Willard Spiegelman receives Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award at 2016 Fall General Faculty Meeting

Willard Spiegelman

Willard Spiegelman receives Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award at 2016 Fall General Faculty Meeting

Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English in Dedman College, was honored as the 2015-16 United Methodist Church University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at SMU’s 2016 Fall General Faculty Meeting Wednesday, Aug. 24.

The first meeting of the entire faculty for the 2016-17 academic year featured the Spring 2016 Faculty Senate report, the presentation of regalia to newly tenured faculty, and President R. Gerald Turner’s updates on initiatives ranging from cultural intelligence to continuing education.

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August 31, 2016|For the Record, News|

Willard Spiegelman poem featured in new collection inspired by Thomas Jefferson

Book cover of 'Monticello in Mind'SMU’s campus centerpiece, Dallas Hall, has inspired a poem published alongside the works of Pulitzer Prize winners in the poetry anthology Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Jefferson (University of Virginia Press).

That’s Jefferson as in Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States.

What’s the connection between Dallas Hall and one of America’s founding fathers? It doesn’t take Nicolas Cage and a map hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence to find out.

“When the founders of SMU went to Chicago to find an architect for their first building, they said they wanted Dallas Hall to look like The Rotunda at the University of Virginia (which was designed by Jefferson), but of course bigger,” says Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.

The author of the Dallas Hall-inspired poem explains, “My first thought was, ‘Jefferson went to the prairie.’”

The poem, titled Prairie Rotunda, is one of 50 poems featured in Monticello in Mind. An excerpt is below:

The Monticello ladies politely call him, still,

“Mister Jefferson,” spokesman for sanity.

And on north Texas plains, more arid

than his “little mountain” landscape, we too have

something of his legacy, in stone and Kansas brick.

— Kenny Ryan

> Visit SMU’s Department of English homepage: smu.edu/english

February 17, 2016|Faculty in the News, For the Record, News|

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan to visit SMU Feb. 25, 2016

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay RyanFormer U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan will present a reading of her poetry at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, following a 6 p.m. reception in room 131 of SMU’s Dedman Life Sciences Building.

The event is cohosted by SMU English Professor Willard Spiegelman, the SMU Department of English and the Gilbert Lecture Series.

“Ryan will be reading from her poetry, presumably a mix of recent and earlier work,” Spiegelman says. “She is very engaging, humorous and compatible in an approachable way. She has a wonderful stage presence.”

In addition to serving as the nation’s 16th Poet Laureate from 2008-2010, Ryan has won a Pulitzer Prize and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011 – a prestigious distinction.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the SMU Department of English at 214-768-2945.

— Kenny Ryan

January 29, 2016|Calendar Highlights, News|

Centennial Week features launch party for new biography of legendary SMU professor Harold Jeskey

'The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey' book coverThe late Harold Jeskey retired from teaching in 1979, but he never forgot his love for SMU’s students – or its athletic teams. And his students never forgot him – or his signature red ties.

SMU will help celebrate the publication of a new biography about Jeskey, a popular professor of organic chemistry, on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. and will include remarks by Sterling E. Moore, author of The Man in the Red Tie: Professor Harold Jeskey. Friends and family will be invited to share memories.

Jeskey, the former R.S. Lazenby Professor of Chemistry in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, taught at the University from 1945 to 1979. He also served as faculty athletic representative and volunteered in the Sports Information Department for many years after his retirement. He adopted his famous red ties as a representation of excellence and awarded them to outstanding students in his classes.

Harold Jeskey, R.S. Lazenby Professor of Chemistry, SMUAnd his respect for student achievement went well beyond the classroom. “During the tumultuous days of integration, Jeskey presented a red tie to a black student he never even taught…perhaps as an award for bravely facing racism,” reads the book’s overview.

Moore took Jeskey’s organic chemistry class in 1951 and has imbued his Jeskey biography with personal experiences and insight. He also included interviews with family, friends, colleagues, and former students to “paint a vivid picture of a man whose legacy is deeply ingrained in the collective memory and culture of SMU.”

