Event Date: 03/07/2019 Location: Meadows Museum - Jones Hall Time: 5:15 PM Reception, 6:00 PM Lecture The story of the siege of the Aztec capital by the Spanish invaders, and the ultimate destruction of this indigenous empire in central Mexico have relied largely on Spanish accounts: principally the letters of Cortés and a chronicle penned by a Spanish conquistador in the Mexican expedition, Bernal Díaz del Castillo. The lecture challenges this largely Spanish narrative by exploring the role of the indigenous allies, who fought with the Spanish invaders in a great insurrection to overthrow the Aztec Empire.
History News Network Originally Posted: Feb. 24, 2019 by Jo Guldi Jo Guldi, formerly Hans Rothfels Professor of History at Brown University and a Member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, is currently Associate Professor of History at SMU Dallas, where she directs “Think-Play-Hack,” SMU’s interdisciplinary hackathon series for big ideas. She is author of “Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State” (Harvard 2012), and co-author, with David Armitage, of ”The History Manifesto” (Cambridge 2014), which was recently named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the most influential 20 books of the past 20 years in any field. Like many Americans, I have a love-hate relationship with technology: I inwardly cringe when my preschooler clamors for screen-time with our iPad instead of storytime with a [...]
Dallas Innovates Originally Posted: Feb. 20, 2019 SMU is primed to move forward in the digital frontier with its new home for interdisciplinary research, the Gerald J. Ford Hall for Research and Innovation, that’s set to break ground on Friday, Feb. 22. The 50,000-square-foot hub will sit adjacent to Harold Clark Simmons Hall on the SMU campus. Once complete, it will equip students, faculty, and industry partners with the tools to power the enterprises of the future. By having the center available on campus, SMU hopes to encourage the use of high-performance computing and attract more external research funding. Housed inside Ford Hall will be the AT&T Center for Virtualization, the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, the Visualization Lab, and newly relocated Hart eCenter. Hart eCenter’s move [...]
Event Date: 2/21/2019 Location: Meadows Museum - Jones Hall Time: 5:15 PM Reception, 6:00 PM Lecture This presentation will explore the life of Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi on his 150th birth centenary. Gandhi, a larger than life figure, has come to occupy a prominent place in the memories of Indians and people around the world. This presentation will focus particularly on spaces in India that serve as places of memory and commemoration, and the role that the memory of Gandhi plays in contemporary Indian society.
Event: Feb. 7, The Godbey Lecture Series: Catherine de Medici: The Contested Power and Controversial Reputation of a French Queen
Event Date: Feb. 7, 2019 Location: Meadows Museum Time: 5:15 PM Reception, 6:00 PM Lecture An in depth lecture on the life of Catherine de Medici, who died on January 5, 1589 after being integrally connected to the French monarchy for nearly sixty years. This lecture will discuss the powerful sixteenth-century woman, who was queen, regent, and queen-mother, and some reasons for her controversial reputation today. RSVP Required to Attend Link for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/dedman-college-interdisciplinary-institute-17804525320
SMU Graduate Studies Originally Posted: September 2018 Find out how a Dedman Interdisciplinary Research Cluster created new connections between students and faculty from religious studies, art history, art and world languages and launched conversations exploring biases and inclusion. EXCERPT: One of the great rewards of graduate school is meeting like-minded individuals with whom one shares intellectual curiosities. These newfound relationships not only make graduate life enjoyable but also enrich one’s thinking and research work. At SMU, we have been fortunate to find a multidisciplinary community of students and professors with whom to exchange ideas in and outside of the classroom. During the spring of 2018, we had an opportunity to bring that community together through the Dedman Interdisciplinary Research Cluster titled “On Decolonial Options and the Writing [...]
Event: Oct. 2, The Annual Allman Family Lecture A Forensic Talk: Making Heads and Telling Tales of San Jacinto with Amanda Danning
Event Date: 10/02/2018 Location: McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall Time: 5:30 PM Reception, 6:00 PM Lecture Some have believed that the legends surrounding the Battle of San Jacinto have been more myth than history. New research and modern forensics help us understand where the legends come from and tell us more about the lives of the soldiers who died there. Danning sets the stage with vivid details building up to April 21, 1836 and then gets the audience to join in as the forensics from one skull after another tells a story. Link for more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-allman-family-lecture-making-heads-and-telling-tales-of-san-jacinto-a-forensic-talk-by-amanda-tickets-49952371889
Dedman College News Originally Posted: May 17, 2018 Congratulations to all the faculty celebrated at the Dedman College & Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute’s 2nd Annual Faculty Book Fest on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. See below for a list of Dedman College faculty books When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War Jeffrey Engel, Department of History Partners with God: Critical and Theological Readings of the Bible in Honor of Marvin A. Sweeney Serge Frolov, Department of Religious Studies with Shelly L. Birdsong No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland Rick Halperin, Department of History Booker T. Washington in American Memory Kenneth M. Hamilton, Department of History The Culturalist Challenge to Liberal Republicanism Michael Lusztig, Department of Political Science Statistical Modeling for Degradation Data [...]
Event Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Location: Dallas Hall Rotunda Time: 5:00 PM Take a break on reading day and join us for the second annual faculty book fest! Featuring books from faculty across campus, the book fest is a celebration of all books published by SMU faculty in 2017. Enjoy refreshments and raffle prizes and hear from the authors themselves!