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January 28, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Registration has begun for the Spring 2002 Southern Methodist University Godbey Lecture Series, which features SMU professors speaking in a public venue on interesting and relevant topics.

“America in Crisis: Past and Present” is the first Godbey Lecture Series to be featured this spring. Political science Professors Joseph Kobylka and Dennis Simon will discuss the impact of past wars and crises on American civil liberties, how past presidents have responded to crises and how the Bush Administration has responded to the events of Sept. 11. The lectures begin at 11 a.m., followed by a noon lunch at Maggiano’s in NorthPark Center on Mondays, Feb. 4, 11 and 18. Cost is $90 for Godbey Lecture Series members and $105 for non-members.

“Twentieth Century American Poets” will be the second lecture series of the spring. English Professor Willard Spiegelman will present four lectures on poets Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop and James Merrill. Each lecture will begin with brief general remarks about the poets’ lives and will offer suggestions on how to read their poetry. The lectures begin at 11 a.m., followed by a noon lunch at Maggiano’s in NorthPark Center on Wednesdays, Feb. 13, 20, 27 and March 6. Cost is $120 for GLS members and $135 for non-members.

“The Middle East and Islam: Yesterday and Today” is a timely topic in the aftermath of Sept. 11 events and will be the third lecture series offered this spring. SMU history Professors Dennis Cordell and Michael Provence will discuss early Islamic history and the tenets of the faith, the social and governmental model that the early Islamic community provided, the end of Ottoman rule and Western domination in the 20th century, and events of the recent past in light of the ideologies and appeals of secular nationalist and Islamist movements. The lecture series meets at 11 a.m., with a noon luncheon following, at Maggiano’s in NorthPark Center on four Mondays, Feb. 25, March 4, 18 and 25. Cost is $119 for GLS members and $134 for non-members.

“Winslow Homer: An American Vision” is a special one-evening lecture on the late 19th-century American painter whose works from his early scenes of rural America to his dark late paintings will be discussed. Randall Griffin, who teaches in SMU’s Division of Art History, will present the lecture at 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 20, in the Smith Auditorium of the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd. Cost is $35 for GLS members and $50 for non-members.

“Philosophy and Human Values,” the final lecture series in the spring lineup, will feature SMU philosophy Professors Alastair Norcross, Steven Sverdlik and Eric Barnes as they discuss some human values that have been the focus of Western philosophy since ancient times. Issues such as life and death, social and political values through history, and the troubled relationship between art and ethics will be discussed. The lectures will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon at Maggiano’s in NorthPark Center on three Mondays, April 1, 8 and 15. Cost to attend is $89 for GLS members and $104 for non-members.

The Godbey Lecture Series also has two spring tours planned. “Springtime in New Orleans” will be led by history Professor Jeremy Adams April 11-14. Foreign Language Professor René Priéto will lead the “Glories of Ancient Courts: Castles, Gardens and Monuments” tour which will explore the gardens of Picardy, Normandy and the Ile-de-France region around Paris, France, May 22-June 5. Registration deadlines for the trips is Feb. 8, after which space can be reserved only if additional hotel rooms are available.

The Godbey Lecture Series will honor SMU faculty members for outstanding books published during the year 2001 at its annual Author’s Award Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Monday, April 22, Umphrey Lee Ballroom, 3300 Dyer, SMU campus. Tickets are $35 per person or $275 per table of eight. Winners will be announced in early April.

For more information on the lectures or the tours, call 214-768-2532 or e-mail Information also is available at the Web site