Calendar Highlights: Oct. 8, 2014

WWI website imageStanton Sharp Lecture: The second Stanton Sharp Lecture of 2014 will examine Germany’s WWI occupation of the Eastern Front with historian Vejas Liulevicius’ presentation, “Eastern Europe and German Occupation in the First World War.” The lecture will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom. For more information visit the SMU Department of History webpage or contact Mildred Pinkston.

2014 Allman Family Public Lecture: The 2014 Allman Family Public Lecture presents “Social Network Interventions” with Nicholas Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. As a social scientist and physician who conducts research on social factors that affect health, Dr. Christaki will explore how our embeddedness in social networks affects our lives. The lecture will take place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in McCord Auditorium.

Creation of Christian Nationalism: SMU’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute presents John Fea of Messiah College to share his newest research on the 200-year-old history of the American Bible Society and the creation of Christian nationalism. The event will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in Caruth Hall, 147. For more information contact Elizabeth Fielding.

Fall Break: Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 13-14

UCLA mathematician to present free Collegium da Vinci lecture Sept. 23

UCLA mathematician Andrea BertozziTopics ranging from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the science of mapping crime hotstops will be up for discussion as SMU’s Collegium da Vinci welcomes Andrea Bertozzi. Bertozzi, professor of mathematics at the University of California-Los Angeles, will speak on “Mathematics in the Real World” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center.

Bertozzi will give the Collegium’s 2010 Allman Family Public Lecture, which is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis. To RSVP, contact Collegium, 214-768-1177.

Currently director of the UCLA Program in Computational and Applied Mathematics, Bertozzi serves on the editorial boards of Interfaces and Free Boundaries, Applied Mathematics Research eXpress, Nonlinearity, and Communications in the Mathematical Sciences. Her current research interests include image inpainting, image segmentation, cooperative control of robotic vehicles, swarming, mathematics of crime, and fluid interfaces.

A Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Bertozzi is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her past honors include a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship and the Presidential Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Office of Naval Research. She received her A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Princeton.

Collegium da Vinci is a membership-only program of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and is dedicated to sophisticated scientific discussion. It presents a series of six lectures per year, featuring speakers “who have made great strides in various areas of the sciences,” according to its website. A tax-deductible portion of membership supports the Collegium and Dedman College programs in the sciences.

> Learn more about Collegium da Vinci at the Dedman College website

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 19, 2008

Wanda SykesIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • Sept. 26: TITAS presents comedienne and actress Wanda Sykes (right) at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call 214-528-5576.

Five years of fun and games: The Guildhall at SMU celebrates its 5th anniversary with a block party for the general public and game-industry professionals noon-3 p.m. Sept. 20 at SMU-in-Legacy. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited for fun, food and games for all ages (plus a bounce house and slide for the kids).

Collegium da Vinci Public Lecture: Dramatic images from the Hubble Space Telescope shine when Mario Livio, senior astrophysicist of the Space Telescope Science Institute, presents “The World According to the Hubble Space Telescope” in Collegium da Vinci’s 2008 Allman Family Public Lecture. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. Admission is free. RSVP to 8-1177 or

Maguire Public Scholar Lecture: Can American religion develop a realistic appreciation of politics on its own terms? Robin Lovin, SMU’s Maguire Chair in Ethics, discusses “Politics in Religious Perspective: Temptation, Tool or Task” at noon Sept. 24 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. The event begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m. and is free and open to the public. RSVP to Jo Ann Gonzales, 8-4255.