Calendar Highlights: Jan. 26, 2010

Pollock Gallery

Calendar Highlights: Jan. 26, 2010

Simon Conway MorrisDarwin Year continues: Fellow of the Royal Society Simon Conway Morris (right), professor of evolutionary paleobiology at the University of Cambridge, will present “Darwin’s Compass: Why the Evolution of Humans is Inevitable” at 3 p.m. Jan. 29 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. The lecture is part of SMU’s Darwin’s Evolving Legacy series and is sponsored by the University’s Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series; Morris appears at the co-invitation of SMU’s Departments of Mathematics and Biological Sciences. For more information, visit the Darwin’s Evolving Legacy homepage.

Student symphony stars: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents a concert led by students in the Meadows School of the Arts‘ master’s degree program in orchestral conducting, and featuring winners of the Meadows Concerto Competition. The show begins at 8 p.m. Jan. 29 and 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For tickets and information, contact the Meadows Box Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Ministers Week 2010: The annual gathering at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology complements the University’s 200th-anniversary celebration of Charles Darwin’s birth with “The Pew and the Petri Dish: Contemporary Issues in Religion and Science” Feb. 1-3 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Featured speakers include John Haught, senior fellow in science and religion at Georgetown University, author of God and the New Atheism, and winner of the 2002 Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion and the 2004 Sophia Award for Theological Excellence. Other lecturers include Gregory Cuellar, three-time fellow of the Hispanic Theological Initiative and adjunct professor of bible at Richland College, as well as SMU faculty members John Holbert, Rebekah Miles and William Abraham of the Perkins School and Mark Chancey of Dedman College. SMU community members can attend several Ministers Week events at discounted rates by visiting the Faculty/Staff/Student Registration page of the Ministers Week website.

Eugene Andolsek, 'Untitled 311C'Drawing inspiration: Artist and lifelong Rock Island Railroad employee Eugene Andolsek (1921-2008) produced thousands of drawings on graph paper over a period of 50 years, working alone at his kitchen table to ease the anxieties that plagued him his entire life. His work, exploring an array of colors and geometrical combinations, came to the attention of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and Andolsek was one of five artists included in the 2006 Obsessive Drawing exhibition at the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan. Now, selected works have been collected in a new exhibition at SMU – Kaleidoscope: Eugene Andolsek’s Geometric Ink Drawings runs Feb. 1-Mar. 20 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. (Right, an untitled work featured in a 2008 Andolsek exhibition at the American Primitive Gallery in New York City.)

Beauty marked: SMU hosts a panel discussion examining the emphasis women place on striving for beauty and the damage they do to themselves in the process. “The Power and Burden of Beauty” features international artist Rachel Hovnanian, former national Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue; Bonnie Wheeler, director of medieval studies in SMU’s Dedman College; Carolyn Hodges, senior sales director with Mary Kay Cosmetics; and Rachel Dodds, UT student and sorority member. The discussion takes place 5-6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 in Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. For more information, call Lisa Bytner at 917-951-8940.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon Series: The SMU Faculty Club presents Jim Hollifield, professor of international political economy and director of SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies, in the first of two lectures on “Immigration and Migration” at noon Feb. 3 in the Faculty Club. Cost is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. RSVP by Jan. 29 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

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Calendar Highlights: Aug. 25, 2009

'Dreams From My Father' book coverCommunity reading: Faculty, staff members and incoming first-year students will take part in the 2009 Common Reading discussion beginning at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 after the mandatory residence hall meetings. Learn more about the 2009 Common Reading, Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama.

Welcome, class of 2013: Bobby B. Lyle Professor of Leadership and Global Entrepreneurship Jeffrey W. Talley, founding director of the Lyle School of Engineering‘s Institute for Engineering and Global Development, will give the address in SMU’s 95th annual Opening Convocation at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in McFarlin Auditorium.

Fall General Faculty Meeting: The first day of class brings the first general faculty meeting of the 2009-10 academic year, at 4 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Hughes-Trigg Theater. The meeting is preceded by a reception at 3 p.m. in the Theater foyer.

Everyday magic: Czech housewife and self-taught artist Anna Zemánková developed a lyrical and highly original style when she took up drawing in 1960, at age 52. A new SMU exhibition pays tribute to her talent – By Magical Means: Drawings by Anna Zemánková will be on display Aug. 31-Oct. 10 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Admission is free.

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Calendar Highlights: April 14, 2009

artshow.jpgMaster of Fine Arts Qualifying Exhibition: With spring comes the annual exhibition of the Division of Art’s graduate students works, featuring art in a wide-ranging variety of styles and media. The event is open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. until April 18 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-4439.

Documentaries at their best: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Division of Cinema-Television welcome Fred Wiseman, regarded as one of the world’s greatest living documentary filmmakers, at 6 p.m. April 14, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Wiseman’s body of work includes Titicut Follies and High School and Domestic Violence, which won numerous honors including a Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For more information and to make a reservation, call 214-768-2787.

sexandsoulbook.jpgLet’s talk about sex: Boston University professor Donna Freitas will be on campus April 15 to discuss her research and her book “Sex and the Soul”, which focuses on juggling sexuality, spirituality, romance and religion on America’s college campuses. There will be a faculty and staff light lunch and lecture at 11:30 a.m. in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. RSVP to Edilson Volfe. In addition, Freitas will hold a student forum at 5 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, call 214-768-4502.

