Watergate lawyer discusses ethics and conflict March 30

Egil 'Bud' KroghEgil “Bud” Krogh, a former Nixon Administration official who became famous for his role in the Watergate scandal, will speak on campus March 30. He will give a lecture entitled “In the Shadow of Watergate: Working as a Young Lawyer in the Nixon White House” at noon and 5 p.m. in 207 Florence Hall.

Krogh is the co-author of Integrity: Good People, Bad Choices, and Life Lessons From the White House. He will discuss his work as head of the White House Special Investigation Unit – more infamously known as “The Plumbers” – and the ethical dilemmas he faced as a young lawyer in the Nixon White House between 1968 and 1973.

Both talks are free and open to the public and are cosponsored by SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and the Association for Law & Politics in the University’s Dedman School of Law. For more information, contact Terri Gwinn, 214-768-2162.

Brain researcher discusses neural health and injury at SMU

Jill Bolte Taylor at SMUHarvard-trained brain researcher Jill Bolte Taylor answered questions from SMU and high school students Feb. 23, 2010, at the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum of SMU’s 2009-2010 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

A neuroanatomist, Bolte Taylor talked about the debilitating stroke she suffered in 1996 in which she completely lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write or remember anything about herself or her life. Her recovery was an 8-year process. The author of My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, Bolte Taylor was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2008. She was also the premiere guest on the Oprah’s Soul Series webcast.

Because Bolte Taylor has a brother diagnosed with schizophrenia, she has long had a special interest in severe mental illness. Read a sample of the conversation under the link below, or watch video of the Student Forum. video

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Christopher Buckley to give Tate Lecture Nov. 17

Christopher BuckleySocial and political satirist Christopher Buckley will give the next lecture in SMU’s 2009-10 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Nov. 17. Buckley will present The Lacerte Family Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Buckley, who served a stint as chief speech writer for former Vice President George H.W. Bush, has written for numerous national newspapers and magazines but is best known as the author of more than a dozen books. His best-sellers include Little Green Men, Supreme Courtship and Thank You for Smoking, which became a major motion picture in 2006.

A native of New York, Buckley graduated from Yale University and became managing editor of Esquire magazine at the age of 24. At age 29, he published his first best-seller, Steaming to Bamboola: The World of a Tramp Freighter. In 1989 he started a new magazine, Forbes FYI, for which he still serves as editor-in-chief.

The evening lecture is sold out. Buckley will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

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Calendar Highlights: Oct. 27, 2009

Perkins ChapelService of Memory: SMU’s Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and Perkins School of Theology invite faculty, staff and students to honor the University community members who have passed away in 2009 during the annual Service of Memory at noon Oct. 28 in Perkins Chapel.

Levine Endowed Lecture: Biblical studies expert Marvin Sweeney, professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology in California, will discuss “Reading the Bible after the Holocaust” in SMU’s 7th Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Lecture in Jewish Studies at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Clements Center Lecture: Bob Moser, editor of the Texas Observer and an award-winning political reporter for The Nation, will discuss his new book on how changing attitudes and shifting demographics have created the potential for a Democratic Party revival in the South. “Blue Dixie: Awakening the South’s Democratic Majority” begins at noon Oct. 29 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch; books will be available for purchase. Presented by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the Geurin-Pettus Program in the Department of Political Science, and DeGolyer Library.

'The Wizard of Waxahachie' book coverInside baseball: Author Warren Corbett visits SMU Oct. 29 to discuss The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It, his new book on the life and 60-year baseball career of a Texan who became one of major league baseball’s legends, published by SMU Press. Reception at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room; lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Presented by SMU Press, DeGolyer Library and Friends of the SMU Libraries.

Tech talk: SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) presents its first annual Technology Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level. Meet vendor representatives; attend sessions on security, software and applications such as Locker and Office; or visit the Blackboard Help Desk and the Cell Phone First Aid table. The festivities include giveaways and a drawing for a USB hub. For more information, visit the OIT website.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra: The season’s second concert features Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major with international artist and Meadows faculty member Joaquín Achúcarro as soloist, as well as Above Light – a conversation with Toru Takemitsu by new Meadows faculty member Xi Wang and Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber by Hindemith. The music starts at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).