Darfur symposium asks: “Does Dallas Care?”

The ongoing war and refugee crisis in Darfur, Sudan, provide the focus for “Does Dallas Care?,” cosponsored by SMU’s Human Rights Education Program and Perkins School of Theology. The symposium is part of three days of events Oct. 9-11 that conclude with Dining For Darfur, in which area restaurants will contribute a percentage of their Oct. 11 sales for humanitarian aid. SMU organizers are hoping to double the amount raised by the original Dining For Darfur event in New York City. Read more.

Rick Halperin, director of the Human Rights Education Program, kicks off the conference at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center with a talk on “Global Genocides Since World War II.” His presentation is followed by a panel discussion, “Religious Response to the Crisis in Darfur,” moderated by Theology Professor Robert Hunt.

The symposium continues at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Wesley Hall, Highland Park United Methodist Church, with a lecture by John Prendergast of the International Crisis Group.

Dining For Darfur, scheduled for Oct. 11, invites Dallas-area residents to eat out at participating restaurants, which will contribute 5 percent of the day’s gross sales to the International Rescue Committee for humanitarian aid to Darfur refugees in Sudan and Chad. Several restaurants in the University neighborhood will participate, including Urban Taco, owned and operated by alumnus Markus Pineyro (’04). The SMU Human Rights Education Program hopes to raise $100,000, double the amount raised in the original New York event organized by food writer Andrea Strong.

For more information, visit the Human Rights Education Program home page at smu.edu/humanrights.