T.BoonePickens.jpgFinding a better way: SMU’s Maguire Energy Institute hosts a town hall meeting with T. Boone Pickens at 2 p.m. April 16 in McFarlin Auditorium. Pickens is the author of The First Billion is the Hardest, and the first 200 SMU students at the event will receive a free autographed copy of his book. The lecture will focus on The Pickens Plan: Ending Our Dependence on Foreign Oil. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Gilbert Lecture Series: SMU’s Dedman College and Department of English present Alan Liu and “Digital Humanities and Academic Change” at 6:30 p.m. April 16 in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library. Professor Liu argues that the digital humanities are catalyzing fundamental changes in humanities practices and organization. The event opens with a 6 p.m. reception in the Texana Room. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Leslie Reid 214-768-2946.

smurealy.jpgUp all night to make a difference: SMU and Panhellenic sponsor the 6th annual Relay for Life April 17 on Bishop Boulevard. The event celebrates cancer survivorship and raises money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society. Students participating in the evening-long team relay will walk non-stop around the Boulevard to symbolize that cancer never sleeps and the need to move forward in the fight against it. Free and open to the public; visit the website to join a team or donate to the cause.

David SedarisIn McFarlin Auditorium:

April 19: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents the classic ballet comedy Coppelia at 2 p.m. For tickets, call 214-631-2787.

April 19: The Dallas Museum of Art presents author, humorist and commentator David Sedaris at 7:30 p.m., benefiting the Kay Cattarulla Endowment for the Literary and Performing Arts. Sold out. For more information, visit the DMA website.

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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 24, 2008

Bringing Bach to life: SMU’s Meadows Chorale performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s setting of The Magnificat, led by internationally known conductor and scholar Fiora Contino, at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in Perkins Chapel. For more information, call 8-1951.

I am a camera: Visiting Artist and recent Guggenheim Fellow Marco Breuer, who specializes in making “camera-less photographs,” exhibits his work in “Marco Breuer: Principles of Extraction” Oct. 27-Dec. 6 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Breuer will lecture on his work at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Dr. Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum.

Leading by example: Sewell Automotive Companies Chair Carl Sewell, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees, will share his insights with students in President R. Gerald Turner’s Fall 2008 Leadership Summit at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

'The End of the Straight and Narrow' coverGilbert Lecture Series: Joycelyn Moody, Sue E. Denman Chair of American Literature at UT-San Antonio and author of Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Narratives of Nineteenth-Century African American Women, speaks on “Re-mapping Sex, Texts and Work: Black Women Writers and the Slave Trade” Oct. 29 in DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room, lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Writer David McGlynn – whose first story collection, The End of the Straight and Narrow, has just been published by SMU Press – will participate in a conversation on “Flirting with Disaster – Turning Obsession Into Fiction” at 3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Cosponsored by SMU Press.

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Calendar Highlights: April 3, 2008

Judaica Lecture: Serge Frolov, Nate and Anne Levine Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies in SMU’s Department of Religious Studies, speaks on “Pillar of Smoke: Religious Responses to the Holocaust” at 2 p.m. April 6 in Bridwell Library. For more information, call 8-3483.

Birthday song: The Meadows Wind Ensemble honors Professor Simon Sargon with a 70th-birthday concert featuring commissioned pieces written by Sargon for the Wind Ensemble – including the world premiere of a new overture. The concert takes place at 3 p.m. April 6 in Caruth Auditorium; tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

True colors: Master of Fine Arts candidates show their work in the 2008 M.F.A. Qualifying Exhibition, April 7-19 in Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

Perkins Public Lecture: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology presents “Xenophobia and Xenophilia: Toward a Theology of Migration,” a public lecture by Luis Rivera-Pagan, Henry White Luce Emeritus Professor of Ecumenics at Princeton Theological Seminary and visiting professor in Perkins, at 7 p.m. April 7 in Perkins Chapel. For more information, contact David Maldonado.

Sellers’ market: SMU’s vendors will meet the campus community at the 2008 SMU Purchasing Vendor Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. Festivities include food, games and prizes. For more information, contact SMU Purchasing, 8-3239.

Hesburgh Lecture: John Gaffney, professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, discusses “Lost in Translation? Bringing American Ideals to the Middle East” at 7 p.m. April 8 in Room 131, Dedman Life Sciences Building. Cosponsored by SMU’s Department of Anthropology and Human Rights Education Program, with the Notre Dame Club of Dallas. For more information, contact Van Kemper.

Brand excitement: Veteran ad man and SMU alumnus Hal Curtis will be interviewed by Krys Boyd of KERA’s “Think” program discussing “Brand Heroism: Advertising As a Force for Good” in the 2008 ExxonMobil Lecture Series. The April 10 lecture begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, with a coffee and chocolate reception at 9 p.m. in the Owen Arts Center lobby. Sponsored by SMU’s Temerlin Advertising Institute and Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. Admission is free; tickets are required. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

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