Calendar Highlights: Sept. 15, 2015

Taking action against trafficking: SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program hosts a screening of 8 Days, a 2015 film about child sex trafficking in the United States, on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Representatives from the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and SMU’s Dedman School of Law will be on hand to discuss how you can help stop human trafficking. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the film begins at 7 p.m.

Delta Gamma Lecture flyer - Jerry Greenfield, Ben and Jerry'sSweet social responsibility: Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Jerry Greenfield will speak about the importance of community stewardship at SMU’s 2015 Delta Gamma Lectureship in Values and Ethics. The event, hosted by the University’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility and sponsored by the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Gamma, takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 15 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center. The lecture is free and open to the public – and yes, there will be free ice cream. Read more from SMU News.

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Brown Bag: Bring your lunch for a brown-bag concert by the Meadows Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dylan Smith, at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. The concert will offer a sneak preview of the MJO’s 2015-16 season, and the ensemble features students from a number of degree programs and majors across Meadows School of the Arts and SMU. Admission is free.

Fra Angelico, 'The Virgin of the Pomegranate' - photo by Nancy GeorgeThe faces of Fra Angelico: Italian Renaissance expert Laurence Kanter, chief durator and Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art with the Yale University Art Gallery, examines the dual – and sometimes conflicting – images of Fra Angelico (ca. 1395-1455) as both a humble and spiritually inspired artist, and as a skillful businessman and a familiar of the powerful and politically connected. “Fra Angelico and the Early Renaissance in Florence” begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 in the Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. The lecture is free, and the Museum offers priority seating for members until 5:40 p.m. (Left, Fra Angelico’s The Virgin of the Pomegranate is on display as part of the Meadow Museum’s Treasures from the House of Alba through Jan. 3, 2016. Photo by Nancy George, SMU News.)

'Infanta Margarita in a Blue Dress,' Diego VelasquezThe master and Margarita: Meadows/Kress/Prado Fellow Rebecca Teresi discusses the story behind Diego Velázquez’ series of masterpieces depicting the Infanta Margarita Teresa of Spain in “Velázquez and the Infanta Margarita” at 12:15 p.m. Friday, September 18. The lecture is free, and you’ll also have a chance to view one of these masterworks, Infanta Margarita in a Blue Dress (1659, oil on canvas), on loan from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, through Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015.

60-second songfest: SMU’s Opera Free For All series returns for 2015-16 with its popular season opener, which showcases every member of the Meadows Opera Theatre ensemble in 60-second arias and songs. “Bite-size Arias/Big-size Talents” begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free.

SMU scares up some fun during Halloween Week 2013

Halloween jack-o-lanternIt’s almost Halloween – seek out some scary fun at these campus activities:

• The SMU Center on Communities and Education sponsors a free screening of the 1988 Halloween classic “Beetlejuice” for Scary Movie Night at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 on the Clements Lawn, between Clements Hall and Maguire Hall. The Easy Slider and Kona Ice food trucks will be on hand starting at 6 p.m. with food for purchase. The event supports The School Zone in West Dallas.

• Meanwhile, SMU’s Student Filmmakers’ Association and Program Council team up for Fright Fest starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 on the Late Lawn, between Simmons Hall and the Airline Road garage. The fall-themed fun includes candy, caramel apples, popcorn, pumpkin painting, and an outdoor screening of the cult-favorite horror comedy anthology “Trick ’r Treat” (2007). Bring a blanket and RSVP on Facebook or Twitter.

• SMU Preschool and Child Care holds its annual Halloween Parade on the Boulevard 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Wear your friendliest costume and come out to Bishop Boulevard to treat the mini-Mustangs – wrapped candy, boxed raisins, fruit snacks, packaged graham and goldfish crackers, and small trinkets are all welcome.

• Central University Libraries bring sharks, tornados and Tara Reid in a free outdoor showing of 2013’s instant Z-movie camp classic “Sharknado” at 8:30 p.m. Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31, on the Laura Bush Promenade at the Fondren Library Center east entrance. The screening is offered by SMU’s Fondren Library Media Collection.

