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.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 30, 2008

The Big iDea: Student teams that received grants in the 2007-08 Big iDeas competition will report on the progress of their projects and explain their research findings in the Big iDeas Fall Symposium, 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. A brief reception will follow.

Meadows Wind Ensemble Director Jack DelaneyGodbey Lecture Series: Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Melissa Barden Dowling, director of SMU’s Classical Studies Program, examines the achievements of the men known as the Five Good Emperors and how they balanced the great issues of their times in the Godbey Lecture Series‘ Boshell Foundation Lecture, “The Good Emperors and the Golden Age of the Roman Empire.” The series begins Nov. 4 and continues on consecutive Tuesdays, with the third lecture scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 13. All lectures begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon at Maggiano’s NorthPark Center. Cost is $156 for Godbey Lecture Series members and $186 for nonmembers. Register online or contact the Godbey Lecture Series, 8-2532.

World premiere winds: The Meadows Wind Ensemble welcomes acclaimed contemporary percussion ensemble NEXUS for the world premiere of Eric Ewazen‘s Concerto for Percussion and Wind Ensemble – composed on commission for the MWE, NEXUS and MWE Director Jack Delaney (top right) – in “The Beat of Different Drummers!” at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

'Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child' by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Kelly Donahue-Wallace, chair of the Departments of Art Education and Art History at the University of North Texas, discusses the global influences found in objects from well-to-do colonial homes in “A caballo entre dos mundos: Material Culture in Spanish Colonial Texas.” The lecture begins at noon Nov. 5 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Bottom right, Spaniard and his Mexican Indian Wife and their Child, from a series on mixed race marriages in Mexico. Oil on canvas by Miguel Cabrera, 1695-1768, Museo de America, Madrid, Spain/The Bridgeman Art Library.)

Inside baseball: Baseball Hall of Famer, former American League and National League MVP and former American League manager of the year Frank Robinson will address the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum Nov. 5 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Freeway. The luncheon and talk last from noon to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Suzy Brack, 8-4314.

Jazz hands: The Varsity in SMU’s Hughes-Trigg Student Center becomes a jazz club for a free performance by electro-acoustic jam band JamPact at 8 p.m. Nov. 5. The band – a collaboration among Meadows Dean José Bowen (piano) and music faculty members Kim Corbet (trombone and synth), Buddy Mohamed (bass), Jamal Mohamed (drums) and Akira Sato (trumpet) – performs “an improvisational mix of jazz, funk and world music.” Appetizers and coffee drinks will be served during the concert. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 8-1951.

Calendar Highlights: April 10, 2008

Art for a cause: SMU will help raise money for refugees of ethnic and political violence as it hosts Art For Darfur 6-9 p.m. April 12 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. The event features a silent art auction with live music and a “Tents of Hope” community art project. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission, $10 to participate in the tent painting. All proceeds benefit the International Rescue Committee‘s humanitarian work in Darfur and Eastern Chad.

Relay For Life logoA walk to remember: SMU Panhellenic holds its 2008 Relay For Life April 11-12 on Bishop Boulevard. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. April 11. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Ready for some football? NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks in the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum noon-1:30 p.m. April 16 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Individual tickets are $60 and can be ordered online.

Renaissance musicians: SMU’s Brown Bag World Music Series presents Renaissance and Celtic music by Cantiga at noon April 16 in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Bring your lunch.

The romance of France: The Faculty Club presents a special dinner featuring Professor Emeritus Maurice Elton speaking on “My Love Affair With France.” The event begins at 6 p.m. April 17 in the SMU Faculty Club. Cost is $25 for members; $30 for non-members. RSVP by April 14 to Dee Powell, 8-3012

Greek tragedy: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – including the rarely performed original Prologue and Epilogue – at 8 p.m. April 18 in the Margo Jones Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free.

Aspen Santa Fe Dance CompanyIn McFarlin Auditorium:

  • April 18-19: TITAS presents the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (bottom right) at 8 p.m. both nights. For ticket information, call 214-528-5576.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 12, 2007

Peruna ad from catalogTile while you can: Only a few more days to see “Tile Design in Valencia” in Meadows Museum – the exhibition closes Oct. 21. Check the Museum Web site for hours.

Wish books: Browse through hundreds of catalogs, most from the period 1865-1965, in “Merchandise for the Millions: American Trade Catalogs,” on exhibit through Feb. 15 in DeGolyer Library. The catalogs include merchandise ranging from machinery to kitchen appliances to fashion to medicine. Highlights include catalogs from JCPenney, Neiman Marcus and The Horchow Collection – as well as a catalog for Peruna (top left), which from 1880-1920 was a popular patent medicine before it became synonymous with SMU’s popular mascot.

