Remembering Romero with services, scholarship

'Jesus in the Hispanic Community' book coverSMU’s Perkins School of Theology commemorates the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Óscar Romero with a service of worship, a book signing and an interdisciplinary dialogue on March 24, 2010. All three events will be held on the SMU campus.

Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi, professor of World Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, will offer a sermon for the worship service titled “Risk, Blood and Solidarity.” The service begins at 11:30 a.m. in Perkins Chapel. Harold Recinos, professor of Church and Society in the Perkins School, will preside at the Eucharist.

Following the service, the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions will host a luncheon and book signing in the Prothro Great Hall to celebrate the publication of Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), co-edited by Recinos and Hugo Magallanes, associate professor of Christianity and Cultures at Perkins. Both will be present for the event, which includes remarks by Recinos and Edwin E. Sylvest Jr., professor emeritus of Church History at Perkins.

The interdisciplinary dialogue, “Politics of Religion/Violence of Love: The Case of Latin America,” is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions. The event, which includes a light dinner, will be moderated by Cardoza-Orlandi, who will join the Perkins faculty July 1, 2010 as professor of Global Christianities and Mission Studies. He is widely published in the field of mission studies, and has lectured internationally on the subject. He is an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and has served as pastor of local churches in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Canada.

The luncheon and book signing take place in the Prothro Great Hall. For more information on these two events, contact Harold Recinos, 214-768-1773.

The interdisciplinary dialogue will be held in the Swalwell Connor Refectory, 104 Prothro Hall, beginning with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by lecture and discussion 7-8:30 p.m. Advance reservation for the dialogue is required, with attendance limited to SMU faculty, doctoral students and professional staff. For more information, contact Rachel Lamb.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 20, 2009

Scott ApplebyDarwin Year continues: Scott Appleby (right), professor of history and director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on “From Apocalypse to Accommodation: Catholic, Protestant and Jewish Responses to Darwin in America, 1865-1910” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The lecture is the latest event in SMU’s year-long “Darwin’s Evolving Legacy” series. Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies in Dedman College, the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and the Catholic Campus Ministry. Free and open to the public.

Reading and results: SMU Distinguished Professor of Education Leadership and Policy Reid Lyon will speak on “Leadership Lessons: Turning the Agony of Reading Failure Around” at 8 a.m. Oct. 22 at the Park City Club, 17th floor, 5956 Sherry Lane in Dallas. The lecture is part of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Focus on Education Series. Cost is $45 for non-Chamber members. Register online at the Chamber’s website; click on the Events tab.

President’s Leadership Summit: Hart Group Vice Chair and CEO Linda Hart will share her experiences and expertise with SMU students in President R. Gerald Turner’s Leadership Summit at 5 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. No RSVP is needed. For more information, contact Leadership and Community Involvement, 214-768-4403.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The ongoing struggles of everyday life as a source of theological reflection and of women’s influence in society will be the topic of “Lo Cotidiano: Daily Life, Stage for Religious Understanding” Oct. 27 in the Prothro Hall Refectory, Room 104. The discussion will be moderated by Ada Maria Isasi Diaz, visiting professor, Perkins School of Theology; and Josephine Caldwell-Ryan, Women’s and Gender Studies, Dedman College. A light dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by discussion 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Rachel Lamb.

Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon: SMU Associate Provost Ellen Jackofsky will speak on “Women at SMU: Creating and Continuing a Meaningful Legacy” in the next Distinguished Luncheon at noon Oct. 28 in the SMU Faculty Club. Lunch is $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by Oct. 23 to Dee Powell, 214-768-3012.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 9, 2009

'Darwin's Evolving Legacy' logoThe 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.

Adobe churchInterdisciplinary 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.

Recycling logoGodbey 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.

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 24, 2009

womensbook.jpgThe 44th Annual Women’s Symposium: Don’t forget to register for this year’s Symposium, “Women and the Monetary Truth,” which takes place Feb. 25. The event will include three interest sessions that will examine women’s roles in money management on a personal and global scale, and will feature financial expert and author Glinda Bridgforth. Registration is free for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, visit the Women’s Symposium website.

