Stanton Sharp Lecture: The Clements Department of History presents “‘The Hispanic Challenge’ and the ‘Mexicanization’ of America” by Neil Foley, SMU’s Robert and Nancy Dedman Chair in History. Foley will focus on the rapid increase in the Hispanic population since the 1980s and the fear Americans hold that Hispanic immigration will be the end of America’s “core Anglo-Protestant culture.” The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall, with a reception beforehand at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Mildred Pinkston for more information.
Comini Lecture: Susan Verdi Webster, Jane Williams Mahoney Professor of Art History and Studies at the College of William and Mary, will speak on “The Secret Lives of Buildings in Colonial Quito: People, Processes and Cultural Optics” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 29 in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum, Webster will discuss Andean and European perspectives on architectural production in colonial Quito, Ecuador, with the view that the way buildings are perceived within a historical context is based upon who is actually doing the looking. Learn about her unique approach to analyzing and understanding architectural production within colonial contexts at this event.
French Film Festival: SMU’s 17th Annual French Film Festival runs through Tuesday, April 9 with six films, all in French with English subtitles. All will be shown on the big screen in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The schedule for March is as follows:
March 20: The Women on the 6th Floor
March 23: Nobody Else But You
March 26: Mr. Lazhar
All showings begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The festival is sponsored by the SMU French Club – visit their page for more information and the full festival schedule.
More than a photo: Photographer Deana Lawson will be at SMU Wednesday, March 20 for the Meadows Division of Art Lecture Series. Lawson refers to the subjects in her photos as her family even though there is no blood relation; her work focuses on “the psychological, personal, political and historical experiences that are implicated through the body.” Lawson received her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in New York. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room, Owen Arts Center.
A night in Vietnam: Multicultural Student Affairs invites you to to celebrate, “A Night in Vietnam” Saturday, March 23. The evening will include traditional Vietnamese food, desserts and games. There will also be a dance performance by the Vietnamese Student Association. The celebration begins at 8 p.m. in the Varsity, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, and is free and open to the public.
Collaborative Concert: The Meadows Concert Choir, Meadows Chorale and Diva Dolce will perform a benefit concert together at 8 p.m.Sunday, March 24in Caruth Auditorium. The concert is titled “I Dreamed of Rain” after the song by Jan Garrett, symbolizing hope and forgiveness in the midst of troubled times. There is no cost to get in – instead, the ensembles are asking attendees to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank. Donations can be made in person or online.
Found in translation: Is it political correctness or linguistic skill that makes for a good Bible translation? Susanne Scholz (right), associate professor of Old Testament in SMU’s Perkins School of Theology, will discuss “God’s Word as Man’s Word? The Politics of Translating the Sacred Texts of Christianity and Judaism” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Bridwell Library Benefactors Room. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public; no RSVP required.
Cutting the cord: Writer and scholar Terry Castle – Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and author of National Book Critics Circle Award nominee The Professor and Other Writings – discusses “Becoming an Orphan: Helicopter Parents, Velcro Moms and Self-Education” as part of the 2010-11 Gilbert Lecture SeriesThursday, April 7, in DeGolyer Library. A 6 p.m. reception in the Texana Room precedes the 6:30 p.m. lecture in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Free and open to the public.
French Film Festival concludes: The 15th-anniversary celebration of SMU’s French Film Festival continues through April 9, 2011. The final screenings include Indigènes (Days of Glory, 2006) on Wednesday, April 6. César and Lumière award-winning cowriter and director Rachid Bouchareb tells the stories of four North African recruits who fight to liberate France during World War II, as well as for equal treatment in the French military and society. The film will be followed by a discussion with Hervé Tchumkam, assistant professor in Dedman College’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and an expert in French, Francophone, African and postcolonial studies. The festival wraps up Saturday, April 9, with Séraphine (2008), starring César Award-winner Yolande Moreau as painter Séraphine de Senlis, a housekeeper who became one of the most acclaimed naïve artists of the 1920s and ’30s before dying in an insane asylum in 1942. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, and all films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. These films are intended for an adult audience and may contain sexual content, nudity and violence. Sponsored by the SMU French Club, the SMU Students’ Association and the Tournées Festival. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the 2011 French Film Festival homepage. (Right, Yolande Moreau in Séraphine.)
