Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for April 22, 2016

Korean ‘Comfort Women’ Presentation: In a rare U.S. appearance, two surviving Kang Il-chul, a former Korean sex slavevictims of Japanese military sexual slavery will be at SMU on Friday, April 22, for the Embrey Human Rights Program’s “Evening With Kang Il-Chul and Lee Ok-Seon,” held in partnership with Seoul, South Korea’s House of Sharing, an assisted living home where Il-Chul and Ok-Seon and five others find support. The free public event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception featuring Korean food and dance tributes, followed by a 7:15 p.m. discussion in McCord Auditorium, Room 306 of Dallas Hall, 3225 University Blvd.

Cézanne Quartet: Join the Cézanne Quartet, Meadows’ Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence, on Saturday, April 23 as they perform the two quartets by Janacek and Beethoven’s “Rasumovsky” Quartet, op. 59, no. 2. Since winning Second Place Ensemble in the Senior Division of the Coltman Chamber Music Competition, the musicians have collaborated with cellist Andrés Díaz and violist Matt Albert of SMU, performed with the Bridge the Gap Chamber Players and Open Classical Artist Series and participated in the McGill International String Quartet Academy. The free public event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium.

Heavenly Images: “When I consider your heavens….” The words of Psalm 8 serve as the basis for the final choral concert of the season on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. From Tarik O’Regan’s The Ecstasies Above, a setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s Israfel, to Franz Joseph Haydn’s celebratory chorus The Heavens Are Telling, you will spend the evening gazing at a myriad of heavenly images. The Meadows choirs are honored to be joined in this performance by the young artists of Flower Mound High School. The concert is free and open to the public and will be held in Caruth Auditorium.

Tables of Content invitationFriends of the Library: The Friends of the SMU Libraries will host the 16th annual Tables of Content fundraiser at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 30, in the newly renovated Fondren Foundation Centennial Reading Room in Fondren Library, 6414 Robert S. Hyer Lane.

The event will include the presentation of the 7th annual Literati Award to Darwin Payne ’68, SMU centennial historian and professor emeritus of communications. The event also will feature a reception honoring the “Top 10 Haute Young Authors” as well as 19 table hosts who will lead discussions on a variety of topics with guests at the dinner.

Tickets to Tables of Content are $150. Sponsorship packages with special benefits and seating for the event are available from $1,000 to $10,000. For additional information, call (214) 768-3225 or visit


Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for April 15, 2016

Sing Song: Sing Song, the annual musical theater performance competition for SMU students hosted by SMU Program Council, is Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. The performances are centered on this year’s theme of “Twisted Tales” – featuring an updated take on traditional fairy tales. Tickets are available online.

Campaign Finale: SMU gathers Friday, April 15 to unveil a new campus monument recognizing major donors and to dedicate the new Crain Family Centennial Promenade, it will mark the finale to the University’s historic $1.15 billion Second Century Campaign. The community is invited to attend the ceremony at 6 p.m. on the South Plaza, near the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, followed by a festive celebration.


Inside SMU: Inside SMU, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 16 in Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, is a full morning of topical discussions delivered by SMU faculty and students. The plenary session at 9 a.m. features Darwin Payne ’68, SMU historian and professor emeritus of communications, sharing “Ten Stories You Should Know about SMU.”

Meadows World Music Ensemble: Take a musical trip around the world with the World Music Ensemble spring concert. The performances will feature Arabic, Celtic, Indian and Greek music, and much more. Special guest artist Poovalur Sriji, a world-renowned virtuoso on the mridangam (Indian barrel drum), will perform his composition Jamming Saints. The event will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre and is free and open to the public.

Christianity in 2050: The Department of Religious Studies presents Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History at the Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University. On Tuesday, April 19 from 4-5 p.m. in Dedman Life Sciences Building, room 131. Dr. Jenkins will discuss revolutionary religious change worldwide. For centuries, Christianity has had its strongest centers in Europe and North America, but the world now finds itself in rapid transformation. Christianity is growing rapidly in the Global South, especially in Africa and Asia, while traditional Western religion is under threat from secularization. Meanwhile, Christians find themselves in competition with other religions, including Islam. So what will Christianity look like in 2050? The event is free and open to the public.

