Exploring France’s dark past

An update from Merle, a graduate student in Liberal Studies: Have been experiencing a tour of sites in France associated with the WWII Holocaust. We have concentrated on French atrocities. Not only has the trip been an eye-opener and sometimes a tearjerker; it has also taught someone who felt she knew that era's history so much more. I heard "Vichy" in the past and thought mineral water or thick vegetable soup. In fact, it was the capital of what remained, in theory, of independent France after 1940 when the Germans marched into the northern part of the country. Now we have learned how un-independent that Vichy government was when it came to protecting the nation's Jewish population. We are seeing [...]

2014-03-14T12:39:59+00:00 March 13th, 2014|Human Rights, France|


The Perkins Global Theological Education Program prepares Christian leaders for complex cultural experiences through seminars and significant immersion experiences in other cultures. Students learn to build intercultural relationships, resolve cultural conflicts and guide intercultural ventures. The immersion course in Taize, France is led by Dr. C. Michael Hawn, University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and Director of the Perkins Master of Sacred Music Program, and Dr. Heidi A. Miller, Assistant Professor of Christian Worship. Theology students studying in Taize, France, visit sacred sites such as the Taize community, Notre Dame, Cluny and Chartres, and consider the sites’ rich contributions to Christian worship and music. Perkins students also are blogging this summer from South Africa at

2013-06-10T22:25:37+00:00 May 29th, 2013|Theology in France|

¡España! ¡España! ¡España!

Notice all the flags! ¡Viva España! That was the chant of the night. Can you hear it? All the spirit typically associated with Spanish fútbol echoing in your ears. Well, it sure was all present at last night’s España vs. Francia FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier! Getting to experience a true partido de fútbol (soccer game) in Spain, where soccer is a matter of life or death, was such a blessing. Our sweet program coordinator, Tania, found these great tickets at really good prices, and despite our midterms the following morning we were all in! It was everything I expected and more. The Spanish believe in their team; they all wear the colors, everyone gets little plastic Spanish [...]

2012-10-26T21:21:47+00:00 October 26th, 2012|Megan in Spain|


Colby is a junior majoring in business marketing in the Cox School of Business, with minors in art history and photography in Meadows School of the Arts. In fall 2010 she is participating in SMU-in-Paris, where she plans to study art history, French culture and photography. She's eager to get lost in the streets of Paris, explore the suburbs and countryside, relax at local cafes, witness beautiful masterpieces, indulge in LOTS of cheese and bread, couture window-shop her heart out and snap thousands of memories.

2013-07-16T19:06:00+00:00 September 2nd, 2010|Colby in Paris2010|

The curtain is lifted

Pia spending a month this summer in Cannes, France, on a Richter Research Fellowship to investigate the relationship between the popular, wealthy city and its local, national and international charities.

2013-07-30T19:36:39+00:00 May 28th, 2010|Pia in France|

Leaving on a jet plane

Rebecca is a President’s Scholar and a triple major in art history in Meadows School of the Arts and Spanish and French in Dedman College. In Summer 2009, she will begin her travels in the sunny South of France on the Cote d’Azur before continuing to Barcelona. There, she will pursue a Richter research project, studying the relationship between nationalized Catholicism, the Franco regime and parish church architecture in the Catalunya region of northeastern Spain. After Barcelona, Rebecca will continue to the Burgundy region of France, where she will volunteer as a guest worker on an organic vegetable farm before settling down for Fall 2009 in Madrid.

2013-07-30T19:53:18+00:00 May 14th, 2009|Rebecca in France Spain|

Countdown to Paris

Elisabeth is a junior majoring in journalism from Denver who is participating in SMU-in-Paris this summer. She's looking forward to learning art history inside The Louvre and traveling to the Loire Valley.

2013-07-16T19:59:09+00:00 May 11th, 2008|Elisabeth in Paris|


Claire, a junior CCPA major and Studio Art minor from Fredericksburg, is studying this fall with SMU-in-Paris. She spent the summer with SMU-in-London, where she interned with Greenbelt Movement International.

2013-07-16T19:01:37+00:00 September 24th, 2007|Claire the world traveler|