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Rick Halperin reflected on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Russia

History New Network Originally Posted: July 11, 2021 Eighty years ago last month Adolf Hitler unleashed almost 3 million soldiers along a 1,500-mile front, with the intent to utterly and militarily destroy the Soviet Union.  It was the largest assembled army the world had ever seen. The havoc, destruction, and wholesale slaughter of human beings […]

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SMU Senior Working With All Wheels Up Advocating For Wheelchair Space On Aircrafts.

Maguire Ethics Center Originally Posted: July 30, 2021 While catching a flight remains a simple part of life for most people, those flying as a wheelchair user may find flying a daunting proposition. While airlines are required to assist in making it possible to fly, it’s often not a pleasant process. Slings, hoists, and slide […]

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Reflecting on the 80th Anniversary of the Nazi Invasion of Russia

History News Network Originally Posted: July 11, 2021 By: Rick Halperin, director of the Human Rights Program at SMU Dallas. Eighty years ago last month Adolf Hitler unleashed almost 3 million soldiers along a 1,500-mile front, with the intent to utterly and militarily destroy the Soviet Union.  It was the largest assembled army the world had […]

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Meet the three college students working to preserve McKinney history

Star Local Media Originally Posted: July 2, 2021 For Jordyn Harrell, researching McKinney’s history is like working on a big jigsaw puzzle. The Southern Methodist University student likes to usually have the whole story, details and all, before her, she said, but this summer, she and two others are searching for the pieces themselves. Three […]

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My college years were in the tumultuous 1960s. Graduates today must keep idealism alive.

USA Today Originally Posted: May 9, 2021 “I anticipate many of my students in the Southern Methodist University Human Rights Program, where I teach, will remain active in social justice causes for Black Lives Matter, women’s and LGBTQ rights, anti-hate activism, and beyond.” Rick Halperin, director of the SMU Dallas Human Rights Program, contemplates the […]

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Big Path Capital Dell Family Creates Endowment Fund for SMU Human Rights Program

Yahoo Finance Originally Posted: April 5, 2021 J.D. Dell, managing director and partner at Big Path Capital, the leading investment bank for impact companies and private equity funds, and Ann Marie Dell, who is currently enrolled in a Southern Methodist University doctorate program, are pleased to announce a $500,000 commitment toward the endowment of the Human Rights Program in […]

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Cold Weather, Warm Neighbors

Park City People Originally Posted: April 5, 2021 Residents mobilize to help each other during historic Texas blizzard While many Texans were without necessities like power and water during the winter storm in February, North Texans came together to help each other through it. Information posted in a group chat for SMU human rights students […]

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Is Virginia’s Move to Abolish the Beginning of the End of the Death Penalty in America?

History News Network by Rick Halperin Rick Halperin is director of the Human Rights Program at SMU Dallas He writes frequently on death penalty policy at the state and federal level.  Given all the crises the nation has been dealing with in the last year, it is easy to overlook a major human rights accomplishment and […]

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Seven Years from the “Day of Infamy” to “Human Rights Day”

History News Network December 12, 2020 Rick Halperin, director of the Human Rights Program at SMU Dallas, pens a piece challenging Americans to remember the December WWII dates of the Pearl Harbor bombing and the institution of Human Rights Day seven years later. READ MORE https://bit.ly/3gN3rqF