Accepting submissions until Valentine’s Day! Stuff we like:
-Our theme for February is sexuality and gender, so share your opinion on how these topics are dealt with at SMU
-Spotlights on upcoming events at SMU
-Features (more factual, but fun) or straight opinions on happenings in the area/country/universe
-Poems and other creative writing
-Academic papers (or excerpts from)
-Report-backs on your favorite, or most challenging, or least favorite Honors classes
-Anything else you find interesting!
-Questions for the “Dear Peruna” or “Dear John Gray” columns (specify which)
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb 14
The first 10 submissions get free Hilltopics shirts!
Hello SMU University Honors Program and welcome back for the spring semester!
Happy New Year and good luck with new classes, Richter fellowship applications, and all other academic projects!
“OCCUPY the Atrium (for about an hour)”
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Taubman Atrium in the Owen Arts Center
The POINT. ensemble welcomes creative students of every major and background to collaborate in whatever way their inspiration guides them. “OCCUPY” is centered around an original video by SMU playwright Nick Cains in which music, live drama and misdirected silliness present a challenging atmosphere guaranteeing every audience member a unique experience. And, if you don’t care anything about that, free snacks will follow the show. For more information contact Kim Corbet at 214-542-5663 email@example.com. More details
Othello by William Shakespeare
Wednesday, November 16 through Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, November 19-20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.
Greer Garson Theatre in the Owen Arts Center
$13 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for SMU students, faculty and staff
Racism, love, jealousy and betrayal provide the themes for Shakespeare’s towering tragedy of the Moorish general Othello, his wife Desdemona, and his evil servant Iago. Directed by Michael Connolly, associate professor and head of acting in the Division of Theatre. More details
If anyone’s interested in going, I (Rachel Stonecipher) will arrange a car pool. My parents might even feed us, since this is right by my house…
Thursday, November 3 at 4:30 pm
“Violence Against Women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: The Political Economy of the New Wars,” McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall
Prof. Meredith Turshen, Rutgers University
This talk looks at the political economy of the new wars and situates violence against women within this analytic context, taking the civil conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a case study.
The Scholars’ Den, open to all University Honors Program members along with many other scholarly groups, will now be open until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday (until 5 p.m. on Fridays). Happy studying, gaming, meeting, etc.!
September 22, 2011
Women, War, and Peace
Abigail Disney will deliver a public lecture and screen parts of her new documentary series Women, War, and Peace which will be shown on PBS beginning October 11 for 5 consecutive Tuesdays. The series reveals how women have become primary targets in a new kind of war – a war fought by gangs and warlords using unconventional weapons. It also shows how women are becoming necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/wideangle/episodes/women-war-peace/introduction/4093/
September 29 – Walls of Hope & Murals as Voice: Building Community Through Art
306 Dallas Hall – McCord Auditorium
Mural artist and community activist, Claudia Bernardi, and documentary filmmaker, Gayle Embrey will present their work with human rights murals and muralists. Through her organization, Walls of Hope, Bernardi uses collaborative and community based art-making, education, diplomacy and community development to support survivors of state terror. Embrey’s Murals as Voice Project, showcases the collective voices of people from around the world who use murals as their vehicle of communication. Her documentary explores histories, life experiences, and the hopes and dreams communicated through murals on the walls of neighborhood communities. www.wallsofhope.org and http://powersurgeproductions.net
October 6 – Escape to Dallas: Stories of Flight & Survival
Produced by REFUGEE WRITERS with Lauren and Justin Banta
306 Dallas Hall/McCord Auditorium
The evening will feature readings of original stories and writings by international refugees, asylum seekers, and other forced migrants currently living in Dallas. Presenters offer their experiences of flight from conflict, political and economic threats and their resettlement in the Dallas area. www.unsettledtext.blogspot.com
October 17 /24 /31 – RASC/a Film Series: “Race Movies” from the Tyler, Texas Black Film Collection (See time and location below)
“Race movies,” a film genre that existed in the United States between about 1915 and 1950, are films produced for an all-black audience and feature black casts. Of the approximately five hundred race films produced, fewer than one hundred remain. Their history parallels the history of segregation in the United States. In 1983, 15 of these rare films produced between 1935 and 1956 were recovered from a Tyler, Texas warehouse. They were brought to SMU where they were preserved and digitized. The SMU Department of Art History will screen three of these works in October followed by panel discussions with specialists from the Departments of Art History, Film and Media Studies, History, and the Embrey Human Rights Program.
October 17 – The Blood of Jesus (1941)
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
October 24 – Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A. (1936)
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
October 31 – Juke Joint (1947)
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
October 27 – 2006: A Chance Meeting in Rwanda. 2011: A Center for Perceptual Change. Next ten years: The Global Arts Corps
306 Dallas Hall/McCord Auditorium
An evening with Michael Lessac, (artistic director and producer) and Jackie Lessac (executive producer) of the award-winning Truth in Translation, a theatrical piece that tells the story of South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission through the eyes of its young interpreters. They will screen video clips of their work and discuss the creative process of the Global Arts Corps – a human rights/arts organization that brings together world-class artists from opposite sides of civil, religious, and racial conflict who, together, create theatrical productions that tour the world’s conflict zones to advance the cause of reconciliation.