Clements Brown Bag Lecture: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies takes the Brown Bag reins with a guest lecture by University of North Texas Professor Elizabeth Turner (pictured) noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. She will discuss the history behind Texas’ Hall of Negro Life in “The Miraculous Fall Upwards.” The Hall, an exhibition created at the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas, was an important part in cultivating a black culture and history in North Texas and ultimately establishing an African-American presence within the Southwest as its own complete cultural force. The lecture is free – bring your lunch.
The celebration begins: Get ready for the party to begin this weekend, as SMU’s inaugural Founders’ Day celebration kicks off the University’s 5-year Centennial celebration. The festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, with a public celebration at the Main Quad, a performance by the Mustang Band and a special fireworks show. The centennial flag will also be raised during this performance, and there will be refreshments for all attendees on the quad. The party is only the first part of a weekend-long celebration, which will include the annual Relay for Life (5:30 p.m.-5:30 am, starting Friday on the Boulevard) and the University Park egg hunt from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Goar Park. A complete list of the events is online at the SMU 100 website. For more information, call 214-768-1384. Happy birthday, SMU!
“Ring of Fire” it isn’t: The five spiritual pilgrimages to Israel undertaken by country legends Johnny and June Carter Cash and the effects on their songwriting and lives are taken into perspective by Shalom L. Goldman in the 2010 Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Lecture on Jewish Studies. Goldman, a professor of Hebrew and Middle Eastern Studies at Emory University, will cover how these trips ultimately changed the life of the notorious “Man in Black” and his wife, and how their later songs and lifestyle reflected these changes. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-4478. (Pictured right: Johnny Cash’s album The Holy Land, which was inspired by the Cashes’ trips to Israel.)
History and fantasy collide: How best to establish a centuries-old religion with countless traditions in the New World? This question is put to the test in a new Meadows Museum-sponsored Comini Lecture, “Biblical Images, Historical Memory, and a Global Imagination: The Case of the Temple of the Jesuits in Quito, ca. 1700.” UT Professor of History Jorge Canizares-Esguerra (pictured) will speak on how new clerics in provinical Quito used ancient Biblical narratives to further understand themselves and the rise of the Jesuit order as a global sect. The lecture is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-2698.
Opera FFA returns!: Despite a notable absence of SMU’s Opera Free For All performances during the Halloween weekend, the Meadows troupe of actors and singers are coming back with a performance all about the heart in their new Brown Bag piece, “Tell Me All About Love!” The performance will be a mix of song, poetry and music about all the wildly differing emotions and circumstances that come with being in love. The performance is at noon on Friday, Nov. 12 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free (and walk-in).
Work on your scribble: Meadows Museum’s last “Drawing from the Masters” workshop of the season features artist Ian O’Brien as the instructor for an informal skills session. Instruction will be drawn from specific works in the Meadows collection, and a variety of techniques and skills will be covered. The event takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Meadows Museum. The workshop is from age 15 to adults of any age. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own writing materials. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-serve basis and is free with regular museum admission. For more information, call 214-768-4677.