Kendell Miller-Roberts, EHRP Post-Baccalaureate Fellow 2018-19

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 [...]

By | 2018-09-05T10:20:13-08:00 September 5th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Kendell Miller-Roberts, EHRP Post-Baccalaureate Fellow 2018-19

Navigating the intersection of commerce and compassion

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 [...]

By | 2018-08-23T09:51:00-08:00 August 23rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Navigating the intersection of commerce and compassion

Triumph of the Spirit Awards to honor human rights leaders

Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 Location: Mack Ballroom, SMU Campus Dallas, Texas Time: Dinner & Celebration 6:00 p.m. Register for the event: https://link.smu.edu/events/triumph-of-the-spirit/registration About the Honorees: "Nazi Hunters" Beate and Serge Klarsfeld. For more than five decades, this married couple has brought war criminals and to justice across the globe and helped restore the names and faces of victims. Click here to learn more.   2018 Local Awardees: The Docents of the Dallas Holocaust Museum This elite team of North Texas educators is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancinghuman rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Click here to learn more.   About the Triumph of the Spirit Awards: Thoughtfully produced to entertain and inspire, the TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT AWARDS honor the accomplishment, commitment and innovation of human [...]

By | 2018-08-09T08:17:57-08:00 August 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on Triumph of the Spirit Awards to honor human rights leaders

Letter: Honor Santos Rodriguez

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 29, 2018 Rick Halperin, Director of the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University writes a letter to Dallas Morning News encouraging city officials to honor Santos Rodriguez with a memorial. Honor Santos Rodriguez, Dallas Last week marked the 45th anniversary of a major tragedy in Dallas: the murder of a handcuffed 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez by Officer Darrell Cain inside his police car on July 24, 1973; that event led to the only race riot in Dallas' history four days later in anger and protest. Currently, there is nothing in public in this city dedicated to the memory of Santos Rodriguez, although Seattle was able to dedicate a public park in his name in 1976. The failure of [...]

By | 2018-07-31T07:54:04-08:00 July 31st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Letter: Honor Santos Rodriguez

WATCH: Sold out crowd for Santos Rodriguez documentary

Fox 4 Originally Posted: July 24, 2018 WATCH Filmmaker Byron Hunter says he just finished editing the documentary this weekend. Monday's private screening will be followed by a public showing on Tuesday on the 45th anniversary of a killing that marked a very dark day in Dallas. The killing of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez was national news. It sparked a series of protests and near riots. It was on July 24, 1973, when Santos and his brother, David, were picked up on suspicion of burglary. Santos was handcuffed in the back of a Dallas police car. Officer Darrell Cain held a revolver to the boy's head and pulled the trigger on an empty chamber. The boy still insisted he was innocent. The second trigger pull was [...]

By | 2018-07-25T07:47:35-08:00 July 25th, 2018|Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on WATCH: Sold out crowd for Santos Rodriguez documentary

Film, Art Project Aim For Honest Reflection On 12-Year-Old’s Murder In Dallas’ Little Mexico

KERA Originally Posted: July 23, 2018 The Santos Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship celebrates the life of this young boy by providing other young persons an opportunity that he never had – the opportunity for a college education. It also dignifies the memory of July 24, 1973, by perpetually transforming the terrible injustice of that day into a positive force for change. Learn more about the Santos Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship. Forty-five years ago Tuesday, a Dallas police officer shot and killed a 12-year-old Mexican-American boy, Santos Rodriguez, while he sat handcuffed inside a patrol car. Today if you drive or walk by Pike Park — once the heart of Dallas' Little Mexico — you wouldn’t know it was also near the site of that tragedy. Dallas Parks board [...]

