One of the nation’s foremost diplomatic historians will use the memoirs produced by members of George W. Bush’s administration to analyze foreign policy shaped by the 43rd president in the post-9/11 world.
Melvin Leffler, the Edward R. Stettinius Chair of Modern American History at the University of Virginia, will speak from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in Jones Great Hall, Meadows Museum. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Add your name to the waiting list.
Leffler’s lecture will focus on what the memoirs reveal about the motives, goals, and decision-making processes of the Bush administration. The event is the second produced by SMU’s new Center for Presidential History.
“As for disagreements, I shall highlight the discord in the memoirs over the basic questions of whether officials felt that Iraq was contained and whether they thought that military action made sense,” Leffler said. “Some officials felt that Saddam was contained; others felt he was a looming threat. Some felt that war against Iraq made sense; others felt that the dangers of war might exceed the benefits.”
From Print to Icon/Icon to Print: On Thursday, Jan. 31, the Comini Lecture Series will explore the visual connections and identity of Mount Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine. During the 16th century, images and print media helped to promote the Sinai monastery as a strong focus of Christian pilgrimage and transform it to an iconic place. Kristine Larison, Tufts Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer of Art History, will speak on “Replicating Sacred Space at Sinai” at 5:30 p.m. in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. This lecture is free and open to the public; call 214-768-2698 for more information.
Memoirs and history: The SMU Center for Presidential History invites you to a lecture on The Evolving Story of the George W. Bush Administration. On Friday, Feb. 2, Melvin Leffler will speak on the foreign policies of the George W. Bush administration, specifically the complexities of American foreign policy in the pre- and post-9/11 world. Two of Dr. Leffler’s books, For the Soul of Mankind and In Uncertain Times, will be available for purchasing and signing at the lecture. The lecture starts at 5 p.m. in the Jones Great Hall of the Meadows Museum. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
MSO: The Meadows Symphony Orchestra kicks off their Spring Term season on Friday, Feb. 1. The weekend performances will feature winners of the annual Meadows Concerto Competition, including student conductors Eldred Marshall, Jonathan Moore and Parisa Zaeri and soloists Daniel Hawkins on horn and Rebecca Roose singing soprano. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.