Tate Series focuses on the future of education: A discussion of the future viability of American education will be the focus of the next 2010-11 Tate Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, March 29. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and Harlem Children’s Zone founder and CEO Geoffrey Canada will discuss “How Will We Teach America’s Children?” at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Moderator for the event will be Keven Ann Willey, vice president and editorial page editor of The Dallas Morning News. Spellings was the U.S. Secretary of Education from 2005-09 and led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act. She is president and CEO of Margaret Spellings and Company and a leading national expert in public policy. In 2009, SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development recognized her contributions to education with the Simmons Luminary Award. The Harlem Children’s Zone was featured in the 2010 film “Waiting for ‘Superman’.” Through this program, Canada has dedicated the past 20 years to helping impoverished, at-risk youth to rise above their circumstances. The Zone Project today covers a 100-block area of Harlem and serves 10,000 children and their families through in-school and after-school programs, social services and community-building programs. The evening lecture is sold out, but the speakers will answer questions from the SMU community and local high school students during the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Tate Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Admission to the Student Forum is free. For more information, call Program Services at 214-768-8283 (214-SMU-TATE).
In addition, the Simmons School will present a free screening of “Waiting for ‘Superman'” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with panelists Charles Glover, executive director of Teach for America, Dallas; Israel Cordero, principal of the Dallas Independent School District’s W.W. Samuell High School; and Deborah Diffily, Simmons faculty member. The discussion will be moderated by Lee Alvoid, chair of Simmons’ Education Policy and Leadership Department. Refreshments will be provided. Cosponsored by the SMU Program Council, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. and SMU Colony.
French Film Festival continues: The 15th-anniversary celebration of SMU’s French Film Festival continues through April 9, 2011. Among the upcoming screenings is Daratt (2006) on Friday, April 1. Written and directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and winner of a Grand Special Jury Prize (UNESCO Award) at the 2006 Venice Film Festival, the film deals with themes of family, vengeance and redemption in the aftermath of the devastating civil war in Chad. The festival continues Wednesday, April 6, with Indigènes (Days of Glory, 2006). César and Lumière award-winning cowriter and director Rachid Bouchareb tells the stories of four North African recruits who fight to liberate France during World War II, as well as for equal treatment in the French military and society. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, and all films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. These films are intended for an adult audience and may contain sexual content, nudity and violence. Sponsored by the SMU French Club, the SMU Students’ Association and the Tournées Festival. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the 2011 French Film Festival homepage.
(Right, Roschdy Zem, Samy Naceri, Jamel Debbouze and Sami Bouajila in Indigènes.)
Inspiration in bloom: SMU’s Meadows Museum welcomes spring with fresh flower arrangements inspired by medieval masterpieces from the Sistine Chapel. The Founders Garden Club of Dallas will present its 2011 exhibition, “Floral Illuminations,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 in the Museum. Club members will create fresh floral arrangements, place settings and artwork inspired by the intricate designs featured in Meadows’ latest blockbuster exhibition, Lost Manuscripts of the Sistine Chapel: An Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo. Admission to the Garden Club show is free with museum admission; SMU faculty, staff and students visit free.
Anthropology Lecture and Pig Roast: SMU’s Anthropology Department welcomes Srimati Basu, associate professor at the University of Kentucky, to its 2011 Lecture and Pig Roast March 25. Dr. Basu will speak on “Justice Without Lawyers? Everyday Life in the Kolkata, India Family Court” at 5 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Sponsored by the Anthropology Club, Anthropology Department, Women’s and Gender Studies, Asian Studies Program and Amnesty International. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nia Parson or Justin Boxwell.
Vive le cinéma: SMU celebrates the 15th anniversary of its French Film FestivalMarch 25-April 9, 2011, and the screenings begin March 25 with Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel, 2009). Directed and cowritten by Anne Fontaine and starring Audrey Tautou, the film explores the pre-fame life of the world’s most celebrated fashion designer. The festival continues March 29 with Welcome (2008), director/screenwriter Philippe Lioret‘s story of the friendship between a divorced swimming teacher and an illegal Kurdish immigrant desperate to join his girlfriend in London. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, and all films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. These films are intended for an adult audience and may contain sexual content, nudity and violence. Sponsored by the SMU French Club, the SMU Students’ Association and the Tournées Festival. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the 2011 French Film Festival homepage. (Right, Alessandro Nivola and Audrey Tautou in Coco avant Chanel.)