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In Focus: 10/10/2013

A weekly newsletter published by the Communications Office

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Students in religion professor Molly Jensen’s First-Year Seminar on “Just Food/Food Justice” are spending the month of October helping reclaim an overgrown garden at Mitchell Elementary School. First-year students Hayden Deborah, John Gramza and Morris Newin are shown here working in the garden with a student from the school.

Top News

LIBRARY RECEIVES GRANT TO DIGITIZE EARLY ISSUES OF THE MEGAPHONE

Southwestern has received a grant to help digitize some of the earliest issues of its student newspaper, the Megaphone.

The grant will enable Southwestern to have all the issues of the Megaphone that were published between 1907 and 1924 digitized.

“While all the back issues of the Megaphone are available on microfilm, the film is very tedious to use,” said Kathryn Stallard, director of special collections and archives. “Digitizing The Megaphone will significantly increase its value as a primary resource for both Southwestern University and the community − and more than a few genealogists.” 

Read more here.

SOUTHWESTERN, SMU PARTNERING TO MAKE MULTIMEDIA MATERIALS ABOUT THE LATE SEN. JOHN TOWER AVAILABLE ONLINE

Southwestern University and Southern Methodist University have been working together to help the public learn more about a famous graduate of both universities: the late Sen. John Tower.

The two have created The John G. Tower Digital Media Collection, which contains selected video, film and audio clips that provide valuable insight into U.S. and world history during the 24 years Tower served in the Senate.

To date, more than 200 clips from 1963 to 1992 have been posted online. The clips were selected from the John G. Tower Papers, which are housed at Southwestern, and were digitized and formatted for the web by the Norwick Center for Digital Services at SMU.

The clips include many of Tower’s weekly radio addresses to constituents, as well as interviews he gave to radio and television stations.

Read more here.

Events

TICKETS FOR 2013 WRITER’S VOICE AVAILABLE THIS MONTH

Tickets for the 2013 Writers’s Voice event featuring novelist and short story writer T.C. Boyle are now available to Southwestern students, faculty and staff and will be available to the general public Oct. 15.

Boyle will make a public appearance at Southwestern on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The event is sponsored by Southwestern’s A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center.

The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets may be reserved on the Writer’s Voice web page at http://southwestern.edu/infoservices/writersvoice/Boyle/index.php

Read more here.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 13TH ANNUAL JAMESON 5K

The 13th annual Jameson 5K will be held at Southwestern on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 8 a.m.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Jaysn Jameson Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to Southwestern students majoring in the natural sciences. To date, the race has raised more than $64,000 for student scholarships.

To register, or for more information, visit http://www.jameson5k.org/

PRESIDENT BURGER TO GIVE OCT. 31 PRESENTATION ON ‘THE 5 ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE THINKING’

President Edward Burger will give a public presentation based on his book The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking on Thursday, Oct. 31, at City Lights Theatres. The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes lunch.

The event is $10 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members. To register, call 512-930-3535. Copies of The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking will be available for purchase at the event.

GALLERIES IN GEORGETOWN ON TOUR THIS SATURDAY

Five galleries around Georgetown are participating in the “Gallery Georgetown” event to be held this Saturday, Oct. 12. The event will run from 4-9 p.m., with free shuttle service provided between galleries.

Participating galleries include the Georgetown Art Center, 816 S. Main St.; Artisans Connect Gallery, 122 E. Eighth St.; Framer’s Gallery, 610 S. Main St.; Gallery at One Love Tattoos, 903 N. Austin Ave.; and Hill Design + Gallery, 1623 Rivery Blvd.

Shuttle service is available starting at 4:30 p.m. and running every 30 minutes until 9 p.m. Shuttle pick-up is at the Georgetown Art Center with stops at Gallery at One Love Tattoos and Hill Design + Gallery.

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun did an article about chemistry professor Emily Niemeyer being named one of six Outstanding Texas Women in STEM.

Notables

Erika Berroth, associate professor of German, was invited by Belmont University to present her research on transnational identity narratives at the 12th Annual Humanities Symposium, “Encountering Otherness,” that was held Sept. 28. As a featured speaker sponsored by the Max Kade Foundation, Berroth offered examples of journeys of discovery and remembrance of Self and Other in films, art installations and texts, connecting feminist and eco-critical approaches. Her talk on places and times of contested belongings in East Central European contexts offered critical perspectives on the work of  Marica Bodrožić.  

Michael Cooper, professor of music and holder of the Margarett Root Brown Chair in Fine Arts, presented a paper at the Southwest Chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society at Rice University Oct. 5. The paper was titled “Mendelssohn’s Große Festmusik Zum Dürerfest (1828) and the Sacralization of German Musical History.” Cooper also presented the paper to the SU German Club Oct. 1. 

Michael Saenger’s latest monograph, Shakespeare and the French Borders of English, was published this month by Palgrave Macmillan. It is a comprehensive theorization of Shakespeare’s relationship to France, and it also forges important links between developments in queer theory, feminism, early modern social history and the study of language. This research produces many insights, including a precise date for the composition of King Lear. Many students and faculty members of Southwestern are cited in the book.

Laura Senio-Blair, associate professor of Spanish, helped organize part of a film festival that is being held in Chile Oct. 7-13. Her portion of the festival, titled “Nomads: Chilean Directors in Exile,” originated during the semester she spent in Chile on a Fulbright award in spring 2012. Read more here.