Calendar Highlights: March 24, 2009

Rebekah HurtGartner Honors Lecture: Former SMU Honors Program student Rebekah Hurt (’06, top right), a 2004 Richter Scholar and recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, will discuss representations of the ‘been-to’ – an African who has been to Britain or America, usually to study, and who has subsequently returned home – in African fiction since 1911, and elements of the ‘been-to’ experience that resonate across national and historical lines. Her lecture, “Responsibilities of the ‘Been-To’ in African Literature and the Experience of an SMU Marshall,” begins at 3:30 p.m. March 24 in Hughes-Trigg Student Center Promenade AB.

Ancient mysteries: World-renowned archaeologist Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, will share new scientific findings from Tutankhamun’s tomb in a lecture presented by the Dallas Museum of Art. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are $22 (student rate) to $37 and will be available at the box office.

Etruscan 'canopic' urnVisiting Artist Lecture Series: The Meadows Museum presents Ranjani Shettar at 6:30 p.m. March 24 in the Dr. Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. Shettar, a native of Bangalore, India, creates sculptural installations that use a wide range of materials from the organic to the industrial to evoke the present collision of high-tech Bangalore with its rural surroundings. For more information, contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-2489.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Writer and film/video maker Gregg Bordowitz, author of The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings, 1986-2003 and faculty member in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will speak at 6:30 p.m. March 26 in the Dr. Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Film theorist Sharon Willis explores how the films of Sidney Poitier manage the contradictions generated in their stories of interracial encounter and reconciliation, as well as Poitier’s iconic weight within white liberal discourse, in “Black Mentors and White Redemption: The Extraordinary Career of Sidney Poitier.” The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. March 26 in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library. Presented by the Department of English and DeGolyer Library. For more information contact Leslie Reid, 214-768-2946.

Parsons Dance CompanyFriday Gallery Talk: Anne Bromberg, Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, will speak on “Exploring Etruscan Art” at 12:15 p.m. March 27 in the Jake and Nancy Hamon Galleries, Meadows Museum.

In McFarlin Auditorium:
March 27-28: TITAS presents the Parsons Dance Company at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-528-5576.

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).

Calendar Highlights: March 2, 2009

headshot_amity.jpgLooking back to look forward: The Spring 2009 O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism presents a timely and provocative look at the New Deal. Author and expert in economic history Amity Shlaes will discuss the New Deal – what it did or didn’t do to revive America, and the lessons it holds for today. Shlaes will compare past efforts to the current Obama administration’s attempt to revive the U.S. economy in “Edifice Complex, 1936 and 2009: What the Great Depression Teaches About Building an Economy on Infrastructure” at 3:30 p.m. March 2 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. The event is free and open to all.

ballet.jpgBallet at lunchtime: Students in the Meadows Division of Dance present lunchtime performances of 10-15 original short ballet, modern and jazz works in the Spring 2009 Brown Bag Dance Series, running from March 2-6 with performances at noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. All performances will be held in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 214-768-2718.

Miguel1.jpgShared border, common interests: Clements Center Fellow Miguel Ángel González Quiroga discusses perception vs. reality in the history of border race relations in a Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture, “Conflict and Commonality in the Texas-Mexico Border Region, 1830-1880,” at noon March 3 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

Alone in the vault: The DeGolyer Library presents author, printer and bookseller Tom Taylor and “Alone in the Vault: An Initiation into the Bibliophilic Mysteries.” The lecture will take place 6:30 p.m. March 5 in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library. A reception precedes the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room. The event is free and open to the public, registration is required.

1855_DarwinTHUMB_CC184a.jpgWhere we came from: Biologist Sean B. Carroll, who uses DNA evidence collected from modern animals to study ancient evolution, will lecture on “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species” at 5 p.m. March 5 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. The event is part of SMU’s series “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy: Celebrating Ideas That Shape Our World.”

Celebrating Darwin’s legacy: Theodore Walker Jr., associate professor of ethics and society at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, will speak on “Methodist Perspectives on Darwin and Creation Through Evolution” as part of the Perkins Theological School for the Laity. He will speak between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. March 7 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The event is part of SMU’s series “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy: Celebrating Ideas That Shape Our World.” For more information, contact Pia Vogel or call 214-768-1790.

Afro-Cuban All StarsIn McFarlin Auditorium:

March 7: TITAS presents Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-528-5576.

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09.)

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 9, 2009

Book cover of Matthew Pearl's 'The Dante Club'Fact and fiction: Novelist Matthew Pearl (The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow) discusses the process of turning real life into fiction for a popular audience at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of the SMU Bookstore. Presented by the University Honors Program and the Gartner Honors Lecture Series. For more information, contact David Doyle.

Love is in the air: The Hughes-Trigg Student Center presents its annual Valentine’s Vendor Fair 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Commons and Crossing. Shop for a loved one (or for yourself) among gifts ranging from jewelry, cosmetics and fashion to flowers, candy, candles and more. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 214-768-4498.

Well versed: History Professor Joan Shelley Rubin of the University of Rochester, author of Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America and The Making of Middlebrow Culture, speaks on “Poetry in Practice: American Readers and the Uses of Verse, 1880-1950” Feb. 12 in DeGolyer Library. A reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room, with the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Presented by the Gilbert Lecture Series of the Department of English, Dedman College.

Honoring Ebby: Dallas real estate pioneer Ebby Halliday will be honored on the publication of her new biography, Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate, with a reception 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15 in DeGolyer Library. Books will be available for purchase. RSVP to Betty Friedrich, 214-768-3231.

