Calendar Highlights: March 17, 2009

Civil rights, social justice: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and its Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department present a week-long symposium on the importance of understanding and valuing diversity and how we conceive of, and practice, communication. “Keeping the Faith: Civil Rights and Social Justice 45 Years After Freedom Summer” takes place March 16-21, 2009 and will feature participants in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, as well as artists, professionals and politicians who have kept the organizing tradition of civil rights alive in America. Events include lectures, panel presentations, a musical performance, photography exhibit and screening of an award-winning documentary. For more information, contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-4359, or visit SMU News.

Texas prison farmClements Center Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Robert Chase will discuss the successes and failures of post-World War II Texas prison reform – highly regarded as modern and efficient for its time but with an internal reality at odds with its public reputation, which collapsed when inmates, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, revolted. His Brown Bag Lecture, “Jail House Attorneys, Building Tenders and Slaves of the State: Prisoners’ Rights, Internal Economies and Sexual Violence in Texas Prisons, 1945-80,” takes place at noon March 18, 2009 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Image courtesy of Bruce Jackson, University of Buffalo.)

Rhythm and Dhoom 2009: The SMU Indian Student Association presents its annual talent show, a statewide dancing and singing competition hosted by Comedy Central’s Daniel Nainan. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and performances start at 7 p.m. March 21 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are required for the event; admission is $12 pre-sale and $15 at the door. For more information, visit the ISA website.

Watch the ISA’s YouTube talent show preview:

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).