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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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‘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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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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‘Tough’ Talk: ICE Director/SMU Alumna Sarah Saldaña ’84

“I remember you were tough on me. [Audience laughs.] Let me remind you I have national subpoena power now.” – Sarah R. Saldaña, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Director/SMU Dedman School of Law alumna (’84) kidding her “much admired” former professor/dean, C. … Continue reading

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Acclaimed statistician/forecaster Nate Silver leans in

FiveThirtyEight.com founder Nate Silver, who calls himself an “applied statistician-journalist or something like that,” was peppered with non-stop questions during SMU’s Willis M. Tate Lecture Series Student Forum May 5. Here are a few of the most memorable exchanges (his … Continue reading

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SMU Dedman College Dean on Embrey Human Rights Program

“Fundamentally what we look at in Dedman College is what it means to be human. I can’t really think of anything more important than the human rights program for looking at ethical responsibilities … and to understand how we relate … Continue reading

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