Calendar Highlights: March 16, 2010

'Watermark' by Joseph Brodsky, printed by Peter KochSheer poetry: Berkeley-based printer Peter Koch is the subject of a new exhibition drawing from the collections of SMU’s Bridwell, DeGolyer, and Hamon libraries. Books by Peter Koch runs through May 16 in the Mildred Hawn Gallery, Owen Arts Center, and showcases the work of the founder and director of the Codex Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the art and craft of the book. Highlights include a 1990 bilingual edition of surviving fragments of Herakleitos, Toni Morrison’s Five Poems of 2002 and Joseph Brodsky’s meditations on Venice, Watermark (right), printed by Koch in that city in 2006. Koch will discuss his work on Watermark during an illustrated lecture, “Printing in the Shadow of Aldus Manutius,” at 5:30 p.m. March 31 in the Meadows Museum.

Ladies first: Feminist icon Gloria Steinem and Southwest Airlines President Emerita Colleen Barrett are two of the guest stars who will speak at SMU during the 2010 Communicating Excellence Symposium March 16-19. “Leading Ladies: Women’s Leadership in the 21st Century” will focus on women’s leadership in both local and global issues. Topics include the importance of empathy in human affairs, mentorship of women in the workplace, and women’s leadership in higher education. The symposium is presented by the Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, in collaboration with SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, the Office of Student Affairs and the Veteran Feminists of America. For more information, call 214-768-1574.

Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Colleen Cahill will discuss the experiences of native employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico in “Federal Fathers and Mothers: The United States Indian Service, 1869-1933” at noon March 17 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

'Maria Luisa Teresa of Parma' by Giuseppe BaldrighiTea with the Queen: SMU’s Meadows Museum presents an afternoon of “Royal Splendor” March 18. A four-course afternoon tea in the Jones Great Hall takes place 3-5 p.m., followed by a “Music at the Meadows” event starring Larry Palmer, SMU professor of organ and University organist, at 6 p.m. in the Virginia Meadows Galleries. Guests will also visit the museum’s latest blockbuster exhibition, Royal Splendor in the Enlightenment. Cost for the tea is $32 for Meadows Museum members, $42 for non-members; reservations are required. The concert is free. For more information, call 214-768-2765. (Right, detail from a 1765 oil-on-canvas portrait of Queen María Luisa Teresa of Parma by Giuseppe Baldrighi, featured in the Royal Splendor exhibition.)