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.
Godbey 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).
Clements 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.