Calendar Highlights: Nov. 2, 2010

Maria Dixon

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 2, 2010

David Cotterrell, 'Casualties Arriving at Bastion by Chinook,' 2007Art and war: British artist David Cotterrell will speak in this week’s Visiting Artist Lecture at the Meadows School of the Arts. Cotterrell, a professor of art at Sheffield Hallam University in England, will talk about the usage of war and medicine in art and public practices. Cotterrell received a War Artist Commission from The Wellcome Trust in 2007, and he also spent one month living with a British Army Joint Forces Medical Group in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Room 3527, Greer Garson Theatre (the 3rd floor screening room). For more information, call 214-768-2489. (Right, Casualties arriving at Bastion by Chinook, taken in 2007 by David Cotterrell.)

The medieval life: Associate Professor of Art History Pamela Patton will discuss one of the most influential cultural clashes of the medieval era in a Meadows Museum-sponsored lecture, “Living with Others in Medieval Spain: ‘Conviviencia’ and Its Afterlife.” The lecture covers how the congregation of Muslims, Christians, and Jews affected art, architecture and literature from the medieval period to the early modern times, and how the culture shock still remains relevant today. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. For more information, call 214-768-4677.

Patient’s rights discussed: George Annas of Boston University School of Health will discuss the legal and ethical implications of the death-penalty doctoral team in the Embrey Human Rights Program’s ongoing Death Penalty Matters Series. Annas, the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston (and a professor at the BU School of Medicine and School of Law to boot), has been writing a regular feature since 1991 on “Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights” for the New England Journal of Medicine. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. For more information, contact Sherry Aikman, 214-768-8347.

Humanity and media collide: The Perkins School’s Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions tackles a tough subject in their upcoming Interdisciplinary Dialogue Event, “Latinos, Religion, and the Media.” Moderators Anthony Cortese, professor of sociology, and Maria Dixon, associate professor of corporate communication and public affairs, investigate and discuss how the media portrays religion with concern to Latino cultures and connections. On what ethical level can we talk about Latino immigration and Latino heritage and religion at the same time? Are illegal or legal immigrants Christian? Are we a Christian nation? Can churches provide sanctuary to undocumented workers? These tough questions and more are covered in a 7 p.m. audience discussion Monday, Nov. 8 in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required. For more information, call 214-768-8436.

November 2, 2010|Calendar Highlights, Save the Date|

SMU community meets 2009 honorary degree recipients May 15

In keeping with University tradition, SMU will welcome its 2009 class of honorary degree recipients with a series of symposia in their honor. The symposia are scheduled for May 15, and all are free and open to the entire campus community.

“The honorary degree symposia are an opportunity for the campus and Dallas communities to see why these folks are being honored with an SMU degree,” says Fred Moss, associate professor in Dedman School of Law and symposium moderator. “Otherwise, they might simply be a name and a list of impressive credentials. They can be more fully appreciated as being outstanding in their fields though such events.”

The events and participants are as follows:

Harold W. Attridge• Panelists Mark Chancey of Dedman College‘s Religious Studies Department and Jaime Clark-Soles, Roy Heller and Susanne Scholz of Perkins School of Theology discuss “The Bible in American Public Life” in a symposium honoring Doctor of Divinity recipient honoris causa Harold W. Attridge, dean of Yale Divinity School. The symposium takes place 10 a.m.-noon in Perkins Chapel, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. reception in Bridwell Library.

Arthur Mitchell• Co-founder and artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem and honorary Doctor of Arts recipient Arthur Mitchell will discuss his life and work with Meadows School of the Arts professors Shelley Berg, Dance, and Maria Dixon, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, in “A Conversation with Arthur Mitchell,” followed by a Q & A with the audience. The event begins at 1 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, 2130 Owen Arts Center.

Alexander McCall Smith• SMU faculty, staff and students are invited to meet acclaimed author and honorary Doctor of Humane Letters recipient Alexander McCall Smith and to take part in “A Conversation with Alexander McCall Smith,” moderated by Dedman School of Law Professor Fred Moss, from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. The SMU Bookstore will sell McCall Smith’s books on site, and the author will autograph them after the program.

May 11, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News|

Provost gives ‘cautiously optimistic’ budget outlook at faculty meeting

(Originally published Jan. 27, 2009.)

SMU Provost Paul Ludden presented a “cautiously optimistic” budget picture for the 2009-10 academic year at the 2009 Spring General Faculty Meeting Jan. 21. Faculty and staff pay increases will occur, he added. Assistant Professor Maria Dixon received a special award during the meeting. Read a recap under the link.

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February 2, 2009|News|
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