Ash Wednesday service: SMU’s Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life and Perkins School of Theology will sponsor an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service at 12:05 p.m. Feb. 25 in Perkins Chapel. The entire SMU community is invited to attend.

Life-and-death medicine: The Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and the Student Health Law Association present Shelly Carlin and “Access to Investigational Drugs” 12:15-1:15 p.m. Feb. 25 in 207 Florence Hall. Carlin, a health care attorney who specializes in biomedical research, law and regulation, will discuss the issue of whether a dying patient for whom conventional treatments were ineffective should have the right to obtain drugs that are still being tested for safety. The event is free and open to all. No RSVP needed; lunch will be provided.

'As Big As the West' bookcoverStop stressing: The SMU Health Center hosts a Brown Bag Presentation on Mindfulness noon-1 p.m. Feb. 26, 205 Memorial Health Center. Students, faculty and staff can learn about the psychological and physiological effects of stress and learn how to mitigate stress through straightforward mindfulness techniques. Faculty and staff earn one Wellpower Mind credit for attending. For more information, contact David Young.

Frontier stories: Clyde A. Milner II and Carol O’Connor, both of Arkansas State University, will discuss their 12-year journey in researching and writing their new book, As Big As the West: The Pioneer Life of Granville Stuart, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. A reception precedes the event at 6 p.m. Presented by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Dedman College. Register online.

Gilbert Lecture Series: The Department of English in Dedman College welcomes Greg Williamson of Johns Hopkins University for “Poetry Reading: A Most Marvelous Piece of Luck” at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the DeGolyer Library. A reception precedes the event at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room. For more information, contact Leslie Reid, 214-768-2946.

meadowsdancer2.jpgBallet at lunchtime: Join the students in the Meadows Division of Dance for their Spring 2009 Brown Bag Dance Series. Students will present lunchtime performances of 10-15 original short ballet, modern and jazz works. The series runs March 2-6 with performances at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. All performances will be held in the Bob Hope Lobby, Owen Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 214-768-2718.

Interdisciplinary Dialogue Event: The Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions at Perkins School of Theology presents “The Role of Latinas in Religion and Religious Life” March 3 in the Faculty Dining Room, Umphrey Lee Center. The dialogue, moderated by Jeannie Treviño-Teddlie and Awilda Gonzalez-Tejera, will explore the roles Latinas have played as clergy and laity in various religious traditions. The event is free; those attending are welcome to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a light dinner before the discussion at 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Jeannie Trevino at 214-768-2768; to register, contact Rachel Lamb.

Vindaloo Vandals-200.jpgIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Feb. 27: Quick and The Dallas Morning News present the documentary “America, The Beautiful” at 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 28: VCXel Entertainment presents Indian comics Sugar Sammy, Jazz Mann and Dan Nainan in “Vindaloo Vandals: Don’t Mess With the Curry” at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 469-867-4589.

Compiled by Theresa Nelson (’09).

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 2, 2009

Etruscan warrior statuetteVolunteer meet-up: SMU’s 44th Annual Women’s Symposium is looking for volunteers – learn more about how you can help at a Volunteer Mixer 5 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Women’s Center, 3rd floor, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For more information, contact Karen Click, 214-768-4796

Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Jill De Temple, assistant professor of religious studies, will moderate a discussion of the intersection of Latino Protestant religious identities and political action in “Latino Protestants, Evangelicals, and Pentecostals” Feb. 4 in the Umphrey Lee Center faculty dining room. Dinner is at 6:30 pm; discussion is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. To register, contact Carolyn Douglas.

Ancient treasures: SMU’s Meadows Museum celebrates the opening of “From the Temple and the Tomb: Etruscan Treasures from Tuscany” and “New Light on the Etruscans: Fifteen Years of Excavation at Poggio Colla” with a reception for faculty and staff 4:30-6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Museum. A special lecture by University Distinguished Professor of Art History Greg Warden, “New Evidence for Etruscan Ritual: The Excavations at the Sanctuary of Poggio Colla,” will follow at 6 p.m. For more information, call 214-768-4677. (Left, bronze statuette of a warrior ca. 550 B.C.E. Florence, National Museum of Archaeology.)