Students shine in 2014 Engaged Learning Week Feb. 5-7

Gretchen Smith

Students shine in 2014 Engaged Learning Week Feb. 5-7

Originally published Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 – updated.

SMU Engaged Learning logoSMU’s 2014 Engaged Learning Week puts student achievement front and center with open houses, exhibitions, performances and presentations from the University’s 2013-14 Engaged Learning Fellows.

This year’s event takes place Feb. 5-7 and is designed to help students learn more about expanding their education outside the classroom, from undergraduate research and community service to professional internships and creative projects.

The week will begin with the Lucky Cup, a free party taking place 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Café 100, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Hosted by Engaged Learning students and staff, the festivities will include exhibitions and live performances by Engaged Learning seniors – as well as free hot drinks and Girl Scout cookies, contests, prizes, photos with Peruna, and celebrity baristas. One lucky student will win a LYFEBox package, the Big iDeas brainchild of SMU students and brothers Myles and Kaleb Lee. Other prizes include two tickets to the 2014 Empty Bowls event benefiting the North Texas Food Bank, each of which includes a souvenir dish handcrafted by a Texas artist and food from 18 of North Texas’ finest restaurants.

Participants in SMU's 2013 Engaged Learning Week

Participants in SMU’s 2013 Engaged Learning Week gather on the Main Quad. The 2014 event takes place Feb. 5-7.

The week’s centerpiece event takes place Thursday, Feb. 6, as 40 graduating Engaged Learning Fellows present their projects. The Engaged Learning Symposium is scheduled for 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. The participants will share their work in the areas of research, service, internships and creative activities.

Symposium attendees are invited to drop in for any and all of the presentations. Each will be followed by a Q&A, in which the student presenters have the opportunity to talk informally with the audience.

On Friday, Feb. 7, SMU Engaged Learning hosts an open house 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in G13 Clements Hall.

Scheduled events include:

  • 11 a.m.: Provost’s Office presentation on how Engaged Learning fits into an SMU education
  • Noon: Free buffet provided by Buca di Beppo
  • 1 p.m.: Faculty members Gretchen Smith, Theatre, and Thomas Osang, Economics, on “The Joy of Mentoring”
  • 2 p.m.: Engaged Learning Director Susan Kress on how to create a successful Engaged Learning Fellowship proposal

Find a full schedule at the SMU Engaged Learning Week homepage
Check the schedule of Engaged Learning students and presentations (coming soon)

January 29, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News|

Conference to explore human rights issues in Africa April 11-15

African Literature Association logoThe African Literature Association will meet April 11-15, 2012, at SMU and Dallas’s Adolphus Hotel to explore human rights issues in Africa.

The association’s 38th annual meeting will feature 10 writers, journalists and performers from various countries in Africa and is expected to draw more than 400 participants from all over the world, including Japan, Australia, Great Britain, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and various African countries.

Participants will explore the theme of human rights in current African art, literature and the visual arts, as well as in the areas of health and political freedom.

Campus events, which are free and open to the public, include the following:

  • A special screening of the film Quartier Mozart will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Based on African folklore, it tells the story of a mischievous young girl who wants to know what it’s like to be a boy and has her wish granted by a witch. The film was shown at Cannes, and went on to critical acclaim, winning awards at FESPACO, the Montréal Film Festival, and the Locarno Film Festival, and receiving a nomination for a British Film and Television Award. Jean-Pierre Bekolo, the film’s director, will be on hand to answer questions.
  • Ghanaian playwright Ama Ata AidooThe 70th birthday of award-winning Ghanaian writer and playwright Ama Ata Aidoo (pictured right) will be celebrated with a staged reading from her two plays at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The readings are being organized in cooperation with the SMU Theatre program and adapted by Professor Gretchen Smith, head of theatre studies in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.The readings will be followed by the launching of her newest book of short stories, Diplomatic Pounds and Other Stories, as well as the launch of a festschrift in her honor, Essays in Honour of Ama Ata Aidoo at 70. Works by Aidoo, former Education Minister of Ghana, often depict the role of the African woman in modern society. Her acclaimed prose works include No Sweetness Here (1970), a collection of short stories; the semi-autobiographical novel Our Sister Killjoy (1979); and Changes: A Love Story (1991), which won the 1993 Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Africa region. Aidoo has noted that the idea of nationalism has been used by new leaders as a tool to keep people oppressed, according to her biography. One of the most respected and prolific writers from the African continent, her central issues are the legacy of the slave trade, the impact of neo-colonialism on the educated Ghanaian elite, and the notion of exile and African diasporic identity.

Participating SMU faculty members and conference supporters include Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the Department of World Languages and LiteraturesDepartment of English, the Embrey Human Rights Program, the Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series, and the Honors Program.

> Find more information, including a detailed schedule, at the Dedman College website

 

April 11, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Theatre students present ‘New Visions, New Voices’ April 21-25

SMU Meadows Theatre 'Chat Room' rehearsal photoThe Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents innovative new plays written and directed by undergraduates in its 16th annual “New Visions, New Voices” festival April 21-25.

The 2010 festival includes 2 fully produced plays. Pretty, Smart, Poetic – written by Brigham Mosley and directed by Brandon Sterrett – poses questions about a life of balance versus a life of success in a story of a family struggling to find purpose in the competing needs of logical minds, artistic souls and physical bodies.

Viriol, written by Regina Bonifasi and directed by Angelina Fiorini, follows lead character Bianca as she searches for human connection in the darkly comic world of Serai Asylum.

Alumni of previous years’ festivals have formed new theatre companies; become writers, actors and directors in New York, Los Angeles and other major cities; and gone on to study theatre at graduate schools around the country, says festival producer Gretchen Elizabeth Smith, associate professor and head of theatre studies.

“Our playwriting students have drawn praise from notable professional playwrights for their work, which reflects their talent, intellect and dedication,” she says. “This festival offers the public a wonderful opportunity to see the first material by these artists of the future.”

All performances take place in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787, (214-SMU-ARTS).

Above, sophomore theatre majors Katherine Bourne and Joel Heinrich (at right in photo) with junior theatre major McLean Krieger (center) in the October 2009 Meadows Theatre production of Chat Room by Enda Walsh. Student director Regina Bonifasi wrote a play for the 2010 “New Visions, New Voices” festival. Photo by Linda Blase.

April 20, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

Theatre students offer ‘New Visions, New Voices’

Scene from the Meadows Theatre production of 'Intimate Apparel'The Division of Theatre in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents 6 innovative new plays written and directed by undergraduates in its 15th annual spring playwriting festival, “New Visions, New Voices,” March 25-29.

The 2009 festival includes 4 fully produced plays: Welcome, Waystation, The Constellations Don’t Have Faces and Where Pride Rides.

Two additional plays, But It’s My Wedding Day and Lapsaria, will be read Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening, respectively.

“Our playwriting students have drawn praise from notable professional playwrights for their work, which reflects their talent, intellect and dedication,” says Gretchen Elizabeth Smith, associate professor and head of theatre studies. Festival alumni “can be found across the country in the entertainment world,” she adds. “It offers the public a wonderful opportunity to see the first material by these artists of the future.”

All performances take place in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Some of the plays contain adult situations and/or strong language. Tickets are $7 for students and SMU faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787, or find a link to buy online at the Meadows website.

(Above, senior Bianca Denis and sophomore Beverly Johnson in the February 2009 Meadows Theatre production of Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage. Student director Molly Murphy will also direct 2 plays in this year’s “New Visions, New Voices” festival. Photo by Linda Blase.)

Read more about this year’s productions, including dates and times, from SMU News

March 24, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News|
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