Calendar Highlights: Oct. 27, 2009

Perkins ChapelService of Memory: SMU’s Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and Perkins School of Theology invite faculty, staff and students to honor the University community members who have passed away in 2009 during the annual Service of Memory at noon Oct. 28 in Perkins Chapel.

Levine Endowed Lecture: Biblical studies expert Marvin Sweeney, professor of Hebrew Bible at Claremont School of Theology in California, will discuss “Reading the Bible after the Holocaust” in SMU’s 7th Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Lecture in Jewish Studies at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Clements Center Lecture: Bob Moser, editor of the Texas Observer and an award-winning political reporter for The Nation, will discuss his new book on how changing attitudes and shifting demographics have created the potential for a Democratic Party revival in the South. “Blue Dixie: Awakening the South’s Democratic Majority” begins at noon Oct. 29 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch; books will be available for purchase. Presented by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the Geurin-Pettus Program in the Department of Political Science, and DeGolyer Library.

'The Wizard of Waxahachie' book coverInside baseball: Author Warren Corbett visits SMU Oct. 29 to discuss The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It, his new book on the life and 60-year baseball career of a Texan who became one of major league baseball’s legends, published by SMU Press. Reception at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room; lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Presented by SMU Press, DeGolyer Library and Friends of the SMU Libraries.

Tech talk: SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) presents its first annual Technology Fair 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center lower level. Meet vendor representatives; attend sessions on security, software and applications such as Locker and Office; or visit the Blackboard Help Desk and the Cell Phone First Aid table. The festivities include giveaways and a drawing for a USB hub. For more information, visit the OIT website.

Meadows Symphony Orchestra: The season’s second concert features Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major with international artist and Meadows faculty member Joaquín Achúcarro as soloist, as well as Above Light – a conversation with Toru Takemitsu by new Meadows faculty member Xi Wang and Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber by Hindemith. The music starts at 8 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 6, 2009

The 1931 Titanic Memorial in Washington, D.C.Wendland-Cook Professorship Inaugural Lecture: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology commemorates the establishment of the Wendland-Cook Professorship in Constructive Theology with a lecture by the first faculty member to hold that position. Joerg Rieger will discuss “Speaking Truth to Power – With a Twist: Re-envisioning the Task of Theology and the Academy” at 5 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Great Hall of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, followed by a reception in the Kirby Hall Parlor. Free and open to the public.

“Holocaust Legacies” lecture: Author and University of Pittsburgh Professor of Art History Kirk Savage (Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape) will explore the achievements and pitfalls of the victim monument, which has come to rival the hero monuments of old. “Beyond the Victim Monument” begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Co-sponsored by the Division of Art History in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, the Dallas Holocaust Museum and The Sixth Floor Museum. Free and open to the public; tickets required. For more information, call 214-768-2698; for tickets, call 214-768-2787. (Right, the Titanic Memorial on Washington, D.C.’s southwest waterfront, originally erected in 1931.)

'The Blood of Jesus' theatrical posterScreening a classic: Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon and the Hamon Arts Library present a free screening of Spencer Williams’ 1941 classic, The Blood of Jesus, Oct. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Made specifically for African-American audiences in segregated movie theaters, the film was placed in the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the screening at 7 p.m. and a panel discussion moderated by SMU Professor of Cinema-TV Rick Worland at 8 p.m. Arrive early – seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed. For more information, call 214-768-3225 or visit smu.edu/friends.

Clubhouse Lunch: The SMU Faculty Club hosts a Clubhouse Lunch with Hector Rivera, director of the Center for Child and Community Development in the University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, at noon Oct. 14 in the Faculty Club. Rivera will speak on “Integrating English Language Learners Into Our Schools – What Do We Need to Know?” Lunch is $5; attendees are welcome to bring their own.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 29, 2009

'Horton Foote: America's Storyteller' coverFriends of Friends: New York Times theater critic Wilborn Hampton will discuss the work of his friend – playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote – in a lecture and signing for his new book, Horton Foote: America’s Storyteller. The event takes place 6-8 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the SMU Libraries. For more information, call 214-768-3225.

Dance is back: The Meadows School of the Arts Division of Dance presents its Fall 2009 Brown Bag Dance Series, featuring student performances and choreography in multiple dance genres, Oct. 5-9. Each event begins at noon in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Bring your lunch. For more information, call 214-768-2718.

Here’s the pitch: Eight-time All-Star and 2008 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Richard “Goose” Gossage will discuss his legendary career in the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $60 each. For more information, contact Program Services, 214-768-4314.

Parsons Dance and East Village Opera CompanyIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Oct. 9-10: TITAS presents Remember Me, a collaboration between Parsons Dance and the Grammy-nominated East Village Opera Company featuring dance, rock music, multimedia and special effects. Showtime is at 8 p.m. For tickets, call TITAS at 214-528-5576.

Film on illegal immigration gets Dallas-area premiere at SMU

undocumented-poster.jpgThe SMU community is invited to meet director Justin Malone and producer Robert Curlin at SMU’s Dallas-area premiere of their new documentary film, “Undocumented.” The event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall.

Malone and Curlin sent cameras to more than 25 American cities over a period of 4 months and came back with 320 hours of footage. The resulting film is a behind-the-scenes look into the world of illegal immigration that seeks to put human faces on the issues and fears arising from U.S. border security.

The movie will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. Refreshments will be served. The screening is free and open to the public and is sponsored by SMU’s Central University Libraries and Friends of the SMU Libraries.

See the trailer for “Undocumented” at Vimeo

Calendar Highlights: Commencement Countdown, May 8, 2008

Commencement Countdown 2008Save the date: Make plans now for the 2008 Staff Appreciation Day and President’s Picnic – the annual celebration takes place 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 22. Watch the SMU Forum for location and more information.

Dinner with Friends: The Friends of the SMU Libraries will hold their Annual Dinner and Meeting at 6 p.m. May 12 at Popolo’s Café. The featured speaker is Will Clarke, author of The Worthy: A Ghost’s Story and Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles. For more information, contact Amy Carver, 8-3225.

Commencement Countdown 2008:

  • May 16: Baccalaureate
  • May 17: Faculty Breakfast and Distinguished University Citizen Awards presentation
  • May 17: Commencement
  • May 17: School and departmental diploma ceremonies

Friends welcome “Memory Keeper’s Daughter” author Kim Edwards

Kim EdwardsAuthor Kim Edwards – whose debut novel, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, became the biggest selling book of 2006 – will participate in a lecture and booksigning sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries at noon Oct. 25 in the Umphrey Lee Ballroom.

Edwards will discuss her bestselling novel as well as her recently reissued short story collection, The Secrets of a Fire King. The Memory Keeper’s Daughter simultaneously reached the No. 1 spot on The New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and Book Sense bestseller lists. Thirty-five weeks after its debut, the book is still on top of the New York Times list, with 3.5 million copies currently in print. The Secrets of a Fire King, originally published in 1997, was an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award and was reissued in May 2007 by the Penguin Group.

A noon reception will precede the 12:30 p.m. lecture. The booksigning will immediately follow the lecture. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Carver, 8-1939.