SMU Debate

SMU to host Rwandan National Debate Team Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Rwanda National Debate Team logoSMU has been chosen as one of 20 U.S. stops for the Rwandan National Debate Team during their second “Voices From A Post-Genocide Generation Tour.”

The University will host an hour-long debate with the Rwandan team at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23 in 241 Umphrey Lee Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Find more information on the Rwandan National Debate team at debaterwanda.org

The topic of the debate is “The United States should significantly reduce its military presence in the Greater Horn of Africa.” The SMU team will argue for the negative, and the Rwandan team will argue for the affirmative. Current SMU debaters Katie Snyder ’18 and Nashin Kuraishi ’15 will represent SMU.

Attendees will have the chance to share their own ideas and opinions on the topic after the debate. Both judges and audience members will determine the winner, and results will be announced at the end of the hour.

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SMU celebrates 50 years of ‘I Have a Dream’ Aug. 28, 2013

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium, March 1966

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, March 1966

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington, SMU students will gather to watch televised anniversary march ceremonies, debate the progress of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream with Wiley College students and attend a lecture on the legacy of the civil rights movement.

An all-day student watch party is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 – 50 years to the day after the March. The Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons will host live streaming of ceremonies marking the anniversary. Students are encouraged to write comments on a life-size poster regarding what MLK’s dream will mean 50 years from now.

Listen to Dr. King’s historic 1966 speech at SMU

At 7 p.m. Aug. 28, SMU hosts Wiley College for a “I Have A Dream 2013” Debate in 241 Umphrey Lee Center. The two teams will debate on the question of whether America is advancing on King’s dream in 2013. The event will feature readings from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and from a letter by “Great Debater” James Farmer Jr., a key civil rights leader from Texas. The event is free and open to the public.

More about the SMU-Wiley College “I Have a Dream” debate

On Friday, Sept. 6, SMU presents “The End of Civil Rights in America? Reflections on the Future of Economic Justice from the Perspectives of Law and Religion” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Karcher Auditorium,  100 Storey Hall.

The event will feature noted U.S. civil and human rights leaders, scholars and SMU faculty who will examine the legacy of the Civil Rights movement — with its growing emphasis on economic justice and the struggle for racial equality — and its implications for the future.

The keynote speaker is the Rev. James Lawson, a legendary leader of the Civil Rights movement who was personally recruited by King with the words, “We don’t have anyone like you.” Rev. Lawson helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which played a key role in the 1963 March on Washington, as well as other prominent actions of the Civil Rights movement

The lecture is open to public and costs $20 per person, including lunch and parking.

Additional lecture and registration information

Written by Denise Gee

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 18, 2013

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Giving art meaning: Artist David Mackenzie will be at SMU tonight, Monday, Feb. 18, as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Mackenzie explores art through videos and performances focusing on identity, race and how people represent themselves in public. His work has been described as brief but powerful. Originally from Jamaica, he received a B.F.A. in printmaking from the University of the Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m. in 241 Umphrey Lee Center.

The Naples DocumentsStanton Sharp Lecture: The Clements Department of History invites you to a lecture by Kenneth J. Andrien, SMU’s Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Chair in History. He will speak on the historic Naples documents, whose discovery in 1996 presented a challenge to the historical understanding of the Inca Empire and Spanish conquest. Andrien will explain these controversies and speak on whether he believes the documents are authentic. The lecture takes place Wednesday, Feb. 20, in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the lecture following at 6:30 p.m.

SMU vs. The Great Debaters: SMU will face Wiley College in a public debate Wednesday, Feb. 20. The last time SMU took on the Marshall, Texas-based college was back in 2009. The topic of the debate is to be determined but will focus on a timely controversy that is of interest to the public. The debate starts at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, 2130 Owen Arts Center.

Arlene Sanchez WalshParar de Sufrir: The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology welcomes Arlene Sánchez Walsh, speaking on “Parar de Sufrir: Health, Wealth, and Suffering in the Latino/a Religious Imagination.” Dr. Sánchez Walsh is an associate professor of church history at Azusa Pacific University and the 2012-13 visiting scholar for the Center. She is an expert in Pentecostal studies, one of the fastest-growing Christian movements, and has published works in this area. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in 121 Prothro Hall. It is free and open to the public and will include refreshments. For more information, contact Josefrayn Sánchez-Perry.

