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 video
Visit the Maguire Center’s Common Reading site

Written by Alyssa Eubank ’14

Robert J. Norrell joins SMU experts for Common Reading discussion

Cover of 'Dreams From My Father' by Barack ObamaAuthor and historian Robert J. Norrell, professor of history and Bernadotte Schmitt Chair of Excellence at the University of Tennessee, will join SMU experts in a panel discussion of the University’s 2009 Common Reading at 4 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

Three SMU professors, all from Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, will participate in the discussion of Barack Obama’s 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance:

  • Angela Ards, assistant professor of English
  • Kenneth Hamilton, associate professor of history
  • Harold Stanley, Geurin-Pettus Professor of American Politics and Political Economy

Norrell writes about race relations and southern history and is the author of The House I Live In: Race in the American Century (2005, Oxford University Press). His book Reaping the Whirlwind: The Civil Rights Movement in Tuskegee won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award in 1986.

The event is sponsored by the Gartner Honors Lecture Series, the University Honors Program and the Office of the Provost. For more information, visit SMU Central University Libraries’ Common Reading homepage.

Author Luís Urrea talks about life and death on the border

Luís Alberto Urrea told a standing-room crowd of SMU community members, “Americans have to remember that we are a family first, and we if talk to each other instead of yell at each other, we come to solutions.”

The author of The Devil’s Highway, the University’s 2008 Common Reading, discussed immigration policy and his own writing inspirations at the Gartner Honors Lecture Sept. 8. His latest book, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, is soon to be a major motion picture starring Antonio Banderas.

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Bringing the magic to university life

hogwarts-houses-200.jpgWhat do Harvard, Rice, the University of Central Arkansas and Hogwarts School have in common? They all have “house systems” – a network of residential colleges that help to establish a sense of community and continuity among students and improve the quality of academic life.

Evolutionary biologist and residential-college advocate Robert O’Hara discussed his experiences with co-founding on a shoestring budget a residential college at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro – and how these faculty-led societies help bring the advantages of small colleges to large university communities. His talk, “Why Are We Here If We’re Not Magic?,” opened the Gartner Honors Lecture Series for 2007-08. Read more.

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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 13, 2007

Iron Constitution: SMU will observe Constitution Day Sept. 17. A copy of the preamble to the Constitution will be on display in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons throughout the day. Read more.

Magic time: The Gartner Lecture Series presents “Why Are We Here If We’re Not Magic? Residential Colleges and the Renewal of University Life” at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Faculty Club. For more information, contact Julian Guevara at 8-2250.

Keeping up with human rights: The SMU Faculty Club presents Rick Halperin on “Global Status of Human Rights” in its Clubhouse Lunch series at noon Sept. 19 in the Faculty Club. RSVP to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Scene from 'I Love Miami'Welcome to Florida: SMU and Dallas’ Vistas Film Festival celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free showing of the Warner Bros. picture I Love Miami, featuring a post-screening Q&A with director Alejandro Gonzalez Padilla, at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in the O’Donnell Recital Hall, Owen Arts Center. For more information, contact Fernando Salazar, 8-4586. (Left, actor Juan Luis Galiardo Comes as Fidel Castro.)

Planning for Iraq: Jon Alterman, director and senior fellow of the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, discusses “Thinking Small: The Way Forward in Iraq” Sept. 24 at the Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 1700. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a luncheon from noon-1:30 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies and The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. For more information, call 8-3665.