Calendar Highlights: Jan. 31, 2008

Sojourn for truth: SMU’s 2008 Spring Break Civil Rights Pilgrimage takes place Mar. 7-15. Students, faculty and staff members will travel to historic civil rights sites in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas, with a stop in New Orleans for a first-hand look at Hurricane Katrina damage and recovery. The cost of $350 includes travel, museum fees and lodging (based on 4-per-room occupancy). Space is limited; for information and reservations, contact the Chaplain’s Office, 8-4502.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts “Religious Borders in the Spanish Middle Ages and the Colonial New World” 6:30-8:30 p.m. in 207 Kirby Hall. The event will be moderated by Jessica Boon, assistant professor of church history, and Pamela Patton, associate professor of art history. For more information, contact Jessica Boon, 8-1980.

Words and music: The Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Meadows Opera Theatre join forces to present popular excerpts from favorite operas in an “Opera Gala” at 8 p.m. Feb. 8 and 3 p.m. Feb. 10 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Heart to heart: The SMU Staff Association hosts its annual Valentine’s Day luncheon noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom. The cost is $12 per person. RSVP by Feb. 6 to Liz Berry, 8-2506.

Cedar Lake Contemporary BalletThe future of education: SMU Education Dean David Chard discusses “The Future of SMU’s School of Education” in the Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon Series at noon Feb. 13 in the SMU Faculty Club. The cost is $12 for Faculty Club members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by Feb. 8 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

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