A perfect union: Dolley Madison, spouse of James Madison, is remembered for the impact she had while living in the White House – especially her keen understanding of both the social and political workings of Washington. SMU will host a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 10, focusing on Dolley and her role in the construction of a new political society and democratic ruling style. A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation starts at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium. Please contact Brian Franklin for more information.
The accidental victim: Friends of the SMU Libraries will host James Reston Jr. for a lecture and book signing on his new work, The Accidental Victim: JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and the Real Target in Dallas Tuesday, Sept. 10 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. Reston, who was David Frost’s Watergate advisor from 1976-77 and has written 15 books, presents the theory that Texas Governor John Connally was the intended target of the JFK shooting. A reception precedes the event at 6 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited; RSVP to Cynthia Ruppi or call 214-768-3225. Watch “The Today Show” on Thursday, Sept. 12 for a special feature on Reston.
Visiting artist: Uruguayan multimedia artist Alejandro Cesarco will present a Visiting Artist Lecture at SMU Wednesday, Sept. 11. Cesarco’s work explores how we comprehend and frame narrative by using repetition and memory across numerous media. Cesarco was born in Uruguay and represented the country in the 2011 Venice Biennale and was the 2011 winner of the Baloise Art Prize. The lecture takes place at 7 p.m. in Room B600, Owen Arts Center.
Honest Abe: The Hon. Frank Williams, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, is known for his knowledge and collection of Abraham Lincoln information and materials. He will speak on Lincoln’s unique approaches to our nation’s issues, especially his openness to reevaluation and change, in “Abraham Lincoln: An Evolving Commander in Chief,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in DeGolyer Library.
MWE: The annual Meadows Wind Ensemble classics concert celebrates the 75th birthday of a Dallas pioneer Friday, Sept. 13. To honor the late Howard Dunn (pictured left) – the second conductor of the MWE and founder of Dallas Wind Symphony – the Wind Ensemble will perform works from Paul Dukas, Richard Strauss and more. The concert takes place at Dallas City Performance Hall at 8 p.m., and tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.
Friday’s concert marks the first event in the Meadows School’s new Community Concert Series, which will showcase SMU Meadows performers in different Dallas venues throughout the year.