SMU News Originally Posted: March 20, 2020 Dear SMU Community, Each day we evaluate the challenging issues created by COVID-19 and work diligently to make the best possible decisions for all of us. To align with declarations from federal, state and Dallas County health authorities, SMU is moving all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. We also are reducing even further the number of people working on campus. Effective Monday, March 23, the University moves to essential personnel only status until April 3. Employees will be contacted directly by their appropriate vice president or athletics director with guidance on their individual units’ operating plans. All faculty and staff, whether salaried or hourly, will continue to be paid during this period. Please remember to report your [...]
SMU NEWS Originally Posted: March 12, 2020 READ THE FULL LETTER HERE Dear SMU community, Due to rapidly changing issues related to the spread of Coronavirus, SMU will move students from classrooms to online instruction for the first two weeks following Spring Break, beginning Monday, March 23. The University is requesting that as many students as is possible leave the residence halls during Spring Break and remain home until April 5, as we expect normal operations to resume on April 6. International and other students who need to remain living in the residence halls should formally request approval from the Office of Residence Life and Student Housing to stay on campus. RLSH will send a message directly to residents containing additional information outlining the process. The campus [...]
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 pm, DLSB 110 “That’s Fashionating: The History of Israeli Fashion From the Kibbutz to the City” by Liraz Cohen Mordechai, fashion lecturer and blogger with a Master’s degree in Global Fashion Management from FIT, manager of the NY- Israel Fash&Tech Meetup community, and certified stylist in the fashion industry of NYC. Co-sponsored with Hillel at SMU. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Feb. 2, 1:00-5:30, Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium 7th annual Ladino Day celebration featuring Dr. Rey Romero, U. of Houston lecturing on “The Role of Ladino in Sustaining Sephardic Communities,” Student readings of Sephardic folktales, Film screening and discussion of “Song of the Sephardi” by David Raphael, and Kosher Sephardic Sweets. Free and Open to the Public. READ MORE
Event Date: May 5, 2019 Location: Dallas Hall Time: 12:30-5:00 A day of learning with mini-courses taught by SMU faculty and a film screening of "My So Called Enemy" and film director talk-back with Lisa Gossels. Spanning seven years, the film follows six Israeli and Palestinian teenage girls committed to justice and mutual understanding after participating in a cross-cultural women’s leadership program called Building Bridges for Peace. Co-sponsored with Perkins School of Theology, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and The Embrey Human Rights Program. For more information: smu.edu/odju
Event Date: Sunday, Jan. 20 Location: McCord Auditorium Time: 1:30-4:30 pm This one-day celebration of Judeo-Spanish culture will feature personal Sephardic stories, an update on Ladino studies, and a concert of Ladino music. Ladino is an historic Jewish language with a geographically diverse distribution that developed a rich cultural heritage since its emergence in medieval Spain. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information contact Shira Lander at email@example.com.
Event Date: October 25, 2018 Location: Dallas Hall Time: 7:30 pm "Israel, BDS, and Campus Life: Complexities of Jewish Identity in the American Academy" by Profs. Doron Ben-Atar and Andrew Pessin, authors of _Anti-Zionism on Campus. The University, Free Speech, and BDS_ Many scholars have struggled with rising anti-Israel sentiments on college and university campuses worldwide. Drawing on their extensive qualitative research, Profs. Doron Ben-Atar and Andrew Pessin will explore the deleterious impact of the Boycott Divest Sanction (BDS) movement on the most cherished Western ideals of free speech, civility, respectful discourse, and open research. Link for more information: https://www.smu.edu/Dedman/academics/programs/jewishstudies/events
Read: 2018 Jewish Studies Newsletter
The Nate and Ann Levine Lecture Series Mark your calendar: Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:30 pm Doron Ben-Atar and Andrew Pessin, co-authors of Campus Anti-Zionism: The University, Free Speech, and BDS “Israel, BDS, and Campus Life: Complexities of Jewish Identity in the American Academy”