Taos Cultural Institute: July 18-21, 2019

Taos Cultural Institute

2019 Courses

FROM TEDDY TO TRUMP: PRESIDENTS AND JUSTICES IN THE 20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND

FROM TEDDY TO TRUMP: PRESIDENTS AND JUSTICES IN THE 20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND

Instructors: JEFFREY A. ENGEL AND JOSEPH F. KOBYLKA

In a tale as old as our nation's history, for better or for worse, and with implications until death, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the presidency has always been an important yet sometimes conflicted one. Examine the recent history of the American presidency and how the people and politics of each era uniquely influenced Supreme Court judicial appointments, decision making and, ultimately, the political climate in our nation.

Jeffrey A. Engel, founding director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU and the author or editor of 10 books on American foreign policy, and Joseph F. Kobylka, author and award winning-associate professor of political science at SMU, team up to take participants on a journey to explore the intricate connection between these two powerful branches of government in recent times. From controversies to clashes and everything in between, go in depth for an enlightening historical perspective on how presidents like Theodore Roosevelt, FDR and Richard Nixon managed critical appointments and relations and the impact of their decisions on their careers and American politics as a whole. Then fast forward to the 21st century to explore what current and potential appointments and impending judicial decisions may mean for our nation's future.

INNOVATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE: GETTING TO YES

INNOVATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE: GETTING TO YES

Instructors: MARC P. CHRISTENSEN AND MATTHEW B. MYERS

The World Economic Forum, the eminent independent international organization for public-private collaboration, has dubbed our new, digitally driven economy the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With billions of people now connected at any given moment and the constant onslaught of information exchange, our workplace is changing exponentially, as are the jobs in it. The WEF forecasts that 75 million jobs that exist today will be gone by 2022 because of changing technology and the ever-growing emphasis on data. This means that technological innovations through engineering and the business processes that commercialize them are increasingly linked as the future of economic and societal growth. But how can we as individuals become the innovators that our society needs? Join the deans of SMU's Lyle School of Engineering and Cox School of Business for this intriguing exploration of how organizations are changing to survive and thrive in the innovation economy.

TEXAS FILM AND WINE: A PERFECT PAIRING WITH THE COGILLS

TEXAS FILM AND WINE: A PERFECT PAIRING WITH THE COGILLS

Instructors: GARY COGILL AND HAYLEY HAMILTON COGILL

This course provides a look at Texas through the film lens and the wine palate – two bold artistic expressions that capture the grand essence of the Lone Star State.

Embark on a cinematic exploration of some of the best Texas-inspired films with Gary Cogill, an Emmy Award- winning journalist and film producer, and Hayley Hamilton Cogill, founder and president of Dallas Uncorked, sommelier and author of the wine blog "Red Wine with Breakfast." The Cogills will offer an entertaining and inspiring course that celebrates the artistry of Texas through wine and film, with a focus on the genre spanning across each region of Texas. As a complement to select films, enjoy wine pairings that reflect True Texas inspiration as Hayley features wines and winemakers throughout the state.

BATTLES AND REVOLTS: TAOS' CONTENTIOUS HISTORY

BATTLES AND REVOLTS: TAOS' CONTENTIOUS HISTORY

Instructors: MICHAEL ADLER AND JOHN UBELAKER

How far would you go to protect what you call home? The historical underpinnings of the beautiful Taos landscape are fraught with a contentious past filled with tales of discord just waiting to be explored. John Ubelaker, professor emeritus of biological sciences, joins Michael Adler, William P. Clements, Jr. Endowed Executive Director of SMU-in-Taos and associate professor of anthropology, to delve into the rich yet tumultuous history surrounding the home of SMU-in-Taos, Fort Burgwin. Course participants will also travel further back in time to unpack the Native American history and prehistory of the area from an archaeological perspective as they participate in field trips to Pot Creek Pueblo, Picuris Pueblo and the early colonial village of Dixon. Participants will want to wear sturdy walking shoes and bring rain ponchos or jackets for field trips both days.

A MEDLEY OF FLAVORS

A MEDLEY OF FLAVORS

Instructor: WILKS MEDLEY

Tempt your palate and test your skills in this two-day cooking class led by Taos restaurateur Wilks Medley. Join classmates as you cook in a real commercial kitchen, learning everything from basic knife skills to new recipes that focus on different cuisines each day. Participants will enjoy their delicious lunches with wine pairings offered by sommelier Molly Steinbach.

