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Reichstag in Berlin

Students in the art history graduate seminar “Rhetorics of Art, History and Memory After The Second World War” traveled to Berlin and Warsaw during spring break to research the intersection of art history with the fields of trauma and memory studies in the last two decades, by analyzing museums, monuments and memorials in the two European cities. Continue reading

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Meeting Rev. and Mrs. Graetz

An update from Hena, a senior majoring in human rights and political science: Before leaving on this trip I wrote an article for the SMU Forum where I talked about what I was looking forward to seeing on the 2016 … Continue reading

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First Day Visits

An update from Fareeha, a sophomore, majoring in communication and political science, minors in law and legal reasoning: Rome, the city which never fails to stun its visitors, approximately 3 million visitors go there every year, which speaks of its … Continue reading

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Not just fighters

An update from Jin Ae, a junior majoring in anthropology and human rights: This trip has exposed me to the truth of the real suffering of those involved in the civil rights movement. Sometimes we can get caught up in … Continue reading

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Power, Privilege and our Past

As part of this eight-day bus journey, SMU students, faculty and staff visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and meet people who participated in and witnessed the movement.
The group’s stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor; the home of slain Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, in Jackson, Miss.; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated.
“In the course of our journey, we meet numerous ‘keepers of history,’ including the former leaders of the bus boycott and voting rights marches,” says Professor Dennis Simon, who with Ray Jordan, leads the pilgrimage, which is sponsored by SMU’s Chaplain’s Office and the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. “These are people whose lives and stories give life – in the here and now – to what we read and see in our study of the civil rights movement. Their character, faith and willingness to share their experiences help us understand the inner strength required to kill Jim Crow.” Continue reading

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Via Rasella and Fosse Ardeatine

An update from Ivan, an MBA student: After visiting the first couple of sites in this Holocaust trip, my original thoughts of the trip have changed. After visiting in person the site of Via Rasella, which is the street where … Continue reading

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When in Rome…

An update from SMU alumnus Pedro Gonzalez Corona ’12: … just keep running into infinity. For the first time in the history of my trips to Europe with the Embrey Human Rights Program I have not experienced a cultural shock. … Continue reading

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Memorials in Rome

An update from Grace, a sophomore majoring in political science and human rights and minoring in law and legal reasoning, international affairs and public policy:   We visited a street in Rome here German soldiers were killed by Italian resistance … Continue reading

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Seeking Peace and Justice

An update from Perkins School of Theology student Jesseca Aziz: Today, on our third day, we visited two places, Servicio Social Passionista and Tutela Legal. By advocating human rights, Servicio Social Passionista (SSP) works to promote and develop a culture of peace among the crucified … Continue reading

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Remembering Liuzzo

An update from Mayra, a senior majoring in human rights and international studies:   Mary Liuzzo is the daughter of Viola Liuzzo, the civil rights activist. She has now become very involved in speaking about her mother’s legacy and the … Continue reading

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