Calendar Highlights: Oct. 8, 2013

Brown Bag Dance: The popular Brown Bag Dance Series returns Oct. 7-11, 2013. Twice a year, Meadows Division of Dance students create and perform their own choreography in this week-long series, ranging from modern to ballet to hip-hop to jazz. Performances are at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center.

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A Vigilante Life: Historian Andrew C. Isenberg will discuss his new book, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Earp is famously known as “the hero of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, and a beacon of rough justice in the tumultuous American West.” However, Isenberg will talk about how Earp created this fictitious hero because in reality he led the life of a lawbreaking conman. Isenberg is a historian of the American environment, the American West, and the encounter between natives and settlers at Temple University. He is also the editor of The Nature of Cities: Culture, Landscape, and Urban Space. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the lecture follows at 6:30 p.m. in DeGolyer Library. Books will be available for signing and registration is required. Update: Registration is now closed due to high demand.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Artist Lilian Garcia-Roig will come to SMU Wednesday, Oct. 9 for the Meadows Visiting Artist Lecture Series. Garcia-Roig received her B.F.A. from SMU Meadows and her M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is known for using thick thrashes of paint to produce lavish landscapes, and her style is an oscillation between realism and abstraction. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Umphrey Lee Room 241.

SYZYGY: The Meadows New Music Ensemble will perform with Nadia Sirota on Thursday, Oct. 10. Sirota is a violist and 2013 Meadows Prize Winner and will perform alongside Meadows composition students as they premiere their new works. The performance is at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium and is free of charge. To stay updated with everything SYZYGY follow them on Twitter @meadowsSYZYGY.

Georgievskaya low res 9273Faculty Recital: Liudmila Georgievskaya will perform in a Faculty Piano Recital Friday, Oct. 11. Georgievskaya is a an award-winning pianist and a Meadows adjunct lecturer in piano and Coordinator of Accompanying. She is an honors graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and received her Artist Certificate from the Meadows School in 2010. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center.

Happy Fall Break 2013 Oct. 14-15! Classes will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 16. 

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 1, 2012

Brown Bag Returns: The highly anticipated Brown Bag Dance Series returns on Monday, Oct. 1. The Meadows School of Art Division of Dance will perform at lunchtime daily through Friday, Oct. 5. The performances include 10-15 of original ballet, modern and jazz works; giving the SMU community a taste of the different dance styles. Performances are free and in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby of the Owen Arts Center. Students, Faculty and Staff are encouraged to enjoy their lunch while watching the talented dancers perform.

PwC: The PwC SMU Athletic Forum produces four annual luncheons every year that honor sports legends. On Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, Super Bowl champion and football head coach, Sean Payton will be the featured speaker for the Red Mountain Resources Luncheon. The forum is in its 23rd season of bringing these high achieving individuals to Dallas and forum proceeds are used to support SMU athletic scholarships and operating initiatives. The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel and begins at noon. Please contact Jeff Lockhart for more information.

McFarlin Auditorium: Every year McFarlin Auditorium hosts several special events. Here’s a look at the month of October:

  • October 3, 2012: The Carrington Endowed Lecture Series presents “India Now” featuring The Honorable S.M. Krishna ’59, Minister of External Affairs for India. The lecture begins at 6 p.m. and registration is free.
  • October 7, 2012: David Byrne and St. Vincent concert at 8 p.m.
  • October 9, 2012: Tate Lecture Series featuring Regis Philbin at 8 p.m.
  • October 17, 2012: Tower Center Medal of Freedom Reception 4:30 p.m.
  • October 22, 2012: Norah Jones Concert at 8 p.m.
  • October 26, 2012: Pigskin Revue performance at 8:15 p.m.
  • October 27, 2012: NPHC Stepshow at 7 p.m.

Basketball in the Big East: SMU Basketball Coach Larry Brown is speaking on SMU Basketball in the New Era, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Brown boasts an impressive resume; he is the only head coach to win championships in both the NBA and NCAA. Coach Brown will speak on his plans for SMU Basketball in their 2013 season and debut in the Big East Conference. The luncheon is in the Ernst & Young Gallery in the Fincher Building and will begin at noon. Tickets are $12.00 for Faculty Club Members and $15.00 for non-members, and you must RSVP by Sept. 30, 2012.

Presidential Election 2012: SMU is hosting a Presidential Debate Series for SMU and the Dallas Community. The series will feature a viewing of the televised presidential debates, for the fall election, in the O’Donnell Auditorium with a public debate and ballot opportunity afterwards. The SMU debate program will moderate the event. The viewing will start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. 2012. The other dates in the series are, Oct. 11, 16, and 22.