• Meadows Opera Theatre explores the eternal battle between good and evil in its annual Halloween Opera Free For All. This year’s theme, “Singing Saints and Sinners,” features Meadows School of the Arts students performing scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera and Bizet’s Carmen. The free event begins at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call the Meadows Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

Calendar Highlights: Oct. 23, 2012

Happy Homecoming Week!

Beer advertising art from the turn of the the 20th centuryBrown Bag Lecture: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies presents a 2012 Brown Bag Lecture that explores beer beyond the bar and focuses on the activities of the St. Louis brewers as an integral part of a regional cultural economy at the turn of the 20th century. Paula Lupkin, professor of art history at the University of North Texas, will discuss “A Lager Landscape: The Cultural Economy of Beer in the Great Southwest” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer library. Don’t forget to bring your lunch!

Classical elements: The Meadows School of the Arts invites you to an afternoon of opera. The Meadows Opera Theatre will explore the four elements – earth, air, fire and water – through one-act operas and scenes from opera and musical theatre beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby.

Calendar Highlights: Sept. 13, 2011

Scholar and author Stephen ProtheroThe Gartner Honors Lecture Series on SMU’s 2011 Common Reading continues Sept. 14 with”HeLa Cells and the Law,” featuring Jennifer S. Bard, the Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, and Development Director, Health Law Program, at Texas Tech University School of Law. She also serves as associate professor (adjunct) in the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University School of Medicine. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Forum. Free and open to the public.

Scholar and bestselling author Stephen Prothero (top right) will speak on “God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World” as part of SMU’s Willson Lecture Series. The lecture draws its title from Prothero’s 2010 book by the same title, in which he argues that attempts to portray all religions as different paths to the same God overlook the distinct human problem that each seeks to solve. The lecture begins at noon Sept. 15 in the Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. Free and open to the public. Read more about Stephen Prothero from SMU News.

Meadows Opera Theatre performs in the Opera Free for FallThe Meadows Opera Theatre (bottom right) celebrates SMU’s 2011 Family Weekend with a new Opera Free for All at 1 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Called “New Faces and Old Friends,” the show will feature new and returning soloists in the Meadows Opera Ensemble performing arias, songs and scenes. Free and open to the public; bring your lunch. For more information, call the Division of Music, 214-768-1951. Read a 2010 Q&A on the Opera Free for All with Meadows Opera Theatre Director Hank Hammett, by SMU Meadows student Chris Calloway.

Calendar Highlights: April 26, 2011

'Tomorrow' DVD coverSpecial screening: Friends of the SMU Libraries and the Fondren Library Media Collection will screen the 1972 independent film Tomorrow at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater. Directed by Joseph Anthony and adapted by Horton Foote from the William Faulkner story, the film stars Robert Duvall – who made his screen debut in another Foote adaptation, To Kill a Mockingbird, and won an Academy Award for his performance in the film version of Foote’s Tender Mercies. Duvall plays Jackson Fentry, a Mississippi cotton farmer who leaves his father’s farm for a job at a sawmill, where he meets Sarah Eubanks (Olga Bellin), a pregnant woman abandoned by her husband. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lisa Daniels Wall, 214-768-4397.

Singers’ showcase: The Meadows Opera Theatre presents a special performance by its young artists in the Opera Free For All Brown Bag Series: Singers’ Showcase at 1 p.m. Friday, April 29 in the Bob Hope Theatre lobby, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free – bring your lunch.

Mane Event 2011: The Student Foundation throws its end-of-the-year party Friday, April 29, this year with a Latino flavor. “Fiesta SMU” takes place 2-5 p.m. on the lawn in front of Dallas Hall and includes live music, carnival games, inflatables and plenty of free food. The party is free and open to the entire SMU community.

Celebrating 1911: The Meadows Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Jack Delaney, celebrates the 100th anniversary of SMU’s founding with a special 1911 Centennial Ice Cream Social Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 29 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. The program focuses on marches, rags and folk-influenced works that were new and exciting in 1911 and remain fresh today – including pieces by Percy Grainger, Herbert L. Clarke (the famed cornet player of the John Philip Sousa Band), Gustav Holst, Ring & Hager, John Philip Sousa, James Reese Europe and Henry Fillmore. Audience members will enjoy free ice cream sundaes in the lobby during intermission and may bring their treats back to their seats for the second half of the program. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. Buy tickets online or get more information from Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS). Read more about the 1911 Centennial Ice Cream Social Concert program.

