Author Archives: Sarah Hanan

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Looking behind, looking ahead

An update from Hope, a sophomore majoring in human rights and history, on the Student Leadership Initiative’s last day in Costa Rica, January 11: What next? The end of any worthwhile journey always seems to beg this simple question. After … Continue reading

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Our songs from Costa Rica

An update from Asia, a senior majoring in human rights, with a minor in women’s and gender studies and international relations: I believe we all have a song. Our songs are our stories. All of our songs connect when we … Continue reading

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Human rights, like a drive to the ferry

Twelve students in SMU’s Student Leadership Initiative (SLI), sponsored by the Embrey Human Rights Program, participated in a service-learning trip to Costa Rica Jan. 2-12, 2015. The SLI students were led by Dr. Howard J. Recinos, Professor of Church and Society at SMU Perkins School of Theology, and Dr. Joci Caldwell Ryan, a lecturer in the women’s and gender studies program of SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Continue reading

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Laws that subjugate

An update from Richard, a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program: On Saturday, January 10, the group visited the Holocaust Memorial Center, which commemorates the 1,441 lost Jewish communities and more than 500,000 victims, Jews and Roma, … Continue reading

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Humanity and evil

An update from Joseph, a graduate student in the Perkins School of Theology: Landing in Budapest, Hungary, I was amazed by the beauty of the city as I looked through the window of the plane. Arriving a day before my fellow … Continue reading

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Walking tour of Jerusalem

Another wonderful day at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, studying “Israel: Jewish and Democratic” with Marcie Lenk, Donniel Hartman, Leon Weiner Dow and Ezra Korman of the SHI staff. Our afternoon included a walking tour of Jerusalem neighborhoods, followed … Continue reading

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The ‘Tree of Life’

 

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At the House of Terror

An update from Vanna, a graduate student in the Master of Liberal Studies program studying human rights and social justice: Hungary is an ancient country that has gone though tumultuous political upheaval in the past few decades. Today we visited … Continue reading

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Meeting Holocaust survivors

An update from Liz, a senior majoring in political science and international studies, with a minor in human rights: The Dohány Street Synagogue in connection with the Jewish Museum was both artistically pleasing and an eye-opening experience. The ornate, Oriental-style … Continue reading

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A class in Jerusalem

Our group spent the day with staff from Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and Bethlehem International Center. Shalom Hartman Institute is a Jewish research and education institute that offers pluralistic Jewish thought and education to scholars, rabbis, educators, and Jewish … Continue reading

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