MWE: As part of Black History Month, SMU’s Meadows Wind Ensemble will perform an I Have A Dream concert featuring a reading of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech performed by Meadows alum Donnie Ray Albert and a gospel collaboration with the Hamilton Park Baptist Church Men’s Choir. Albert will also perform two spirituals. The performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 13, 2012

Tate Lecture: The third Tate lecture of the semester will feature Jane McGonigal, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. McGonigal is the author of Reality is Broken and is known as a visionary in the gaming world. Her lecture will focus on the idea of applying the gamer spirit to the problems that we face in the 21st century. The student forum is at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom and the lecture is at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

MJO: The Meadows School of the Arts invites you to hear the Meadows Jazz Orchestra in a free concert Tuesday, Nov. 13. The ensemble will perform works focused on the traditions of large ensemble jazz as well as new works by Director Akira Sato and Meadows faculty and students. Sato is a trumpet player, arranger and composer and has directed the Meadows Jazz Orchestra at SMU since 2011. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Take a stand: The SMU Debate program presents a public debate on energy, Wednesday, Nov. 14. This event is free and open to the public for observation as well as participation. The debate starts at 6 p.m. in the O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center (Room 2130).

Mexico’s melting pot: Clements Fellow Ruben Flores will speak on the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution and Mexico’s efforts to create a unified nation in the Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture Series Wednesday, Nov. 14. Flores is at SMU completing his manuscript The Beloved Communities: Mexico’s Melting Pot and the Making of American Civil Rights. The lecture starts at noon in the Texana Room of the Degolyer Library. Don’t forget your lunch!

Levine Lecture: Shalem Center founder Yoram Hazony visits SMU for a Levine Lecture in Jewish Studies Thursday, Nov. 15. Hazony, president of the Center’s Institute for Advanced Studies, will focus his lecture on whether the Bible can be read as a work of philosophy in narrative form. After the lecture Dr. Hazony’s most recent book will be available for purchase and signing. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Please contact Rabbi Heidi Cortez  for more information.

Image c/o Steve Hofstetter

Looking for a laugh: The Program Council invites you to a night of stand-up comedy: Steve Hofstetter, know as the man of “comedy without apology,” is coming to SMU Thursday, Nov. 15. Hofstetter has appeared on numerous national TV shows, has written three books and released three albums. He is a columnist with College Humor and visits over 100 colleges every year. The stand-up starts at 8 p.m. in the Hughes Trigg Theater.

In C: SYZYGY and DJ Dennis DeSantis invite SMU to a collaborative remix performance of Terry Riley’s In C. On Friday, Nov. 16, the sounds of pianos, percussion, strings, winds and singers will be heard with DJ DeSantis and Meadows ensemble director Mat Albert. This unique performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center, and is $7 for faculty, staff and students

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 1, 2012

Brown Bag Returns: The highly anticipated Brown Bag Dance Series returns on Monday, Oct. 1. The Meadows School of Art Division of Dance will perform at lunchtime daily through Friday, Oct. 5. The performances include 10-15 of original ballet, modern and jazz works; giving the SMU community a taste of the different dance styles. Performances are free and in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby of the Owen Arts Center. Students, Faculty and Staff are encouraged to enjoy their lunch while watching the talented dancers perform.

PwC: The PwC SMU Athletic Forum produces four annual luncheons every year that honor sports legends. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, Super Bowl champion and football head coach, Sean Payton will be the featured speaker for the Red Mountain Resources Luncheon. The forum is in its 23rd season of bringing these high achieving individuals to Dallas and forum proceeds are used to support SMU athletic scholarships and operating initiatives. The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel and begins at noon. Please contact Jeff Lockhart for more information.

McFarlin Auditorium: Every year McFarlin Auditorium hosts several special events. Here’s a look at the month of October:

  • October 3, 2012: The Carrington Endowed Lecture Series presents “India Now” featuring The Honorable S.M. Krishna ’59, Minister of External Affairs for India. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. and registration is free.
  • October 7, 2012: David Byrne and St. Vincent concert at 8 p.m.
  • October 9, 2012: Tate Lecture Series featuring Regis Philbin at 8 p.m.
  • October 17, 2012: Tower Center Medal of Freedom Reception 4:30 p.m.
  • October 22, 2012: Norah Jones Concert at 8 p.m.
  • October 26, 2012: Pigskin Revue performance at 8:15 p.m.
  • October 27, 2012: NPHC Stepshow at 7 p.m.

Basketball in the Big East: SMU Basketball Coach Larry Brown is speaking on SMU Basketball in the New Era, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Brown boasts an impressive resume; he is the only head coach to win championships in both the NBA and NCAA. Coach Brown will speak on his plans for SMU Basketball in their 2013 season and debut in the Big East Conference. The luncheon is in the Ernst & Young Gallery in the Fincher Building and will begin at noon. Tickets are $12.00 for Faculty Club Members and $15.00 for non-members, and you must RSVP by Sept. 30, 2012.

Presidential Election 2012: SMU is hosting a Presidential Debate Series for SMU and the Dallas Community. The series will feature a viewing of the televised presidential debates, for the fall election, in the O’Donnell Auditorium with a public debate and ballot opportunity afterwards. The SMU debate program will moderate the event. The viewing will start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. 2012. The other dates in the series are, Oct. 11, 16, and 22.

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For the Record: March 30, 2011

Anthony Cortese, Sociology, Dedman College, has received the 2011-12 Maguire Teaching Fellow Award from SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. He will design a course entitled “Ethical Perspectives on Ethnoviolence.”

