Mary Leah is a Ph.D. candidate studying religion and ethics. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer interning with Dallas Area Interfaith, a non-profit coalition of organizations that helps ordinary citizens to negotiate effectively with governments and private institutions to improve their lives.
Lindsay G. is a rising senior majoring in international studies and human rights. She travelled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this summer with Army ROTC for closer study of the country’s culture and language.
Parker M. is a senior majoring in biochemistry and philosophy. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. He is spending the summer volunteering at Texas Health Presbyterian hospital and the Texas Instituted for Surgery, both in Dallas.
Claire W. is a senior majoring in biology. She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2016 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. She is spending the summer volunteering at Dallas-based Bryan’s House, a non-profit organization that provides medically managed child care and support services, assisting with the organization’s social media reach as well as its early-childhood education program.
As part of this eight-day bus journey, SMU students, faculty and staff visit the American South’s civil rights landmarks and meet people who participated in and witnessed the movement. The group’s stops include Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas; Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served as pastor; the home of slain Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, in Jackson, Miss.; the campus of Ole Miss in Oxford; and the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. King was assassinated. “In the course of our journey, we meet numerous ‘keepers of history,’ including the former leaders of the bus boycott and voting rights marches,” says Professor Dennis Simon, who with Ray Jordan, leads the pilgrimage, which is sponsored by SMU’s Chaplain’s Office and the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. “These are people whose lives and stories give life – in the here and now – to what we read and see in our study of the civil rights movement. Their character, faith and willingness to share their experiences help us understand the inner strength required to kill Jim Crow.”
Eighteen SMU students alums, faculty and community members are traveling to Italy March 4–12 to learn about the nearly 8,000 victims of the Holocaust in the country before and during World War II. The group is visiting sites in and around Rome, Florence, Bologna, Bolzano and Trieste to “confront the horrific crimes Germans committed against Jews and other innocent civilians, especially after Italy switched sides in 1943 and joined the Allied effort,” says Rick Halperin, director of the Embrey Human Rights Program, which is leading the trip.
SMU students traveled to New Hampshire to visit presidential campaign headquarters and organize focus groups for CNN during the Iowa caucus. They were accompanied by Rita Kirk, SMU communications professor and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.
Fourteen students, including 10 from SMU, took a study tour of Holocaust sites in Austria and the Czech Republic, Jan. 5-12. Led by SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin, Program Coordinator Sherry Aikman, the group visited cities and death camps throughout the region.
Twenty 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, 17 SMU students, and 11 Dallas-area community members, traveled with two SMU staffers SMU faculty members, Dr. Vicki Hill, assistant dean for the University Curriculum, and Dr. Joci Caldwell Ryan, women’s and gender studies lecturer SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The group visited cities and death camps throughout Poland, where, during World War II, some 6,000, 000 people were murdered during the Nazi, Germany, occupation. The group also met with members of the organization Children of the Holocaust, in Warsaw, to hear first-hand stories of their experiences.
ustin is a senior, double majoring in biology and Spanish. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2015 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU. This summer he interned in Dallas at the International Rescue Committee, a resettlement agency for refugees.