Symposium features 'A Conversation with Alexander McCall Smith'

A symposium honoring Alexander McCall Smith, author of the highly popular mystery series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, will be held from 2:30 - 4 p.m. May 15 in SMU's Umphrey Lee Ballroom. McCall Smith will be in Dallas to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from SMU at its Commencement on May 16.

Alexander McCall Smith"A Conversation with Alexander McCall Smith" will be moderated by Dedman School of Law Professor Fred Moss. The SMU Bookstore will sell McCall Smith's books on site, and the author will autograph them after the program.

McCall Smith has excelled in two diverse careers, as legal scholar and fiction writer. He earned a law degree and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, where he has led a distinguished career as professor of medical law. He has been a visiting professor at law schools in Europe and the United States, including twice at SMU's Dedman School of Law, in the late 1980s and in fall 1998. An international authority on biomedical ethics, he has served on the International Bioethics Commission of UNESCO.

However, he is best known as a best-selling author. His mystery series on The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 40 languages. The series has been adapted for radio, television and feature film.

Professor McCall Smith has strong connections with faculty in SMU's Dedman School of Law. He co-authored a professional book with Professor Daniel W. Shuman and dedicated a book in the Isabel Dalhousie Sunday Philosophy Club series to Professor Shuman. Professor McCall Smith dedicated the first book in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series to Professor Joseph W. McKnight and his wife, Mimi, and featured the McKnights as characters in one of the Dalhousie books.

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