North Texas Student Creates App to Prevent Texting While Driving

NBC5 Originally Posted: April 8, 2018 A Carrollton woman studying at Southern Methodist University created an app in hopes of reducing the amount of people texting while driving. “Just Drive” was created by Neha Husein, a junior at SMU. Husein was rear ended by a driver who was texting a few years ago and began a search to find a way to prevent accidents like hers from happening to others. “Ever since then I’m so paranoid when I drive. I just constantly feel like people are texting, and I am going to get bumped into because people aren’t paying attention,” Husein said. She decided to make the “Just Drive” app while doing a class project when she was studying abroad in South Africa. WATCH

By | 2018-04-10T09:55:34-07:00 April 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on North Texas Student Creates App to Prevent Texting While Driving

Dallas Doing Good: Tiffany Jelke: In Their Own Voices

Dallas Doing Good Originally Posted: March 26, 2018 "There are good people everywhere." Tiffany Jelke didn't waver in her declaration. It was a truth that she had seen, lived, and heard. But that truth wasn't easily earned. As a child, Tiffany's mother brought her on global adventures, visiting cities in Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Interacting with people from so many different cultures broadened Tiffany's worldview. Her interest in people led to beginning her college career as a Psychology major at Texas Christian University in the early 90's. But rather than finishing her degree, Tiffany earned a certification from the American Institute of Commerce. This move opened doors for Tiffany at EDS, the one-time tech giant started by Ross Perot. Tiffany funneled her love for [...]

By | 2018-03-30T07:38:53-07:00 March 30th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on Dallas Doing Good: Tiffany Jelke: In Their Own Voices

Watch: SMU Alumnus Kelvin Beachum honored his former mentor with a gift a $100,000 dollars to the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage

SMU News Originally Posted: March 14, 2018 SMU alum Kelvin Beachum honored his former mentor Dennis Simon with a gift of $100,000 to the university to help fund the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage. The trip has been renamed the Dennis Simon Endowed Civil Rights Pilgrimage as a tribute to the political science professor who guided the pilgrimage from 2008 to 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEx0UYxb_FQ    

By | 2018-03-21T07:58:02-07:00 March 21st, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on Watch: SMU Alumnus Kelvin Beachum honored his former mentor with a gift a $100,000 dollars to the annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage

HillTopics: Robots are Coming for Our Jobs. Thank God.

HillTopics Originally Posted: February 21, 2018 I’m a Junior in Dedman College, so people are already asking me those pesky, stereotypical end-of-college questions like “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” and “What are you going to do with an English degree?” and, essentially, “How are you going to get a job and support yourself and not be homeless and starving in 3 months?” Often, if my questioner is older I get, “Aren’t you afraid the robots are going to take all the jobs?” I’ve started responding “God, I hope so.” I should explain: I truly love my work. Law is a beautiful thing to me, and I would be perfectly happy to work in it until the day I die. Additionally, my wish [...]

By | 2018-02-22T10:10:49-08:00 February 22nd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on HillTopics: Robots are Coming for Our Jobs. Thank God.

John Kalkanli on the Power of SMU Human Rights’ “Holocaust Poland” Trip

SMU News Originally Posted: January 27, 2018 https://vimeo.com/253085236   Learn how SMU student John Kalkanli’s visual impairment made his Embrey Human Rights Program "Holocaust Poland" trip all the more powerful – and inspired his current efforts to ensure support for the Americans With Disabilities Act. Find out more about Kalkanli by visiting https://www.smu.edu/News/2016/commencement-09may2016/John-Kalkanli. And for details about SMU's immersive two-week Holocaust education trip – focus of the new book "No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland" – visit https://www.smu.edu/norestingplace.  

By | 2018-01-29T09:47:47-08:00 January 29th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on John Kalkanli on the Power of SMU Human Rights’ “Holocaust Poland” Trip

DACA beneficiary and Dedman College alum Jose Santoyo is lobbying D.C. lawmakers to quickly protect U.S. Dreamers

WFAA Originally Posted: January 21, 2018 DACA recipient Jose Santoyo, an SMU graduate who spoke at the December 2016 Commencement about immigrants such as himself, has been lobbying Congress to pass legislation addressing immigrants, particularly beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He was interviewed for this story. WATCH

By | 2018-01-23T17:39:50-08:00 January 23rd, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Graduate News|Comments Off on DACA beneficiary and Dedman College alum Jose Santoyo is lobbying D.C. lawmakers to quickly protect U.S. Dreamers

Dr. Rick Halperin: Face to Face with Human Rights

Dallas Doing Good Originally Posted: January 16, 2018 Dr. Rick Halperin doesn’t spend his school vacations in a typical way. As the Director of the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University, many would expect him to take advantage of a few weeks off of school by relaxing and rejuvenating as he prepares for the next semester of rigorous academic work. In fact, he does the opposite: he gets busy. And he doesn’t just fill his schedule with to-do lists and projects to complete and books to read (although that’s part of the equation, too). Dr. Halperin focuses on changing the lives of the students in his programs and members of the Dallas community by bringing them face to face with global human rights issues, forcing them [...]

By | 2018-01-17T07:34:17-08:00 January 17th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Dr. Rick Halperin: Face to Face with Human Rights

Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)

SMU Adventures Originally Posted: January 5, 2018 Thirty-five members of the SMU community took a study tour of Holocaust sites in Poland Dec. 18-30. Led by SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin, the group visited cities and death camps throughout Poland, where, during World War II, some 5,000,000 people were murdered during the Nazi, Germany, occupation. Here are some of the SMU adventure blogs from the trip: A wish for ‘the one storm pure enough to cleanse the air’ At the memorial for the victims of the Nazi death camp Chelmno, SMU political science/international studies major Ryan C. ’18 read Lana Hechtman Ayers’ poem “Chelmno” – in which Ayers notes the wait “for the one storm pure enough to cleanse the air, soak through, make [...]

By | 2018-01-08T18:01:02-08:00 January 8th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, Embrey Human Rights Events, Events, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)

SMU Alum: ‘Everything we do in life involves human rights’

Overheard@SMU Originally Posted: November 2, 2017 SMU alumna Ashley Park ’17 reads from one of her 2016 “Holocaust Poland” trip journals. At a recent party hosted by SMU alums Trey Velvin ’86 & Dee Velvin’87 in support of the Embrey Human Rights Program’s new book No Resting Place: Holocaust Poland (slideshow above), 2017 SMU alumna Ashley Park read from one of two journals she kept during the “Holocaust Poland” trip she took in 2016. Somewhere near Lublin, Poland, she wrote: “[SMU student] Karly Zrake read a poem she wrote and it was really good. It was about the Krepiecki Forest being a place of sanctuary and solace, and how people came and desecrated that. … I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve today. I miss my family so much. I so wish I could be warm and surrounded by people [...]

By | 2017-12-14T17:02:41-08:00 December 27th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Events|Comments Off on SMU Alum: ‘Everything we do in life involves human rights’
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