Embrey Human Rights Program



The Embrey Human Rights Program has launched a human rights award entitled
Triumph of the Spirit.

The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.
Information about recipients and tickets will be announced in the coming weeks.


Why Should We Care About Human Rights?

Embrey Human Rights ProgramIn the aftermath of the Holocaust, the establishment of the United Nations in 1945 and the end of the Cold War, human rights has become one of the most powerful and important subjects in academic discourse. Recent human rights issues occur in diverse places such as Syria, Tibet, Bosnia, South Sudan. The United States is not immune to human rights abuses either; close to home, human rights issues occur in Guantanamo Bay and New Orleans. The scope of human rights violations is wide, covering subjects such as the death penalty, hate crimes, genocide, torture, mass murder and crimes against women, galvanizing scholars and students throughout academia.

At SMU, students gain the skills, education and training to make a difference in harsh realities and take a stand where there's injustice. They participate in various human rights trips around the world. Their journeys honor victims of unimaginable horrors and serve as reminders that the human spirit is capable of enduring and vanquishing mankind's worst deeds.

We have the responsibility to try to prevent human rights atrocities from happening. We must see our lives as inextricably linked to both the past and the future, so that all peoples, individually and collectively, can live with dignity.

Upcoming Events:

Student Leadership Initiative Costa Rica Research Day

Wednesday, September 17 / 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  The members of the Student Leadership Initiative Costa Rica Project will present their research in the Hughes-Trigg Forum.  Information and applications for the January 2015 trip will be available!  Don't miss it!

For additional information, contact Paige Bluejacket at pbluejacket@mail.smu.edu.

Fun! Food! Facts!
Human Rights Kickoff

Wednesday, September 17 / 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Stop by the Flagpole and find out everything you ever wanted to know about human rights from human rights majors and minors and the members of the SMU Human Rights Council and enjoy food and fun in the process.  Be sure to drop by to play HR trivia for a chance to win prizes and snag a bite to eat!  See you there!

For additional information, contact T.I. Atkins at tiatkins@smu.edu.