Faculty in the News: Sept. 14, 2010

Fred WendorfWilliam Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, talked about American attitudes toward the Muslim faith with The Dallas Morning News Sept. 11, 2010. In addition, he provided expertise for an article on the United Methodist Church’s recent membership survey in The New York Times Sept. 1, 2010.

Fred Wendorf (left), Henderson-Morrison Professor Emeritus of Prehistory in Dedman College, opened the UNM-Taos/SMU lecture series in Taos, New Mexico, Sept. 8, 2010. He was the subject of a profile in The Taos News on the same day.

Geoffrey Orsak, Dean, Lyle School of Engineering, wrote about the need for innovation in America for Design News. The article was published in the magazine’s August 2010 edition.

Digging archaeology with Fred Wendorf

Fred Wendorf, Feb. 5, 2009A standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 turned out Feb. 5, 2009 at SMU’s DeGolyer Library for a book signing by renowned archaeologist and SMU Emeritus Professor of Anthropology Fred Wendorf.

Noting “this is the nicest day of my life,” Wendorf spoke briefly at the signing, telling a few of his adventures during his 60-year career as an archaeologist. Read more under the link below.

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Fred Wendorf shares highlights of his storied career Feb. 5

(Originally published Jan. 30, 2009.)

'Desert Days' book coverIt’s not a stretch to imagine there might not have been an SMU-in-Taos without Fred Wendorf. The renowned archaeologist’s early-career excavations in New Mexico unearthed the remnants of a log fort established by U.S. soldiers in 1852 to protect Taos-area settlers from roaming Apache and Comanche Indians. Wendorf reconstructed Fort Burgwin‘s structures based on sketches of the original log buildings.

In addition, Wendorf, SMU’s Henderson-Morrison Professor Emeritus of Prehistory, served as leader of the Combined Prehistoric Expedition to Egypt from 1962-2000. His expeditions produced most of what is known about the Stone Age prehistory of northeastern Africa. And in 2001, he gave more than 6 million ancient Nile Valley artifacts he had collected to the British Museum in London.

Fred WendorfWendorf’s career contributions and new book will be spotlighted at a Feb. 5 reception, book signing and lecture at SMU’s DeGolyer Library. The reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room. The lecture and book-signing for Desert Days: My Life as a Field Archaeologist will follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Both are free and open to the public. Desert Days has been published by SMU Press in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

Register online for the reception and book signing, or call 214-768-3231.

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