Calendar Highlights: Nov. 9, 2010

Holy Land“Ring of Fire” it isn’t: The five spiritual pilgrimages to Israel undertaken by country legends Johnny and June Carter Cash and the effects on their songwriting and lives are taken into perspective by Shalom L. Goldman in the 2010 Nate and Ann Levine Endowed Lecture on Jewish Studies. Goldman, a professor of Hebrew and Middle Eastern Studies at Emory University, will cover how these trips ultimately changed the life of the notorious “Man in Black” and his wife, and how their later songs and lifestyle reflected these changes. The lecture is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-4478. (Pictured right: Johnny Cash’s album The Holy Land, which was inspired by the Cashes’ trips to Israel.)

History and fantasy collide: How best to establish a centuries-old religion with countless traditions in the New World? This question is put to the test in a new Meadows Museum-sponsored Comini Lecture, “Biblical Images, Historical Memory, and a Global Imagination: The Case of the Temple of the Jesuits in Quito, ca. 1700.” UT Professor of History Jorge Canizares-Esguerra (pictured) will speak on how new clerics in provinical Quito used ancient Biblical narratives to further understand themselves and the rise of the Jesuit order as a global sect. The lecture is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 in the Bob Smith Auditorium, Meadows Museum. Admission is free. For more information, call 214-768-2698.

EsguerraOpera FFA returns!: Despite a notable absence of SMU’s Opera Free For All performances during the Halloween weekend, the Meadows troupe of actors and singers are coming back with a performance all about the heart in their new Brown Bag piece, “Tell Me All About Love!” The performance will be a mix of song, poetry and music about all the wildly differing emotions and circumstances that come with being in love. The performance is at noon on Friday, Nov. 12 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free (and walk-in).

Work on your scribble: Meadows Museum’s last “Drawing from the Masters” workshop of the season features artist Ian O’Brien as the instructor for an informal skills session. Instruction will be drawn from specific works in the Meadows collection, and a variety of techniques and skills will be covered. The event takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Meadows Museum. The workshop is from age 15 to adults of any age. Drawing materials will be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own writing materials. Attendance is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-serve basis and is free with regular museum admission. For more information, call 214-768-4677.

Scary good fun for SMU’s Halloween week

Halloween jack-o-lanternIt’s almost Halloween – seek out some scary fun with these campus activities:

• Enjoy a frightfully good workout with Group X Spooky Spinning, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. All Dedman Center members and guests are invited; no Group X pass is required. Costumes are encouraged. Contact Brook Jimenez, 214-768-4824.

• Bring your own pumpkin and start cutting at SMU’s annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at The Falls, Dedman Center. Carving tools will be provided. Jack-o’-lanterns will be displayed through Nov. 6 in the Dedman Center main lobby. Visit and vote for your favorite – prizes will be awarded for the best designs. Contact Tony Bates, 214-768-9916.

Outdoor Adventures offers late-night atmosphere and DJ’ed music in its Halloween Midnight Cosmic Climb, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Oct. 29 in Dedman Center. Bring your own harness; appropriate shoes will be provided as needed. Costumes are encouraged (must be harness-compatible), and prizes will be awarded for the best men’s and women’s get-ups. Contact David Chambers or Albert Mitugo, 214-768-4822.

SMU Child Care and Preschool holds its annual Halloween Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 30. The procession begins at Hawk Hall and crosses the street before making its way to Boaz Hall, the flagpole, the Owen Arts Center and beyond. Come out to Bishop Boulevard to see the costumes and treat the tricksters.

Meadows Opera Theatre plays up the magic and make-believe in its annual Halloween Opera Free For All, which will include scenes from La Cenerentola (Cinderella), The Magic Flute, Rusalka, Hansel and Gretel, Once Upon a Mattress and Into the Woods. The free performance begins at 1 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call the Meadows School of the Arts Division of Music, 214-768-1951.

SMU-in-Plano‘s Community Open House Oct. 30-31 will include trick-or-treating and a costume contest for kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Halloween Day. For more information, visit