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 that ensued in the months and years to come would change the paradigm of World War II and alter world history. Among the death tolls were 2 million Jews and millions of Russian civilians who were murdered. Thousands of towns and villages were destroyed and wiped off the map, art and livestock were plundered and the human psyche scarred forever. The Wehrmacht and Soviet forces both invaded and crushed Poland [...]

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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 boards make the whole experience rather undignified, and all too often can end up with wheelchairs becoming damaged or broken, or even the passenger getting hurt. “Airlines need to recognize that each of their passengers need to be treated with dignity,” SMU senior Brady Martin says. “Some call air travel a luxury and believe that we are privileged if we have the opportunity to travel by air. However, in the globalizing [...]

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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 ever seen. The havoc, destruction, and wholesale slaughter of human beings that ensued in the months and years to come would change the paradigm of World War II and alter world history. Among the death tolls were 2 million Jews and millions of Russian civilians who were murdered. Thousands of towns and villages were destroyed and wiped off the map, art and livestock were plundered and the human psyche scarred [...]

By | 2021-07-12T08:23:32-07:00 July 12th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Reflecting on the 80th Anniversary of the Nazi Invasion of Russia

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 students are working this summer to research and find the stories of who made McKinney’s history, particularly focusing on the city’s Black and Hispanic communities. Their work is part of an internship program with Legacy Keepers of Old East McKinney, a consortium focused on preserving and promoting the history of McKinney’s Black and Hispanic communities. For Luisa Piña, an Austin College student, the internship provides an almost full-circle experience: she [...]

By | 2021-07-06T06:54:03-07:00 July 6th, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Diversity and Inclusion, Embrey Human Rights Events, History, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Meet the three college students working to preserve McKinney history

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 future of his graduating human rights scholars while recalling his personal journey of protests as an undergraduate 50 years ago. Published in USA Today https://www.usatoday.com/.../college.../4942261001/

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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 SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Ann is in her final semester of coursework in the Doctorate of Liberal Studies program in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, and Ann’s concentration and research focus is in the area of Human Rights and Holocaust studies under Human Rights Program Director Dr. Rick Halperin. The Dells’ initial $250,000 gift will establish the Ann and J.D. Dell Endowment [...]

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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 prompted several to volunteer at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, which housed 700 people during the storm. “It was amazing to see that you got people out there that actually really care for helping the community, especially during times like this,” Bri Tollie said. The SMU political science junior with a minor in human rights spent 10 hours at the convention center one day but said she and other [...]

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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 advancement that is occurring right before us. The impending abolition of the death penalty in Virginia is indeed an historic moment in this country’s human rights history. It continues a long trend over several decades in which numerous states throughout the country reached similar conclusions to end the barbaric practice of state-sanctioned executions.  Of course, as a Southern state and the former capital of the Confederacy, Virginia’s move is all the more noteworthy. I [...]

By | 2021-03-01T12:44:30-08:00 March 1st, 2021|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Is Virginia’s Move to Abolish the Beginning of the End of the Death Penalty in America?

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

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