Category Archives: Words of Wisdom

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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Dedman Law Dean Jennifer Collins on Life ‘Lesson’

“A Lesson Before Dying — it helped inspire my passion for social justice.” — Dean Jennifer M. Collins, SMU Dedman School of Law, naming a book that’s inspired her during her career, to writer Maria Cross in The Daily Campus

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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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NoViolet Bulaweyo ’07, author, We Need New Names

“Reading should be a labor. We are not here to be pleased all the time.” – during a lecture and Q&A on her first novel, winner of the 2014 PEN/Hemingway Award and the first book by an SMU graduate to … Continue reading

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Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball and The Blind Side

“The hardest part of the job is getting yourself in the chair and doing it.” – on being a writer

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