Through an archivist’s eyes: David Ferriero (right), 10th Archivist of the United States, will give a close-up view of the mission and history of the National Archives with “An Insider’s Perspective: The Mission of the National Archives and the Creation of the George W. Bush Presidential Library” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the lecture. Sponsored by SMU’s DeGolyer Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon, Bridwell Library and the Book Club of Texas. For more information contact Cindy Ruppi, 214-768-2253.
Writings on rights: SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program presents an evening with a group of international refugees, asylum seekers and other forced migrants currently living in North Texas. “Escape to Dallas: Stories of Flight & Survival” will feature readings of original stories and writings by the presenters, who will share their experiences of flight from conflict and political and economic threats, as well as of their resettlement in the Dallas area. The event takes place 7-9 p.m. Oct. 6 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sherry Aikman, 214-768-8347, and visit the Refugee Writers blog.
Local discounts: Designer Shoe Warehouse Park Cities has scheduled an SMU appreciation event for 5-9 p.m. Oct. 11, 2011. Present their flier (downloadable in PDF format) to receive 20% off regularly priced items and 10% off clearance merchandise. The store is located at 8335 Westchester Drive in Preston Center.
In McFarlin Auditorium:
• Dr. Temple Grandin, the Colorado State University professor whose life with animals and with autism became a Golden Globe Award-winning HBO movie, will present “An Evening with Temple Grandin: Animals Make Us Human” at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in McFarlin Auditorium. Presented by Guide Dogs for the Blind and Lone Star Puppy Raisers. Buy tickets online at TicketLeap.
Special screening: Friends of the SMU Libraries and the Fondren Library Media Collection will screen the 1972 independent film Tomorrow at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Directed by Joseph Anthony and adapted by Horton Foote from the William Faulkner story, the film stars Robert Duvall – who made his screen debut in another Foote adaptation, To Kill a Mockingbird, and won an Academy Award for his performance in the film version of Foote’s Tender Mercies. Duvall plays Jackson Fentry, a Mississippi cotton farmer who leaves his father’s farm for a job at a sawmill, where he meets Sarah Eubanks (Olga Bellin), a pregnant woman abandoned by her husband. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lisa Daniels Wall, 214-768-4397.
Singers’ showcase: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents a special performance by its young artists in the Opera Free For All Brown Bag Series: Singers’ Showcase at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free – bring your lunch.
Mane Event 2011: The Student Foundation throws its end-of-the-year party Friday, April 29, this year with a Latino flavor. “Fiesta SMU” takes place 2-5 p.m. on the lawn in front of Dallas Hall and includes live music, carnival games, inflatables and plenty of free food. The party is free and open to the entire SMU community.
Celebrating 1911: The Meadows Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jack Delaney, celebrates the 100th anniversary of SMU’s founding with a special 1911 Centennial Ice Cream Social Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The program focuses on marches, rags and folk-influenced works that were new and exciting in 1911 and remain fresh today – including pieces by Percy Grainger, Herbert L. Clarke (the famed cornet player of the John Philip Sousa Band), Gustav Holst, Ring & Hager, John Philip Sousa, James Reese Europe and Henry Fillmore. Audience members will enjoy free ice cream sundaes in the lobby during intermission and may bring their treats back to their seats for the second half of the program. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. Buy tickets online or get more information from Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS). Read more about the 1911 Centennial Ice Cream Social Concert program.
Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Raúl Coronado will give a lecture entitled “‘We have been made the victims’: The Melancholia of Broken Social Contract and Spanish-American Independence” at noon April 21 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. Bring your lunch.
“Papers,” please: A new film explores the stories of the approximately 2 million undocumented children born outside the United States and raised in this country, and the challenges they face as they turn 18 without legal status and with no path to citizenship. “Papers” will be shown at SMU at 7 p.m. April 25 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. A discussion will follow. The event is free; donations are welcome. Presented by Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia and the LULAC Student Chapter at SMU. For more information, contact SMU LULAC President Elizabeth Zamora, 972-762-1964.
Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: A panel of SMU experts and others explore “Crypto Judaism in the American Southwest: Hidden Religious Roots of Hispanic Peoples” in a public workshop at 2:30 p.m. April 25 in the Great Hall, Room 121, Perkins Prothro Hall. Participants include David Maldonado Jr. and Gregory Cuellar, Perkins School of Theology; Pamela Patton, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts; Stanley M. Hordes, Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico; and Juan Gutierrez, a doctoral candidate in the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Chicago. A reception will follow. Presented by the Perkins School’s Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions with funds from the Luce Foundation. Cosponsored by Perkins School of Theology, the Perkins Mexican American Program, the Clements Center for Southwest Studies and the Department of Religious Studies in SMU’s Dedman College, and the SMU Judaic Studies Program. For more information, contact Stephanie Carroll, 214-768-3477.
A presidential collection: In 1815, Congress purchased Thomas Jefferson’s personal library – then the largest private book collection available in North America – to replace the congressional library destroyed when the British burned the U.S. Capitol the previous year. Jefferson’s collection (right) served as the core of the Library of Congress until catastrophic fire again struck the Capitol on Christmas Eve 1851, destroying two-thirds of his original collection. Mark Dimunation, chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, discusses the reconstruction of this landmark collection and the fresh insight it provides into the mind of Thomas Jefferson and the world of the Enlightenment in “Forged in Fire: The Jefferson Collection at the Library of Congress” April 29 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Reception at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m. Sponsored by SMU’s Bridwell Library, DeGolyer Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon, and the Book Club of Texas. RSVP online or call 214-768-3483. (This event was rescheduled from Feb. 11.)