Calendar Highlights: March 22, 2011

Image from 'The Lost Sistine Chapel Manuscripts'Nobel Prize nominee visits SMU: The Rev. Dr. Medardo Gómez, bishop of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador, will visit the SMU campus March 23, 2011. Bishop Gómez’ commitment to defending human rights in El Salvador has made him a repeat nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Perkins School of Theology welcomes Bishop Gómez as guest preacher for a special service at 11:30 a.m. in Perkins Chapel. He also will give a guest lecture at 7 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall, in conjunction with the Embrey Human Rights Program in Dedman College. Free and open to the public. Learn more from the Perkins School of Theology website.

Inspiration in bloom: SMU’s Meadows Museum welcomes spring with fresh flower arrangements inspired by medieval masterpieces from the Sistine Chapel. The Founders Garden Club of Dallas will present its 2011 exhibition, “Floral Illuminations,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 in the Museum. Club members will create fresh floral arrangements, place settings and artwork inspired by the intricate designs featured in Meadows’ latest blockbuster exhibition, Lost Manuscripts of the Sistine Chapel: An Epic Journey from Rome to Toledo. Admission to the Garden Club show is free with museum admission; SMU faculty, staff and students visit free.

Anthropology Lecture and Pig Roast: SMU’s Anthropology Department welcomes Srimati Basu, associate professor at the University of Kentucky, to its 2011 Lecture and Pig Roast March 25. Dr. Basu will speak on “Justice Without Lawyers? Everyday Life in the Kolkata, India Family Court” at 5 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Sponsored by the Anthropology Club, Anthropology Department, Women’s and Gender Studies, Asian Studies Program and Amnesty International. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nia Parson or Justin Boxwell.

Alessandro Nivola and Audrey Tautou in 'Coco avant Chanel'Vive le cinéma: SMU celebrates the 15th anniversary of its French Film Festival March 25-April 9, 2011, and the screenings begin March 25 with Coco avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel, 2009). Directed and cowritten by Anne Fontaine and starring Audrey Tautou, the film explores the pre-fame life of the world’s most celebrated fashion designer. The festival continues March 29 with Welcome (2008), director/screenwriter Philippe Lioret‘s story of the friendship between a divorced swimming teacher and an illegal Kurdish immigrant desperate to join his girlfriend in London. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, and all films will be shown in French with English subtitles. Admission is free and open to the public. These films are intended for an adult audience and may contain sexual content, nudity and violence. Sponsored by the SMU French Club, the SMU Students’ Association and the Tournées Festival. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the 2011 French Film Festival homepage. (Right, Alessandro Nivola and Audrey Tautou in Coco avant Chanel.)