2010 Authors’ Award luncheon honors Bloom, Chávez, Wegren

Godbey Authors' Award winners for 2010Three SMU faculty authors will be honored for outstanding books published in 2009 at the 30th annual Godbey Lecture Series Authors’ Award Luncheon. The 2010 awards luncheon takes place 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 26 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

The Godbey Authors’ Awards are presented by the Godbey Lecture Series in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Honorees are chosen for their outstanding scholarly research, publications and teaching ability. Each receives a prize of $1,000.

The 2010 honorees are:

Lackland Bloom, professor in Dedman School of Law, for Methods of Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Reads the Constitution (Oxford University Press)

John Chávez, professor of history in Dedman College, for Beyond Nations: Evolving Homelands In the North Atlantic World, 1400-2000 (Cambridge University Press)

Stephen Wegren, professor of political science in Dedman College, for Land Reform in Russia: Institutional Design and Behavioral Responses (Yale University Press)

The price for the luncheon is $17 per person, and the reservation deadline is Wednesday, April 21. For more information or to reserve a place, contact Deborah Martin in the Godbey Lecture Series office, 214-768-2532.

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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 22, 2009

'Tainted Souls and Painted Faces' book coverGilbert Lecture Series: Johns Hopkins University Professor Amanda Anderson (Tainted Souls and Painted Faces: The Rhetoric of Fallenness in Victorian Culture) will discuss the role of political ideology in the works of authors such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell and Anthony Trollope in “Politics and the 19th-Century British Novel” Sept. 22 in DeGolyer Library. Reception in the Texana Room at 6 p.m., lecture in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room at 6:30 p.m. Cosponsored by the Department of English and DeGolyer Library. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Gilbert Lecture Series homepage.

Turn down the noise: Feeling the burn of too much stress? Learn positive ways to cope at noon Sept. 23 in Room 205, Memorial Health Center. Faculty and staff earn 1 Wellpower credit for attending. Sponsored by Counseling and Psychiatric Services. For more information, contact Marianne Stout.

Celebrating Darwin: Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon and The Friends of KERA host a celebration of the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species and the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin Sept. 24 in DeGolyer Library. Guest speakers include Paula Apsell (’08 honoris causa), “NOVA” senior executive producer; and Melanie Wallace, “NOVA” senior series producer. Reception at 10 a.m., lecture at 10:30 a.m. RSVP to 214-768-3225 or Cynthia Ruppi.

'Beyond Nations' by John Chavez, bookcover“Tragic” love: The Meadows Symphony Orchestra performs Gustav Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 6 (“Tragic”) at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 and 3 p.m. Sept. 27 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Clements Center Brown Bag: SMU History Professor John Chávez will discuss his new book tracing the evolution of “peripheral” ethnic homelands around the North Atlantic in “Beyond Nations: Evolving Homelands in the North Atlantic World, 1400-2000.” The event begins at noon Sept. 30 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch.

Sounds of India: The Meadows School of the Arts presents a concert of classical South Indian music with percussionist and Grammy Award nominee Poovalur Srinivasan and his group, Karnatic Kutcherri, at noon Sept. 30 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. The show is part of the Expanding Your Horizons Brown Bag Concert Series. Admission is free; bring your lunch. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

For the Record: Feb. 12, 2009

Tony Picchioni, Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, has cowritten (with Laurence Boulle and Michael T. Colatrella Jr.) Mediation: Skills and Techniques, published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender (2008). The book is the #1 seller of its kind according to tracking by LexisNexis and Barnes & Noble.

John Chávez, Clements Department of History, Dedman College, was keynote speaker for the 6th annual Mexican American Studies Conference Feb. 5-6, 2009 at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio.

SMU Bakery Team winners from the 2009 Ben E. Keith Food ShowThree members of the SMU Dining Services bakery team won awards for their cakes at the Ben E. Keith Annual Food Show Jan. 14, 2009 in Houston. The competition, the state’s largest, was sponsored by the American Culinary Federation. The SMU team competed against almost 90 other entries.

The winning team members include (left to right in photo): LaCracha Holley, who won a silver medal for a novelty cake and another silver for a wedding cake; Maria Perez, who won bronze for her celebration cake; and Tim Whiteside, who won bronze medals for a novelty cake and a wedding cake.