Roberto Corona, Embrey Human Rights Program, Seattle park honors 12-year-old killed by Dallas police in 1973

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: August 30, 2015

Seattle park honors Dallas 12-year-old killed by police

At Santos Rodriguez Memorial Park, the playground draws children with its red-and-blue slides and green-and-yellow monkey bars. The lush gardens entice adults to stroll and smell the blooms. A plaque honors the memory of a boy killed by a Dallas police officer in 1973.

The irony here is that the park sits in Seattle, some 1,600 miles from the city where Santos was raised and died. In Dallas, there is no park or plaque in his honor, and that puzzles some who want that to change.

“They can do that in Seattle, but they can’t do that in Dallas,” asked Bessie Rodriguez, the 71-year-old mother of Santos, who died 42 years ago this July. READ MORE

SMU Adventures, Project Impact and Education in Guatemala

SMU Adventures

Originally Posted: August 10, 2015

Follow Jennifer, Maguire Fellow in Guatemala.

Jennifer is a senior majoring in human rights and public policy. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2015 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU for her work in community development. READ MORE.

Embrey Human Rights Program, World Affairs Council to host McCullough, Kristof

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: Aug 6, 2015

Pulitzer Prize winners David McCullough and Nicholas Kristof are among the headliners who will be speaking this fall on behalf of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

McCullough, the famed chronicler of American history, will discuss his latest book, The Wright Brothers, at noon Nov. 20 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. McCullough has won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor; two Pulitzers; and the National Book Award, among other honors.

Tickets are $75, and books will be available for purchase.

The council has also secured New York Times columnist and author Kristof as the featured speaker for two programs Sept. 15.

Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, won a Pulitzer for international reporting in 1990 for their coverage of the violence in China’s Tiananmen Square. He was awarded a second Pulitzer for commentary in 2006. He will discuss the philanthropic theme of his latest book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, which he co-wrote with WuDunn.

The Kristof event opens at 6:30 p.m. with a reception at Parish Episcopal School followed by the talk and a book signing. Tickets are $45 and include a copy of A Path Appears.

The program will be hosted in cooperation with the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University and Gendercide Awareness Project.

Earlier that day, Kristof will address a World Affairs Council luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Worth Club, which is presenting the program in partnership with the council. Tickets are $75 and include a copy of A Path Appears.

A speech by a top FBI agent will open the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth’s Saturdays at the Warwick Melrose speaker series on Aug. 15.

Thomas M. Class Sr. is the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas division and a veteran of the agency’s national security efforts. The program begins with registration and continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. followed by Class’ presentation.

The council will also present espionage writer and former CIA spy Jason Matthews in a program titled “Out of the Secrecy, Into the Novel.” Matthews’ latest thriller, Palace of Treason, is set in contemporary Moscow.

The Sept. 10 event begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by a 7 p.m. program and book signing at The Highland hotel. Tickets are $40.

To buy tickets or join the council, visit or contact Gail Host at or 214-965-8413. READ MORE

Brad Carter, Political Science, to lecture on ‘politics of anger’ at Wilbur Public Library

Dallas Morning News

Wilmer Public Library will host a lecture on Tuesday (8/4/15) about politics as part of its annual summer series.

Brad Carter, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, will talk about what influences people’s views on government and the development of a “politics of anger.” He will explore the history of political parties and how they’ve changed.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be at 7 p.m. at Gilliam Memorial Public Library, 205 E. Belt Line Road. READ MORE

Death of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez to be remembered this Friday in Dallas cemetery

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: July 23, 2015

Family and friends will gather this Friday morning to quietly honor the life of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez, who was killed by a Dallas police officer 42 years ago. The boy’s mother and others will gather for prayer and flowers at his grave in Oakland Cemetery at 9 a.m. just south of downtown.

“It seems like it happened yesterday,” said Bessie Rodriguez, his 71-year-old mother. “Poor thing, just a kid. I have dreams of him pleading for his life.”

The mother loves Elvis, the son loved Santana. The son told her he’d always protect her, the mother says. Memories like that give some balance to the brutality around her boy’s death. READ MORE

NFL player and SMU alum, Kelvin Beachum visits campus over Father’s Day weekend

Kelvin Beachum shared his secrets for success as a college student with a group of SMU alumni, staff, faculty and community members last Friday evening at a reception hosted by Lori and Jon Altschuler. The new father returned to campus to kick off Father’s Day weekend and share his journey from Dedman College student to the NFL. He advised all students, and student athletes in particular to stretch and go beyond their comfort zones by getting involved with leadership opportunities on campus. Prayer, planning, position and “paying it forward” all hold special importance to this dynamic offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The crowd of Beachum fans enjoyed the one-on-one time with Kelvin and the chance to ask about his experiences both at SMU and in the NFL. Click here for recent media coverage on Kelvin Beachum.

Jon Altschuler ’94, Dedman College Executive Board member Lori Altschuler ’92 (hosts of the reception)
Kelvin Beachum with Jon Altschuler ’94, Dedman College Executive Board member
and Lori Altschuler ’92 (hosts of the reception)
Lori White, Vice President for Student Affairs Tony Tillman, Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Director of Student Retention for SMU
Tony Tillman, Assistant Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Director of Student Retention for SMU, Kelvin Beachum and Lori White, Vice President for Student Affairs
Group photo with Kelvin Beachum




Success! Power Plays: Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields, the 2015 Conference Summary:

The SMU Geothermal Lab recently hosted its 7th international energy conference Power Plays:Geothermal Energy in Oil and Gas Fields. Along with discussion on generating geothermal energy from oil and gas fields, topics at this year’s event included desalination, flare gas and induced seismicity. A summary of the presentations is available at

Read a summery of the event here.

Read more on the event here.