Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 19, 2014

Myra Greene at Meadows: Artist and professor Myra Greene visits SMU Wednesday, Feb. 19 to speak on “issues of difference, beauty, physical and emotional recollections as they play out on the surface of the skin” for the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Greene is an associate professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago, and her work is part of numerous permanent collections at museums across the country. She received her B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and M.F.A. in photography from the University of New Mexico. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in O’Donnell Hall, Owen Arts Center.

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The deadly cost of news: SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program screens Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News, exploring the danger journalists go through to get a story. (Murder is the number one cause of journalist deaths worldwide.) Following the screening is a discussion with the filmmaker, Eric Matthies, and SMU Adjunct Assistant Professor Kael Alford, whose work in Iraq is featured in the film. The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

Why are they NOT Impressionists: Dallas Morning News art critic Rick Brettell visits SMU for a lecture on artistic styles Thursday, Feb. 20 in SMU’s Meadows Museum. Brettell, the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Museums at UT-Dallas, will focus on “the masters of the loaded brush” – Sorolla, Zorn, Boldini and Sargent – and compare their work to that of Impressionists, pointing out similarities and stressing their differences. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium.

SYZYGY: Diva Dolce joins SYZYGY for a performance Friday, Feb. 21. The musical groups will perform Nico Muhly’s How Soon?, based on a poem by George Herbert, and other works of 20th and 21st century music for winds, strings and percussion. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

The Vagina Monologues: SMU’s Women’s Interest Network presents its annual staging of The Vagina Monologues Feb. 21-22. The show is based on playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women and helps raise awareness and stop violence against woman locally and globally. Tickets are $5 for SMU faculty, staff and students and $10 for the public; they can be purchased at the door or by calling 214-768-4412. All proceeds benefit the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. and performances start at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 8, 2013

Brown Bag Dance: The popular Brown Bag Dance Series returns Oct. 7-11, 2013. Twice a year, Meadows Division of Dance students create and perform their own choreography in this week-long series, ranging from modern to ballet to hip-hop to jazz. Performances are at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center.

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A Vigilante Life: Historian Andrew C. Isenberg will discuss his new book, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Earp is famously known as “the hero of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, and a beacon of rough justice in the tumultuous American West.” However, Isenberg will talk about how Earp created this fictitious hero because in reality he led the life of a lawbreaking conman. Isenberg is a historian of the American environment, the American West, and the encounter between natives and settlers at Temple University. He is also the editor of The Nature of Cities: Culture, Landscape, and Urban Space. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the lecture follows at 6:30 p.m. in DeGolyer Library. Books will be available for signing and registration is required. Update: Registration is now closed due to high demand.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Artist Lilian Garcia-Roig will come to SMU Wednesday, Oct. 9 for the Meadows Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Garcia-Roig received her B.F.A. from SMU Meadows and her M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is known for using thick thrashes of paint to produce lavish landscapes, and her style is an oscillation between realism and abstraction. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Umphrey Lee Room 241.

SYZYGY: The Meadows New Music Ensemble will perform with Nadia Sirota on Thursday, Oct. 10. Sirota is a violist and 2013 Meadows Prize Winner and will perform alongside Meadows composition students as they premiere their new works. The performance is at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium and is free of charge. To stay updated with everything SYZYGY follow them on Twitter @meadowsSYZYGY.

Georgievskaya low res 9273Faculty Recital: Liudmila Georgievskaya will perform in a Faculty Piano Recital Friday, Oct. 11. Georgievskaya is a an award-winning pianist and a Meadows adjunct lecturer in piano and Coordinator of Accompanying. She is an honors graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and received her Artist Certificate from the Meadows School in 2010. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Happy Fall Break 2013 Oct. 14-15! Classes will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 16. 

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 10, 2013

A perfect union: Dolley Madison, spouse of James Madison, is remembered for the impact she had while living in the White House – especially her keen understanding of both the social and political workings of Washington. SMU will host a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 10,  focusing on Dolley and her role in the construction of a new political society and democratic ruling style. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation starts at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium. Please contact Brian Franklin for more information.

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The accidental victim: Friends of the SMU Libraries will host James Reston Jr. for a lecture and book signing on his new work, The Accidental Victim: JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Real Target in Dallas Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. Reston, who was David Frost’s Watergate advisor from 1976-77 and has written 15 books, presents the theory that Texas Governor John Connally was the intended target of the JFK shooting. A reception precedes the event at 6 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited;  RSVP to Cynthia Ruppi or call 214-768-3225. Watch “The Today Show” on Thursday, Sept. 12 for a special feature on Reston.

Visiting artist: Uruguayan multimedia artist Alejandro Cesarco will present a Visiting Artist Lecture at SMU Wednesday, Sept. 11. Cesarco’s work explores how we comprehend and frame narrative by using repetition and memory across numerous media. Cesarco was born in Uruguay and represented the country in the 2011 Venice Biennale and was the 2011 winner of the Baloise Art Prize. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Room B600, Owen Arts Center.

