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RSVP TODAY! Dedman College Community Mixer: Friday, November 5th

Dedman College Community Mixer

Date: Nov. 5, 2021
Time: 3-5 p.m.
Location: Dallas Hall Rotunda and Dallas Hall Front Steps

All Dedman College faculty, staff and students welcome.

Please RSVP by October 29, 2021: smu.edu/CommunityMixer.

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Boulevard with Dedman College for SMU Homecoming

Join Dedman College on the Boulevard!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Connect with Dedman College alumni, students, faculty, family and friends for tailgating on the Boulevard for Homecoming Weekend.

Tent opens two hours before kickoff (time to be announced)

The Dedman College tent location is behind the Dedman College sign on the main quad.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Dedman College tent!

Food and drinks provided but you must register before Wednesday, September 29.

Register

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Dedman College D&I Newsletter, Fall 2021

Read the latest Dedman College D&I Newsletter

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Welcome Back!

Originally Posted: Aug 23, 2021

Welcome back, Mustangs! Can’t wait to see you in class!

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Temporary mask requirement effective Aug 12

SMU News

Effective August 12, SMU is temporarily requiring masks (two or more layers covering the nose and mouth) in indoor spaces on campus, including classrooms, event and meeting spaces, and common areas in all buildings and residential halls regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in private spaces such as residence hall rooms for students with roommates.

All events, such as Convocation and orientation, should continue as planned with masks being used indoors. This requirement is a temporary precaution during the Delta variant surge to supplement our other pandemic protocols. We will continue to monitor and review industry-specific guidance and recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health authorities in order to make the best decisions for our community.

Check the Mustang Strong website for the latest updates and answers to questions about our campus response to COVID-19. Also, watch for upcoming Mustang Strong newsletters for quick reminders. READ MORE

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COVID-19 reminders for July term

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.

  • Masks may be required by faculty in their classrooms. Instructors will notify students prior to the start of class in their course syllabus. A decision about mask requirements for fall will be made within the next few weeks.
  • For more information, please check the Mustang Strong website or scan the QR Code on signs posted at the entrances of campus buildings.

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Opinion: Rituals can guide us in our post-pandemic worlds

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 their efforts, however, the sticky residue from the tape remains.  Looking down at the stripe still dividing our stairs neatly into two parts, darker than its surrounding material, I was struck by the analogy it offered.  As we think about emerging from lockdowns, hugely altered work lives, social distancing, hundreds of thousands of lives lost and irrevocably altered by COVID 19, and seemingly unshakeable social divides — we cannot simply “go back to normal.”  Even if we try to wash the experience away, stubborn stickiness remains.

How we handle that stickiness matters.  As part of my work as a professor of religious studies, I often teach about rituals. Most religious traditions utilize rituals to create common experiences and meaning for communities. The loss of those experiences has been one of the most painful parts of the pandemic as people canceled or postponed baptisms, baby namings, Eid celebrations, weddings, and funerals. History also teaches us that in times of social upheaval, including pandemics, ritual responses can take desperate and troublesome forms: ghost dancing, cargo cults, crusades, sacrifice, mass suicide. READ MORE

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Congratulations to Johan Elverskog, 2021-22 Berlin Prize Fellow

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 self-government in English and American political thought, Algerian Jewish life, and the Greek Revolution; two new novels and a graphic memoir; investigations into lithium extraction in the US, Chile, and Argentina; EU-China-US relations in the context of global supply chains; the relationship between declining coal-use and the rise of populism; European attitudes toward global democratic decline; and new works by a composer, translator, and two visual artists.

The Berlin Prize provides recipients the time and resources to advance important scholarly and artistic projects, free from the constraints of other professional obligations. Fellows work throughout the semester with Berlin peers and institutions in the Academy’s well-established network, forging meaningful connections that lead to lasting transatlantic relationships. During their stays, fellows engage German audiences through lectures, readings, and performances, which form the core of the American Academy’s public program.

Johan Elverskog, SMU Dedman Family Distinguished Professor and Professor of History will be working on his new project, “A History of Uighur Buddhism, 800-1800,” which explores the pivotal role Uighur Buddhists played in shaping Eurasian history while also exploring some of the key issues of our post-secular age: Why convert to a new religion? How is religion manifested and maintained? And, finally, why abandon it? READ MORE

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If You’re Doing Yoga, You’re Part Of The Mainstream

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.”

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Congratulations to Dr. Johan Elverskog

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.