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Wayra and Carlos

I’ve been in the park for four weeks now, and I’ve decided to extend my stay by another three weeks. The work we do here is simply unbelievable, and I do not want to leave. I have been working with … Continue reading

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Stuck in Santa Cruz

Antoine M. is a junior studying world languages. 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 Parque Ambue Ari, a wildlife center in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Continue reading

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Farewell, New Hope Garden

Finishing up my last week here at Austin Street is bittersweet. I feel privileged to have met so many interesting people, from the dedicated employees, to the selfless volunteers, to the guests themselves. People like Laura and Doris, who manage the front intake desk several … Continue reading

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What does justice really look like?

An update from M.B.A. student Diane S.: It’s 6 a.m. on a humid summer morning, and I’m standing in a commuter lot at SMU anxiously awaiting our departure to one of the most unique opportunities to date that I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Georgia

An update from law student Brenda B.: How do we treat our prisoners, and what does that say about us as a society? Despite being condemned, are prisoners entitled to civil rights (those given to us by a nation because of … Continue reading

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Learning to See

If you were given a box of crayons and asked to draw a scene from nature, you would probably first start with the green and brown crayons, maybe adding a swath of blue for the sky and a round yellow … Continue reading

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Engaged Research

I volunteered with the Hive Mutual Support Network because of its close fit with my anthropological focus – grassroots alternatives to the mental health system. And while I’ve shared how my own experiences with psychiatry connect to this work in … Continue reading

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Different Kinds of Misery

An update from Jennifer M., doctoral candidate studying prison reform: Andersonville, Georgia Standing in a muggy, buggy Georgia field, we tried to imagine Andersonville Prison as it was during the Civil War. Established as a Confederate prison to house Union … Continue reading

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Do I Believe in the Death Penalty?

An update from Bettye H., a graduate student: As a native Texan, I have always known about the prison in Huntsville. We drove past it time and time again on our way from Houston to visit my grandparents in Dallas. … Continue reading

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Alabama

An update from law student Brenda B.: Evidence shows a direct correlation between the lynchings of African Americans at the turn of the century and the modern use of the death penalty: the more prevalent the lynchings, the more prevalent … Continue reading

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