Calendar Highlights: May 30, 2008

taos-crosses-mandy-dake-200.jpgA taste of Taos: The 2008 SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute offers its annual “education vacations” July 17-20. Learn more about this year’s summer weekend courses, taught by SMU faculty at the University’s Northern New Mexico campus, at the Cultural Institute website. (Right, a Taos image by Mandy Dake, a student in the Cultural Institute’s popular Digital Photography course.)

Faculty Exhibition held over: SMU Libraries’ 2008 Faculty Recognition Exhibition has been held over through June 2. See your colleagues’ work in Fondren Library Center.

Summer camps and courses: SMU offers a variety of summer programs for students of all ages. Visit their websites to learn more and register online:

SMU Informal Courses has new offerings starting weekly during summer 2008. Take advantage of One-Day Web Sales on the first Friday of each month to receive discounts for online registration for selected courses.

Calendar Highlights: May 23, 2008

Santuario de Chimayo in TaosSummer enchantment: The 2008 SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute takes place July 17-20, and the registration deadline is approaching. Find course information and online registration at the Cultural Institute website.

Popular recognition: SMU Libraries’ 2008 Faculty Recognition Exhibition has been held over through June 2. See your colleagues’ work in Fondren Library Center.

Celebrating art: SMU’s Meadows Museum hosts a faculty/staff wine and cheese reception honoring “Gerardo Rueda: Monumental Sculpture from the Collection of IVAM,” three pieces created by the prominent Spanish sculptor on loan from the Modern Art Museum in Valencia, Spain; and Art Professor Barnaby Fitzgerald‘s “Eve” and “Cartoon of Eve,” two works inspired by the current exhibition “Fernando Gallego and His Workshop: The Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo.” The festivities take place 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 28, with remarks at 6:30, in Meadows Museum. The event is free; RSVP is required. Contact Museum Events, 8-4771.

Calendar Highlights: Jan. 18, 2008

Santuario de Chimayo, TaosBrain vacations: Registration is now open for the 2008 SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, scheduled for July 17-20 at SMU’s Fort Burgwin campus in northern New Mexico. The weekend courses include history, anthropology, art and art history, botany, earth sciences, digital photography and mountain sports. For more information, contact Allison Curran, 8-8267 (8-TAOS). (Top right, Taos’ Santuario de Chimayo.)

An executive exhibition: “Hail to the Chief: Presidential Libraries” is now on display in Fondren Library Center. For more information, contact Cynthia Ruppi.

Dance for a cause: Seniors in the SMU Division of Dance produce and perform their own choreography in “Common Thread” at 8 p.m. Jan. 19 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Margo Jones Theatre. The concerts are free; donations are encouraged and will benefit Bryan’s House, Dallas’ only special-care facility for children and teenagers with HIV/AIDS and their families. For more information, call the Division of Dance at 8-2718.

Dare to dream: SMU celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with MLK Week 2008, scheduled for Jan. 21-26. Events include an MLK Day of Service, a birthday party in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, SMU’s annual Unity Walk and an MLK Kids Day sponsored by the Association of Black Students. MLK Week is sponsored by Student Activities & Multicultural Student Affairs (SAMSA). For more information, contact Ke’ana Hardy, 8-4583.

oaxaca-itsgoingtorain-200.jpgPaper magic: Werner “Wynn” Kramarsky’s affection for the abstract, the geometric and the minimalist is showcased in a new exhibition featuring the Kramarsky family’s gift to SMU’s Pollock Works on Paper Study Collection. “The Sarah-Ann and Werner H. Kramarsky Gift of Contemporary Drawings” runs Jan. 22-Mar. 22 in the Pollock Gallery, Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Learn more about Wynn Kramarsky at The Brooklyn Rail. (Bottom right, Oaxaca – It’s Going to Rain by George Mead Moore, graphite on paper, 1998.)

Talking Texas: SMU’s Sam Ratcliffe and Ellen Buie Niewyk, curators of two concurrent Jerry Bywaters exhibitions now on display at Meadows Museum, will discuss Bywaters’ major role in establishing the Texas Regionalism movement of the 1930s and ’40s in a Brown Bag Lecture, “Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker & Interpreter of the Southwest,” noon-1 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Sponsored by SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies. For more information, call 8-3684.

Reference this: Gillian McCombs, dean and director of Central University Libraries, will lead “This Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Library Anymore,” a panel discussion on the changing role of libraries in an increasingly fast-paced technological world. The discussion takes place Jan. 24 in DeGolyer Library, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the panel at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of the SMU Libraries. For more information, contact Cynthia Ruppi at 8-3225.

New views of Japan: Japan’s changing national identity at home and abroad is the topic for the 2008 SMU Asian Studies Symposium Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in the Meadows Museum. Speakers will include M. Diana Helweg Newton and James Hollifield, both of SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies. The symposium and reception are free; the registration deadline is Jan. 22. Find a complete schedule at the Tower Center website; RSVP by e-mail or phone at 8-3954.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

  • Jan. 22: TITAS presents “An Evening With Patti LuPone” at 8 p.m. For tickets, call 214-528-5576.