Calendar Highlights: Feb. 15, 2011

Joshua Cooper RamoTate Series welcomes China expert: Author, journalist and strategic adviser Joshua Cooper Ramo will give the Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture in SMU’s 2010-11 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 in McFarlin Auditorium. Called “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars” by The World Economic Forum, Ramo served as China analyst for NBC during the 2008 Olympic Games and as the youngest-ever Foreign Editor of TIME magazine. In his 2009 book, The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It, Ramo argues that instead of relying on traditional models and institutions, people and nations must adapt to an age of unprecedented global change with innovative solutions and creative problem-solving. Ramo will answer questions from the SMU community and local high school students during the Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Admission to the Student Forum is free. For more information, call Program Services at 214-768-8283 (214-SMU-TATE).

Dance, dance, revolution: American studies scholar Jason Mellard, a postdoctoral Fellow of SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, will discuss the cultural politics of 1970s Texas in the next Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture. Mellard, the Summerlee Fellow for the Study of Texas History, will present “Bull Chic: Urban Cowboy, Saturday Night Fever, and Seventies Discourses of Region, Class and Gender” at noon Feb. 16 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Mellard examines the narratives of the two popular ’70s films as primers on an American sense of region, and the importance of place, in a moment in which the social mobility preached by both movies came under considerable strain. Bring your lunch. For more information, visit the Clements Center website.