Clubhouse Lunch: Assistant Professor Hector Rivera, director of the Center for Child and Community Development in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, speaks on “Integrating English Language Learners Into Our Schools – What Do We Need to Know?” at noon Oct. 14 in the Faculty Club. The lecture is part of the SMU Faculty Club’s Clubhouse Lunch series. Lunch is $5, or feel free to bring your own.
Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Associate Professor of History Alexis McCrosson discusses her new book, including the visual rhetoric of scarcity and abundance in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and their history of “institutions of abundance” such as department and “big box” stores, in “Land of Necessity: Consumer Culture in the United States-Mexico Borderlands” at noon Oct. 14 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Presented by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Dedman College. Bring your lunch.
Long live the King: The Meadows Wind Ensemble spends a musical evening with an American icon in “Elvis Has Left the Building” at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The program features an Elvis “Vegas” medley, Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis, Eric Whitacre’s Godzilla Eats Las Vegas and a set of works by Frank Zappa – as well as a possible appearance by “the King” himself. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).
Music for a cause: The Meadows Chorale opens its season with a program of contemporary music that celebrates the passage of life into afterlife at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 in Perkins Chapel. “Each Shall Arise” features works by Tarik O’Regan, Morten Lauridsen and Eric William Barnum. In lieu of admission, online donations are requested for the North Texas Food Bank. Food items may also be donated in person at the concert. For more information, call 214-768-1951.
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.)
Screening 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.
The joy of science: SMU professors from multiple schools and disciplines will participate in a faculty symposium on “The Year of Darwin” 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 12 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Participants include David Meltzer and Ronald Wetherington, Anthropology, Dedman College; Larry Ruben and John Wise, Biological Sciences, Dedman College; Louis Jacobs, Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, Dedman College; and Rhonda Blair, Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts. Presented by the Office of the Provost, Dedman College, Meadows School of the Arts, and Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. For more information, contact Pia Vogel, 214-768-1790, or visit the “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy” homepage.
Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The interplay between basic social science research and action research will be at the center of “Research on Latino Religious Topics: A Challenge to Scholars,” moderated by Harold Recinos, professor of church and society, Perkins School of Theology; and Hector Rivera, assistant professor, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The event begins Sept. 16 in the Prothro Hall Refectory (Room 104) with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. and discussion 7-8:30 p.m.
Going green: The City of Dallas and more than 20 vendors will present sustainable products and other green solutions as part of SMU’s first Sustainability Fair for students, faculty and staff. The event takes place 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Hors d’oeuvres will be served along with tea and lemonade. Presented by SMU Purchasing.
Godbey Lecture Series: Associate Professor of Hispanic American Literature Francisco Morán of Dedman College will discuss “Why Poetry Matters: Playing ‘Ajedrez’ (Chess) with Language” Sept. 17 at Maggiano’s NorthPark Center. The lecture begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. The cost is $45 for Godbey members, $65 for non-members. Register online or call 214-768-2532.
Hector Rivera, Teacher Education, has received a research grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) to address the needs of at-risk newcomer adolescents with limited English proficiency through professional development and English as a Second Language certification for middle and high school math and science teachers. Read more.
Paige Ware, Teacher Education, has received a research grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) for Project Connect, a collaboration with the Irving and Grand Prairie Independent School Districts to create a model of integrated professional development that trains teachers to provide higher-quality education for students with limited English proficiency. Read more.
Dennis Grindle, Cox Career Center, discussed “How an MBA Mom Can Return to the Work Force” in the Sept. 11, 2007 edition of The Wall Street Journal.
Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, discussed the trends that helped oil prices on Sept. 12 briefly reach historic highs of $80 per barrel. His comments appeared in the Sept. 13, 2007 edition of the Chicago Tribune.
Cal Jillson, Political Science, discussed Congressional Democrats’ plans to revise the alternative minimum tax in the Sept. 17, 2007 edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.