Embrey Human Rights Program

Eye Opening

During the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program’s first study trip to Israel March 8-17, a group of 26 SMU students, faculty and staff and community members focused on learning about the country’s most pressing humanitarian issues – from the Palestinian crisis to refugee and LGBTQ rights. While staying in Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tel Aviv, the trip-goers visited sites steeped in both ancient history and ongoing controversy.

2018-03-22T11:50:04+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Human Rights in Israel (Spring 2018)|

A wish for ‘the one storm pure enough to cleanse the air’

At the memorial for the victims of the Nazi death camp Chelmno, SMU political science/international studies major Ryan C. ’18 read Lana Hechtman Ayers’ poem “Chelmno” – in which Ayers notes the wait “for the one storm pure enough to cleanse the air, soak through, make everything clear and plump with a love that is impervious to flame …” […]

2018-01-08T11:21:07+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)|

Thoughts from India

Angela W. is a senior studying biochemistry and human rights. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer volunteering in Chennai, India, with Unite for Sight, an NGO that supports eye clinics.

2017-12-20T15:07:06+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Angela in India|

Death Chamber, Cummins Prison, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Fifteen SMU students, faculty members and others will travel by bus through the Deep South Aug. 2-10 to visit the people and places involved in operating, reporting on and opposing the death penalty in America. The 10-day experience is designed "to expose people to the physical and emotional aspects affiliated with our country's use of the death penalty, the majority of which is carried out in the states we'll visit - Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas," says capital punishment expert/activist Rick Halperin, director of SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program, the trip's sponsor.

2017-08-08T15:48:18+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Human Rights - Facing Death Row|

Stutthof Outside of Gdansk

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.

2016-12-23T09:29:34+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Human Rights in Poland 2016|

Abigail Goes Abroad

Abigail, a senior double majoring in human rights, and public relations and strategic communications, is spending the fall semester in Copenhagen, Denmark participating in the Danish Institute for Study Abroad Justice and Human Rights program.

2016-09-22T14:53:47+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|
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