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Interdisciplinary Spanish Film Festival

This week's film, Siete cajas (movie trailer) on Thursday, October 8th, at 7:00 p.m. in Olin room 105, is the last selection in the Interdisciplinary Film Festival, Coming of Age/La medurez.   

It's Friday night in Asunción, Paraguay, and the temperature is sweltering.  Victor, a 17 year-old wheelbarrow delivery boy, dreams of fame and owning a fancy TV set from the infamous Mercado 4.  He's offered a chance to deliver seven boxes with unkown contents in exchange for a quick one hundred US dollars.  But what sounds like an easy job soon becomes complicated. Something in the boxes is highly coveted and Victor and his pursuers quickly find themselves caught up in a crime they know nothing about.  Reminiscent of Slumdog Millionare, 7 boxes was declared a film of cultural interest by the National Secretary of Culture of Paraguay.

Professor Desi Roybal will lead a discussion following the film.

delivered by:Susie Bullock


King Creativity Proposals DUE MONDAY from Students

King Creativity

The King Creativity Fund, annually supports “innovative and visionary projects” of enrolled students, supporting multiple projects every academic year with grant awards ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.  The purpose of this program is to give Southwestern students the means and opportunity to explore ideas and interests that fall outside of the usual academic process and curriculum—ideas that may not have a lot to do with a student’s major, that combine interests in more than one area, or are extra-curricular in nature.  Students may work alone or in collaborative teams.

In the case of the King Grants, “creative” includes artistic work and performances in the obvious sense, but also “creativity” in that students will pursue ideas that no one has looked into before, try developing a device not now available, applying standard techniques from one area to another, etc. The King Creativity program is designed not for the projects you are already going to do, or projects you otherwise couldn’t do, but the projects that, without this fund, you wouldn’t do!

Past projects have dealt with AIDS activism, a study of the neurophysiology of the rat brain, a series of oil paintings on the American Goddess, theatre performances, studies of chimp behavior, design and implementation of an inexpensive solar water heater, the Southwestern University Drum Corps, a study of sleep deprivation in students, the development of Indian Cultural Awareness Month, and the use of computer algorithms to design ceramic glazes.

This program encourages creativity and innovation; so don’t be limited by what has been funded in the past. But take a look to see the range of ideas that have been supported by the program. Click here to view past Participants


Proposals are usually funded in the range of a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, but there is no limit to requests. Remember that the inexpensive idea is as interesting as the expensive one. The amount of funds awarded will depend on the number and quality of proposals submitted. Be prepared to know how you will proceed if the King Creativity Fund is able to provide only part of the funding you apply for.


The deadline for proposal submissions for the 2015-2016 academic year is 5:00pm on October 12, 2015.  King Scholars must present the results of their work at an annual symposium and dinner to be held in the spring on Monday, April 4, 2016.

For complete details please visit the King Creativity website at King Creativity Website.

delivered by:Christine Vasquez


TODAY - Dr. Sinan Ciddi, Guest Speaker for Mediterranean Mingling

Dr. Sinan Ciddi
Sinan Ciddi is an expert on 
Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy. 

October 7 at 4:00 in Mood-Atrium

Turkey has long been considered a critical ally in the ongoing fight against the forces of ISIS by the United States. That being said, Turkey's government has been reluctant to take an active and engaged posture up until very recently, after direct ISIS attacks on Turkish soil. It has even been suggested that Turkey provided provided logistical support and assistance to the terrorist organization, leading some in Washington (and beyond) to question Turkey's affinity towards, and even continued membership of NATO. What are the salient factors that determine Turkey's position towards ISIS; do Turkey and the United States have a joint plan on how to defeat ISIS, and what is the likely role that Turkey will play in the future stability of the Middle East? 

Sponsored by: Mediterranean Mingling Paideia Cluster

delivered by:Christine Vasquez


Paideia Connections

The Fall 2015 Paideia Connections: Engaging Scholarly Conversations will be Thursday, October 15 at 4:00 PM in Olin 105. This fall's speakers and their topics are:

Dirk Early, Professor of Economics, "Prices, Housting Assistance, and Poverty"

Kim Smith, Professor of Art History, "Making Sense of Franz Marc: Abstraction and the Animalization of Art"

A reception follows in the Olin Lobby. We encourage all members of the Southwestern community to attend.

delivered by:Laura Hobgood


SIRA Fall Fitness Classes - join the fun, now!!

Have fun and get fit with SIRA's fitness classes.  SIRA Fall 2015 classes re-start immediately after Fall Break and continue through the end of the semester (7 weeks of classes for only $20!), so register now to claim your spot...

All these classes offer a great workout and the opportunity to interact with your SU peers in a healthy, fun-filled environment. BIG FUN, small prices. Whether you are looking for a mid-day or early evening workout, SIRA has the class for you.

