Common Reading author Wes Moore visits SMU Aug. 29, 2013

Gartner Honors Lecture Series

Common Reading author Wes Moore visits SMU Aug. 29, 2013

Wes Moore

Author Wes Moore will speak at SMU Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Moore wrote the University’s 2013 Common Reading book, The Other Wes Moore.

New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore will visit SMU Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, to discuss his book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.

The free lecture is part of the University’s 2013 Common Reading Program and will take place 5-6 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

> RSVP online for the Wes Moore lecture

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is highly encouraged. In addition, SMU will broadcast the lecture via live streaming.

The Other Wes Moore uses alternating dramatic narratives to tell the story of two kids with the same name, liv­ing in the same city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, dec­o­rated com­bat veteran, White House Fellow and business leader while the other is serving a life sentence in prison for murder.

SMU Forum: One name, two fates: SMU’s 2013 Common Reading

The story “both disturbs and inspires readers with questions about the influence of family and education in the choices a young person makes,” said SMU Associate Provost Harold Stanley.

The event is sponsored by the Provost’s Office; the Gartner Honors Lecture Series; the Scott-Hawkins Lecture Series; Friends of the SMU Libraries; Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility; Department of English; Embrey Human Rights Program; Residence Life and Student Housing; and the Office of Student Affairs.

> Watch the Wes Moore live stream beginning at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at smu.edu/live video
Visit the Maguire Center’s Common Reading site

Written by Alyssa Eubank ’14

August 28, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

SMU grad offers investor’s perspective on The Big Short Sept.10

John PhelanSMU’s 2012 Common Reading discussion continues at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, with the first Gartner Honors Lecture of the academic year.

“The Financial Crisis of The Big Short: An Investor’s Perspective” features University alumnus John Phelan, co-founder and co-managing partner of MSD Capital, L.P. The event will take place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom and is free and open to the public.

Phelan co-founded MSD Capital in 1998 to manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family. (Dell is chairman and CEO of Dell Inc., the computer and IT company he founded in 1984 at the age of 19.) Phelan graduated cum laude with distinction from SMU in 1986 with B.A. degrees in economics and political science, as well as membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his M.B.A. degree from Harvard University in 1990 and holds a General Course degree with an emphasis in economics and international relations from the London School of Economics.

A trustee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Aspen Art Museum and the Whitney Museum, Phelan also serves on the Investment Committee for the SMU Endowment. In addition, he serves on the North American Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and the Harvard Business School – Board of Deans Advisors.

> Learn more about SMU’s Gartner Honors Lectures online
> SMU Forum: Common Reading 2012: Anatomy of a financial disaster

September 4, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 21, 2011

'Women, War and Peace' logoDiscussing research ethics: The Gartner Honors Lecture Series on SMU’s 2011 Common Reading concludes Wednesday, Sept. 21 with “HeLa Cells, Human Research Ethics and Genetics” by Fred Grinnell, professor of cell biology at UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Free and open to the public.

A different kind of Disney: Philanthropist, documentary filmmaker and Hollywood legacy Abigail Disney will deliver a public lecture and an advance preview of her new series, Women, War & Peace, as part of the Embrey Human Rights Program‘s Fall 2011 Series on “The Arts and Human Rights” Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The TV series, which will premiere on PBS Oct. 11, 2011, will be broadcast for five consecutive Tuesdays and reveals how women have become primary targets in a new kind of war fought by gangs and warlords using unconventional weapons. It also shows how women are becoming necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.

'White Metropolis' book coverThe 7 p.m. screening and discussion of one full episode will be preceded by a 4:30 p.m. Student Forum featuring highlights and conversation with Disney. Free and open to the public.

In addition, Disney will make a guest visit to KERA Public Radio’s “Think with Krys Boyd” before her SMU appearances. The segment will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Click here to listen live via streaming audio.

The Dallas way: SMU Graduate Liberal Studies hosts a Social Justice Reading Group presentation by Michael Phillips, author of White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 – an examination of Dallas’ history and the roots of “Texas-style” politics. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in 144 Simmons Hall. The event is free; seating is limited. RSVP to the Master of Liberal Studies Program, 214-768-4273

September 21, 2011|Calendar Highlights|

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 13, 2011

Scholar and author Stephen ProtheroThe Gartner Honors Lecture Series on SMU’s 2011 Common Reading continues Sept. 14 with”HeLa Cells and the Law,” featuring Jennifer S. Bard, the Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, and Development Director, Health Law Program, at Texas Tech University School of Law. She also serves as associate professor (adjunct) in the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University School of Medicine. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Free and open to the public.

Scholar and bestselling author Stephen Prothero (top right) will speak on “God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World” as part of SMU’s Willson Lecture Series. The lecture draws its title from Prothero’s 2010 book by the same title, in which he argues that attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct human problem that each seeks to solve. The lecture begins at noon Sept. 15 in the Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. Free and open to the public. Read more about Stephen Prothero from SMU News.

Meadows Opera Theatre performs in the Opera Free for FallThe Meadows Opera Theatre (bottom right) celebrates SMU’s 2011 Family Weekend with a new Opera Free for All at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Called “New Faces and Old Friends,” the show will feature new and returning soloists in the Meadows Opera Ensemble performing arias, songs and scenes. Free and open to the public; bring your lunch. For more information, call the Division of Music, 214-768-1951. Read a 2010 Q&A on the Opera Free for All with Meadows Opera Theatre Director Hank Hammett, by SMU Meadows student Chris Calloway.

September 13, 2011|Calendar Highlights|

Gartner Honors Lecture Series presents talks on 2011 Common Reading

Common Reading 2011 Gartner Honors Lecture Series posterSMU’s Gartner Honors Lecture Series will host leading experts to discuss the medical, ethical and social issues presented in the 2011 Common Reading, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

The series begins Sept. 7 with “HeLa Cells Up Close,” presented by Joel M. Goodman, professor of pharmacology and Jan and Bob Bullock Distinguished Professor for Science Education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The lecture takes place in O’Donnell Lecture Hall, Owen Fine Arts Center.

A Sept. 14 lecture, “HeLa Cells and the Law,” features Jennifer S. Bard, the Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, and Development Director, Health Law Program, at Texas Tech University School of Law. She also serves as associate professor (adjunct) in the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University School of Medicine. The lecture takes place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

The series concludes Sept. 21 with “HeLa Cells, Human Research Ethics and Genetics” by Fred Grinnell, professor of cell biology at UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The lecture takes place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum.

All lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the entire SMU community as well as the general public. For more information, visit the 2011 Common Reading homepage.

September 6, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|
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