Embrey Human Rights Program

A wish for ‘the one storm pure enough to cleanse the air’

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 …” […]

2018-01-08T11:21:07+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Human Rights in Poland (Winter 2017)|

Thoughts from India

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.

2017-12-20T15:07:06+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Angela in India|

Death Chamber, Cummins Prison, Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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.

2017-08-08T15:48:18+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Human Rights - Facing Death Row|

Stutthof Outside of Gdansk

Thirty-nine members of the SMU community took a study tour of Holocaust sites in Poland Dec. 18-30. This year marks the 20th anniversary of SMU Embrey Human Rights Program Director Rick Halperin leading the two-week immersive experience. The group visited cities and death camps throughout Poland, where, during World War II, some 5,000,000 people were murdered during the Nazi, Germany, occupation (1939-1945). The group also met with members of the organization Children of the Holocaust, in Warsaw, to hear first-hand stories of their experiences.

2016-12-23T09:29:34+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Human Rights in Poland 2016|

Abigail Goes Abroad

Abigail, a senior double majoring in human rights, and public relations and strategic communications, is spending the fall semester in Copenhagen, Denmark participating in the Danish Institute for Study Abroad Justice and Human Rights program.

2016-09-22T14:53:47+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|

To the Unknown

Thirteen SMU students, faculty and staff are in Rwanda from August 4-13, 2016 with SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program. After the country’s 1994 genocide, in which as many as a million people were killed in 100 days, “history lives on,” says group leader and program director Rick Halperin. The group are visiting genocide sites and meeting with survivors, government representatives and representatives of NGOs, They are also carrying donated books, classroom supplies, toys and clothing to share with the schools and orphanages they are visiting.

2016-08-08T14:47:28+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Human Rights, Rwanda (Summer 2016)|
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