Calendar Highlights: Mustang Must-do’s for Dec. 4, 2015

Meadows Chamber Music Honors Concert: The chamber music program presents a dynamic, varied, passionate performance of jury-selected wind, brass, piano and string ensembles. Come hear these students showcasing the results of a semester of intense, peer-driven collaborative work. The event is on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m in Caruth Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Is ForensicScreen shot 2015-12-04 at 1.51.39 PM Science an Oxymoron?: Forensic science evidence (e.g., fingerprints, DNA, microscopic hair, & bite marks) is widely believed to provide powerful proof of identity in both criminal and civil trials. But in recent years, forensic scientists in some areas have been taken to task for overclaiming, failing to test their assumptions, and neglecting to explain to judges and jurors how the risk of error affects the value of reported matches. Solutions will be explored by professor Jonathan Koehler, professor at Northwestern University School of Law, on Monday, Dec. 7 at 12:15 p.m. This event will be in 153 Heroy Halland is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. at or 214-768-3527.

Learn more about Jonathen Koehler

The Science of Listening to Music: On Monday, Dec. 7, Professor Elizabeth Margulis, director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas, will examine the interface between science and music by using a series of the Lab’s recent experiments. The event will  begin at 4:30 p.m. in 2020 Owen Arts Center. For more information, click here.

Christmas and Crêpes: Come join the SMU Wesley Foundation at 3220 Daniel Avenue for crêpes, coffee, community, and Christmas music on Monday, Dec. 7 from 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Student Film Association Fall Film Festival: The Student Filmmakers’ Association will host their annual fall film festival showcasing the best recent short works created by SMU students. The festival is free and open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station.

Paws and Take a Break: A team of registered therapy dogs from the A New Leash on Life group will visit the Taubman Atrium on Wednesday, Dec. 9, hosted by Hamon Arts Library. Research has shown that spending 5-24 minutes with a calm dog reduces blood pressure and the levels of stress hormones in the body. Come visit with a certified therapy dog from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.!

Therapy Dogs at Fondren

SMU ISSS hosts International Education Week Nov. 18-20, 2014

international-ed-week-135x100ratioPromoting cross-cultural understanding and furthering international education, SMU International Student and Scholar Services hosts International Education Week, Nov. 18-20.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.  For SMU students, faculty and staff, the week-long event includes a number of festivities provoking thought and discussion through fun activities, food and prizes.

According to Anna Lippard, SMU International Services specialist, “International Education Week is an opportunity for all SMU students to learn more about other cultures, meet international students, and to celebrate the diversity on SMU’s campus.”

Listed below includes details regarding various events and activities scheduled for SMU’s International Education Week:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 18 – SMU Summer 2015 Programs Fair: Hosted by SMU Abroad, the SMU Summer 2015 Programs Fair features over a dozen international programs. The event will take place 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 19 – International Day Celebration: A celebration lunch for international students to wear their traditional clothes, enjoy free food, dancing, entertainment and prizes. The event will take place 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.
  • Thursday, Nov. 20 – The Dialogue: Film Screening and Panel Discussion: A free movie screening of The Dialogue, a film about U.S. and Chinese students traveling to China. Following the screening, Chinese international students and American students who have studied abroad will come together to discuss their experiences around intercultural communication. The event will take place 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Theater.

For more information, contact SMU International Student and Scholar Services via email or on Facebook.

Meadows symposium focuses on human rights with filmmaker Patrick Mureithi

Patrick MureithiAward-winning documentary filmmaker Patrick Mureithi (pictured right) is the special guest for SMU’s third annual Communicating Excellence Symposium, “Better Communication for Better Leaders on Human Rights.” The Division of Communication Studies in Meadows School of the Arts presents the 2011 symposium March 7-9 in Owen Arts Center.

The three-day symposium focuses on communication issues affecting the struggle for human rights. Mureithi will host a screening of his film ICYIZERE: hope, a documentary about a gathering of survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. Mureithi, who currently serves as artist-in-residence at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, will lead a discussion after the 55-minute screening.

All symposium events are open to the public. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary. For more information, call Rebecca Hewitt, 214-768-1574.

Symposium schedule:

Monday, March 7 – Lecture: “Death as a Text: The Rhetoric of Genocide”
7 p.m. reception – Greer Garson Theatre, Mezzanine Lobby – Second Floor
7:30 p.m. lecture – Greer Garson Theatre, Room 3527 – Third Floor
Ben Voth, chair of the Division of Communication Studies, will address communication’s role in creating, containing and resolving the international problems of genocide and “eliminationism.”

Tuesday, March 8 – Debate: “U.S. intervention in humanitarian crises?”
7 p.m. debate – O’Donnell Auditorium, Room 2130 – Second Floor
8 p.m. reception – Taubman Atrium – First Floor
The SMU debate team will discuss the pros and cons of a possible new U.S. policy of humanitarian intervention.

Wednesday, March 9 – Film ICYIZERE: hope and discussion with guest filmmaker Patrick Mureithi
7 p.m. screening – O’Donnell Auditorium, Room 2130 – Second Floor
8:30 p.m. reception – Taubman Atrium – First Floor
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Mureithi, a Kenyan native, traveled to Rwanda to film a gathering of 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 genocide. ICYIZERE: hope documents the experiences of the participants as they are taught about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and go through a series of group exercises to help build trust. The film also explores how the media was used to incite fear, hatred and ultimately genocide, and the filmmaker’s belief that media can similarly be used to unite and to heal. The film has been shown to audiences throughout Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States and has received widespread acclaim.

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 23, 2011

Mothers matter: Supermodel Christy Turlington Burns took to the other side of the camera in 2010 to make her first film – a documentary about expectant mothers in four very different parts of the world, all in danger of dying from preventable complications during pregnancy or childbirth. The result was “No Woman, No Cry,” which takes viewers from a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania to a slum in Bangladesh and from a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala to a prenatal clinic in the United States. SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program will host a screening and panel discussion of Turlington’s film beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. The guest panelists include Jody Keyserling, senior policy analyst with CARE, and Eric Bing, head of global health with the George W. Bush Institute. Admission is free. For more information, visit Click the YouTube screen to watch a preview, or visit this link to open the “No Woman, No Cry” trailer in a new window.

Jerry LeVias as an SMU football starBoundary breaker: SMU’s 2011 Black History Month calendar continues with an event that sheds light on the University’s own history in the fight against discrimination. In 1965, Jerry LeVias became the first African American scholarship athlete in the Southwest Conference. The 1969 SMU graduate returns to the Hilltop Feb. 28 for a screening of FOX Sports Southwest‘s award-winning 2003 documentary “Jerry LeVias: A Marked Man,” followed by a town hall forum with LeVias and SMU players and coaches past and present. FS Southwest will host a live webcast of the forum to commemorate the 45th anniversary of LeVias’ boundary-breaking achievement. The screening begins at 7 p.m. in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center; a 6:30 p.m. reception precedes it. Admission is free.