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Remembering SMU’s Civil Rights Champion, Dr. Dennis Simon

SMU will remember the meaningful life and legacy of political science Prof. Dennis Simon today (Monday, April 3) at 2 p.m. in Perkins Chapel. Key to Dr. Simon’s nationally respected career was his leadership in SMU’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage, an eight-day … Continue reading

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Human rights grad’s ‘dream job’ to help program fulfill its dreams

“The Embrey Human Rights High School Chapters project is in its infancy, but we’re cultivating it based on the energy we get from DFW youth, who really want meaningful human rights education.” –  Lisa Walters-Vargas, new community outreach coordinator for the Embrey Human … Continue reading

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Oh, myyyy: George Takei to talk at SMU Feb. 2

  With humorous and outspoken charm, actor-activist George Takei will speak at SMU Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium. The sold-out “Upstander” Series show is being sponsored by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program and the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center … Continue reading

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‘Voices’ from SMU’s 2016 ‘Triumph of the Spirit’ Awards

A large crowd gathered at The Kessler Theater Nov. 16 to honor the 2016 winners of the “Triumph of the Spirit” humanitarian awards sponsored by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. In keeping with the evening’s theme, “Voices,” we’re inspired to share … Continue reading

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5 Questions for a Decorated Vet: SMU Law Prof. Chris Jenks

DALLAS (SMU) – Following the recent SMU Tower Center event, “Does America Still Need the Army?” we posed that question (and four others) to SMU Dedman School of Law Prof./U.S. Army Lt. Col. (ret.) Chris Jenks, director of SMU’s Criminal … Continue reading

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The Rest of the Storey: SMU’s Ties to Nuremberg & More

Most people know the Nuremberg Trials held high-ranking Nazis accountable for heinous World War II crimes. But few knew SMU’s connection to “the greatest trial in history” until Dedman School of Law hosted two events Oct. 24 to commemorate the Trials’ 70th anniversary. At … Continue reading

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After Human Rights Summit, ‘Let’s Open Our Hearts to Each Other’

At the July 12 memorial for Dallas’ five fallen officers, President Obama asked, “Can we find the character, as Americans, to open our hearts to each other?” Several days earlier, the “Human Rights Dallas” summit, sponsored by SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, would … Continue reading

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Brexit De-Brief: 10 Things Learned at Tower Center ‘Populism’ Talk

European political insider Sergey Lagodinsky was guest speaker for the recent “Populism in Europe and Germany” event sponsored by SMU’s John G. Tower Center for Political Studies. Lagodinsky, a Berlin-based attorney/author/political commentator who heads the EU/North America Department of the … Continue reading

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‘Comfort Women’: ‘We Have to Confront the Historical Pain’

  “Most people have little-to-no knowledge of ‘comfort women’ during the war, and certainly haven’t heard the kind of first-hand testimony European Holocaust survivors have been able to share. So it was imperative we host a program with a survivor … Continue reading

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‘Rights Are Different From Mere Courtesies’: SMU Law Prof.

During his State of the Union address Dec. 6, President Obama suggested linking firearm-sale databases with the nation’s no-fly list could help prevent future acts of terrorism. In response, a compelling thought: “As a matter of law, and as a core … Continue reading

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