Calendar Highlights: Jan. 26, 2009

(UPDATED Jan. 30, 2009 with new date for Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture – rescheduled due to weather-related delay.)

Disturnell map of 1847Shared border, common interests: Clements Center Fellow Miguel Ángel González Quiroga discusses perception vs. reality in the history of border race relations in a Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture, “Conflict and Commonality in the Texas-Mexico Border Region, 1830-1880,” rescheduled for noon Mar. 3 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. <Right, the Disturnell Map of 1847, from the General Records of the U.S. Government, RG 11.)

Voices from death row: Six former inmates who were absolved of crimes for which they received death sentences are the subjects of “The Exonerated,” a 2005 film starring Susan Sarandon, Aidan Quinn and Danny Glover. SMU Leadership and Community Involvement presents a screening at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Hughes-Trigg Commons as part of its Social Justice Film Series. Kerry Max Cook, author of Chasing Justice and one of the men portrayed in the film, will answer questions following the screening. Refreshments will be served. Presented in partnership with SMU’s Human Rights Program, Amnesty International, Students for a Better Society and Central University Libraries.

Daily devotions: Sixty prayer books dating from the 13th through the 20th centuries are the highlights of “Books for Devotion: Private Prayer and Piety Through Eight Centuries,” Feb. 2-May 1 in the Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries, Bridwell Library. The exhibition includes manuscript psalters, breviaries, and Books of Hours from the late Middle Ages, early printed manuals for personal devotion in various languages, illuminated manuscripts for Muslim prayer, and a variety of modern publications designed for individual Christian prayer. Free and open to the public during regular library hours.