Bettye LaVetteIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Feb. 13: TITAS presents soul singer Bettye LaVette, who performed at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors and at the Lincoln Memorial Concert during President Obama’s inaugural celebration, at 8 p.m. Order tickets online or contact the TITAS box office at 214-528-5576.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 21, 2008

Thanksgiving cornucopiaThe SMU Forum is taking a break for the holiday and will return after Thanksgiving. Your news, calendar and For the Record items will be saved for upcoming issues. Keep sending your Forum news to Kathleen Tibbetts, 214-768-7672.

Turkey Day treats: SMU Catering is accepting Thanksgiving orders for cakes, pies, cookies and breads through Nov. 21. Make your choices from the 2008 menu and order form (PDF format), and follow the directions for placing your order in person or by mail, phone or fax. All prices include tax. Baked goods are for pick-up only and will be available Nov. 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Umphrey Lee Center. Visa, MasterCard and checks (payable to SMU Catering) are accepted.

Sharing is caring: In response to the 29-million-meal gap for people living at or below the federal poverty level, the “Close the Gap” food drive intiative cosponsored by Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy continues through Nov. 24, 2008. Drop off items for the North Texas Food Bank in the campus collection boxes, or contribute through the online grocery cart.

Vincent Van Gogh, 'Head of a Peasant Woman'Lasting impression: The Meadows Museum‘s groundbreaking exhibition “From Manet to Miró” closes Dec. 2, 2008. See it soon – visit the website for museum hours. (Left, Head of a Peasant Woman by Vincent Van Gogh; pencil, conté crayon and black chalk on paper; 1884. Photograph by José Loren, courtesy of The Abelló Collection.)

Live united: SMU’s 2008 United Way campaign is now under way. Make a donation with Express Ca$h at the Hughes-Trigg Mane Desk, or contribute online and check your department’s progress.

Will sing for food: The 160-voice Resounding Harmony choir, directed by Timothy Seelig, will team up with the Meadows Chorale and Meadows Concert Choir for a benefit concernt at 8 p.m. Nov. 24 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The choirs will donate at least 50 percent of concert proceeds to the North Texas Food Bank and Crossroads Community Services. Tickets are $25 per person, available at www.resoundingharmony.org or through Sandy Huneke at 817-913-9978.

Tate Series continues: The 2008-09 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series continues Dec. 2 with Philippe de Montebello, the longest-serving director of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Find more information at the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website.

We gather together: The SMU Faculty Club presents “Favorites from Presidents and Royalty” prepared by SMU Executive Chef Tim Schaub, as well as holiday music by pianist Bill Greene, at its 2008 Holiday Party 4-6 p.m. Dec. 3. Please bring two canned food items for the North Texas Food Bank. Faculty Club members are welcome to bring a guest. RSVP by Dec. 1 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

Save the date: The 2008 Staff Association Holiday Luncheon takes place at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. Watch your e-mail or the Staff Association website for reservations information.

Howie MandelIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Nov. 21: TITAS presents two legendary acts – The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band – in the Dallas debut of Down by the Riverside at 8 p.m. Order tickets online or contact the TITAS box office at 214-528-5576.

Nov. 23: Congregation Nishmat Am presents comedian Howie Mandel at 7 p.m. Order tickets online or contact Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 13, 2008

hidden-in-america-150.jpgTuition benefits applications due: The deadline for submitting Spring 2009 tuition benefits applications is Nov. 18. Find forms, schedules and a downloadable Tuition Benefits Handbook at SMU’s Human Resources website.

Stamping out hunger: In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Month, SMU’s Office of Leadership and Community Involvement partners with the North Texas Food Bank and the Resounding Harmony chorus to present the 1996 film “Hidden in America” starring Beau and Jeff Bridges and Frances McDormand. Bring two nonperishable food items for the Food Bank and be entered in a drawing for two tickets to the Resounding Harmony benefit concert Nov. 24 in SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. Food items collected will be donated to the SMU Helps Close the Gap campaign, sponsored by Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy.

Fall Dance Concert continues: The 2008 Meadows Fall Dance Concert continues with masterworks by renowned choreographers Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle and Eleo Pomare set to music ranging from Ralph Vaughan Williams to John Coltrane. Performances take place Nov. 13-16 at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. Buy tickets online or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Is image everything? How important is image at SMU, and how do image and stereotypes influence our daily lives? Join the Ethics Design Team of SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility to discuss the ethics of image and the public personae of college students at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

Fall Dance Concert 2008Will sing for food: The 160-voice Resounding Harmony choir, directed by Timothy Seelig, presents its inaugural concert to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and Crossroads Community Services. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano. The concert is part of a 3-week campaign organized by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and SMU-in-Legacy to raise funds and food supplies in partnership with the Food Bank’s 3-year “Close the Gap” initiative. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at www.resoundingharmony.org or through Sandy Huneke at 817-913-9978.

“Great” expectations: SMU hosts a special screening of a new documentary by Dallas-based AMS Pictures. “The Real Great Debaters of Wiley College” begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Inspired by the Hollywood film “The Great Debaters,” the documentary tells the true story of Wiley College’s 1935 debate team and their defeat of the reigning national champions. The screening is co-sponsored by SMU’s Division of Cinema-Television, the Association of Black Students, Program Council Films, Student Filmmakers Association, and Ben Voth, Director of Forensics. Admission is free.

The element of fire: SMU’s Meadows Symphony Orchestra presents the U.S. premiere of The Intercourse of Fire and Water (Yi1) for cello and orchestra as part of its latest program, “The Elements: Fire,” at 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in Caruth Auditorium. The piece – written by “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” composer Tan Dun – will feature guest soloist Andrés Díaz, international recording artist and Meadows faculty member. Also on the program are Haydn’s Fire Symphony and Liszt’s symphonic poem Prometheus. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

In McFarlin Auditorium:
Nov. 14-15: TITAS presents the Dallas debut of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For tickets, call TITAS at 214-528-5576.

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