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March 28, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- This spring the Godbey Lecture Series is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The SMU program, which offers informal lectures, faculty-guided tours and special luncheons, spotlights some of SMU's most respected and popular scholars and makes them more accessible to the Dallas community. Lecture topics range across the humanities and the sciences, and include talks on poetry, history and music, among other subjects.

In its 25-year history, the Godbey Lecture Series has offered more than 1,300 lectures and tours by more than 300 SMU faculty members and raised more than $1,500,000 for scholarships, research and faculty development.

The GLS began as the University Lecture Series in 1978 by longtime SMU staff member Jo Fay Godbey. Upon her retirement in 1994, the University renamed the series in her honor for her untiring efforts on behalf of the program.

Although membership is required to participate in GLS tours, the public is invited to register for GLS lectures. The Godbey Lecture Series offers a selection of lecture series each fall, spring and summer semester. These lectures are given on the SMU campus and at locations in the Park Cities area. A series consists of three or four lectures of a single theme with an enrollment fee for each series. (Members receive a discounted fee.) To view a schedule of upcoming lectures, refer to the Godbey Lectures Series website at