Titans: Author Leila Meacham will give a free lecture and book signing for her new novel, Titans, on Thursday, April 21 in Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. An author’s reception will be held from 1-11:30 a.m. Tickets to the reception can be purchased for $30 (includes signed book and lunch). A complimentary light buffet will be served at 11:30 a.m. The lecture and book signing will begin at noon. No RSVP is required for the lecture.

Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for April 8, 2016

KATIEJUSTINERelay for Life: SMU will celebrate its 13th year of participation in Relay for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser where volunteers walk or run for pledged donations, on Bishop Boulevard from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 8. The opening ceremony is at 6 p.m., followed by a survivors and caregivers lap around the Boulevard at 6:10 p.m. Luminarias will be lit at 9 p.m. to remember loved ones lost to cancer and support people who are fighting the disease or have fought cancer in the past. Closing ceremonies will take place at 11:45 p.m.

My Barbarian, An Artist Collective: As apart of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, My Barbarian, an LA and New York-based trio whose performances enact historical narratives and rehearse social situations, will give a free lecture on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in Owen Fine Arts Center, room B600. The group draws on performance art, political theater, queer camp, institutional critique, folk plays, musicals and music videos to construct playful performances that encourage both imagination and presence. The lecture was co-organized with Pastelegram and the Visual Arts Center in the Department of Art and Art History at UT Austin.

Double Agency, Photo by Robbie Acklen, 2015 (copywrite) My Barbarian
Double Agency, Photo by Robbie Acklen, 2015 ©My Barbarian

Public intellectuals, a round-table discussion: “Public intellectuals” bring complex ideas to the public sphere, advancing the cause of human knowledge for as wide a public as possible. Join two prominent public intellectuals, anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann and neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni, on Wednesday, April 13 as they share their groundbreaking research and discuss strategies for public engagement and the translation of research for audiences outside the academy. The event will be held in Heroy Hall, room 153 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and is sponsored by the DCII’s Faculty Seminar Beyond Two Cultures: Reconciling Science and Humanities. Click here for more information.

International Film Festival. The 2016 film festival theme focuses on the immigrant experience, including films in Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish. All films will be shown in McCord Auditorium from April 6 to April 22, however, the last movie on April 22 will be shown on the South Quad Lawn of McElvaney Residential Commons.

The festival is sponsored by the Department of World Languages and Lituratures, French Club, Spanish Club, Chinese Area and Italian Club, and the McElvaney Residential Commons. Screenings are free and open to the public. 

> See the full schedule of films here.



Organ Studio Spring Concert: Organ students of Stefan Engels will present a recital Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 with works from Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental Clavier-Übung Part III, which is considered to be Bach’s theological testament in organ music. The concert will be held in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

> For more information call 214.768.2787

Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for April 1, 2016

ArtStrong: Armstrong Commons is hosting its first annual arts festival, ArtStrong. On Saturday, April 2 from 1 to 6 p.m on the Boulevard, ArtStrong will feature performances from student performers including the Belle Tones and the Meadows Jazz Orchestra Combo. ArtStrong will also be displaying student artwork around the Boulevard and having art workshops throughout the day. Workshops will include sculpting, iPhone photography tips and DIY t-shirt cutting. Food options will include Tiff’s Treats, Raising Cane’s, and Steel City Pops. 

The Social Costs of War: Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming. In an effort to raise awareness of the social costs of war since the attacks on September 11, 2001, a panel of Dallas experts in veteran advocacy, brain trauma studies, and a combat veteran will present 10 minute talks in Hamon Arts Library at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. Discussions will be moderated by the Director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center in the Dedman College at SMU, Alicia Meuret and visual artist, Scott Gleeson ‘09. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Portrait of Marie Cronin, c. 1906, by Claudio Castelucho

Art in Focus Gallery Talk: Meadows Museum curator Nicole Atzbach presents the third offering in the Meadows Museum’s new series of short, public Art in Focus gallery talks, discussing the Portrait of Marie Cronin, c. 1906, by Claudio Castelucho. The talk is free for SMU students, faculty and staff and will be held in the Meadows Museum on Wednesday, April 6 at 12:15 p.m. No RSVP required.

