Calendar Highlights: Oct. 2, 2008

Sweet Honey in the RockFast times: The Meadows Wind Ensemble presents “A Short Ride to Motown!” at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Art and Soul 2008: SMU’s Perkins School of Theology hosts the Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock (top right) at 7:30 p.m Oct. 3 in The Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas. The concert is part of Art & Soul 2008, a quadrennial program made possible by the Claudia and Taylor Robinson Lectureship at Perkins School of Theology. Tickets are $20-$45 and are available from and at any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 214-373-8000.

Marcus BuckinghamFind your strengths: SMU Cox Executive Education and External Affairs welcome career success expert and 2007-08 Tate Distinguished Lecturer Marcus Buckingham (bottom right) for a special presentation to the SMU community. “The Truth About You” takes place at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in McFarlin Auditorium, and special ticket pricing is available for SMU students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 8-4174.

Culture and revolt: Dedman College’s Graduate Program in Religious Studies presents David N. Hempton, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, in the 2008 Tate-Willson Lectures. Hempton will speak on “Culture Wars: George Eliot and Fundamentalism” at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 and “Artists in Revolt: Vincent van Gogh and James Baldwin” at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Room 120. The lectures are free and open to the public.

About the journey: SMU hosts producer Morgan Atkinson in a screening of his film “Soul Searching: The Journey of Thomas Merton” at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. The event is free and open to the public; donations will be accepted. Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, Catholic Campus Ministry, Pax Christi and the Maria Kannan Zen Center.

Tune In: Business analyst Marcus Buckingham at Student Forum

Marcus BuckinghamTo succeed in today’s workplace, employees must have very clear ideas about their own strengths and weaknesses, said pioneering researcher and best-selling author Marcus Buckingham during the Turner Construction Student Forum Oct. 16. Unfortunately, he continued, “Most of us are just rubbish at it. The most popular answer in job interviews to the question ‘What are your strengths?’ is ‘I like working with people,’ or ‘I’m a people person’ – with no mention of which people or what you’re doing with these people.” Read the Q&A and watch the video. video

“Break All the Rules” author Marcus Buckingham to give Tate Lecture

Marcus BuckinghamMarcus Buckingham, co-author of First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently, will speak at the next event in the 2007-08 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in McFarlin Auditorium.

Buckingham was a pioneering researcher at the Gallup Organization and helped to build a practice with more than 1,000 clients, including Best Buy, Disney, Fidelity Investments, Toyota and Wells Fargo. He has spent the last decade helping clients find and motivate their most talented employees. Buckingham’s mission is, in his words, “to create a better marriage between the dreams of workers and the drive of companies to win.”

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