Calendar Highlights: Oct. 4, 2010

Ray KurzweilBrown Bag, Part 1: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies hosts a discussion of a 17th-century cultural upheaval in a Brown Bag Lecture at 12:30 Oct. 5. in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. “Now the God of the Spaniards is Dead”, presented by Clements Center Fellow Matthew Liebmann, chronicles the near-successful uprising of the Pueblo Native Americans in their quest to take back an occupied New Mexico from the Spanish in what is known as the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. As always, attendees are invited to bring a lunch. For more information, visit the Clements Center online.

A night for invention: The next installment of the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series features renowned inventor Ray Kurzweil (right) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 in McFarlin Auditorium. Kurzweil is known for such inventions as the CCD flat-bed scanner, a print-to-speech reader for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of imitating instruments such as a grand piano, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition program. Kurzweil has won numerous awards including the 1999 National Medal of Technology and the MIT-Lemelson Prize (valued at $500,000.) He was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2002. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by contacting the Tate Office at 214-768-8283.

Jim LehrerDallas journalist’s homecoming: The NewsHour‘s executive editor and anchor Jim Lehrer (right), who got his start working for The Dallas Morning News and The Dallas Times Herald, will give this year’s Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture In Media Ethics. Lehrer, who also frequently moderates presidential debates (including one between Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008,) will speak at 8 p.m. Oct. 6 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. For information and reservations call 214-768-ARTS.

Revisiting old wounds: University of Richmond President Edward Ayers investigates the different and conflicting layers of loyalty among families and governments during the Civil War – and how these conflicting loyalties became the key struggle of the era – in a Stanton Sharp Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. Hosted by the Clements Department of History. Admission is free, reservations not required. For more information, call 214-768-2967 or email the Clements Department of History.

Brown Bag, Parts 2-6: Meadows’ famous Brown Bag Dance Series returns to dance another day (or five). Throughout this week (Oct. 4-8), the program will feature numerous short improvisations and exercises on original jazz, ballet and modern compositions created by students of the Meadows Division of Dance. The performances begin at noon Wednesday and Friday, and at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. All sessions will be performed in the Bob Hope Theatre Lobby, Owen Arts Center. Admission is free; bring your lunch. For more information, call 214-768-2718.

Tate Distinguished Lecture Series announces 2010-11 season

Tate Distinguished Lecture Series logoSMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series announced its 2010-11 lineup during Diane Keaton‘s season-closing lecture May 4.

The speakers include Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and magazine editor Tina Brown – as well as former presidential cabinet members Robert Rubin (Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration) and Margaret Spellings (Secretary of Education under George W. Bush).

One fall 2010 speaker is yet to be announced. All lectures take place at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

> Watch the Tate Lecture Series homepage for updates

The schedule at a glance:

• Sept. 14, 2010: Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); and Robert Rubin, CFR chairman and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1995-99 – moderated by David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst and former presidential adviser

• Oct. 5, 2010: Ray Kurzweil, developer of computer speech, optical character recognition and synthesized music technology, and inventor of the K-NFB Reader for the blind and learning-disabled

• Fall 2010: Speaker to be announced

• Nov. 30, 2010: Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University professor, Nobel laureate and author of Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

• Jan. 25, 2011: T.D. Jakes, philanthropist, entrepreneur and chief pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas

• Feb. 15, 2011: Joshua Cooper Ramo, award-winning journalist, expert on China and author of The Age of the Unthinkable

• March 29, 2011: Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of The Harlem Children’s Zone; and Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education, 2005-09

• May 3, 2011: Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair and founder/editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast

> Find season ticket information at the Tate Series website