During the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program’s first study trip to Israel March 8-17, a group of 26 SMU students, faculty and staff and community members focused on learning about the country’s most pressing humanitarian issues – from the Palestinian crisis to refugee and LGBTQ rights. While staying in Jerusalem, Nazareth and Tel Aviv, the trip-goers visited sites steeped in both ancient history and ongoing controversy.
Lamisa was one of 48 students to participate in the Northwestern University Community for Human Rights' 15th annual conference. The conference featured keynote speakers, panels and learning events exploring the topic of deconstructing memory within human rights.
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 everything clear and plump with a love that is impervious to flame …” […]
In memory of the nearly 300,000 Holocaust victims killed at the Nazi-run extermination camp Chelmno, SMU Dedman College senior Sam W. read this powerful passage from The Book of Disquiet, written by anti-fascist/-communist Portuguese poet Fernando Passoa (1888-1935): […]
Thirty-five members of the SMU community took a study tour of Holocaust sites in Poland Dec. 18-30.
Angela W. is a senior studying biochemistry and human rights. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer volunteering in Chennai, India, with Unite for Sight, an NGO that supports eye clinics.
Antoine M. is a junior studying world languages. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering with Parque Ambue Ari, a wildlife center in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Fifteen SMU students, faculty members and others will travel by bus through the Deep South Aug. 2-10 to visit the people and places involved in operating, reporting on and opposing the death penalty in America. The 10-day experience is designed "to expose people to the physical and emotional aspects affiliated with our country's use of the death penalty, the majority of which is carried out in the states we'll visit - Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas," says capital punishment expert/activist Rick Halperin, director of SMU's Embrey Human Rights Program, the trip's sponsor.
Lex P. is a senior majoring in markets and culture. This summer she is interning at the Austin Street Center, in Dallas, which provides safe shelter for the homeless.
Megan B. is a graduate student studying anthropology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2017 from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She is spending the summer studying environmental advocacy with the Trinity River Audubon Society.