiere Rhapsody, Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Smetana’s The Moldau. The program debuts at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and repeats Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

    Seymour Island, AustraliaElection reflection: SMU Political Science Professors Cal Jillson, Dennis Simon and Harold Stanley will survey the political landscape and analyze the 2008 primary and general election campaigns in “Road to the White House 2008,” presented by SMU’s Godbey Lecture Series. The series begins Oct. 20 and repeats on consecutive Mondays through Nov. 10. Lecture at 11 a.m., lunch at noon each day at Maggiano’s North Park Center. Cost is $163 for members, $193 for nonmembers. Register online or call 8-2532.

    Darwin Year preview: Earth Sciences Professor Louis Jacobs will discuss his fossil research in places ranging from St. Bart’s to Seymour Island, Antarctica, in the Godbey Lecture Series‘ “Islands and Life” – a preview of SMU’s 2009 event “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy.” The program takes place Oct. 22 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. A 5:30 p.m. wine reception precedes the 6 p.m. lecture. Tickets are $45 for members and $70 for nonmembers. Register online or call 8-2532. (Top right, Seymour Island as photographed by graduate student researcher and blogger Chris Strganac.)

    Make a racket: The Stanford Championships tennis tournament comes to SMU Oct. 22-Oct. 26 in the Turpin Tennis Center. Eight legendary names in men’s tennis, including Boris Becker, Jim Courier and Mark Philippoussis, compete for the title and $150,000 in prize money. In addition, Anna Kournikova will compete in Mixed Doubles matches. Tickets are available at www.ChampionsSeriesTennis.com or call 877-332-TIXX (8499).

    Coming of age: The Hughes-Trigg Student Center celebrates its 21st birthday with a “responsible celebration” Oct. 23. Stop by the Student Center for cake, fun and games.

    M.L.S. information session: Learn more about SMU’s Master of Liberal Studies program at an information session 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Human Resources Training Room #208, Expressway Tower, 6116 N. Central Expy. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to the M.L.S. program.

    Lar Lubovitch Dance CompanyIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • Oct. 17-18: TITAS presents the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (bottom right) in its 40th anniversary tour at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets, call TITAS at
  • Calendar Highlights: Sept. 26, 2008

    Sweet Honey in the RockGodbey Lecture Series: Psychology Professors George Holden and Buck Hampson join Law Lecturer Jessica Dixon, director of SMU’s W.W. Caruth Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic, for a discussion of the issues involved in the FLDS Compound raid and its aftermath. “Big House on the Prairie” is scheduled for three consecutive Mondays beginning Sept. 29 at Maggiano’s in NorthPark Center. Lecture at 11 a.m., lunch at noon. Register online or call 8-2532.

    Art and Soul 2008: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts the Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock (right) at 7:30 p.m in The Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. The concert is part of Art & Soul 2008, a quadrennial program made possible by the Claudia and Taylor Robinson Lectureship at Perkins School of Theology. Tickets are $20-$45 and are available from www.ticketmaster.com and at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 214-373-8000.

    High court’s future subject of first Godbey Lecture for 2008-09

    Supreme Court buildingHow political is the U.S. Supreme Court, and how will this closely divided body be affected by the 2008 presidential election? SMU’s Joseph Kobylka, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor and associate professor of political science, will examine the interconnectedness of the Court and other American political institutions in the first event of the 2008-09 Godbey Lecture Series.

    “The Supreme Court and Presidential Elections” is scheduled for three Mondays – Sept. 8, 15 and 22 – at Maggiano’s in NorthPark Center. Each lecture begins at 11 a.m., with lunch to be served at noon.

    Other fall events in this year’s series include:

    • “Modern China and the Imperial Legacy,” Sept. 16 and 23 and Oct. 7
    • “Big House on the Prairie,” Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and 13
    • “Road to the White House 2008,” Oct. 20 and 27, and Nov. 3 and 10
    • “The Good Emperors and the Golden Age of the Roman Empire,” Nov. 4, 11, 13 and 18

    Register online for the Supreme Court lectures.
    Learn more about the 2008-09 Godbey Lecture Series.
    Visit the Godbey Lecture Series home page.

    Calendar Highlights: Feb. 7, 2008

    Photo of Mexican Chinese familyHonor our authors: Reminder: SMU’s Godbey Lecture Series of Dedman College is accepting nominations for its 28th annual Authors’ Awards through Feb. 15. The awards will be presented to three SMU faculty members who had outstanding books published during 2007. For more information or to make a nomination, contact Dorothy Friedlander, 8-3399.

    Civil Rights Pilgrimage: SMU’s 2008 Spring Break Civil Rights Pilgrimage takes place Mar. 7-15. Students, faculty and staff members are welcome; the cost of $350 includes travel, museum fees and lodging (based on 4-per-room occupancy). Space is limited; for information and reservations, contact the Chaplain’s Office, 8-4502.

    Judaica Lecture Series: Associate Professor of Old Testament Roy Heller speaks on “The Politics of Pointing: Learning and Teaching Hebrew in Colonial America” at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in Bridwell Library.

    Gilbert Lecture Series: Mark Oppenheimer, author of Thirteen and a Day and coordinator of the Yale Journalism Initiative, speaks on “How Studying Oratory and Rhetoric Makes Us Better Citizens” Feb. 11 in DeGolyer Library. A reception will take place at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room, with a lecture following at 6:30 p.m in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room.

    'Swing Girls' promo posterClements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Julia María Schiavone Camacho speaks on “Crossing Boundaries, In Between Homelands: Expulsion, Diasporic Identities and Memory of the Mexican Chinese, 1910-1980s” at noon Feb. 13 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Top right, a Mexican Chinese family photo.)

    Big in Japan: SMU’s 2008 Japanese Film Festival opens Feb. 15-16 with screenings of Swing Girls (bottom right) on Friday and Millennium Actress on Saturday. The festival continues Feb. 22-23 with Shinobi: Heart Under Blade and Whisper of the Heart. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles and begin at 6:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Admission is free. Presented by the SMU Japan Club, Meadows School of the Arts, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, and the SMU Japanese Program; sponsored by SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies and the SMU Japan Club. Learn more about this year’s festival films at the SMU Japan Club website.

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