New Visions, New Voices: Meadow’s spring playwriting festival, now in its 22nd season, presents one performance each of a variety of full-length plays written by graduating theatre students. Directors include faculty members and  alumni who are active in local theatre. The plays are presented as staged readings, without costumes or sets, bringing the writers’ raw stories, characters and language to the audience without filter. Each performance will be followed by an audience discussion session with the playwright, director and actors. Plays include, Tough Love, Filth, Finale, Siren’s Song, Knew You and Tiber. The plays are free and open to the public and will all be held in the Greer Garson Theatre – Owen Arts Center from Tuesday, March 29 – Sunday, April 3. Click here for more information on individual play times

Let the Dead Bury Their Dead: As apart of the Gilbert Lecture Series, the Department of English presents Randall Kenan, author of Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, A Visitation of Spirits and Walking on Water. The event is free and and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, April 7 in Hyer Hall, room 0100. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the 6:30 p.m. reading.


Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for March 18, 2016

Diversity Week: SMU Student Senate Diversity Committee presents Diversity Week 2016, March 21st through 25th. Diversity Week is the opportunity for students to celebrate who they are, where they come from, and where they are going. The kick off event, the culture fair, is Monday. Student experience monologues are Tuesday. A discussion on the effects of college life on religion is Wednesday. Thursday is pledge day, inviting students to commit to making SMU a more diverse community.

> See more information about SMU Diversity Week here

Piano Recital by Thomas Schwan: Pianist Thomas Schwan presents a compelling program of celebrated virtuoso masterpieces, including Schumann’s Three Romances Op. 28, a selection of Etudes and Preludes by Chopin and Rachmaninov, Debussy’s Reflets dans l’Eau, and Ravel’s La Valse. The recital will be held Monday, March 21 from 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

A War of Thoughts: Propaganda, Intelligence and Global Fascism on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1933-1945: David Romo, the Summerlee Fellow for the Study of Texas History at the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, is the featured speaker for the Clements Center monthly talk. He will explore the impact of German, Japanese, British, American and Mexican propaganda and intelligence activities along the U.S.-Mexico border before and during World War II. The talk is free and open to the public and will be held Wednesday, March 23 in McCord Auditorium from noon to 1 p.m.

> Learn more about David Romo here

On the European Stage: Responding to Immigration, Refugees, and Deficits of Democracy at Home and Abroad: The Tower Center Student Forum is proud to present Dr. Roland Hsu, Research Project Director at the Division of Literatures, Languages and Culture at Stanford FSI’s Europe Center, as this semester’s luncheon and seminar. Dr. Hsu will be speaking on his research regarding refugees, their migrations, identities and attempts at resettlement or return in the context of the on-going European Refugee Crisis. At noon on Thursday, March 24, there will be an exclusive luncheon held in Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, Perkins School of Theology  (map) for SMU students, faculty and staff to meet and dine with Dr. Hsu in an informal setting. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to


Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Feb. 26, 2016

Changing the Video Game Industry: Founder of Unity Technologies, David Helgason, will discuss how Unity Technologies and the Unity Development Platform transformed the video game industry. This presentation, on Friday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Vester Hughes Auditorium (Caruth Hall), is part of the Game Changers Speaker Series, presented by SMU Guildhall. The series offers insights from today’s top talent in the video game industry as an extension of SMU Guildhall’s mission to educate and inspire the next generation of video game developers.

RSVP for David Helgason here

TEDxSMU Live Auditions: The first of three rounds of live TEDxSMU auditions, focusing on global issues, humanities and education, will be held Monday, Feb. 29 at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m. and talks start promptly at 7 p.m. Audience members and a panel of celebrity judges will vote for their favorite during the auditions, and the winner will be announced at the end of the evening. Finalists include Lauren Bagwell, Candice Bledsoe, Sally Le, Kevin Lee, Diana Miller, Jonathan Swiatocha, Linda Swindling, and Rashmi Varma. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased here.

The audition application remains a two-step process: online application and live audition. Live Audition 2 is March 31 and is themed “Science, Technology and Health.” Submissions will close March 2 at 11:59 p.m. and finalists will be announced March 7. Live Audition 3 is May 26 and is themed “Arts, Entertainment, and Design.” Submissions will close April 17 at 11:59 p.m. and finalists will be announced March 25.

