Calendar Highlights: Feb. 21, 2008

'Shinobi' promo posterFinal weekend for film festival: SMU’s 2008 Japanese Film Festival concludes Feb. 22-23 with screenings of Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (right) on Friday and Whisper of the Heart on Saturday. Both are in Japanese with English subtitles and begin at 6:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Admission is free. Learn more about the films at the SMU Japan Club website.

Jam session: Electro-acoustic jazz group JamPact, featuring Meadows Dean José Bowen and other faculty members, offers a free performance at 8 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, contact the Division of Music, 8-2880.

Extreme homebuilding: SMU students and community members will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23-24.

Gotta dance: The Meadows Division of Dance presents its Spring 2008 Brown Bag Dance Series noon-1 p.m Feb. 25-29 in the Owen Arts Center lobby. Bring your lunch for free performances of original ballet, modern and jazz works choreographed by students.

Who’s that girl? The Gartner Honors Lecture Series continues Feb. 25 with “Iconicity and Advertising: Shanghai, Mukden, Tianjin and the Modern Girl Icon.” Tani E. Barlow, University of Washington, will discuss the central role of generic “modern girl” images in Chinese advertising of the 1920s and ’30s at 3:30 p.m. in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library.

New frontiers: SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies hosts Stanford history professor Alberto Camarillo, author of Not White, Not Black: Mexicans and Racial/Ethnic Borderlands in American Cities. Camarillo will speak on “Cities of Color: The New Racial Frontier in California’s Minority-Majority Cities” Feb. 26 in DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture at 6:30 p.m. with a booksigning to follow.

All that jazz: The Meadows Jazz Orchestra, led by Akira Sato, gives a free concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).

Join the Club: The SMU Faculty Club presents a Clubhouse Luncheon with Tinsley Silcox, Central University Libraries director of public services, who will discuss “Preserving the Heritage of African-American Filmmakers.” Lunch begins at noon Feb. 27 in the Faculty Club; cost is $5. RSVP by Feb. 26 to Dee Powell, 8-3012.

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 7, 2008

Photo of Mexican Chinese familyHonor our authors: Reminder: SMU’s Godbey Lecture Series of Dedman College is accepting nominations for its 28th annual Authors’ Awards through Feb. 15. The awards will be presented to three SMU faculty members who had outstanding books published during 2007. For more information or to make a nomination, contact Dorothy Friedlander, 8-3399.

Civil Rights Pilgrimage: SMU’s 2008 Spring Break Civil Rights Pilgrimage takes place Mar. 7-15. Students, faculty and staff members are welcome; the cost of $350 includes travel, museum fees and lodging (based on 4-per-room occupancy). Space is limited; for information and reservations, contact the Chaplain’s Office, 8-4502.

Judaica Lecture Series: Associate Professor of Old Testament Roy Heller speaks on “The Politics of Pointing: Learning and Teaching Hebrew in Colonial America” at 2 p.m. Feb. 10 in Bridwell Library.

Gilbert Lecture Series: Mark Oppenheimer, author of Thirteen and a Day and coordinator of the Yale Journalism Initiative, speaks on “How Studying Oratory and Rhetoric Makes Us Better Citizens” Feb. 11 in DeGolyer Library. A reception will take place at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room, with a lecture following at 6:30 p.m in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room.

'Swing Girls' promo posterClements Center Brown Bag Lecture: Clements Center Fellow Julia María Schiavone Camacho speaks on “Crossing Boundaries, In Between Homelands: Expulsion, Diasporic Identities and Memory of the Mexican Chinese, 1910-1980s” at noon Feb. 13 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Bring your lunch. (Top right, a Mexican Chinese family photo.)

Big in Japan: SMU’s 2008 Japanese Film Festival opens Feb. 15-16 with screenings of Swing Girls (bottom right) on Friday and Millennium Actress on Saturday. The festival continues Feb. 22-23 with Shinobi: Heart Under Blade and Whisper of the Heart. All films are in Japanese with English subtitles and begin at 6:30 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. Admission is free. Presented by the SMU Japan Club, Meadows School of the Arts, the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, and the SMU Japanese Program; sponsored by SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies and the SMU Japan Club. Learn more about this year’s festival films at the SMU Japan Club website.