Calendar Highlights: Sept. 21, 2011

'Women, War and Peace' logoDiscussing research ethics: The Gartner Honors Lecture Series on SMU’s 2011 Common Reading concludes Wednesday, Sept. 21 with “HeLa Cells, Human Research Ethics and Genetics” by Fred Grinnell, professor of cell biology at UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Free and open to the public.

A different kind of Disney: Philanthropist, documentary filmmaker and Hollywood legacy Abigail Disney will deliver a public lecture and an advance preview of her new series, Women, War & Peace, as part of the Embrey Human Rights Program‘s Fall 2011 Series on “The Arts and Human Rights” Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. The TV series, which will premiere on PBS Oct. 11, 2011, will be broadcast for five consecutive Tuesdays and reveals how women have become primary targets in a new kind of war fought by gangs and warlords using unconventional weapons. It also shows how women are becoming necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.

'White Metropolis' book coverThe 7 p.m. screening and discussion of one full episode will be preceded by a 4:30 p.m. Student Forum featuring highlights and conversation with Disney. Free and open to the public.

In addition, Disney will make a guest visit to KERA Public Radio’s “Think with Krys Boyd” before her SMU appearances. The segment will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. Click here to listen live via streaming audio.

The Dallas way: SMU Graduate Liberal Studies hosts a Social Justice Reading Group presentation by Michael Phillips, author of White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001 – an examination of Dallas’ history and the roots of “Texas-style” politics. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 in 144 Simmons Hall. The event is free; seating is limited. RSVP to the Master of Liberal Studies Program, 214-768-4273