Tune In: SMU student remembers Argentina’s disappeared

SMU student Mackenzie Warren in ArgentinaJunior journalism major and human rights minor Mackenzie Warren traveled to Buenos Aires with her SMU human rights class in August 2008. Her video journal of the experience features stories of Argentina’s 30,000 “disappeared” in her interviews with victims of human rights abuses and their families. She also speaks with Holocaust survivors in the nation’s Jewish community, the 5th largest in the world, and with a group of activists who seek to save the country’s rivers from refinery waste and other pollutants.

Watch Mackenzie’s video journal at SMU News. video

Rick Halperin receives national teaching award

Rick HalperinThe National Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs has named SMU Professor Rick Halperin, director of the Human Rights Program in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, as this year’s recipient of its National Faculty Award.

The award recognizes an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies the qualities of interdisciplinary, liberal learning, and who has participated significantly in teaching, mentoring, and advising students, as well as actively participated in other faculty service in a graduate liberal studies program.

A longtime human rights advocate and member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA, Halperin regularly leads groups on human rights educational journeys to places such as Cambodia, Rwanda, South Africa, El Salvador, Bosnia, and numerous Holocaust sites across Europe. Every December he takes a group to death camps and other Holocaust sites in Poland for two weeks.

Halperin was chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 1992-1993 and again from 2005-2007. He is a member of the National Death Penalty Advisory Committee, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (serving as President from 2000-2006 and again in 2007-present)

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Tune In: A museum mystery

St. John the Evangelist infrared image

For the first time in the United States, researchers have undertaken an extensive study of a 15th-century Spanish cathedral altarpiece, and in the process, have unlocked 500 years of secrets involving art, literature, history and religion. Their findings, along with the entire group of paintings that comprise the altarpiece, are the subject of “Fernando Gallego and His Workshop: The Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo, Paintings from the Collection of the University of Arizona Museum of Art” at the Meadows Museum through July 27, 2008. See a video on the exhibit produced by SMU News. video

The Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery, former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, presented SMU’s 14th annual Robert O. Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship Lecture on April 20, outlining the history and future of the civil rights movement and its importance to America. See the event in streaming video. video

Minister, civil rights activist to receive SMU’s Cooper Fellowship

Rev. Dr. Joseph LoweryThe Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, renowned civil rights activist and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), will receive SMU’s Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship during a lecture at 7 p.m. April 20 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. A reception will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. on Dallas Hall’s third floor.

Called “the dean of the civil rights movement” by the NAACP, Lowery was a cofounder, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., of the SCLC and served as its president and CEO from 1977 to 1998. His previous awards include the Martin Luther King Jr. Center Peace Award and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, he has received honorary doctorates from Dillard University, Morehouse College, Alabama State University and the University of Alabama.

The Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship was established in 1992 to recognize the faithful service on behalf of issues of peace and justice by SMU Associate Chaplain Robert O. Cooper upon his retirement from the University. The Cooper Fellowship is sponsored by SMU’s Office of the Chaplain, in collaboration with the University’s Human Rights Education and Ethnic Studies programs and the Dallas Peace Center.

The William K. McElvaney Award in Social Justice will be awarded to an SMU student actively involved in human rights and social justice issues, to be announced at the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of the Chaplain, 8-4502.

Cyprus ambassador Andreas Kakouris visits SMU

His Excellency Andreas Kakouris, ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United States, will visit SMU March 26 to discuss “Human Conflict and Cultural Violence: The Case of Cyprus.” Panelists include Annemarie Weyl Carr, University Distinguished Professor of Art History; P. Gregory Warden, University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Art History; and Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Human Rights Education Program.

The lecture begins at 4 p.m. in Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum, and will be followed by a reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Jones Hall. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Division of Art History and Perkins School of Theology. For more information, contact Terri Gwinn, 8-2162.

Tune In: Tony Blair at SMU

Tony Blair speaks with high school students at SMUFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair visited SMU March 5-6 to receive the Medal of Freedom – and took time to speak with local high school students in the 2008 Hart Global Leaders Forum (right). Read more and see a slide show about Blair’s visit. slide show

SMU students answered the call to do something rewarding with their spring break – and they blogged their experiences, too. Find these stories at SMU’s popular Student Adventures site:

Fourteen talented Meadows singing actors performed selections from the Broadway stage March 7 in the Owen Arts Center. The showcase was the culmination of a two-week workshop with acclaimed Broadway conductor Kimberly Grigsby (’91), music director for Spring Awakening, the 2007 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. As an additional bonus for Meadows students, Grigsby brought her Broadway colleague Adam Guettel, the Tony-winning composer and lyricist of The Light in the Piazza, to help provide finishing touches to the performance. See a slide show. slide show

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 9, 2007

cowboys-cattlemen-250.jpgJazz in the winds: The Meadows Wind Ensemble performs the music of Mingus, Bernstein, Joplin and Broege in “No Sun, No Shadow” at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Survival stories: Sudanese survivors of violence tell their stories in their own words in “Voices from Sudan,” hosted by SMU’s Human Rights Education Program, 7 p.m. Nov. 12 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The panel will feature refugees from Darfur as well as those who fled southern Sudan to escape the violent civil war. Free and open to the public.

