Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Feb. 19, 2016

Dallas Festival of IdeasDallas Festival of Ideas: Thirteen SMU faculty members, three SMU student groups and the Cézanne Quartet will be featured at the second annual “Dallas Festival of Ideas: The United City,” a two-day conference Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, at Fair Park. The festival brings together a variety of innovative thinkers, along with programs and performances, focusing on ideas for the future of Dallas in five areas: as an entrepreneurial city, literary city, educated city, healthy city and physical city. A full schedule of the conference is available online.

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Crain Leadership Summit: Student leaders with all levels of experience, as well as SMU alumni, faculty and staff, will gather to discuss leadership at the annual Crain Leadership Summit Saturday, Feb. 20. The all day event is open to the whole SMU community — each member plays a vital role in making it a success. The Community Engagement & Leadership Center (CEL) and the Division of Student Affairs host this cornerstone leadership program each spring. Ben Nemtin, New York Times best-selling author and co-star of MTV’s The Buried Life, and Shanterra McBride, SMU alumna and Founder of Marvelous University, will be the keynote speakers.

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Coffee and Conversation: Jesus Velasco, associate professor and Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University, will discuss “Selling Ideas, Buying Influence: Mexican and American Think Tanks in the Promotion of an Immigration Agreement” on Monday, Feb. 22 from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall. Velasco is the author of two books: Bridging the Border: Transforming Mexico-U.S. Relations (with Rodolfo de la Garza) and Neoconservatives in U.S. Foreign Policy Under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne. Currently, he is writing a book on the relationship between the Mexican government and American transnational intellectuals from 1920 to 2006, and conducting with Laura Vazquez a survey of Mexican high-skill workers in the United States. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to

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Tate Lecture Series featuring Rob Lowe: Longtime actor, best-selling author of two books and activist for breast cancer awareness will be the featured speaker at the Willis M. Tate Lecture Series on Tuesday Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Limited tickets are available to SMU students beginning at 7 p.m. in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium.

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Educational Systems Don’t Care About Students’ Motivations and Emotions, So Why Should Educators? As apart of the Lyle in Action lecture series, Johnathen Stolk, the Executive Director of the Caruth Institute and SMU professor of mechanical engineering will discuss why our educational systems are designed to ignore learners’ intrinsic motivations and emotions. The lecture will be Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 12-1 p.m. in the Junkins Building, Room 101.

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“The Pointless Forest:” Portland-based artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins will give a free lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in room B600 of Owens Fine Art Center. Hutchins works with ceramics, furniture and paint to create sculptures that are both conceptual and formal. Her work has been shown at Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, Timothy Taylor Gallery in London and has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions.

Sneak Peak: Anne Hyde, senior fellow in SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, will preview content from her book in progress, tentatively titled, In Plain Sight: A Half-Breed History of the American West, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in McCord Auditorium in SMU’s Dallas Hall. Using family stories from the American West, Hyde will  describe the long hidden world of mixed blood people. Their stories help understand the surprising history of indigenous and white Americans in the nineteenth century. The lecture will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception and is free and open to the public. Click here to Register online.

kay-ryan-2011-683x1024Kay Ryan, former national poet laureate, to visit SMU: Kay Ryan, the nation’s 16th Poet Laureate from 2008-2010 and Pulitzer Prize winner will read and discuss her poetry, old and new at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 in Dallas Life Sciences building, room 131. The event is co-hosted by English Professor Willard Spiegelman, the Department of English, and Dedman College of Humanities & Sciences. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the reading.

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