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Meet the Hive

Jordan G. is a graduate student studying medical anthropology. He 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. He is spending the summer volunteering with The Hive, a public mental health service group in Brattleboro, Vermont. Continue reading

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DwellEarth Training Session

Maggie I. is a graduate student studying design and innovation. 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 learning more about compressed earth block technology, and designing modular building systems for rural communities. Continue reading

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Maternity, Domestic Work and Other Thoughts

A few evenings ago I had a conversation about maternity with a woman who is currently employed as a domestic worker. As some background, she lives in the home of the family she works for (cama adentro = live-in maid). … Continue reading

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Wealthy Guilt, White guilt, Gringo guilt:

I wasn’t raised to give money to people on the streets. I have many memories of being rushed past homeless people by my mother and father while growing up, them ignoring the women and men asking for money, as I have grown … Continue reading

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Making Friends While Abroad is Not Easy, But I Wish it Was

“So, do you have any Peruvian friends?” We all laughed the nervous laughter of people who do not, in fact, have any Peruvian friends. “Well, we’ve met people in our classes…” But the Peruvian we were with shook his head … Continue reading

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Public Space as Male Space

Today I noticed that in Lima I don’t say hi to people as I walk down the street. This is partly because I am embarrassed by my accent. The “r” in “buenas tardes” is something that I will probably go … Continue reading

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Beauty

Chris Snyder, SMU Guest The trip to Rwanda was the most impactful trip I have ever experienced. While I tried to avoid preconceived notions going into the trip, I was struck by the beauty of the land and its people. … Continue reading

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Fear

Lori Anne Shaw, Director of Training & Development at Duncum Center Solutions, Abilene Christian University  The Rwandan people have much to teach us about building peace. For example, Rwandans deliberately and bravely choose hope over fear. Fear drives people to … Continue reading

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Debate

Dr. Ben Voth, Director of Debate, SMU Associate Professor of CCPA There are several things I saw in the Rwandan people that we could use to build peace here. One is the model of forgiveness that we saw in the … Continue reading

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Humanize

Husain Abdullah, Dispute Resolution Graduate Student, Retired NFL Athlete I saw the recognition of one’s humanness. Dehumanization and derision is what led to an unprecedented crime against humanity in 1994. Today we race to mock and ridicule “the other”. We … Continue reading

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