Calendar Highlights: Feb. 16, 2009

Black History Month: SMU is celebrating Black History Month through March 2, 2009. This week’s activities focus on African American Leadership and Human Rights. Events include:

mlkatSMU.jpg Feb. 16-Feb 21: Black History Museum Exhibit sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, Underwood Law Library basement. Free.
Feb. 18: “Food Chain: Standing on My Sister’s Shoulder,” sponsored by the Women’s Center and SAMSA, noon, Women’s Center. Free. RSVP to Karen Click.
Feb. 21: Community Service Day with Group Excellence, sponsored by the Association of Black Students, 8:30 a.m. carpool from flagpole on Bishop Blvd.

Faculty recital: Christopher Anderson, associate professor of sacred music, presents an organ recital featuring the music of Max Reger and Gyorgy Ligeti at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 214-768-2502.

brownbagpic.jpgClements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow David Narrett discusses the issue posed by Mexican General Manuel Mier y Terán (right) of the extent to which the U.S. government allowed its own citizens to take military action against Spanish Florida and Texas in “Adventurism Toward the Spanish Gulf and Mexico,” at noon Feb. 18 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. For more information, contact the Clements Center at 214-768-3684.

All that glitters: Ellen Buie Niewyk, curator of the Jerry Bywaters Collection on Art of the Southwest in SMU’s Hamon Arts Library, will demonstrate various techniques used by the Etruscans to make jewelry in “Taking the Mystery Out of Ancient Metal Techniques,” 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Meadows Museum. The group will meet in the exhibition “From the Temple and the Tomb”‘; the demonstration will take place in the Dr. Bob Smith Auditorium. For more information, call 214-768-4677.

USEthis.jpgSouth American winds: The Meadows Wind Ensemble offers an evening of Latin sounds as they present “A Night in Buenos Aires,” including John Mackey’s Redline Tango, Michael Gandolfi’s Vientos y Tangos, H. Owen Reed’s Mass, two works by Astor Piazzolla and Michael Daugherty’s Red Cape Tango from his Metropolis Symphony. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Feb. 19-20 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Etruscan exchange: University Distinguished Professor of Art History Greg Warden will discuss “The Etruscans in Context” at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Jake and Nancy Harmon Galleries, Meadows Museum. The event is free with regular paid admission to the Museum. For more information, call the Meadows Museum at 214-768-4677.

canyonlandspic.jpg Spring Break Canyonlands Backpacking Trip: SMU Outdoor Adventures is organizing spring break excursion to Canyonlands National Park, Utah, scheduled for March 7-13, 2009. The cost of the trip is $249 per person for faculty, staff and students. The price includes transportation, permits and entry frees, food-in-field, camping and equipment. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 20, and the full payment is required at the time of registration. For more information call 214-768-9918 or visit the OAC office located on the bottom floor of the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

forever-tango.jpgDance fever: The SMU Program Council presents the 4th annual Raas Rave and Bhangra Blitz intercollegiate Indian dance competition at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in McFarlin Auditorium. Ten teams from colleges and universities across the country will compete in one of two dance categories for more than $6,000 and a bid to the first ever Raas Nationals. The event will be hosted by Paul Varghese, the Dallas Observer‘s 2007 “Best Stand-up Comic in Dallas.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Feb. 19-20: TITAS presents Forever Tango (bottom right) at 8 p.m. Order tickets online or contact the TITAS box office at 214-528-5576.

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).