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Aggie Goes to AARO

Kenny Ryan recently started a new position as a public information officer in SMU’s Office of News and Communications. Thinking an AARO session would speed up his getting acquainted with SMU, he decided to attend session seven , which was held July 27 and 28. Continue reading

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Justice: from Abstract to Reality

Hope is a junior majoring in human rights and history, and minoring in Spanish and sociology. She 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 for her work in social justice. Continue reading

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Summer in D.C.

Amy is pursuing a joint degree MA/MBA in business and arts management from the Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts. She is a recipient of the Virginia H. Miles scholarship and an Artistic Scholarship from Cox and Meadows, respectively. She was also recently awarded the Lanham Deal Internship award for academic achievement by the Eugene McDermott Foundation. This summer she is among 19 interns from around the world participating in the Summer Internship Program at the National Gallery of Art. Amy will assist the development department with fundraising and administration. Continue reading

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Getting Comfortable in Berkeley

Katherine is a graduate student in the medical anthropology program. She 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 for her research on struggles for LGBTQ immigrants in the San Francisco Bay area. Continue reading

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Summer Learning

Sha’ron is a senior majoring in English and minoring in international studies. She 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 for her work in literacy intervention with children attending summer camp at the Wesley-Rankin Community Center in Dallas. Continue reading

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Memories of a Tragedy

An update from Katie A., a graduate student in the Liberal Studies program: Yesterday we went to the site of the Washita Massacre in western Oklahoma. The site is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of tall prairie grasses and beautiful … Continue reading

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Exposing a Romanticized ‘Wild West’

Thirteen SMU students and faculty and staff members will travel the American West June 2–12 to visit Native American reservations and historic sites “to study past and present struggles of our country’s indigenous people – all too often our forgotten people,” says Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, sponsoring the trip for the first time. While in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska the group will visit such places as the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the site of the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana. Continue reading

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Nurture over neglect in St. Louis

SMU Alternative Breaks took students, faculty and staff to 10 cities during spring break 2015 to serve community organizations while also learning about issues such as the environment, poverty, public health and education. Learn more at smu.edu/ab Continue reading

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Getting to know D.C.

Students in the University Honors Program political science class “The Supreme Court Seminar” spent six days in Washington, D.C., doing original research in the papers of former Supreme Court Justices housed in the Library of Congress. Continue reading

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The Civil Rights Pilgrimage begins

On 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. They will be joining thousands from around the world who are marching across Edmund Pettus Bridge from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. The trip is sponsored by the SMU Chaplain’s Office and led by Dennis Simon, Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor of political science, and Ray Jordan. Continue reading

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