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‘Meadows at the Meyerson’ to honor Peggy and Carl Sewell

Meadows Symphony Orchestra strings

SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will honor noted arts and civic patrons Peggy Sewell and SMU Board of Trustees Chair Carl Sewell (’66) in its 16th annual benefit concert. “The 2009 Meadows at the Meyerson” takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street.

Under the direction of Paul Phillips, the Meadows Symphony Orchestra will perform Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49 by Sibelius, a musical interpretation of the Scandinavian folk tale about a magician trying to win the beautiful “daughter of the North.” The Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir will join the symphony in a performance of Fern Hill, a work by Pulitzer Prize- and Academy Award-winning American composer John Corigliano based on the poem of the same name by Dylan Thomas. Concluding the program will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Students from the Meadows School will also present performances and displays in the lobby before the concert.

“For the past 16 years, ‘Meadows at the Meyerson’ has been one of our most important annual events,” says Meadows Dean José Bowen. “Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, it has raised more than one million dollars to benefit our students, our programs and our educational mission. It also enables us to provide scholarship support for the Meadows Scholars program, which was inaugurated last year to recruit the brightest and most talented students to Meadows and SMU.

“We applaud Peggy and Carl, our first supporters of this program, for their commitment to provide scholarships for the next generation of creative leadership at SMU.”

Tickets range from $7-$13 and are available online or through the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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.

Outstanding staff members honored at 2008 Staff Recognition Ceremony

Provost Paul Ludden and Meadows Dean José Bowen helped to honor 13 staff members who are celebrating their 25th year at the University at the 2008 Staff Recognition Ceremony Oct. 14. The ceremony also recognized two staff members honored in the Staff Association’s annual Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Award program. Read more.

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A JamPact evening in The Varsity Oct. 1

Jampact in concert

The Varsity in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center will be transformed into a jazz club for a free performance by electro-acoustic jam band JamPact at 8 p.m. Oct. 1, 2008.

The band, a collaboration among Meadows Dean José Bowen and music faculty members from SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, performs “an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music.” All performance pieces are world-premiere originals.

Appetizers and hot and cold coffee drinks will be served tableside during the concert. The Café Jazz series will continue with another JamPact performance at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan at 8-1951.

Above, JamPact, left to right: Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano), Buddy Mohamed (bass), Akiro Sato (trumpet) and Jamal Mohamed (drums).

Tune In: Immigration documentary features anthropology professor

Laura Bush with Jose BowenVan Kemper, Anthropology, was interviewed and served as a principal consultant for a 5-part radio documentary, “A Village Away From Home: Seattle’s Purepecha Community,” produced by KUOW 94.9 FM in Seattle. Listen online. audio

First Lady and SMU trustee Laura Bush (’68, right, with Meadows Dean José Bowen) received the 2008 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award for community service, presented annually by the Methodist Health System Foundation. Meadows students provided entertainment at the April ceremonies. See a slide show. slide show

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Wachovia gift gives teens access to the arts

Dallas County students perform at the Meadows SchoolSMU’s Meadows Museum and the Meadows School of the Arts have received funding to create a program that will enable middle-school students from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in a high-quality, interactive college campus arts experience. A $174,000 gift from the Wachovia Foundation will fund development of the “Imagine U @ SMU” program, along with a curriculum and related activities designed to inspire young people to think creatively and explore educational opportunity through the arts.

Plans for the program involve four middle-school classes each semester – approximately 100 students each – from schools located in disadvantaged neighborhoods. SMU will work with the nonprofit learning partnership Big Thought to identify and engage the students who would most benefit from the program, which will allow group work, individual activities and interaction with Meadows School students and faculty.

“The Wachovia Foundation’s generous gift will create opportunities for learning and enrichment that might not have been possible otherwise,” says Meadows Dean José Bowen. “The entire SMU community is excited about this program and its potential for helping us engage with students from disadvantaged backgrounds.” Read more from SMU News.

(Right, at-risk Dallas County students perform at the Meadows School in August 2007. The performance and an associated art and poetry show were staged by Creative Solutions, a partnership between the Dallas County Juvenile Department and Big Thought.)

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Calendar Highlights: Feb. 21, 2008

'Shinobi' promo posterFinal weekend for film festival: SMU’s 2008 Japanese Film Festival concludes Feb. 22-23 with screenings of Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (right) on Friday and Whisper of the Heart on Saturday. Both are in Japanese with English subtitles and begin at 6:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Admission is free. Learn more about the films at the SMU Japan Club website.

Jam session: Electro-acoustic jazz group JamPact, featuring Meadows Dean José Bowen and other faculty members, offers a free performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, contact the Division of Music, 8-2880.

Extreme homebuilding: SMU students and community members will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23-24.

Gotta dance: The Meadows Division of Dance presents its Spring 2008 Brown Bag Dance Series noon-1 p.m Feb. 25-29 in the Owen Arts Center lobby. Bring your lunch for free performances of original ballet, modern and jazz works choreographed by students.

