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“Where do I go to receive justice?”

An update from Jennifer M., doctoral candidate studying prison reform: “Where do I go to receive justice?”  Anthony Ray Hinton asked this question at the end of his presentation at the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL. He had just … Continue reading

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Arkansas

An update from law student Brenda B.: “Man cannot outdo God. I don’t hate no more. I love everyone.” – 72-year-old John Henry “Shep” Sheppard, a Rockefeller 15, whose death sentence for the murder of a white woman in 1964 … Continue reading

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Oklahoma

An update from law student Brenda B.: Our first stop was the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum dedicated to the 168 victims and more than 600 survivors of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. … Continue reading

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Death Chamber, Cummins Prison, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Fifteen SMU students, faculty members and others will travel by bus through the Deep South Aug. 2-10 to visit the people and places involved in operating, reporting on and opposing the death penalty in America. The 10-day experience is designed “to expose people to the physical and emotional aspects affiliated with our country’s use of the death penalty, the majority of which is carried out in the states we’ll visit – Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas,” says capital punishment expert/activist Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, the trip’s sponsor. Continue reading

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On Being an Anthropologist in the Era of Big Data

Last week before camp started I was speaking with the grandfather of one of our campers about my research and the Ph.D. program I am in. He told me that my analytic skills would be valuable when I finished because … Continue reading

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Not The Blog Post I Wanted To Write

This is not the blog post I wanted to write, nor the one I thought I would write when the summer began. But it is I think the most important one I will write for readers of this blog. I … Continue reading

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Creative Maladjustment Day

  On Sunday July 16, the Hive hosted a day of free workshops led by friends and community members. Creative Maladjustment Day, as it’s called, is devoted to challenging oppressive systems and celebrating those ways we respond to them that … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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