Calendar Highlights: Mustang-Must-do’s for Oct. 30 , 2015

Engaged Learning Fall SymposiumListen and Learn: Thirty students in research, service, creative and internship programs from across campus will talk about their work during Family Weekend at SMU’s Fall 2015 Engaged Learning Symposium. The event takes place from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 in the Hughes-Trigg Forum. A Big iDeas Pitch Contest to follow in Hughes-Trigg Forum from 2-5 p.m.

View the full line-up of presenters here

Taste of Dallas: Join Student Foundation on Friday, Oct. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom for the 9th Annual Taste of Dallas Dinner featuring tasting-style food from iconic Dallas Restaurants. Restaurants include Blue Mesa Grill, DIVE Coastal Cuisine, Nick and Sam’s Grill and Emporium Pies. Come early for the best selection! Tickets are required for this event.  

>Get tickets, a full menu and more information here.

PixarAnimating “The Good Dinosaur”: On Monday, Nov. 2, the Division of Film and Media Arts presents a special behind-the-scenes animation presentation and Q&A with Rob Thompson, directing animator for the new Disney Pixar movie “The Good Dinosaur,” scheduled for release on November 25. Thompson has animated on Golden Globe-winning “Cars 2” and Academy Award-winning features “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” Toy Story 3” and “Brave.” The lecture will be held in Umphrey Lee Center Room 241 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Because seating is limited, please RSVP.  >Click here for more information.

Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States: On Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m., Manhattan College Associate Professor of History Adam Arenson and SMU History Chair and Director of the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies Andrew Graybill discuss their new book Civil War Wests, which makes the case that the Civil War’s western frontier was every bit as formative for the nation as the war’s eastern theater. The lecture, 5:30p.m. reception and book signing will be held in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, 3225 University. The lecture is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. >For more information and event registration click here. 

Dia de los Muertos: Celebrating life: As a part of Latino Heritage Month, the SMU LULAC is hosting a traditional celebration of Dia de los Muertos on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Dia de los Muertos is a Latino celebration of life and happiness. It is a time to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones that are no longer with us. The celebration will be from 8:30 – 11 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Varsity and will include performances by a Mariachi band and a local Ballet Folkorico troupe, as well as face-painting, food and much more! The event is free and open to all SMU students, faculty and staff.


The Rise of ISIS: Last year ISIS launched a rapid and ruthless attack in Iraq and Syria. The Iraqi security forces, however, seemed incapable of fighting back. Why was ISIS so effective? Why did the U.S.-trained Iraqi military fail so dramatically? And what are the implications for U.S. strategy and the future of the Middle East? On Thursday, Nov. 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., the Tower Center will put these questions to Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Joby Warrick of The Washington Post and Professor Caitlin Talmadge of George Washington University. The event will be held in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall (map) and is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP here.

Learn more about Joby Warrick and Caitliln Talmadge