Category Archives: Visitors

‘Comfort Women’: ‘We Have to Confront the Historical Pain’

  “Most people have little-to-no knowledge of ‘comfort women’ during the war, and certainly haven’t heard the kind of first-hand testimony European Holocaust survivors have been able to share. So it was imperative we host a program with a survivor … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter cofounder Alicia Garza speaks at SMU

#BlackLivesMatter cofounder Alicia Garza spoke at SMU last night, where she eloquently spoke of the origin’s movements and planted several thoughts and ideas in the audience members minds. “Hashtags don’t start social movements.” “All lives (should) matter. That’s the truth. … Continue reading

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David McCullough: On Writing Well

Often called “America’s greatest living historian,” David McCullough visited SMU Nov. 18 not only to speak with a crowd of students, faculty and staff, but also to accept this year’s Medal of Freedom presented by the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political … Continue reading

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Valve Software VP Doug Lombardi with the SMU Guildhall

Valve Software executive and digital gaming insider Doug Lombardi joined the SMU Guildhall for a spirited talk on growing opportunities for independent game designers and what it takes to get a game ready for the marketplace. The event was broadcast live on … Continue reading

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NoViolet Bulaweyo ’07, author, We Need New Names

“Reading should be a labor. We are not here to be pleased all the time.” – during a lecture and Q&A on her first novel, winner of the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award and the first book by an SMU graduate to … Continue reading

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Charles Krauthammer, political commentator

“This is going to be one of the dirtiest campaign seasons on record on both sides. So I say hide the children and check the plumbing: You’re going to need to shower several times a day.” – at the Tate … Continue reading

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Santiago Calatrava, architect of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

“One of the enormous qualities of America is the way it welcomes people. You have welcomed us with your will and your heart. I know so many people in this community,  but my mother, my alma mater, it’s this university.” … Continue reading

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Michael Pollan, food activist

“Telling the difference between edible food and edible food-like substances is the key to eating well.” – at the Tate Student Forum

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Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and The Blind Side

“The hardest part of the job is getting yourself in the chair and doing it.” – on being a writer

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