By | 2018-07-23T19:14:47-08:00 July 23rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events|Comments Off on Film, Art Project Aim For Honest Reflection On 12-Year-Old’s Murder In Dallas’ Little Mexico

Remembering Santos Rodriguez — 40 Years Later

Dallas Weekly Originally Posted: July 18, 2018 Rick Halperin, director of SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program, talks with various media about the 40th anniversary of the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez by a Dallas police officer. WATCH Dallas Rights Groups Announce Events to Mark 45th Anniversary of Santos Rodriguez Murder. DALLAS, TX - The Santos Vive Project, a coalition of North Texas organizations headed by Human Rights Dallas, will mark the 45th anniversary of the chilling murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez on July 24, 1973. A series of events are planned to remember a dark and fateful day in Dallas history. It was 2 o'clock in the morning when police dragged young Santos and his brother David out of their beds, handcuffed them and then [...]

By | 2018-07-20T11:31:04-08:00 July 20th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Remembering Santos Rodriguez — 40 Years Later

‘Our Trayvon Martin’: Santos Rodriguez documentary tells story of boy murdered by white Dallas cop

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 18, 2018 Click here to learn more about the Santos Rodriguez Memorial Endowed Scholarship which promotes Human Rights education for emerging leaders and honors the memory of a young boy whose life ended far too soon. Documentary filmmaker Byron Hunter wants to make sure younger generations know crucial elements of Dallas Latino history. He points to the rise and fall of Little Mexico, the significance of Pike Park and the tragic murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez, who was killed Russian-roulette-style by a white Dallas police officer. Hunter, who grew up in Dallas, said he wants to use the upcoming 45th anniversary of Rodriguez’s death as a teachable moment for the community. His latest documentary, Santos Vive, is set to release next [...]

By | 2018-07-20T08:06:25-08:00 July 20th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News|Comments Off on ‘Our Trayvon Martin’: Santos Rodriguez documentary tells story of boy murdered by white Dallas cop

Dallas Rights Groups Announce Events to Mark 45th Anniversary of Santos Rodriguez Murder

Dedman College News Originally Posted: July 15, 2018 Media Contacts: "Santos Vive!": Carole Gayler; csmith@gaylersmith.com Human Rights Dallas; Hadi Jawad (214) 636-7011.   (Dallas, TX) -- The Santos Vive Project, a coalition of North Texas organizations headed by Human Rights Dallas, will mark the 45th anniversary of the chilling murder of 12-year-old Santos Rodriguez on July 24, 1973. A series of events are planned to remember a dark and fateful day in Dallas history. It was 2 o'clock in the morning when police dragged young Santos and his brother David out of their beds, handcuffed them and then drove to a nearby gas station where a vending machine had been robbed the previous day. The brothers denied culpability but Office Darryl Cain was unconvinced. Both boys were placed into the police car, and to scare Santos into confessing, Officer Cain placed his pistol to Santos’ head in a [...]

By | 2018-07-15T18:58:13-08:00 July 15th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dallas Rights Groups Announce Events to Mark 45th Anniversary of Santos Rodriguez Murder

SMU Human Rights ‘Holocaust Poland’ Book Wins Higher-Ed Gold Award for ‘Magnificent’ Content & Design

SMU News Originally Posted: June 27, 2018 NO RESTING PLACE: HOLOCAUST POLAND BOOK’S COMPELLING DESIGN & CONTENT WINS GOLD AWARD FROM INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ADVANCEMENT & SUPPORT OF HIGHER EDUCATION SMU Embrey Human Rights Program's Work Resonates on Global Scale DALLAS (SMU) –  The SMU Embrey Human Rights Program’s new book No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland has won an international Gold Award for “Best Design" from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Circle of Excellence awards recognize outstanding work in advancement initiatives from member institutions in 82 countries. For the 2018 competition, CASE received 3,204 entries in a range of categories, and bestowed only 100 gold honors. No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland was produced to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its “Holocaust Poland” trip – one of the longest running, most comprehensive [...]

By | 2018-06-27T15:03:40-08:00 June 27th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU Human Rights ‘Holocaust Poland’ Book Wins Higher-Ed Gold Award for ‘Magnificent’ Content & Design
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