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Rev. Robert Graetz

Reverend Robert Graetz was the only white minister in Montgomery willing to help Dr. King with the bus boycott, with Associate Professor and trip leader Ben Voth. "I was honored to give this civil rights hero my book about my favorite civil rights hero James Farmer Jr.," says Voth.

March 15th, 2018|Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2018|

Tuskegee Bioethics Center/ Selma/Edmund Pettis Bridge

An update from student Justin E.: Today we were exposed to the Tuskegee Syphilis study conducted by the United States Public Health Service. This federally funded medical study raised questions about bioethics and medical research guidelines. In 1932, Dr. Tolliver Clark decided to exploit poor, rural African Americans using deception to discover the natural course of syphilis in the human body. He recruited 600 black men, 399 with syphilis and 201 without. African American nurse Eunice Rivers helped recruit [...]

March 14th, 2018|Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2018|

Sit Down

During spring break 2018, students, faculty and staff take an eight-day bus journey to visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and leaders in the movement. Led by Ben Voth, SMU director of debate and associate professor of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, the stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King served as pastor; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated.

March 13th, 2018|Civil Rights Pilgrimage 2018|

The Pain Still Felt Today

From Ruhi D. a first-year pre-business major: Today, about 70 years after the end of the second world war, the effects of the Holocaust are still felt today. Each picture holds a memory. Each memorial is filled with tears. And each site still echoes with the cries of all the lives lost. The air around each site gets thicker and thicker, and each site visited feels just a little bit harder to breathe in. The aura around each camp or [...]

January 23rd, 2018|Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)|

Our Duty as Humans

From Ruhi D. a first-year pre-business major: We often forget that part of our duty as humans is to act humanely. When atrocities such as the holocaust occur it causes us to pause and question how such a large group of people seem to have lost their humanity when treating innocent humans the way they did. Not only were humans treated like they were worse than the scum on the bottom of your shoe, but their mere identity as a [...]

January 23rd, 2018|Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)|

Implementing Culture Change

I really enjoy doing laundry. My girlfriend likes to tease me about it, but it’s true. I enjoy the routine of it. My favorite part is ironing. It’s almost as good as taking a nap. My mind gets to relax and wander as I go through the motions of pressing the wrinkles out of my clothes for the work week. But I know that when it comes to enjoying laundry, I’m pretty much alone in that opinion. At Walt Disney [...]

January 12th, 2018|Kenny, Disney Institute 2018|
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