Calendar Highlights: March 23, 2010

Alessio BaxAvery Fisher Concert: SMU’s Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients Andrés Díaz (cello) and Alessio Bax (right, piano), with pianist Lucille Chung, will present a free concert of Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor, Kodaly’s Sonata and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano at 8 p.m. March 25 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

When faiths converge: Professor of Religious Studies Yaakov Ariel of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will present SMU’s 8th annual Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Lecture in Jewish Studies 7:30-9 p.m. March 25 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. “Christian Jews? The New Communities of Jewish Believers in Jesus” explores the roots, history and theology of groups formed during the 1970s, believing that they could overcome traditional divisions and amalgamate the Christian faith with Jewish ethnicity and culture. Presented by SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. For more information, call 214-768-4478.

Song and dance: SMU’s Indian Students Association presents its annual talent show, Mustang Masti, at 6:30 p.m. March 27 in McFarlin Auditorium. Pre-sale tickets are $8 with SMU ID; admission is $10 at the door with SMU ID. Buy tickets online at or contact the ISA for more information.

Heat stress and health: Dr. Craig Crandall, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT-Southwestern Medical Center and research scientist in Presbyterian Hospital’s Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, will discuss his findings on how the human cardiovascular system responds to heat stress in “Cardiovascular Responses to Severe Heat Stress in Humans.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. March 31 in Classrooms 1 and 2, Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Presented by the Applied Physiology and Sport Management Lecture Series in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness of SMU’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. For more information, call 214-768-2205.

Calendar Highlights: March 17, 2009

Civil rights, social justice: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and its Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department present a week-long symposium on the importance of understanding and valuing diversity and how we conceive of, and practice, communication. “Keeping the Faith: Civil Rights and Social Justice 45 Years After Freedom Summer” takes place March 16-21, 2009 and will feature participants in the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project, as well as artists, professionals and politicians who have kept the organizing tradition of civil rights alive in America. Events include lectures, panel presentations, a musical performance, photography exhibit and screening of an award-winning documentary. For more information, contact Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-4359, or visit SMU News.

Texas prison farmClements Center Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Robert Chase will discuss the successes and failures of post-World War II Texas prison reform – highly regarded as modern and efficient for its time but with an internal reality at odds with its public reputation, which collapsed when inmates, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, revolted. His Brown Bag Lecture, “Jail House Attorneys, Building Tenders and Slaves of the State: Prisoners’ Rights, Internal Economies and Sexual Violence in Texas Prisons, 1945-80,” takes place at noon March 18, 2009 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Image courtesy of Bruce Jackson, University of Buffalo.)

Rhythm and Dhoom 2009: The SMU Indian Student Association presents its annual talent show, a statewide dancing and singing competition hosted by Comedy Central’s Daniel Nainan. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and performances start at 7 p.m. March 21 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets are required for the event; admission is $12 pre-sale and $15 at the door. For more information, visit the ISA website.

Watch the ISA’s YouTube talent show preview:

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).