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Remembrance vs. Respect

Sara E. is majoring in human rights & journalism: A group of 30 in big coats shuffling on and off a charter bus with cameras in tow clearly stand out as tourists. And though the sites we’re visiting aren’t traditional … Continue reading

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History Has Become Real

Rosa P. is an M.B.A. student at SMU’s Cox School of Business: Since the journey started, it’s been common to hear a tour guide say, “in this camp, hundred of thousands of people died.” While that fact is easy to … Continue reading

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‘Humans Did This’

Neha H. is a sophomore majoring in human rights and marketing: Chelmno was an extermination camp where Nazis attempted to carry out “ethnic cleansing” of some 350,000 people. The victims were loaded onto gas vans and died from asphyxiation from … Continue reading

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The Lost Children of Łódź

Tiffany J. is a senior human rights major: Children in the ŁódźGhetto were taken from their parents and transported by train from the Radegast station to the “Palace” at Chelmno. All that remains of the manor house-“reception” center are traces of … Continue reading

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‘Genocide and Human Rights’

Jackie B. is blogging about the “Holocaust Poland” trip.  To follow her thoughts on “Genocide and Human Rights,” visit https://genocideandhumanrights.wordpress.com. It’s a quite unanimously agreed statement that each of us students feel or felt emotionally unprepared for the events of this … Continue reading

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A Place Where Not Even the Birds Fly

Allison P. is a senior majoring in journalism: As we pull up to the gates of Stutthof, outside of Gdansk, everything I’ve been mentally preparing myself for completely leaves my mind. Dr. Halperin was right: We cannot even begin to … Continue reading

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A Second Look at ‘Manifest Destiny’

From “American West” trip participant Paul Lake of Dallas: This trip has been an amazing learning adventure. My fellow travelers are bright and fun. I’ve learned much from all of them. All of the sites confirmed my belief of how badly … Continue reading

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The Grace of Sacred Grounds

Shared by graduate student Denise N., studying human rights & social justice and American studies: Walking the sacred grounds of the Washita is an honor. The area is so beautiful, and with the recent rains, lush. A quiet calm is … Continue reading

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‘Eerily Quiet’ at Sand Creek Massacre Site

An observation from Bettye H., a Master of Liberal Arts student at SMU: Although the history of the massacre at Sand Creek is tragic and heartbreaking, the fact that so few people know about it is worse. Walking along the … Continue reading

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Exposing a Romanticized ‘Wild West’

Thirteen SMU students and faculty and staff members will travel the American West June 2–12 to visit Native American reservations and historic sites “to study past and present struggles of our country’s indigenous people – all too often our forgotten people,” says Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, sponsoring the trip for the first time. While in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska the group will visit such places as the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the site of the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana. Continue reading

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