Tune In: SMU law grad, anti-doping leader talks with KERA Aug. 19

Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart

Travis Tygart, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO and SMU Dedman School of Law graduate

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO and Dedman School of Law alumnus Travis Tygart will speak on KERA Public Radio’s “Think” at 1 p.m. CT Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. Tygart, who led the investigation into the doping case against cyclist Lance Armstrong, will talk with “Think” host Krys Boyd about the pressures athletes face, advancements in anti-doping detection, and the future of sports.

> Listen to Travis Tygart on KERA at 90.1 FM or via live streaming:

Tygart will discuss “Playing Fair and Winning: An Inside View on Ethics, Value and Integrity” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 in McFarlin Auditorium, sponsored by the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility as part of this year’s Delta Gamma Lecture in Values and Ethics. The event is free and open to the public, but guests must RSVP online or by calling 214-768-4255.

Earlier that day, Tygart will discuss the “Legal and Ethical Lessons Learned Through USADA’s Pro Cycling Investigation” at a special lecture with SMU Dedman School of Law students.

> Read more from SMU News

Tune In: The constitutional conundrum of the No Fly List

Most people are familiar with the No Fly List, part of the Secure Flight program run by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). What most don’t realize, however, is how similar that list is to a system used more than 50 years ago – one ultimately deemed unconstitutional.

Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost: The Right to Travel and Terrorist Watchlists (University of Michigan Press) combines history, policy analysis and the law, beginning with an introduction to the No Fly List’s intellectual ancestor: Ruth B. Shipley. Her grandmotherly appearance belied the immense power she wielded as chief of the U.S. State Department Passport Office from 1928 to 1955, when she almost single-handedly decided which Americans could travel outside the country and which would be kept at home.

Author Jeffrey Kahn (pictured left), an associate professor in SMU’s Dedman School of Law, writes that “Mrs. Shipley’s ghost” now permeates a massive computerized system that diffuses her authority across multiple agencies – but still denies due process and infringes on citizens’ constitutionally protected rights. He discusses his book with KERA Radio in an interview scheduled to air from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Listen on your radio at 90.1 FM, or click here to listen on your computer or other electronic device.

> Read more about Mrs. Shipley’s Ghost from SMU News

Tune In: Beth Newman talks Dickens with ‘Think’ Dec. 6, 2012

Beth Newman, associate professor of English in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, will discuss what we can learn about Victorian life and history from “A Christmas Carol” on KERA’s “Think” from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6.

Newman will share the hour with Joel Ferrell, associate artistic director of the Dallas Theater Center, who is directing the DTC’s 2012 staging of the Charles Dickens classic. Also appearing is Chamblee Ferguson, who plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the production. “A Christmas Carol” runs at the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas through Sunday, Dec. 23. Tickets are available online.

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Music symposium explores how ‘Moby-Dick’ became an opera

'Moby-Dick' Dallas Opera world premiere posterSMU professors and special guests will share the stage in a symposium on the transformation of a great American novel into a full-scale opera.

“From Page to Stage: The Operatic Journey of Moby-Dick previews the Dallas Opera’s world premiere of the Gene ScheerJake Heggie opera based on Herman Melville’s classic. The symposium takes place March 27-28, 2010, and is a collaboration with the Texas Book Festival and the Division of Music in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.

> Visit the Dallas Opera website for performance dates and ticket information

Highlights include:

  • “Melville, the Man” – 2 p.m. March 27, Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free. Moderated by pianist and popular pre-concert speaker Shields-Collins Bray, with Melville scholar T. Walter Herbert (professor emeritus at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas) and Duncan Osborne, Melville’s great-grandson. For more information, contact Dallas Opera patron services coordinator Shelby Covington, 214-443-1013.
  • “Melville, the Inspiration” – 3:15 p.m. March 27, Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free. Moderated by Bray, with Heggie and Scheer, with readings from the novel by Michael Connolly, head of acting in the Meadows School’s Division of Theatre. For more information, contact Shelby Covington, 214-443-1013.
  • “Melville, In the Heart of the Sea” – 4 p.m. March 28, Hamon Hall, Winspear Opera House. Free, but limited to subscribers and donors to the Dallas Opera, Texas Book Festival, and Meadows School Division of Music; reservations required. Moderated by KERA reporter-producer Jerome Weeks, with Scheer and 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist Nathaniel Philbrick (author of In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, a 2001 book recounting the true story that inspired Melville’s Moby-Dick). For more information, call the Dallas Opera hot line at 214-443-1044, or R.S.V.P. at

Tune In: SMU psychology professors on KERA Radio Feb. 24

KERA 'Think' logoThe American Psychological Association‘s National Summit On Interpersonal Violence and Abuse takes place in Dallas Feb. 24-26, 2010. As these professionals discuss what can be done to end family violence and child maltreatment, summit participants and SMU professors Renee McDonald, Ernie Jouriles and George Holden will join Krys Boyd of KERA Radio’s “Think” for an issues roundtable.

Tune in to 90.1 FM at noon Feb. 24, or listen live through your web browser.

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