400 years young: The Fondren Library Media Collection and Friends of the SMU Libraries honor the 400th anniversary of Virginia’s Jamestown Settlement with a film festival that includes a screening of Terrence Malick’s The New World (2005), starring Colin Farrell, Christian Bale and Christopher Plummer. University Distinguished Professor of History Edward Countryman provides commentary in “Jamestown and the Earliest American Colonies,” which runs 7-10 p.m. Nov. 1-2 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.
Keeping the beat: The Meadows Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Lee, presents “An Evening of Percussion” at 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. Free.
A new view: SMU Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White will discuss “Perspectives of the New VP for Student Affairs” in a Faculty Club Distinguished Luncheon at noon Nov. 7 in the Faculty Club. RSVP to Dee Powell, 8-3012.
A day at the races: SMU’s Tower Center for Political Studies hosts Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and co-host of FOX News Channel’s “The Beltway Boys,” for a discussion of “The Political Landscape for 2008” Nov. 7 in Crum Auditorium, Collins Executive Education Center. Reception at 5:30 p.m., program 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP to Spencer Diebel at the Tower Center, 8-3954
It’s academic: Some of SMU’s smartest students will join forces and compete in the University’s annual College Bowl Tournament, 5-8 p.m. Nov. 7. Root for your favorites in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom; learn more about forming a team from the Student Foundation, 8-4498.
Drawing on inspiration: M.F.A. student Susan Barnett leads an evening of casual instruction with “Sketching in the Galleries” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Meadows Museum. The event is free, but space is limited; RSVP to M. Carmen Smith, 8-4993.