Godbey Lecture Series

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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