Category Archives: Politics & World Events

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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‘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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Rick Halperin, human rights leader

“17-year-old Malala [Yousafzai] represents the role young people can play in advancing human rights causes. That should inspire governments everywhere to ensure human rights education begins as soon as possible for future generations of global leaders.” — SMU’s Embrey Human … Continue reading

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Charles Krauthammer, political commentator

“This is going to be one of the dirtiest campaign seasons on record on both sides. So I say hide the children and check the plumbing: You’re going to need to shower several times a day.” – at the Tate … Continue reading

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