> Learn more about The Man in the Red Tie and author Sterling E. Moore from SMU News

The book publication party is also one of several Mustang Mini Reunions that will mark SMU’s Centennial Homecoming Week. Scheduled meet-ups include the following:

Steve LaRue and Dodie Jacobi’s Reunion Meetup of friends from Meadows School of the Arts, Student Foundation, Lettermen Hall, and the Class of ’85, as well as new alumni of every sort. All are welcome to join this casual, Dutch-treat meetup from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Old Monk, 2847 N. Henderson Avenue. Contact Dodie Jacobi for more information.

• The Williard Spiegelman Reunion for friends and former students of Professor Spiegelman, Friday, Sept. 25Learn more and register online.

• The Thespian Mini Reunion at Café Brazil Coffeehouse and Restaurant, 6420 N Central Expressway, Friday, Sept. 25Contact Danette Goss Alberts ’75.

• The Hispanic Alumni Mini-Reunion and Reception, hosted by the Honorable Delia D. Jasso ’76, featuring the Dallas Mexican American Historical League exhibit, “The Untold Story: A Tribute to Dallas’  Mexican American Veterans and Families,” Friday, Sept. 25Registration information here.

• The Gamma Omega Chapter of Beta Theta Pi Reunion at Ozona’s Grill and Bar, 4615 Greenville Avenue, Friday, Sept. 25.

• The Black Alumni Reunion, featuring several events during Homecoming Week including a happy hour, 20th year celebration, and Voice of Inspiration Gospel Choir reunion, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27Details and registration information here.

• The SMU-in-Madrid Reunion featuring guest speaker Mark Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum, and a viewing of the exhibit Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and CollectingSaturday, Sept. 26. More details here.

• The Daily Campus and Rotunda Alumni Reunion, for alumni who have been involved with The Daily Campus student newspaper and the Rotunda yearbook as they celebrate 100 years at SMU, Saturday, Sept. 26. Learn more.

> Learn more about Mustang Mini Reunions

September 22, 2015|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|

Calendar Highlights: April 10, 2013

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

Percussion double feature: Indonesian master musician Ade Suparman performs with the Meadows Percussion Ensemble and World Music Ensemble at noon  Wednesday, April 10, as part of the Expanding Your Horizons Brown Bag Concert Series. It serves as a preview for the Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert that same day at 8 p.m. The spring concert features different faculty artists and composers:  Andrés Díaz, Meadows cello professor, Dr. Lane Harder, Meadows alum and composition faculty member, and Suparman, who plays the zither and bamboo flute. The noon performance is in the Taubman Atrium; the 8 p.m. performance is in Caruth Auditorium. Both are free and open to the public.

Drone strikes: Is the United States legally obliged to explain its drone policy? This and other topics will be discussed on Thursday, April 11, during Drone Strikes: Security, Human Rights and Morality. The lecture will include perspectives from Jeffrey Kahn, SMU Dedman School of Law professor, Naureen Shah, Columbia Law School associate director, Michael Lewis, Ohio Northern University Law School professor. The panel is moderated by Chris Jenkins, SMU Dedman School of Law professor. The event begins at 5 p.m. in Karcher Auditorium, Storey Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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Poetry and pain: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences presents an interdisciplinary discussion, The Languages of Pain: What Poetry Can Tell Us about Pain, and What it Can’t. The panel will be led by Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English, who will be joined by Thomas Mayo, Law; Robert Howell, Philosophy; and Rhonda Blair, Theatre. Each will discuss the role poetry plays in their specific discipline and how people use poetry to give words to inexplicable pain, both physical and mental. Spiegelman is the editor-in-chief of Southwest Review and has authored books, essays and reviews as well as contributed to The Wall Street Journal. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in Room 133, Fondren Science Building.

Afternoon Gallery Talks: Join Meadows Curator Nicole Atzbach for Martín Rico and His Circle, an afternoon gallery talk Friday, April 12. Atzbach has been with Meadows Museum since 2010 and became a curator in 2012. She will discuss the current Meadows exhibition, Impressions of Europe: 19th-century Vistas by Martín Rico. The talk begins at noon and is free with regular admission to the Meadows Museum.

Jampact: The eclectic Jampact band brings a mix of jazz, funk and world music to campus Saturday, April 13. The band includes some of SMU’s own faculty members; the musicians are Meadows Dean José Bowen, piano, with SMU professors Kim Corbet, trombone and synthesizer; Akira Sato, trumpet; and Jamal Mohamed, drums; with musician Buddy Mohamed on bass. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

April 10, 2013|Calendar Highlights|
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