  • CARDIO SCULPT - Tue/Thurs @ 12:15pm
    - Cost is $20/1day/wk, $40/2days/wk

  • YOGA CLASS - M,W,Th @ 5:15pm
    - Cost is $20/1day/wk, $40/2days/wk

delivered by:Derek Timourian


Found ring in Cullen

A women's ring was found in the Cullen building first floor bathroom. Please contact Lori McBee at 1929 to supply description.

delivered by:Lori McBee


Music and Cultural Transfer in the Utopian Community of La RĂ©union, Texas (1855-58), with a Little-Known Songbook

Southwestern University Art History Program ‘Working Papers’ Series presents:

A special guest lecture by our colleague from the Music Department:

John Michael Cooper, “Music and Cultural Transfer in the Utopian Community of La Réunion, Texas (1855-58), with a Little-Known Songbook”  

With a guest performance by Dana Long Zenobi. 

Monday, October 19th


Fine Arts Building, room 235

 One of the most influential inspirations for the hundreds of so-called “utopian communities” that sprang up in the United States in the nineteenth century was the French social theorist Charles Fourier (1772-1837), author of eleven treatises and over two hundred journal articles that collectively drafted a new blueprint for society. Distinctive in Fourier’s thought was the integral role of music and abstract musical concepts. Not only were the entire range of vocational and personal aptitudes and all the collective properties of society a phenomena that were analogues of the musical scale, but song and especially the opera industry were to be essential elements for achieving a divinely inspired social order.

This paper examines a little-known manuscript songbook held in the University of Texas at Arlington in order to gain a view of the music and musical life in the Fourierist community of La Réunion (near Dallas) during the years 1855-58. La Réunion ultimately foundered in the wake of financial difficulties and the harsh Texas climate – but its conceptual premises and day-to-day life reveal much about the issues and tensions that characterized life in U.S. intentional communities in the mid-nineteenth century. These considerations in turn offer a glimpse of the ways in which Fourier’s ideas were – and were not – able to sow the seeds of what he termed a “new industrial and societary world.”

delivered by:Katherine Hooker


Club, Organization, and Extracurricular Notices


Practice your German! Please join speakers of German, all levels, for friendly conversation during the lunch hour. We meet in the Bishops Lounge every Wednesday, noon to one. Look for the table with the German flags. 

delivered by:Erika Berroth


Southwestern Football Show with Coach Joe Austin

Join us at Uptown Social at 8 p.m. Wednesday for the seventh edition of the Southwestern Football Show with Coach Joe Austin.

Coach Austin will recap the Pirates' win at Austin College, while also looking ahead to this week's road tilt versus Oklahoma Panhandle State.

delivered by:Tony Baldwin







Korouva is having an open mic night this Thursday at 9pm!! You should come and perform! We allow poetry, music, miming, and other miscellaneous talents, so do not be shy to come and perform! Or you could just watch if you reeeeeaaallly don't want to! But we will have a tasty specialty drink for the night! So get your butts there! 

delivered by:alexandria shipman


Psi Chi Social TODAYYYY!!!!!!

Are you a Psychology Major or interested in becoming one? 

Come join Psi Chi, the Psychology Honor Society and the Psychology Department professors on Oct. 7th at 5:30 in the Olin Lobby for some FREE snacks and get to know more about the Psychology Department!

delivered by:saira fazalbhai


Visiting Artist Ceramics

The Ceramics division of the Sarofim School of Fine Arts is proud to present Visiting Artist, Melissa Mencini. Melissa is an artist currently residing in Austin, TX. She will be demonstrating her process for producing functional ware in the Studio Arts Building, Ceramics. For more information about Melissa and her work, please click the link below.

When: Thursday, October 15th. 12:30p.m. - 3p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

delivered by:Ron Geibel


(Suicide Prevention) The I'Mpossible Project @ Alma Thomas Theater TONIGHT, Oct.7th @ 8PM

Grab a seat at Alma Thomas Theater TONIGHT, October 7th at 8pm to watch The I'MPOSSIBLE Project. Josh Rivedal will give a keynote/program that combines Broadway-Style theater with suicide prevention and mental health education.

Josh Rivedal

delivered by:Kelly Becerra


Asian Student Association (ASA) Meeting TOMORROW!

Come to tomorrow's ASA Meeting at the CCC Lounge (room 234) in the Prothro Center at 6 pm!

Hope to see ya'll there!

delivered by:Marie Eugenie Nugpo


Community Service and Fund-Raising

Puppy foster homes

Georgetown Animal Outreach is looking for foster homes for 10 puppies. This will likely be fairly short-term (a couple of weeks) and all supplies will come with them. They will be almost 6 weeks old. If you are able to foster two or three of them (we send them out in twos or threes), contact me at my dog rescue email address,, and I will give you all of the information. Students, if you want to foster you must live off-campus in a place that is approved for pets. Thanks for thinking about doing this. Fostering saves lives!

delivered by:Laura Hobgood