Students in the University Honors Program sociology class "Global Society" spent nine days in Nicaragua, with Lecturer Nancy Campbell, learning about the relationship between globalization and the social, political, economic and cultural life of that country. Students will produce a unique research project rooted in data collected in Nicaragua.
Associate Professor of Political Science Joe Kobylka and the students in his Honors Program class “The Supreme Court Seminar” are spending six days in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., doing research in the papers of former Supreme Court Justices. Each student has developed a unique research topic, question, and design, and will use the justices’ papers to find evidence to help answer the question and write a culminating original research paper.
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.
Jessica is a junior majoring in human rights and health and society, and minoring in gender studies and Spanish, on the pre-med track. She is performing an Engaged Learning project on the construction of feminism and women’s movements in Lima, Peru. She is spending the spring semester in Lima volunteering and taking classes on Amazonian ethnography, gender construction in Lima and Peruvian social reality.
Thirty-nine members of the SMU community took a study tour of Holocaust sites in Poland Dec. 18-30. This year marks the 20th anniversary of SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin leading the two-week immersive experience. The group visited cities and death camps throughout Poland, where, during World War II, some 5,000,000 people were murdered during the Nazi, Germany, occupation (1939-1945). The group also met with members of the organization Children of the Holocaust, in Warsaw, to hear first-hand stories of their experiences.
Two SMU graduate student researchers, with SMU Professor of Geophysics Matthew Hornbach, traveled to the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska, to participate in a research project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to chart heat flow and chirp data on the ocean floor.
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.
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.
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.
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.