Source code: Veteran newsman Tony Pederson, SMU’s Belo Distinguished Chair in Journalism, speaks on “Reporter Privilege: A Con Job or an Essential Part of Democracy?” Nov. 14 in the Umphrey Lee Center Ballroom. The event, sponsored by SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, begins with a reception (heavy hors d’oeuvres) at 11:30 a.m., followed by the lecture at noon. Free and open to the public.

Living responsibly: SMU students will discuss, debate and engage the issue of substance abuse at the University during a Substance Abuse Forum from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. November 14 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. Panelists will include senior Todd Baty, business manager of the weekly newsletter Hilltopics, with members of the Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention: Dean of Student Life Dee Siscoe, English Professor Dennis Foster, Political Science Professor Dennis Simon, and Student Body President Katherine Tullos. For more information, visit the Live Responsibly home page.

Boys against men: Jacqueline Moore, Fellow in SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, discusses “Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Restraining Masculinity on the Texas Frontier” at noon Nov. 14 in DeGolyer Library. The lecture is part of the Clements Center Brown Bag Series – bring your lunch. For more information, contact Ruth Ann Elmore, 8-3684. (Top left: Cow Boys and Cattle Men on the Matador Ranch 1883, courtesy of the Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University.)

Cave exploringNew traditions: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra explores the traditions of large ensemble jazz and introduces new works by professional and student composers in a concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Catch the MJO performing in the Meadows Fall Dance Concert through Nov. 11.

When “caving” is a good thing: Sign up by Nov. 16 for Recreational Sports’ Jester Cave overnight camping trip (bottom left), scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Learn more online at the Outdoor Adventures home page or contact David Chambers, 8-9918.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 4, 2007

Landscape photo by A.E. ByeBye-bye, Bye:The Photography of Landscape Architect A.E. Bye” (top right) begins its final week in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center’s Pollock Gallery. The exhibition ends Oct. 13. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the Gallery at 8-4439.

A long view of climate change: The SMU Faculty Club presents Bonnie Jacobs, chair of SMU’s Environmental Science Program, discussing “Climate Change as Viewed From the Past” in its Clubhouse Lunch Series at noon Oct. 9 in the Faculty Club.

Local hero: Author Herb Robertson previews his new book on Everette Lee DeGolyer with a lecture, “The ABCs of De,” Oct. 9 in DeGolyer Library. The event begins with a 6 p.m. reception; the lecture takes place at 6:30 p.m.

Think globally, act locally: The ongoing war and refugee crisis in Darfur, Sudan, provide the focus for “Does Dallas Care?,” cosponsored by SMU’s Human Rights Education Program and Perkins School of Theology, Oct. 9-10 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The symposium is part of three days of events that conclude with Dining For Darfur, in which area restaurants will contribute a percentage of their Oct. 11 sales for humanitarian aid. Find participating restaurants.

Martin Rico's 'Rio San Trovaso, Venice'Venetian finds: To celebrate its recent acquisition of Martín Rico y Ortega’s Rio San Trovaso, Venice (bottom right), the Meadows Museum hosts “Venice in the Age of Impressionism: Rico in Venice,” a three-part lecture series that explores the creative vision and accomplishments of artists working in Venice during the mid-19th to early 20th centuries. Director Mark Roglán discusses Rico’s time in Venice at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Museum’s Dr. Bob Smith Auditorium.

Darfur symposium asks: “Does Dallas Care?”

The ongoing war and refugee crisis in Darfur, Sudan, provide the focus for “Does Dallas Care?,” cosponsored by SMU’s Human Rights Education Program and Perkins School of Theology. The symposium is part of three days of events Oct. 9-11 that conclude with Dining For Darfur, in which area restaurants will contribute a percentage of their Oct. 11 sales for humanitarian aid. SMU organizers are hoping to double the amount raised by the original Dining For Darfur event in New York City. Read more.

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