(All images courtesy of SMU)

Calendar Highlights: March 1, 2011

Robert Richardson Jr.Cars fighting cancer: SMU alumnus and NASCAR driver Robert Richardson Jr. (pictured) will make an appearance at the kickoff for one of the biggest student-driven programs on the Hilltop. At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1 at the Main Quad flagpole, the 2004 graduate and current driver of the No. 37 North Texas Pipe Ford car will join the community to open the 2011 Relay For Life drive, which supports cancer prevention research and funding. Richardson earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art with a minor in photography from SMU, but a brief stint at the Texas Motor Speedway‘s driving school convinced his instructor that he was racing material. For the past two years, he has qualified for “The Great American Race” – the Daytona 500. The 12-hour walkathon that caps the Relay For Life campaign will take place on the Boulevard 7 p.m.-7 a.m. April 15-16, where it will be part of SMU’s inaugural Founders’ Day celebration weekend.

Famed journalist to visit SMU: Former Dallas Morning News editorial writer, Pulitzer finalist and Communications Director for the National Science & Math Initiative Rena Pederson will visit campus for an Embrey Human Rights Program lecture this week. Pederson, who also wrote The Burma Chronicles on the life of Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, will deliver the lecture at McCord Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3. The event is free and no RSVP is required. For more information, visit or call 214-768-3284.

Brown Bag Dance returns: The Meadows School of the Arts‘ ever-popular Brown Bag Dance Series returns for the spring semester this week, as Division of Dance students explore multiple varieties of original jazz, ballet and modern works at lunchtime. The performances are at 12 noon every day this week (Feb 28-Mar 4) in the Bob Hope Theater Lobby of the Meadows building. Performances are free – bring your lunch. (Picture by Sarah Acosta/The Daily Mustang)

Brown Bag Dance SeriesFilm as politics: University of Maryland Professor Jeffrey Hurf will visit SMU this week for a presentation on an oft-overlooked piece of World War II history. His lecture, “Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World,” is a study of how Adolf Hitler’s propaganda team created an indoctrination plan previously unknown to the Allied Forces. An entirely new and separate campaign was spread throughout the Middle East, exploiting multiple cultural rifts between Judaism and Islam to further Arab hatred against the Jewish people – some elements of which still exist today. The lecture will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, March 4 in Lawyer’s Inn, first floor, Carr Collins Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, but e-mail RSVPs are required. Send your response here.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 4, 2010

Ray KurzweilBrown Bag, Part 1: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies hosts a discussion of a 17th-century cultural upheaval in a Brown Bag Lecture at 12:30 Oct. 5. in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. “Now the God of the Spaniards is Dead”, presented by Clements Center Fellow Matthew Liebmann, chronicles the near-successful uprising of the Pueblo Native Americans in their quest to take back an occupied New Mexico from the Spanish in what is known as the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. As always, attendees are invited to bring a lunch. For more information, visit the Clements Center online.

A night for invention: The next installment of the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series features renowned inventor Ray Kurzweil (right) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 in McFarlin Auditorium. Kurzweil is known for such inventions as the CCD flat-bed scanner, a print-to-speech reader for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of imitating instruments such as a grand piano, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition program. Kurzweil has won numerous awards including the 1999 National Medal of Technology and the MIT-Lemelson Prize (valued at $500,000.) He was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by contacting the Tate Office at 214-768-8283.

Jim LehrerDallas journalist’s homecoming: The NewsHour‘s executive editor and anchor Jim Lehrer (right), who got his start working for The Dallas Morning News and The Dallas Times Herald, will give this year’s Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture In Media Ethics. Lehrer, who also frequently moderates presidential debates (including one between Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008,) will speak at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. For information and reservations call 214-768-ARTS.

Revisiting old wounds: University of Richmond President Edward Ayers investigates the different and conflicting layers of loyalty among families and governments during the Civil War – and how these conflicting loyalties became the key struggle of the era – in a Stanton Sharp Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. Hosted by the Clements Department of History. Admission is free, reservations not required. For more information, call 214-768-2967 or email the Clements Department of History.

Brown Bag, Parts 2-6: Meadows’ famous Brown Bag Dance Series returns to dance another day (or five). Throughout this week (Oct. 4-8), the program will feature numerous short improvisations and exercises on original jazz, ballet and modern compositions created by students of the Meadows Division of Dance. The performances begin at noon Wednesday and Friday, and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. All sessions will be performed in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free; bring your lunch. For more information, call 214-768-2718.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 29, 2009

'Horton Foote: America's Storyteller' coverFriends of Friends: New York Times theater critic Wilborn Hampton will discuss the work of his friend – playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote – in a lecture and signing for his new book, Horton Foote: America’s Storyteller. The event takes place 6-8 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the SMU Libraries. For more information, call 214-768-3225.

Dance is back: The Meadows School of the Arts Division of Dance presents its Fall 2009 Brown Bag Dance Series, featuring student performances and choreography in multiple dance genres, Oct. 5-9. Each event begins at noon in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Bring your lunch. For more information, call 214-768-2718.

Here’s the pitch: Eight-time All-Star and 2008 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Richard “Goose” Gossage will discuss his legendary career in the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $60 each. For more information, contact Program Services, 214-768-4314.

Parsons Dance and East Village Opera CompanyIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Oct. 9-10: TITAS presents Remember Me, a collaboration between Parsons Dance and the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company featuring dance, rock music, multimedia and special effects. Showtime is at 8 p.m. For tickets, call TITAS at 214-528-5576.