Screen Shot 2016-02-26 at 1.55.49 PM Blue Like Me: Siona Benjamin, a painter originally from Bombay now living in the U.S., will discuss her work and how it reflects her background of being raised as a Jew in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. Her paintings combine the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by Indian miniature painting and Judeo-Spanish icons. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 1 in Dedman Life Sciences Building, Room 110 at 5:30 p.m.

> Click here for more information

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y VELÁZQUEZ (1599–1660), Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa) (Sibila con tábula rasa), c. 1648Art in Focus: The second offering in the Meadows Museum’s new series of short, public Art in Focus gallery talks centers on Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa) by Diego Velazquez, c. 1648. From February through May 2016, on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m., the Museum is offering a 15-minute gallery talk on a single work of art. The series focuses on works in the permanent collection, and the talks are delivered by museum staff. The goal of this series is to encourage a range of approaches to exploring the visual arts, providing a unique perspective and inviting visitors to look more closely at individual objects on display in the museum. Admission is free for SMU students, faculty and staff.

Women’s Symposium: Carol Moseley Braun, the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, will be the keynote speaker at SMU’s 51st annual Women’s Symposium at a noon luncheon Wednesday, March 2, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center ballroom. Hosted by the Women and LGBT Center at SMU, the symposium is the longest continuously running program of its nature in the country. The primary goals of the program are to encourage women to assume roles of social and political leadership within their communities, to provide a forum in which women and men may examine the societal impact of the changing roles of women, and to provide an opportunity for female and male students to develop leadership skills within a multigenerational, multiethnic model.

> Learn more about the Women’s Symposium here

Christopher Jenks

Killer Robots: Lethal autonomous weapons systems or “killer robots” have the ability to select and fire upon targets without human intervention. The idea of autonomous weapons has inspired science fiction writers for decades, but recent technological advancements have created very real dilemmas for policymakers and military leaders.

Michael Horowitz

Michael Horowitz, associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, and Christopher Jenks, director of SMU’s Criminal Justice Clinic and assistant professor of law, discuss these dilemmas Thursday, March 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are required. Please RSVP to

Click here for more information

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.

Read more about SMU’s involvement in the Dallas Festival of Ideas here

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.

Find more information here

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

Learn more about Jesus Velasco

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.

> Find more information about the Tate Lecture

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.

More information about Lyle events

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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.

More about Kay Ryan’s visit to SMU



Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Feb. 12, 2016

Free Valentine’s Day Piano Duo Concert: Internationally acclaimed pianists and SMU alumni Liudmila Georgievskaya and Thomas Schwan will give a two-piano recital, featuring works of Mozart and Otto Singer’s rarely performed and brilliant transcription of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. The concert is Sunday, Feb. 14 beginning at 7:30 in Caruth Auditorium.

TEDxSMU Live 2016: Beginning Feb. 15 and running through Feb. 19, TEDxSMU will host live simulcast talks of the TED 2016 conference. Free and open to the  SMU community, you are invited for one talk, one session or the whole week! Viewing will be held in 253 Caruth Hall on the SMU campus.

> See a complete list of speakers, times and events here

WaltScreen Shot 2016-02-12 at 12.51.13 PMer Horne’s “Triple Execution” Postcards: Death on the Border: Using photographer Walter Horne’s “Triple Execution” images of the Mexican Revolution, Claudia Zapata, SMU Ph.D. candidate in Rhetorics of Art, Space and Culture, examines the pattern that Horne used to portray the role of Mexico and Mexican identity in the picture postcard format. The event is sponsored by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies and will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at noon in McCord Auditorium.

Tower Center Monthly Seminar: On Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m., James C. Garand, the Emogene Pliner Distinguished Professor and R. Downs Poindexter Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University, will speak on “Is it Documentation, or is it Immigration? Exploring the Effects of Attitudes Toward Documented and Undocumented Immigrants on Immigration Policy Attitudes.” Garand will examine the effects of attitudes toward documented and undocumented immigrants on immigration policy attitudes. The event will be held in the Tower Center Boardroom, 227 Carr Collins Hall. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to

The Life and Times of George McGovern: The Rise of a Prairie Statesman, The Life and Times of George McGovern is the first major biography of the 1972 Democratic presidential candidate who became America’s most eloquent and prescient critic of the Vietnam War. In it, Thomas Knock, SMU Associate Professor and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor in the William P. Clements Department of History, traces McGovern’s life from his rustic boyhood in a South Dakota prairie town during the Depression to his rise to the pinnacle of politics at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as police and antiwar demonstrators clashed in the city’s streets. The book will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

The event, sponsored by the Center for Presidential History, will be on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. in McCord Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Registration is required, and seating is not guaranteed. For more information visit SMU.EDU/CPH.