Wilks Medley worked for Chef Todd English at his flagship Boston restaurant, Olives. He attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, where he graduated with two degrees in the culinary arts and hospitality management. After his formal training, Medley worked in many fine dining restaurants from Boston to Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles. He and his wife, Colleen, a pastry chef, now reside in Taos, where they own and operate their restaurant, Medley.

THE SECRET CITY: LOS ALAMOS AND THE ATOMIC AGE

THE SECRET CITY: LOS ALAMOS AND THE ATOMIC AGE

Instructors: CAS MILNER, STEVEN SEKULA AND JODI COOLEY-SEKULA

The Manhattan Project in Los Alamos and the development of nuclear weapons had a profound cultural and political impact on the last century that reverberates today. This course will explore the people and events that shaped this nation's nuclear program and ushered in a fascinating new age of scientific discovery. A keynote presentation by James K. Hopkins, professor emeritus of history in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, will set the stage for an in-depth exploration of the past, present and future of Big Science with two of SMU's leading physicists – associate professors Steven Sekula and Jodi Cooley-Sekula – as they team up with Taos veteran and Adjunct Professor of Physics Cas Milner. Among the course highlights will be a guided field trip to notable sites in Los Alamos. Discussion of vital contemporary topics – including nuclear proliferation, treaty verification and North Korea – will be enhanced by a comprehensive presentation about physics research at SMU. On Thursday morning, participants may choose to take part in a bonus field trip to Santa Fe to visit two important social and administrative sites of the Manhattan Project.

ON THE GREEN WITH JEANNE

ON THE GREEN WITH JEANNE

Instructor: JEANNE SUTHERLAND

Take a swing at improving your golf skills in the august company of Jeanne Sutherland, who is in her eighth season as head coach of the SMU women's golf team, amidst the spectacular desert scenery of the Taos Country Club. The unique setting of the club's Jep Wille-designed championship course, featuring silver-green sagebrush, manicured greens, gently rolling terrain and panoramic mountain views, puts players' skills to the test while creating memorable golfing experiences. This course includes individual instruction with Sutherland as well as coaching tips through nine holes of golf on Day 1 and 18 holes of golf on Day 2.

Under Jeanne Sutherland's leadership, the SMU women's golf team made its 15th NCAA appearance in 2017 and saw the program's highest-ever ranking at No. 20. A PGA Class A professional, Sutherland has taught at the renowned John Jacobs Golf Schools. She spent 15 years at the helm of the Texas A&M women's golf program and came to the Hilltop after three years as head professional at Vail (Colorado) Golf Club.

FLY-FISHING IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT

FLY-FISHING IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT

Instructors: THE SOLITARY ANGLER

Experience uniquely crafted fly-fishing trips in and around Taos, including fishing with the well-trained staff of The Solitary Angler on the Little Rio Grande, where it flows through the SMU-in-Taos campus. Taos offers the best of Northern New Mexico – magnificent scenery, beautiful weather and excellent year-round fly-fishing – for anglers seeking adventure far from the madding crowd. Your experienced guides, who are devoted to fishing and have trained anglers of all skill levels, know when and where to cast a line and how to match a client's fishing skill level and aspirations with the right location to create an unforgettable experience.

WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS: THE MEN AND WOMEN BEHIND THE MANHATTAN PROJECT

SPECIAL 15TH-ANNIVERSARY OPENING LECTURE

WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS: THE MEN AND WOMEN BEHIND THE MANHATTAN PROJECT

Featuring James K. Hopkins

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the SMU-in-Taos Cultural Institute, join us as we welcome back to Taos James K. Hopkins, professor emeritus of history in Dedman College, for a signature lecture on the Los Alamos nuclear project. In this introductory session open to all registered Cultural Institute attendees and guests, Professor Hopkins will offer his unique perspective on the Manhattan project (his father helped plan and execute the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and reflect on the legacy left by those uniquely gifted men and women who toiled relentlessly and secretly in the mountains of Northern New Mexico to end the most savage war of modern history.

Lecture begins at 4 p.m. and is open to all attendees and guests.