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Day 6: Montgomery/Tuskegee

An update from Hayley, a junior majoring in anthropology, French and human rights: Our first stop this morning was the Rosa Parks museum, and I really enjoyed the experience. I was a bit hesitant at first because I have been to some strange “interactive” museums, but this one truly captured the spirit of the Montgomery bus boycott. Watching the re-enactment of Rosa Parks’ arrest made me picture being surrounded by a mob of jeering and rude faces. Her stoicism and courage in this moment was reflected in the film, and her sense of unwavering calm was inspiring. After the museum, Sorsha, Erin, Yusra, and I visited the Alabama state capitol as well as the Supreme Court building. The capitol was [...]

2013-03-21T21:21:14+00:00 March 14th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|

Being ordinary

An update from Hiba, a junior majoring in biochemistry and human rights with a minor in Arabic: Hiba on Martin Luther King Jr.'s porch in Montgomery Perhaps the most beautiful thing about change is that it often comes in the form of a person. Not an extraordinary person. Just an ordinary person. It is that ordinary person — the one who lives under the same house that you and I consider “home,” who is plagued by the same fears you and I wonder about late at the night, and who unearths strength from the same kind of love that we associate with family, in religion, or in people. Today was a reminder of that concept. If you ask a [...]

2013-03-20T19:09:10+00:00 March 13th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|

National Voting Museum and Tabernacle Baptist Church

An update from Jazmin, a senior majoring in Spanish: “Being a Negro in America means trying to smile when you want to cry. It means trying to hold on to physical life amid psychological death. It means the pain of watching your children grow up with clouds of inferiority in their mental skies. It means having your legs cut off, and then being condemned for being a cripple.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here, 1967 Our day started off at the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma, Alabama. This place was overwhelmed with artifacts and history of the events that occurred during the journey towards voting rights for people of color. I was [...]

2013-03-21T21:22:06+00:00 March 12th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|

Pilgrimage Day 2: Mount Zion Church

An update from Jazmin, a senior majoring in Spanish: Today we went to Mount Zion Church, where two white men and one African American man – Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney – worked during Freedom Summer just before their gruesome murders. The three activists were heavily involved in the civil rights movement, where equality was always a priority. Because Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were both white men who supported the movement, the Ku Klux Klan became intimidated by the kind of power and success the movement would obtain with white men on its side. The three men had been working to register black voters in Mississippi during Freedom Summer. After investigating the burning of a church, the group [...]

2013-03-14T17:47:59+00:00 March 11th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|

Pilgrimage Day 1: Little Rock Central High School

An update from Jazmin, a senior majoring in Spanish: Little Rock Central High School “The effort to separate ourselves whether by race, creed, color, religion, or status is as costly to the separator as to those who would be separated.” – Melba Pattillo Beals Today was the first official day of our pilgrimage. Our group got to go to Little Rock Central High School where in 1957, nine African American students attempted, for the first time, to integrate the school. On May 17, 1954 the United States Court issued Brown v. Board of Education, which declared by law that segregated schools  be unconstitutional. With this law being passed, the United States was entitled to desegregate all schools throughout the nation. [...]

2013-03-14T18:14:56+00:00 March 10th, 2013|SMU Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2013|

Inspiration and invigoration

An update from Gwen, a sophomore double major in civil engineering and Spanish: Me in front of a cool sculpture on our way to the convention. I’ve been so inspired and invigorated today! After pulling myself out of my cushy queen-size bed at 6 A.M. (9 A.M. in Dallas, so not so bad!), I met up with my 3 student colleagues and we headed out to our conference site 15 minutes away. From there on out it was a whirlwind of amazing discussions and collaboration with other schools and their sustainability perspectives. I heard presentations from students who grew their own food, banned water bottles on their campuses, created bio-digesters for their schools, committed themselves to 20% sustainable [...]

2012-10-16T21:55:14+00:00 October 15th, 2012|Sustainability Conference 2012, Los Angeles|

The urgency of sustainability

An update from Zachary, a junior environmental studies major: We arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday to attend the AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Conference. After spending time on Hollywood Boulevard, we got straight to work on Sunday. All the workshops were extremely inspiring and motivating. It's awesome to engage with thousands of other students and faculty who are as passionate about sustainability as I am. One of the biggest lessons that I am taking away from this conference is how urgent it is to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. Even if you don't believe that global warming is happening, sustainability is necessary for thriving life on a planet with finite resources. Sustainability is an attractive [...]

2012-10-16T21:44:42+00:00 October 15th, 2012|Sustainability Conference 2012, Los Angeles|

From LA: A different beauty

An update from Jewel, a sophomore environmental science major: It's not a secret that SMU prides itself on its beautiful campus. Our grass is always green and our petals are always perky. I love that about SMU, but at the AASHE conference in LA I've found feasible ways to do something at SMU that I love even more: sustainability. We could walk past a tree on campus and pick a peach to eat. The rain that periodically floods the Boulevard could flow down garden beds into a rainwater harvest system. That water could be treated by flowering plants in a greenhouse. The food waste from Umph could be composted in our community garden, and the herbs, vegetables, and fruit grown there could go back to Umph. [...]

2012-10-16T21:39:39+00:00 October 15th, 2012|Sustainability Conference 2012, Los Angeles|

The practiced journalist

An update from Marc at the Republican National Convention: Putting an event like the Republican National Convention on the air is eerily similar to putting a play on stage. Dozens of tech people sprinkled throughout the forum tinker with lights and equipment, the talent sits patiently backstage waiting for their cues, and a few producers make sure every single second stays true to their vision. The news does not just happen. It is planned, rehearsed, and executed. I know this because I was a part of that rehearsal. At first, I was sent down to the floor to hold a place so that the cameramen knew where to look. However, the anchor I was standing in for was behind schedule, [...]

¡No pasa nada!

It is one of the mantras that you will hear very often in Madrid – not for its literal meaning of “nothing happens,” but the real translation, which is: “Don’t worry, be happy.” Madrileños live with that attitude. Life in Madrid is wonderful. I am now participating in the SMU-in-Madrid summer program. It is a very intense program focused on Spanish language and culture, while living with a local family, using local transportation, and eating as much local food as possible – and at the same time, obtaining 6 credit hours through your major or minor. That really sounds like a dream come true.   In our first Saturday, we went to El Escorial and El Valle de los [...]

2012-06-20T22:17:16+00:00 June 20th, 2012|Mayra, France and Spain|
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