Who’s that girl? The Gartner Honors Lecture Series continues Feb. 25 with “Iconicity and Advertising: Shanghai, Mukden, Tianjin and the Modern Girl Icon.” Tani E. Barlow, University of Washington, will discuss the central role of generic “modern girl” images in Chinese advertising of the 1920s and ’30s at 3:30 p.m. in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library.

New frontiers: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies hosts Stanford history professor Alberto Camarillo, author of Not White, Not Black: Mexicans and Racial/Ethnic Borderlands in American Cities. Camarillo will speak on “Cities of Color: The New Racial Frontier in California’s Minority-Majority Cities” Feb. 26 in DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m. with a booksigning to follow.

All that jazz: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra, led by Akira Sato, gives a free concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Join the Club: The SMU Faculty Club presents a Clubhouse Luncheon with Tinsley Silcox, Central University Libraries director of public services, who will discuss “Preserving the Heritage of African-American Filmmakers.” Lunch begins at noon Feb. 27 in the Faculty Club; cost is $5. RSVP by Feb. 26 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 26, 2007

tris-speaker-150.jpgAll that jazz: Jazz ensemble JamPact – featuring Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano), Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Akira Sato (trumpet), Jamal Mohamed (drums) and Buddy Mohamed (bass) – offers a free concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Faculty art: Assistant Professor of Art Noah Simblist presents his new exhibition, “Protocols of Zion,” Oct. 29-Dec. 1 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Over a barrel: SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies presents Tower Center Research Associate Steve LeVine, former Wall Street Journal correspondent, speaking on “The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune in the Caspian Sea,” Oct. 30 at the Hotel Crescent Court. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the 6:30 p.m. program and book-signing. RSVP by Oct. 26.

Views from abroad: Carol Troyen of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston lectures on “Venice in the Age of Impressionism: American Artists in Venice” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Dr. Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum

doug-varone-dancers-150.jpgTalking baseball: DeGolyer Library hosts Charles C. Alexander, who will discuss his new biography of a Texas baseball great and unsung charter member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Spoke: A Biography of Tris Speaker, published by SMU Press. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with a lecture and book-signing at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in DeGolyer Library. Free; registration is required.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Nov. 2-3: TITAS presents Doug Varone and Dancers at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, contact TITAS at 214-528-5576. (Promotional photo by Phil Knott.)

For the Record: Oct. 18, 2007

J.C. Penney's Christmas catalogJoan Gosnell, Central University Libraries, discussed some little-known facts about the J.C. Penney story, including information culled from SMU’s JCPenney Collection, with the Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner Oct. 6, 2007. (Right, an image from an early J.C. Penney Company Christmas catalog.)

Craig Flournoy, Journalism, has been recognized by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation at the University of Texas at Austin as one of eight Texans who helped improve the lives of those who live in their communities. Read more.

Three music professors in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts have been selected for 2007 ASCAPlus Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in New York. José Bowen, Robert Frank and Simon Sargon received the cash awards, whose purpose is to reward composers “whose works have a unique prestige value for which adequate compensation would not otherwise be received, and to compensate those whose works are performed substantially in media not surveyed by ASCAP.”

Caroline Brettell, Anthropology, is co-author (with her graduate student Kristoffer Alstatt) of “The Agency of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Biographies of the Self-Employed in Ethnic and Occupational Niches of the Urban Labor Market,” published in The Journal of Anthropological Research, 63 (3), 2007. A book she co-edited with James Hollifield, Political Science – Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines – has entered its second edition.

Kamal Saggi, Economics, has been appointed an associate editor of the Indian Growth and Development Review. He will present a paper at the Conference on the Economics of Competition and Innovation Oct. 26-27 at the University of California-Berkeley.

Beth Newman, English, read a paper titled “The Vulgarity of Elegance: Social Mobility, Middle-Class Language, and the Victorian Novel” at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in Victoria, British Columbia. The paper was excerpted from an essay that will appear in a collection titled Victorian Vulgarity, forthcoming from Ashgate Publishing.

Mark Vamos, Journalism, talked about the rollout of the FOX Business Network in The New York Daily News Oct. 12, 2007.

Peter Vogel, Law, discussed the increasing lack of usefulness of e-mail disclaimers in The Dallas Morning News Oct. 10, 2007.

Marianne Piepenburg, Development, discussed the tax benefits and other considerations involved in bequeathing a house or other real property to an alma mater through a retained life estate in the July 2007 issue of Kiplinger’s Retirement Report.

Dedman College dean search committee formed

SMU Provost Paul Ludden has announced the composition of a search committee that will identify candidates for Dedman College dean. The committee includes a trustee, faculty members, an administrator and two Dedman College students. José Bowen, dean of Meadows School of the Arts, will serve as committee chair.

“We are searching for a leading scholar who will build on the great strength of the faculty and the staff in Dedman College, as we take the College and SMU to the next tier,” Ludden says. Read more from SMU News.

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