SMU NEWS As SMU moves into Summer Session II (July term), it’s important to maintain a healthy campus by diligently following SMU’s current COVID-19 protocols. Here are some reminders. The Mustang Strong Dashboard recording COVID-19 cases at SMU is now updated weekly on Thursdays. SMU strongly encourages everyone to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to prevent the spread and lessen the severity of the virus, if contracted. COVID-19 vaccinations are available at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center for current and incoming students, SMU employees and their eligible spouse/dependents. Book an appointment through the health portal or by calling 214-768-2141 (option 1). After receiving the vaccine, please record your status in the voluntary vaccination reporting tool. The Health Center also provides COVID-19 testing for students and employees, but appointments are required, so call first at 214-768-2141 [...]
Austin American Citizen Originally Posted: May 29, 2021 Jill DeTemple, religious studies professor at SMU Dallas, for a piece advocating how rituals can help individuals and communities navigate their post-pandemic worlds. Published in the Austin American-Statesman with the heading Rituals can guide us in our post-pandemic worlds: https://bit.ly/3yVA1zi About a week ago, at the top of the stairs in the three-story building where I work on the SMU campus, two women were in lively conversation as they worked to remove markers and yards of tape laid down to keep us safely apart in the pandemic. They scraped and scrubbed, and at the end of the day the blue line dividing our staircase and hallways, the directional arrows and X’s meant to prohibit sitting too closely to another, were gone. Despite [...]
American Academy in Berlin Posted: May 12, 2021 The American Academy in Berlin has granted twenty-two Berlin Prizes for fall 2021 and spring 2022. The Berlin Prize is awarded annually to American or US-based scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields, from the humanities and social sciences to journalism, public policy, fiction, the visual arts, and music composition. Fellows spend a semester at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center, a historic nineteenth-century villa located in Berlin’s Wannsee district. Chosen by an independent selection committee, the 2021-22 class of fellows will pursue a wide array of scholarly and artistic projects, including histories of the legalities of small wars among European empires, the Visigothic political order, competing conceptions of [...]
THINK Originally Posted: April 29, 2021 Andrea Jain is an SMU Religious Studies alumna. She was interviewed on Think in April. Yoga, at its core, is a spiritual practice — and companies sell top-dollar gear so you can practice it in style. Andrea R. Jain is associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University, Indianapolis and editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. She joins host Krys Boyd to talk about modern capitalism’s stamp on ancient religious practices and the patina of social justice and self-care fueling a multimillion-dollar industry. Her book is called “Peace Love Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality.”
Congratulations to Dr. Johan Elverskog, Dedman Family Distinguished Professor, Professor of Religious Studies, and, by courtesy, Professor of History who was awarded a grant from the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation to support his work through the National Humanities Center (NHC) during the 2021–2022 fellowship year. Professor Everskog’s work will focus on examining the history of Uighur Buddhism from 800 to 1800 CE.
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SMU News Originally Posted: Marche 21, 2021 DALLAS (SMU) – Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Bumble Inc., became the youngest woman to take a company public when she celebrated the initial offering of her dating app shares on the Nasdaq Stock Market in February. The 31-year-old entrepreneur and SMU alumna will draw lessons from her remarkable life story as the featured speaker at SMU’s May Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 15. The outdoor ceremony, scheduled for 8 a.m. in Ford Stadium, will be streamed live at https://www.smu.edu/live. “Whitney Wolfe Herd may be the youngest commencement speaker we have ever had,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Our graduates will feel a sense of kinship with her as it has been only ten years since she walked [...]
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SMU will resume classes next week with virtual-only academic instruction on Monday, February 22, 2021. The decision on virtual and/or in-person classes on Tuesday and beyond will be announced by Monday. Graduate students with Saturday classes should expect to hear from the deans of their schools if instruction will occur. Crews from the Office of Facilities Planning and Management and Office of Information Technology are working diligently to assess and repair damage to various buildings caused by this unusual winter blast, as well as ensuring all technology in classrooms are in working order. We will provide an update later today on facilities that will be open this weekend. At this time Hughes-Trigg Student Center is open as a warming and charging-up location Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports [...]
Congratulations to Jill DeTemple, department of religious studies professor and chair. DeTemple was awarded the President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award at the spring general faculty meeting on January 27. The award is given annually to tenured faculty for the advancement of teaching and learning.