Meadows Museum Launches New Series of Public Gallery Talks, Art in Focus

Make the most of your Wednesday lunch break with Art in Focus, the Meadows Museum new series of public gallery talks. From February through May 2016, on the first Wednesday of each month at 12:15 p.m., Meadows will offer a 15-minute gallery talk on a single work of art. The series will focus on works in the permanent collection, and the talks will be delivered by Museum staff.

The goal of this series is to encourage a range of approaches to exploring the visual arts, providing a unique perspective, and inviting visitors to look more closely at individual objects on display in the Museum.

The series kicked-off this past Wednesday with a talk presented by Edward Payne, Meadows Prado Curatorial Fellow, on Francisco Goya’s, Bury them and keep quiet (Enterrar y callar), c. 1810. Working proof of Plate 18 from The Disasters of War.

Admission is free with your SMU ID!


Diego Rodríguez de Silva y VELÁZQUEZ (1599–1660), Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa) (Sibila con tábula rasa), c. 1648



Diego Velázquez, Female Figure (Sibyl with Tabula Rasa), c. 1648

Presented by: Rebecca Quinn Teresi – Meadows/Kress/Prado Fellow



Claudio Castelucho, Portrait of Marie Cronin, c. 1906

Presented by: Nicole Atzbach – Curator



Salvadore Dali, L homme poisson, 1930. The Meadows Museum at SMU recently acquired the painting.



Salvador Dalí, L’Homme poisson, 1930



Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Feb. 5, 2016 is in the Air: Join the Meadows School of the Arts at Union Coffee from 8 – 9 p.m. on Feb. 6 for a special love-themed concert! Bring someone special to listen to a delightful mix of classical, pop and jazz love tunes while you enjoy Union’s delicious coffee and snacks. The Gleó Trio as well as Greenville Grass will preform. Dallas’s only audience-participation kazoo choir will preform during intermission. The event is free and open to the public.

An Evening Commemorating Black History Month: The Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development presents a campus evening of music, history and discussion commemorating Black History Month. Singer, writer and staff member Pamela Bailey will perform historical music with storytelling to explore little-known aspects of American race and culture. Following the musical performance, a distinguished panel of SMU faculty and staff will discuss the preservation or elimination of historic symbols of the South. Joining are professionals from 70kft, the Dallas design firm who redesigned a new symbol for the South. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 6 in O’Donnell Hall, room 2130 from 7 – 9 p.m. RSVP to

Engaged Learning Week: Engaged Learning Week, beginning Monday, Feb. 8, includes five days of events that put student projects front and center at SMU. Throughout the week, students will give 5 minute presentations on their Engaged Learning community service, internship, engineering and research projects. Feel free to drop in to hear some amazing stories! Click here for a full schedule.

Romantic ReTreat: Come feel the love with Talent, Recruitment, Entertainment and Arts Team (TREAT) before Valentine’s Day for live music, poetry, free food and dancing. The event will be held in the Meadows Atrium on Thursday, Feb.11 from 8 – 11 p.m.

Honoring Andrew Needham: Andrew Needham, associate professor of history at New York University, is the winner of the 2014 Weber-Clements Prize for Best Non-Fiction Book on Southwestern America, for his volume Power Lines:  Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest. He will be honored on Wednesday, Feb. 10 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, 3225 University. 5:30 reception followed by 6 p.m. lecture and book signingBooks will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public, though registration is requested.

Coffee & Conversation with Nori Katagiri: Nori Katagiri, Assistant Professor of Political Science at St. Louis University will talk about military power in Japan on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Tower Center Board Room, Room 227, Carr Collins Hall (map). Katagiri teaches and conducts research on international security and East Asia. He is the author of Adapting to Win: How Insurgents Fight and Defeat Foreign States in War (2014). He is writing his second book on military power in Japan and has carried out a number of interviews with defense officials and lawmakers in Japan. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please RSVP to