Taylor Reed, a sophomore communication studies major in Meadows School of the Arts, has been named one of the top two national winners of the 2011 PRWeek Student of the Year competition. Reed received an honorable mention and $1,000. The awards were announced at the annual PRWeek Awards dinner and ceremony March 10 in New York City.

The competition invites undergraduates from any academic area to create a communications campaign around a brand or company that demonstrates the student’s writing ability, planning skills, strategic approach and creativity. Reed’s concept for SanDisk Corporation – “Life’s extreme. Shouldn’t your photos be, too?” – was designed to target the campaign’s college-student demographic by appealing to a love of extreme sports indicated by research. Reed completed her campaign as part of required coursework for an Introduction to Public Relations class taught by Christy Baily-Byers, APR. Read more from SMU News.

Brittany Levingston, a first-year premajor in English in Dedman College, won the top novice of the year at the 36th Mid-America Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships Tournament March 12-14 in Kansas City. The competition is the oldest and most prestigious novice and junior varsity national tournament in the nation. The award recognizes the top novice from the entire year of debate activity across the nation. CEDA is the largest college policy debate community in the United States.

SMU had the largest squad of novice teams at this year’s national tournament with four novice teams. The University’s debate teams are coached by Tim Glass, director Ben Voth and assistant director Chris Salinas. The debate program is part of the Communication Studies division in Meadows School of the Arts. In 2010, Salinas received the Dick Stine coaching award for the top JV coach of the year at the tournament. Read more from SMU News.

Meadows symposium focuses on human rights with filmmaker Patrick Mureithi

Patrick MureithiAward-winning documentary filmmaker Patrick Mureithi (pictured right) is the special guest for SMU’s third annual Communicating Excellence Symposium, “Better Communication for Better Leaders on Human Rights.” The Division of Communication Studies in Meadows School of the Arts presents the 2011 symposium March 7-9 in Owen Arts Center.

The three-day symposium focuses on communication issues affecting the struggle for human rights. Mureithi will host a screening of his film ICYIZERE: hope, a documentary about a gathering of survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. Mureithi, who currently serves as artist-in-residence at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, will lead a discussion after the 55-minute screening.

All symposium events are open to the public. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary. For more information, call Rebecca Hewitt, 214-768-1574.

Symposium schedule:

Monday, March 7 – Lecture: “Death as a Text: The Rhetoric of Genocide”
7 p.m. reception – Greer Garson Theatre, Mezzanine Lobby – Second Floor
7:30 p.m. lecture – Greer Garson Theatre, Room 3527 – Third Floor
Ben Voth, chair of the Division of Communication Studies, will address communication’s role in creating, containing and resolving the international problems of genocide and “eliminationism.”

Tuesday, March 8 – Debate: “U.S. intervention in humanitarian crises?”
7 p.m. debate – O’Donnell Auditorium, Room 2130 – Second Floor
8 p.m. reception – Taubman Atrium – First Floor
The SMU debate team will discuss the pros and cons of a possible new U.S. policy of humanitarian intervention.

Wednesday, March 9 – Film ICYIZERE: hope and discussion with guest filmmaker Patrick Mureithi
7 p.m. screening – O’Donnell Auditorium, Room 2130 – Second Floor
8:30 p.m. reception – Taubman Atrium – First Floor
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Mureithi, a Kenyan native, traveled to Rwanda to film a gathering of 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 genocide. ICYIZERE: hope documents the experiences of the participants as they are taught about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and go through a series of group exercises to help build trust. The film also explores how the media was used to incite fear, hatred and ultimately genocide, and the filmmaker’s belief that media can similarly be used to unite and to heal. The film has been shown to audiences throughout Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States and has received widespread acclaim.

For the Record: Sept. 24, 2009

Anita Ingram, Risk Management, has been elected 2009-10 treasurer of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA), an organization dedicated to advancing the discipline of risk management in higher education. She and other new officers were inducted at URMIA’s 40th annual national conference Sept. 15 in Nashville.

Students in the Division of Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, have received a 2009 Best of Show commendation from the Center for Innovation in College Media. The news segment “Students Reflect on Chaotic Inauguration Day,” originally broadcast by The Daily Mustang on Jan. 21, 2009, was named Best Breaking News Package.

Students Tyler Murray, Jessica Huseman and Reem Tahir won 7 of their 10 debates at the University of Northern Iowa Debate Tournament Sept. 19-21, 2009. The debate topic concerned U.S. policy regarding the use of nuclear weapons. Murray and Huseman argued a unique affirmative case offering a U.S. apology for dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which was undefeated at the tournament. Tahir finished 3rd in the novice division in her first collegiate debate competition. The SMU debate teams are coached by faculty members Ben Voth and Chris Salinas, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Meadows School of the Arts. Read more from SMU News.