Free Will & Moral Responsibility with Local Philosophers: On Friday, Nov. 6, Dedman College is hosting a workshop on the topic of free will and moral responsibility and whether free will and responsibility are mere illusions given the truth of causal determinism. The workshop is free and open to the public and will be held in Florence Hall, room 121. First, Charles Hermes of UT Arlington will discuss Truthmakers & Free Will from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Secondly, Eric Barnes of SMU will discuss Character Control and Moral Responsibility from 1 – 3 p.m. Lastly, Kelly McCormick of TCU will discuss A Dilemma for Morally Responsible Time Travellers from 3:30 – 5 p.m.
A Tate Lecture with Shankar Vedantam: Shankar Vendantam, NPR science correspondent reporting on human behavior and social sciences, author of The Hidden Brain and former reporter and columnist for The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at The Jones Day Lecture of the 2015-16 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The lecture program begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend an informal question and answer session at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater.
Red, White and Blues: 2015 Veterans Day Luncheon: All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Maguire Ethics Center this Wednesday Nov. 11 from 11:30 – 1 p.m. at the SMU Flagpole to celebrate Veterans Day. Dallas blues band Miss Marcy and her Texas Sugardaddys will provide live entertainment for luncheon attendees. There will be delicious food, a free raffle, and the opportunity to thank the members of our SMU Veteran community. For more information click here.
A World Premier, a Masterwork and a Revival at the 2015 Fall Dance Concert: Wednesday, Nov. 11 marks the kick-off of the 2015 Fall Dance Concert. This year’s concert will feature the premier of contemporary ballet Wild and Precious, a revival of the jazz work Swing Concert to and a masterpiece of modern dance There is a Time. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 214-768-2787 or visit here.
Ronald Reagan – A Remarkable Life: One Day University, an organization that presents live talks starring the nation’s greatest professors, is bring University of Texas professor H.W. Brands to McFarlin Auditorium this Thursday, Nov. 12. Professor Brands will give a speech from 6 – 8:30 p.m. on how the confident force of Reagan’s personality and the unwavering nature of his beliefs enabled him to engineer a conservative revolution in American politics and play a crucial role in ending communism in the Soviet Union. Tickets are $49.