Calendar Highlights: Aug. 30, 2007

St. Augustine's 'City of God' illustrated by Johann Amerbach, 1489Artful dining – The Gates, Meadows Museum‘s in-house restaurant, is now open for lunch with a new menu (and returning favorites). Hours are 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. For reservations, call 8-3928.

Holiday weekend – Just a reminder that SMU offices are closed for Labor Day, Sept. 3, and no classes will be held. The Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports also will be closed for the SMU-Texas Tech football game.

Risky business – Mark your post-Labor Day calendar for the 2007 Risk Assist Fair from 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 4 in the lower level of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The Office of Risk Management offers presentations on everything from emergency notification procedures to safe lifting and moving techniques for the office. Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be offered. Register online.

Senate in session – The first meeting of the 2007-08 Faculty Senate will begin at 3:10 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom West.

Divine inspiration – Bridwell Library delves into its rare book holdings to present “Christian Writers and Their Readers,” opening Sept. 6 in Bridwell’s Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries. (Left, portrait of St. Augustine by Johann Amerbach from a 1489 edition of City of God.)

Award-winning history – Author and historian Ned Blackhawk of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will accept the 2007 William P. Clements Prize for the Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America for Violence over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (2006), a history of the violence and its consequences experienced by the Ute, Paiute and Shoshone residing in what is now Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and California. Blackhawk will receive the award during formal ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in DeGolyer Library. The presentation will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.