Dallas novelist’s ‘LitNight’ builds a literary scene in the casual atmosphere of a nightclub

Dallas Morning News Originally posted: December 7, 2018 Dallas novelist Sanderia Faye got the idea of celebrating literature in a bar when she attended Brooklyn's Franklin Park Reading Series, which has hosted the likes of A.M. Homes, Jennifer Egan and Colson Whitehead. Faye thought that same informal atmosphere at the monthly gathering of writers and readers could make literary fiction more approachable in Dallas, too. So in June, she founded LitNight at the Sandaga 813 nightclub in Exposition Park. "It takes the stigma out of literary fiction," says the author of Mourner's Bench, which tells the story of an 8-year-old girl's awakening in 1964 amid the civil rights movement. "You have this camaraderie between the authors but also with the audience. It's a great environment." The next installment [...]

By | 2018-12-07T08:02:37+00:00 December 7th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Events|Comments Off on Dallas novelist’s ‘LitNight’ builds a literary scene in the casual atmosphere of a nightclub

Watch SMU Center for Presidential History Director Jeffrey Engel on CNN

Dedman College News Originally Posted: December 5, 2018 Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored with a state funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. this morning. Tune into CNN from 9-11am today to watch SMU Center for Presidential History Director Jeffrey Engel during the ceremonies. More on Jeffrey Engel as he discusses the first Gulf War and George H.W. Bush's legacy in the Middle East with PRI's The World.

By | 2018-12-05T07:04:28+00:00 December 5th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events, Faculty News, History|Comments Off on Watch SMU Center for Presidential History Director Jeffrey Engel on CNN

Save the Date: Dec. 14 – 15, December Rotunda Recessional and Commencement

Watch Ceremony  Watch both ceremonies live @ www.smu.edu/live December Rotunda Recessional 4:45 p.m. Friday, December 14th December Commencement 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 15th For more information: https://www.smu.edu/EnrollmentServices/registrar/AcademicCeremonies/DecemberCommencement

By | 2018-12-04T09:33:41+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events|Comments Off on Save the Date: Dec. 14 – 15, December Rotunda Recessional and Commencement

Fossils From Angola Bring Strange Yet Familiar Ocean into View

VOA Originally Posted: November 26, 2018   Some may be familiar with mythical sea monsters. For example, Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness Monster “Nessie,” and Giganto -- fictional beasts of comic book fame. But millions of years ago, real-life sea monsters lived and thrived in what we now call the South Atlantic Ocean. South Atlantic Ocean basin As the continents of South America and Africa separated millions of years ago, scientists say a fantastic array of ferocious predators and other lifeforms colonized the newly formed body of water off the coast of Angola. That diverse collection of marine reptiles included mosasaurs (aquatic lizards), plesiosaurs (which exhibited broad flat bodies, large paddlelike limbs, and typically a long flexible neck and small head), and the more familiar giant [...]

By | 2018-11-27T10:03:37+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Fossils From Angola Bring Strange Yet Familiar Ocean into View

Event: Nov. 28, Asian Studies, Human Rights, Dance and SMU-in-India present the Film “Mrinalini Sarabhai”

Event Date: 11/28/2018 Location: McCord Auditorium Time: 7-9PM Date: 11/28/2018 SMU's Asian Studies, Embrey Human Rights Program, and the Department of Dance invite you to a screening of "Mrinalini Sarabhai: The Artist and Her Work," which follows the life of a classical Indian dancer, Mrinalini Sarabhai. Sarabhai transformed Bharatnatyam and Kathakali in the 20th century, and used her art to convey messages of social justice. Following the film, the Embrey Human Rights Program will host a discussion and there also will be an info session for SMU-in-India. Food and drinks provided.  

By | 2018-11-21T06:43:50+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Events|Comments Off on Event: Nov. 28, Asian Studies, Human Rights, Dance and SMU-in-India present the Film “Mrinalini Sarabhai”

Survivors of Nazi occupation host discussion at SMU about anti-Semitic violence

Fox 4 Originally Posted: November 17, 2018 October’s massacre at a Pittsburg synagogue has focused new attention on the rise of anti-Semitic violence. This week, a couple who lived through Nazi occupation during World War II encouraged some SMU students to speak out against that kind of hatred in the world. Beate and Serge Klarsfeld are trying to teach a new generation about the evil of anti-Semitism. "It is important to give them the experience of our actions,” said Serge Klarsfeld. Klarsfeld witnessed his father being taken from their home in France after Nazis invaded. He and his wife have since spent the past five decades seeking justice for victims and survivors of Nazi war crimes. "When we began it was not the same world it [...]

By | 2018-11-19T07:45:52+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on Survivors of Nazi occupation host discussion at SMU about anti-Semitic violence

Save the Date: Nov 26, Celebration of Lights

Event date: November 26, 2018 Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Location: Dallas Hall Lawn Hosted by Student Foundation SMU's Student Foundation welcomes the entire SMU and the surrounding community to Dallas Hall lawn to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season at Celebration of Lights. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and cider with warm cookies while admiring the thousands of lights that adorn Dallas Hall. Listening to carols performed by SMU students while holding brightly lit candles. SMU’s President, R. Gerald Turner, will read the Christmas Story from his own family Bible, and upon the conclusion of the Christmas Story, “Silent Night” ends the program with the lighting of SMU’s stunning Dallas Hall and its surrounding trees. New this year: Festivities begin at 6pm with [...]

By | 2018-11-16T07:09:59+00:00 November 19th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events|Comments Off on Save the Date: Nov 26, Celebration of Lights

How an SMU dinosaur hunter’s 72-million-year-old sea monster got to the Smithsonian

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: November 14, 2018 Three weeks before his team's fossil finds go on display at one of the world's most famous natural history museums, Louis Jacobs stands in a basement lab at Southern Methodist University sanding the lower jaw of a 72-million-year-old sea monster. His colleague Michael Polcyn sits nearby, dabbing sealant on a model of the animal's upper jaw and skull. White dust hovers in the air. Plaster tailbones, skulls and teeth top every counter. This is the sort of work — preparing models and fossils — that Jacobs had done early in his career, before he became a professor, before he hunted for fossils in Alaska, Antarctica, Malawi, Cameroon and Texas; before he dug up the bones of dinosaurs [...]

By | 2018-11-14T18:23:37+00:00 November 15th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Earth Sciences, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on How an SMU dinosaur hunter’s 72-million-year-old sea monster got to the Smithsonian

Meet Benjamin Chi, Human Rights Fellow 2017-18

Dedman College News Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett In the 2017-18 academic year, SMU Human Rights Fellow Benjamin Chi fought to change the Texas Family Code, advocating for underage youth without guardians to give consent to their own medical care, which would allow them to attend school and improve public health. “Working as an SMU Human Rights Fellow has been the most formative experience of my undergraduate experience,” said Ben. Inspired to study human rights through his parents’ experiences of living in poverty until their thirties, Ben has been collaborating with homelessness advocates, state government officials, healthcare specialists, and youth experiencing homelessness. In the 2014-2015 school year, 113,000 students were identified as homeless, according to the Texas Homeless Education Office, an organization [...]

By | 2018-11-08T15:44:44+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Anthropology, Biology, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Meet Benjamin Chi, Human Rights Fellow 2017-18
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