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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|


From Lauren J., a junior studying biology and ethics: As I reflect over my experiences during this trip, I realize that it is about the convergence of the past and the present. It is about preserving the memory of the horrific events of the Holocaust. As Dr. Halperin mentioned to our group, some people have never even heard of some of the sites that we visited. It is our duty to come to these places and acknowledge what happened at each. It is [...]

January 10th, 2018|Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)|

Backstage Disney

One day when Walt Disney was looking at one of the many Disneyland park pictures mailed to him by happy visitors, thanking him for what he’d created something about the picture bothered him. The family was all smiles and very lovely, but they were in Fantasyland, and walking behind them was a cowboy who belonged in Frontierland. Walt Disney, ever the showman, was concerned the illusion of Disneyland was being broken. Cast members – as employees are called – had [...]

January 9th, 2018|Kenny, Disney Institute 2018|

Poland Trip Reflections

Reflections from SMU Dedman Law student Alexa Naumovich: Majdanek 12-23-2017 The town is so close to the camp. How can people say they were unaware of what was going on here? The stench of the bodies from the crematoria must have permeated the air. The bullets fired into the trenches must have been heard for miles. The people cannot say they did not know. They knew. But not all bowed their heads in submission. Some attempted to do what they [...]

January 7th, 2018|Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)|
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