Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

To the Unknown

Thirteen SMU students, faculty and staff are in Rwanda from August 4-13, 2016 with SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. After the country’s 1994 genocide, in which as many as a million people were killed in 100 days, “history lives on,” says group leader and program director Rick Halperin. The group are visiting genocide sites and meeting with survivors, government representatives and representatives of NGOs, They are also carrying donated books, classroom supplies, toys and clothing to share with the schools and orphanages they are visiting. Continue reading

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Los Señores at Ascate

Jessica J. is a junior on the pre-med track, majoring in human rights and health and society and minoring in women’s and gender studies. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer in Costa Rica volunteering with a government-supported community center that serves elderly folks from disadvantaged backgrounds. Continue reading

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DAI Brought It

Mary Leah is a Ph.D. candidate studying religion and ethics. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer interning with Dallas Area Interfaith, a non-profit coalition of organizations that helps ordinary citizens to negotiate effectively with governments and private institutions to improve their lives. Continue reading

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In the Congo

Lindsay G. is a rising senior majoring in international studies and human rights. She travelled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this summer with Army ROTC for closer study of the country’s culture and language. Continue reading

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Exciting so far!

Parker M. is a senior majoring in biochemistry and philosophy. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital and the Texas Instituted for Surgery, both in Dallas. Continue reading

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First Weeks

Claire W. is a senior majoring in biology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer volunteering at Dallas-based Bryan’s House, a non-profit organization that provides medically managed child care and support services, assisting with the organization’s social media reach as well as its early-childhood education program. 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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Powerful Images

Eighteen SMU students alums, faculty and community members are traveling to Italy March 4–12 to learn about the nearly 8,000 victims of the Holocaust in the country before and during World War II. The group is visiting sites in and around Rome, Florence, Bologna, Bolzano and Trieste to “confront the horrific crimes Germans committed against Jews and other innocent civilians, especially after Italy switched sides in 1943 and joined the Allied effort,” says Rick Halperin, director of the Embrey Human Rights Program, which is leading the trip. Continue reading

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Not Your Everyday Class

SMU students traveled to New Hampshire to visit presidential campaign headquarters and organize focus groups for CNN during the Iowa caucus. They were accompanied by Rita Kirk, SMU communications professor and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. Continue reading

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Prague Castle

Fourteen students, including 10 from SMU, took a study tour of Holocaust sites in Austria and the Czech Republic, Jan. 5-12. Led by SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin, Program Coordinator Sherry Aikman, the group visited cities and death camps throughout the region. Continue reading

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