Calendar Highlights: Oct. 15, 2012

Medal of Freedom

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 15, 2012

Comini Lecture: The Meadows School of the Arts presents Dana Leibsohn, Priscilla van der Poel Professor of Art of Smith College, in the Comini Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 18. Leibsohn will focus on the work of Antonio de Margo contemporary conceptions of style and materiality to discuss what constitutes a “good colonial object” in regards to art from Spanish America. The lecture begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum and is free and open to the public.

Women’s rights in the Muslim world: A panel of notable females will speak about women’s rights in the Muslim world at SMU Thursday, Oct. 18. “Giving Voice to Muslim Women” is presented by the University’s Embrey Human Rights Program, and featured panelists include Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Sahar Aziz, and Shahnaz Bukhari – all scholars who are well versed in Muslim traditions. Barbara Harlow will moderate the discussion that begins at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a 7 p.m. reception. The event will be in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall, and is free and open to the public.

Weekday Boulevard: The SMU Mustangs will face Houston on Thursday, Oct. 18. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. in Ford Stadium. Pony up!

Artist and activist: The Meadows School of the Arts continues its Visiting Artist Lecture Series with Lillian Ball on Friday, Oct. 19. Ball is an artist and environmental activist who will speak on her various projects – including her work Leap of Faith, which combines different art mediums to voice issues on a wetland preservation project. Ball combines her backgrounds in anthropology, ethnographic film and sculpture to craft her unique work. The lecture begins at 1 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room, Owen Arts Center.

Dazzle the darkness: Meadows School of the Arts will host its first choral concert of the season Sunday, Oct. 21, featuring the Meadows Concert Choir, Meadows Chorale and Diva Dolce (a select women’s ensemble and the newest vocal group in Meadows). The theme of the concert is the soul’s search for healing light amidst darkness and sorrow, and is inspired by Madeline L’Engle’s poem A Ring of Endless Light. The Chorale will also perform with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, providing a night of musical enchantment. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Owen Arts Center. Admission is free; the Meadows choirs are asking instead that you make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank.

October 15, 2012|Calendar Highlights|

Former president, First Lady to receive Tower Center Medal of Freedom

Laura and George W. BushFormer President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush (’68) will each receive the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in Dedman College during formal ceremonies April 21, 2010. The Medal of Freedom is presented every two years to an individual, or individuals, who have furthered the cause of freedom throughout the world.

“During one of the most challenging times in the nation’s history, President and Mrs. Bush worked tirelessly to promote freedom initiatives throughout the world, and they continue those efforts through programs at the George W. Bush Presidential Center,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are proud to present them with the Tower Center Medal of Freedom.”

The Tower Center supports teaching and research programs in international and domestic politics with an emphasis on global studies and national security policy. Additionally, it educates undergraduates in international relations, comparative politics and political institutions.

The Tower Center Medal of Freedom recognizes individuals who have contributed to the advancement of democratic ideals and to the security, prosperity and welfare of humanity. This year’s event chairs are Gene Jones, Linda Gibbons and Nancy Halbreich.

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell received the first Tower Center Medal of Freedom in 1997. Other recipients include former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, former President George H. W. Bush, General Tommy R. Franks (U.S.A., Ret.), U.S. Senator John McCain and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Tower Center Medal of Freedom event is the largest fundraiser for the Tower Center. The Center sponsors several conferences a year, works with other international organizations such as the Dallas Council on World Affairs, and supports faculty research and travel. Each year the Tower Center Board of Directors awards undergraduate fellowships to SMU students interested in studying in Washington, D.C., or in U.S. embassies abroad. Another Tower Center program places SMU students in summer internships in the U.S. State Department.

“President and Mrs. Bush honor not only the Tower Center and SMU by accepting this award, but also the late Sen. John Tower,” said James Hollifield, director of the Tower Center and professor of political science. “Security, prosperity and human freedom – ideals important to Sen. Tower – were marks of their tenure in the White House.”

The Tower Center was established in memory and honor of former U.S. Sen. John Tower, who earned a master’s degree in political science from SMU in 1953. He also taught in the Political Science Department after his retirement from the Senate. Tower represented Texas in the U.S. Senate from 1961 to 1985. He served as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and, after retiring from the Senate, as U.S. strategic nuclear arms negotiator with the Soviet Union in Geneva. He died in 1991.

April 21, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News|

Tune In: Tony Blair at SMU

Tony Blair speaks with high school students at SMUFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited SMU March 5-6 to receive the Medal of Freedom – and took time to speak with local high school students in the 2008 Hart Global Leaders Forum (right). Read more and see a slide show about Blair’s visit. slide show

SMU students answered the call to do something rewarding with their spring break – and they blogged their experiences, too. Find these stories at SMU’s popular Student Adventures site:

Fourteen talented Meadows singing actors performed selections from the Broadway stage March 7 in the Owen Arts Center. The showcase was the culmination of a two-week workshop with acclaimed Broadway conductor Kimberly Grigsby (’91), music director for Spring Awakening, the 2007 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. As an additional bonus for Meadows students, Grigsby brought her Broadway colleague Adam Guettel, the Tony-winning composer and lyricist of The Light in the Piazza, to help provide finishing touches to the performance. See a slide show. slide show

March 20, 2008|Tune In|

Tony Blair to visit the Hilltop Mar. 5-6

Tony BlairSMU faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to see former British Prime Minister Tony Blair during his visit to SMU Mar. 5-6. Free tickets are available for Blair’s address in the Hart Global Leaders Forum at 11 a.m. Mar. 6 in McFarlin Auditorium. Present your SMU ID at the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Mane Desk (one ticket per ID, limited availability).

The Hart Global Leaders Forum offers area high school students the opportunity to interact with national and international leaders in government, business, science and the media.

Blair will be at SMU to accept the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies during formal ceremonies at 8:30 p.m. Mar. 5 in McFarlin Auditorium. The Center, which educates undergraduates in international relations, comparative politics and political institutions, presents the Medal of Freedom every two years to an individual “who has furthered the cause of freedom throughout the world.”

The Medal of Freedom presentation is sold out; SMU students may have access to limited seating. Students should come to the McFarlin Auditorium basement at 7:30 p.m. with SMU ID (no backpacks, please). Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Find more information at the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series home page.

February 29, 2008|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Tony Blair to receive Medal of Freedom

Tony BlairTony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, will become the sixth recipient of the Medal of Freedom from SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies during formal ceremonies Mar. 5, 2008. The Center, which educates undergraduates in international relations, comparative politics and political institutions, presents the Medal of Freedom every two years to an individual “who has furthered the cause of freedom throughout the world.” Read more.

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December 6, 2007|Calendar Highlights, News|
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