Fox 4 Originally Posted: November 17, 2018 October’s massacre at a Pittsburg synagogue has focused new attention on the rise of anti-Semitic violence. This week, a couple who lived through Nazi occupation during World War II encouraged some SMU students to speak out against that kind of hatred in the world. Beate and Serge Klarsfeld are trying to teach a new generation about the evil of anti-Semitism. "It is important to give them the experience of our actions,” said Serge Klarsfeld. Klarsfeld witnessed his father being taken from their home in France after Nazis invaded. He and his wife have since spent the past five decades seeking justice for victims and survivors of Nazi war crimes. "When we began it was not the same world it [...]
Dedman College News Originally Posted: November 9, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett In the 2017-18 academic year, SMU Human Rights Fellow Benjamin Chi fought to change the Texas Family Code, advocating for underage youth without guardians to give consent to their own medical care, which would allow them to attend school and improve public health. “Working as an SMU Human Rights Fellow has been the most formative experience of my undergraduate experience,” said Ben. Inspired to study human rights through his parents’ experiences of living in poverty until their thirties, Ben has been collaborating with homelessness advocates, state government officials, healthcare specialists, and youth experiencing homelessness. In the 2014-2015 school year, 113,000 students were identified as homeless, according to the Texas Homeless Education Office, an organization [...]
Dedman College News Originally Posted: October 9, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett India Simmons is a junior majoring in Human Rights, International Studies, and Political Science. In addition to her academic pursuits, India has also competed on SMU’s Track and Field team. Through the EHRP, India has traveled to Poland, Germany, and Israel to further advance her knowledge and skillsets by seeing things first-hand. The trip to Poland and Germany, taken in December over winter break, was especially relevant to Simmons as it was focused around meeting with Holocaust survivors and visiting concentration camps. “It was a hard trip, physically and emotionally,” Simmons said. “(The survivors) were all elderly women. They were all so joyous. They were smiling the whole time. They were laughing. It was [...]
Event Date: October 10, 2018 Location: McCord Auditorium Time: 6:30 p.m. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is sponsoring an event on Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 pm. It is open to the SMU community and the public. We will be screening the film Spirits Homecoming, based on the story of one the “comfort women” who was a victim of Japanese military sexual slavery. Following the screening, Sinmin Pak, a nationally known advocate for justice for the survivors, will discuss the pilgrimage she undertook this past summer in Japan to raise awareness about the issue.
Dedman College News Originally Posted: October 3, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett Averie Bishop is a senior undergraduate majoring in Human Rights and Sociology and minoring in Law and Legal Reasoning (as a Pre-Law Scholar). In addition to being recognized as Miss Asian America, she along with her mother, Marevi, created the Tulong Foundation, a nonprofit that supports primary education for students in Southeast Asia. The Foundation is supported, in part, by an Embrey Human Rights Program student research grant. Initially created to help provide education opportunities, the Tulong Foundation currently sponsors over 20 children in the south of the Philippines; additionally, Tulong has expanded to include ventures such as teaching the locals sustainable farming skills and how to find and filter clean drinking water. “’Tulong’ [...]
Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 26, 2018 It’s an audacious goal: To make human rights a part of everyday conversation in Dallas, to make it as much a water-cooler topic as sports or reality TV. The team building the Human Rights Dallas map wants nothing less. The SMU-based researchers hope their online tool, unveiled this week, will give everyone a better understanding of both the good and ugly of our city’s history. Visit humanrightsdallasmaps.com and you’ll find a dozen stories pinned to a digital map of locations across Dallas County. Even if you’ve heard these narratives of injustice before, it’s urgently important that we think about them anew, given what’s gone on in our city of late. Perhaps these history lessons will give us [...]
Dedman College News Originally Posted: September 5, 2018 By: Ryan Garrett Kendell graduated from SMU with a B.A. in Human Rights, a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in May 2018. This fall, she will be returning to campus to work as a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow with SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. Originally, she had planned to minor in human rights. However, when Kendell participated in the EHRP Poland trip during her first year, she was so moved both emotionally and academically by the work and the information she was learning, that after fall semester of her sophomore year, she declared human rights as her second major. "The Embrey Human Rights Program has not only changed the way I see [...]
SMU Magazine Originally Posted: August 2018 Neha Husein ’19 gripped the steering wheel as her car jolted forward, hit from behind on one of Dallas’ busiest and most dangerous freeways. Shaken, but not injured, the high school senior surveyed the significant damage to her car. The cause of the crash? The driver behind her was texting while driving. The SMU senior admits to being “a little paranoid” on the road since that 2014 collision. That unease eventually inspired her to develop Just Drive, a mobile app that awards points to drivers who lock their phones while driving. Users redeem points for coupons and gift cards for food, drinks and merchandise. In less than a year, Husein piloted Just Drive from a class assignment into a [...]