Calendar Highlights: Feb. 23, 2010

SMU's Heart Beats for HaitiHelp for Haiti: Purchase your lunch or dinner at Lawyers Inn in Carr Collins Hall Feb. 23 and contribute to the SupPort-au-Prince fundraiser for Haiti. Chicken enchiladas con salsa verde with Mexican rice, beans, salsa and chips is the day’s special, and 20 percent of sales will go to Haitian earthquake relief efforts. Lawyers Inn hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

SMU community members can also share in the Dine for Haiti Benefit Buffet, 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Great Hall of Perkins Prothro Hall. The dinner buffet features a wide selection of foods, and all proceeds go to the SMU’s Heart Beats for Haiti relief effort. The cost is $5. For more information, contact Christene Dino, 626-375-2297.

Virtuoso visits campus: Russian artist Dmitri Ratser – one of the few pianists to include in his repertoire the complete works for piano and orchestra of Sergei Rachmaninoff – will perform a free guest concert at 1 p.m. Feb. 24 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Presented by the Division of Music Keyboard Department in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. For more information, call 214-768-1951.

Lunch & Learn Series: Director of Organizational Effectiveness Jerry Magar of SMU Human Resources will share the ways in which brain physiology impacts emotions and decision-making ability, as well as how to use your physical body for emotional control and intellectual performance, in “Managing Emotional and Physical Stressors,” noon-1 p.m. Feb. 25 in the HR Training Room, Room 208, Expressway Tower. The session is free – register online and bring your lunch.

Guildhall Open House: The Guildhall at SMU welcomes prospective students to its Spring 2010 Open House, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 27 at SMU-in-Plano, 5232 Tennyson Parkway, Building 2. Activities include information sessions on the Guildhall’s master’s-level and certificate programs and its three specializations: art creation, level design and software development. Register online or contact René Archambault, 972-473-3539.

Bridwell Library Lecture: Scott Husby, former rare books conservator at Princeton University and creator of the illustrated database “Bookbindings On Incunables in American Library Collections,” will share his recent discoveries concerning more than 160 15th-century bindings held by SMU’s Bridwell Library in “Traveling Texts: What Bookbindings Tell Us About 15th-Century Printed Books,” March 2 in the Benefactors Room, Bridwell Library. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 7:30 p.m.

'How Did Davy Die' book coverRemembering the Alamo: More than 30 years ago, amateur historian Dan Kilgore ignited a controversy with How Did Davy Die?, in which he wrote that historical sources suggested Davy Crockett did not die in battle at the Alamo, but that Mexican forces had taken him captive and then executed him on order of Antonio López de Santa Anna. Now, upon the release of an enlarged commemorative edition of Kilgore’s book, professional historian James E. Crisp visits SMU to reconsider the heated dispute surrounding it in “How Did Davy Die? And Why Do We Care So Much?” The event takes place March 3 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Reception at 6 p.m., lecture and book signing at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, registration is required. Register online or contact the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.