Honest Abe: The Hon. Frank Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, is known for his knowledge and collection of Abraham Lincoln information and materials. He will speak on Lincoln’s unique approaches to our nation’s issues, especially his openness to reevaluation and change, in “Abraham Lincoln: An Evolving Commander in Chief,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in DeGolyer Library.

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MWE: The annual Meadows Wind Ensemble classics concert celebrates the 75th birthday of a Dallas pioneer Friday, Sept. 13. To honor the late Howard Dunn (pictured left) – the second conductor of the MWE and founder of Dallas Wind Symphony – the Wind Ensemble will perform works from Paul Dukas, Richard Strauss and more. The concert takes place at Dallas City Performance Hall at 8 p.m., and tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

Friday’s concert marks the first event in the Meadows School’s new Community Concert Series, which will showcase SMU Meadows performers in different Dallas venues throughout the year.

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. 5, 2012

The DSO Brass Quintet (image courtesy of DSO)

The DSO Brass Quintet (image courtesy of DSO)

Brass band: The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform at SMU Monday, Nov. 5. The Quintet has a residency in the Meadows School’s Division of Music, and this is their third year of concerts at SMU. The group includes Ryan Anthony, trumpet, Kevin Finamore, trumpet, John Kitzman, trombone, Greg Hustis, horn, and Mathew Good, tuba. During the evening the quintet will be joined by the student brass ensemble for two works. The performance starts at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Admission is $7 for faculty, staff, and students.

Election Day! Don’t forget to cast your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

Guest piano recital: Pianist Paul Barnes returns to Caruth Auditorium Wednesday, Nov. 7 to perform works by contemporary composers Gilad Cohen, N. Lincoln Hanks and Philip Glass. Barnes is the professor of piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music; during his summers, he teaches at the Vienna International Piano Academy. His work has been described as “intensely expressive playing and cutting-edge programming.” The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Artist Nicolas Guagnini will be at SMU on Wednesday, Nov. 7 for a Visiting Artist Lecture. Guagnini was a founding member of Orchard 47, an exhibition and gallery space in Manhattan, from 2005-08. He is also an artist himself and portrays distinct themes through his practice: social division, repression, psychoanalysis and the capitalist structure. Guagini will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room (3531), Owen Arts Center.

Sacred space: Associate Professor of Anthropology Christina Conlee of Texas State University will speak on “Sacred Spaces and Human Sacrifice: The Nasca Lines in Their Cultural and Religious Context” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Smith Auditorium of SMU’s Meadows Museum. Conlee’s lecture will focus on the Nasca Lines of South Peru and their importance; archaeologists have come to understand that the Lines are an important part of the Nasca religion.

Night music: The Meadows Wind Ensemble invites you to a special performance from composer Augusta Read Thomas, featuring works written on commission for and/or dedicated to the Ensemble. Thomas will be joined by Douglas Stotter, conductor for the University of Texas at Arlington Wind Symphony. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium; tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students. Following the performance, head to the Taubman Atrium of the Owen Arts Center for the Chamber Music Late Night Concert. Starting at 10 p.m., come enjoy the chamber music of Meadows as the perfect ending to your evening.

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.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 21, 2012

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Art smart: Ceramicist Ilona Romule will be at SMU Monday, Sept. 24, to give the Meadows Visiting Artist Lecture. Romule’s unique work is simultaneously two-and three-dimensional: She draws figures on the sides of her pots and sculpts them partially emerging from the pots as three-dimensional forms. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and has participated in international competitions and exhibitions. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room of the Owen Arts Center and is free to the public.

SYZGY: The Meadows new music ensemble SYZGY will open its 2012-13 season Friday, Sept. 28 with a program featuring work by composer John Adams and led by ensemble director Matt Albert. The strings, winds and percussions can be heard at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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“We the Pueblo of Texas”: The Gilbert Lecture Series kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with an event focused on Latino studies and hosted by Raúl Coronado. Coronado is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, a past resident of SMU as a Bill and Rita Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America, and the author of A World Not to Come: A History of 19th-Century Latino Writing, Print Culture, and the Disenchantment of the World. Coronado is currently working on a study of the historical emergence of queer Latino/a subjectivities; hear all of his insights in DeGolyer Library.

True to Texas: Y’all are in for a treat, because the 2012 State Fair of Texas begins Friday, Sept. 28 and runs daily through Saturday, Oct. 21. The fair kicks off with a ceremony at 7 a.m. and a parade through downtown Dallas at noon. Highlights include the Reliant Starlight Parade, the State Fair Auto Show, livestock shows, the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Chevrolet Main Stage featuring artists like Kellie Pickler and Kevin Fowler, and all the fried food your heart desires. General admission is $16; call 214-565-9931 for more information.

Faculty artistry: Chee-Yun Kim and Alessio Bax are more than SMU faculty members: They are also internationally renowned musicians who have won the Avery Fisher Career Grant. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Chee-Yun will play the violin and Bax the piano as they perform pieces from composers Ferruccio Busoni and Beethoven as part of the Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series. The performance is in Caruth Auditorium and costs $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

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.

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).