The National Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs has named SMU Professor Rick Halperin, director of the Human Rights Program in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, as this year’s recipient of its National Faculty Award.
The award recognizes an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies the qualities of interdisciplinary, liberal learning, and who has participated significantly in teaching, mentoring, and advising students, as well as actively participated in other faculty service in a graduate liberal studies program.
A longtime human rights advocate and member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA, Halperin regularly leads groups on human rights educational journeys to places such as Cambodia, Rwanda, South Africa, El Salvador, Bosnia, and numerous Holocaust sites across Europe. Every December he takes a group to death camps and other Holocaust sites in Poland for two weeks.
Halperin was chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA from 1992-1993 and again from 2005-2007. He is a member of the National Death Penalty Advisory Committee, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (serving as President from 2000-2006 and again in 2007-present)