Monthly Archives: July 2017

Why this trip?

An update from law student Brenda B.: Most Americans have an opinion one way or another about the death penalty. But how much do we really know? During the summer after my first year of law school (now), I decided to travel with the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program to learn as much as I can. Since 1996, SMU’s Human Rights program has traveled with students to some of the world’s most problematic areas, including Auschwitz and Rwanda. The first of its kind, the death row trip will bring together graduate and undergraduate students from various disciplines, from SMU and other universities, faculty and professionals, on a tour of death row facilities from Texas to Florida. Program directors profess they [...]

2017-08-08T14:44:02+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Human Rights - Facing Death Row|

Shelter Scenes

Lex P. is a senior majoring in markets and culture. This summer she is interning at the Austin Street Center, in Dallas, which provides safe shelter for the homeless.

2017-07-20T14:53:19+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Lex in Dallas|

Feet Are Gross

Feet are gross. I have never liked them, yet last week I found myself with some unhoused friends’ bare feet in my hands as part of one of Open Table Nashville’s foot clinics. At these outreach events Open Table staff and volunteers offer basic foot care to our friends on the streets. Generally it is like a pedicure that one might get at a beauty salon or spa, but not focused so much on the visual aesthetics of feet as on their comfort as folks living on the streets and in shelters tend to do a lot of walking - often in bad shoes and socks. I am part of the Christian tradition and, naturally, washing feet has a particular religious [...]

2017-07-19T15:34:13+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Justin, Maguire Fellow in Nashville|

Writing in Los Angeles

Me, at Versailles, posed with one of my favorite preparatory sketches made by Jean-Marc Nattier. I am at the half way point in my research, which means it is writing time. I am now in Los Angeles to visit various university libraries, the Huntington Library art collection and the J. Paul Getty Museum. An important part of visiting collections of French art around the world is gaining an understanding into the buying market of this type of art. I will be able to see which genres of eighteenth-century French art were, and continue to be, desirable to collectors. For example, in my study of anti-Rococo sentiment, I may find out that in the twentieth century, the Rococo style [...]

2017-07-17T15:45:24+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Delanie in France|

Visiting 18th-Century French Art

Delanie L. is a graduate student studying art history. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer studying elements of morality and ethics depicted in 18th-century French art.

2017-07-18T08:14:32+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Delanie in France|

Ethnicity and Identity, part one

Traveling as a non-Latina brown American from Lima to Quito to Bogotá over the past few days has made me think a lot about ethnicity and identity so here ya go: Meeting so many new people in a relatively short period of time has also meant having to launch into descriptions about my ethnicity at least three times a day since last Tuesday. Guesses that I've received regarding my ethnicity while in Quito and Bogotá include: Colombian, Dominican, and Mexican. Generally, saying that I'm from the States warrants, "but where are your parents from?", in a not-so-subtle attempt to figure out why I'm not white and blond. And then comes the best part, when I explain to people that I'm half Indian, and suddenly [...]

2017-07-17T13:48:35+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Jessica in Peru|

‘It’s Like a Whole New World’

Megan B. is a graduate student studying anthropology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She is spending the summer studying environmental advocacy with the Trinity River Audubon Society.

2017-07-11T10:34:21+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Megan, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|

V-Lock Blocks

As we reach the end of June, it’s amazing to think that summer is nearly halfway over! I have been working for the past few weeks on my design kit, playing with blueprints and scouring existing projects for inspiration. Wrapped up in the design phase, I completely forgot that I hadn’t shared the rest of my experience at DwellEarth training. While I’m sure that everyone was mesmerized in the science of soil, I thought it might be helpful to show you what that science can actually build. We began with a dry stack. Dry stacking eliminates the use of an adhesive, and is made possible by the unique shape of the block. As you can see in my quick sketch [...]

2017-07-05T09:53:43+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Maggie, Maguire Fellow in Dallas|