High tech for teaching: The Center for Teaching Excellence presents a roundtable discussion on “Games, Sims and Other Software: Virtual Reality in the Classroom” 3-4 p.m. Oct. 15 in 323 Fondren Library. Read more and sign up online.

Say hey to Willie: Baseball legend and 24-time All-Star Willie Mays speaks at the Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum at noon Oct. 17 in the Khmer Pavilion, Hilton Anatole Hotel. Find more information (and the 2008 schedule) at the Athletic Forum Web site.

C.S.I.: Archaeology: SMU Ph.D. candidate Catrina Whitley, Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Anthropology/Archaeology and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, talks about what ancient skeletal remains can tell researchers about how people of the Southwest lived and died. “The Study of Death: Revealing Life Stories in the Rio Grande del Rancho Valley” take place at noon Oct. 17 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library, and is part of the Clements Center Brown Bag Series. Bring your lunch. (Left, a young male victim of violence from Pot Creek Pueblo, 1250-1320 AD, photo by Catrina Whitley.)

Editor’s choice: “Editorial Leadership on The Dallas Morning News” will be the topic as Robert Mong, the newspaper’s president and editor, holds forth in a Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon event at noon Oct. 17 in the Faculty Club. For more information, contact Dee Powell at 8-3012 or visit

Annie LennoxLearn to fly: SMU’s Outdoor Adventures program offers “Try Hang-Gliding,” an Oct. 27 instructional trip to Lawton, Oklahoma. The $120 cost includes transportation, ground school, equipment rental and lunch. Sign-up deadline is Oct. 19.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Oct. 14: British pop/soul diva and Eurhythmics cofounder Annie Lennox (bottom left) in concert – doors at 6:30 p.m., Carina Round opens at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Oct. 19: Alt-country rockers Ryan Adams and the Cardinals in concert at 8 p.m. (doors at 7). Tickets available through Front Gate Tickets.

“Softball’s Nolan Ryan” visits Athletic Forum

An Olympic and NCAA College World Series champion who made it cool to throw like a girl left her mark on Dallas during the Sept. 25 Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum. Jennie Finch, whose pitches come in at 71 miles per hour, discussed her career during a luncheon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. After her Athletic Forum appearance, Finch visited Garland High School – home of the Owls, Texas’ reigning 5A state softball champions – for a pitching demonstration. Read more.

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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 20, 2007

tiledesign-150.jpgShaping up: The Meadows Symphony Orchestra opens its 2007-08 season with Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer (featuring international opera baritone and SMU alumnus Donnie Ray Albert) in “New Shapes.” Performances take place at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 and 3 p.m. Sept. 23 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. For tickets, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Art, family style: Enjoy hands-on activities, gallery games and films for all ages – as well as current exhibitions “Tile Design in Valencia” (top right) and “A Tribute to Texas Art” – at Super Saturday Family Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 22 in Meadows Museum. Free and open to the public.

Faculty roundtable: SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence presents “Evidence, Facts and Opinion: Teaching Students to Tell the Difference” at 3 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Register online.

jennie-finch-150.jpgThere’s the pitch: Olympic softball gold medalist and NCAA College World Series champion Jennie Finch (middle right) speaks in the 2007 Guaranty Bank SMU Athletic Forum, noon-1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For ticket information, call 8-4314.

Know your world: Dawn Youngblood, curator of SMU’s Edwin J. Foscue Map Library, discusses “Terra Cognita: Living in a Google Earth World” at an SMU Faculty Club wine and cheese reception, 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Faculty Club. For more information, contact Dee Powell at 8-3012.

Rediscovering Latino history: SMU’s Gilbert Lecture Series, Ethnic Studies Program and Clements Center for Southwest Studies present “Challenges in Searching for the Lost or Buried Heritage of Latinos in the United States” by Nicolás Kanellos, Brown Foundation Professor of Spanish at the University of Houston and founding publisher of The Americas Review (formerly Revista Chicano-Riqueña) and Arte Público Press. The event begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by a 6:30 lecture and book-signing Sept. 27 in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room, DeGolyer Library. The event is free; registration is required. Register online or contact Leslie Reid.

momix-150.jpgIn the mix: TITAS presents a “best of” show by legendary modern dance ensemble MOMIX (bottom right), featuring excerpts from their most groundbreaking works, at 8 p.m. Sept. 29 and 3 p.m. Sept. 30 in McFarlin Auditorium. For tickets and more information, call the TITAS Box Office at 214-528-5576.