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.
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.
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.
Students in the University Honors Program sociology class "Global Society" spent nine days in Nicaragua, with Lecturer Nancy Campbell, learning about the relationship between globalization and the social, political, economic and cultural life of that country. Students will produce a unique research project rooted in data collected in Nicaragua.
Associate Professor of Political Science Joe Kobylka and the students in his Honors Program class “The Supreme Court Seminar” are spending six days in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., doing research in the papers of former Supreme Court Justices. Each student has developed a unique research topic, question, and design, and will use the justices’ papers to find evidence to help answer the question and write a culminating original research paper.
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.