Embrey Human Rights Program

The Embrey Human Rights Program has launched a human rights award entitled
Triumph of the Spirit.
To learn more about the award or submit a nomination, click here.

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:

The Embrey Human Rights Program invites you to TRAVEL TO ISRAEL from August 4-15, 2014.  Deadline for application - Monday, April 28th at 5:00 p.m.  Partial travel scholarships are available for undergraduates and graduate students.  NOTE:  The trip can also be taken for fall 2014 course credit as an Independent Study.  For itinerary and applications, contact saikman@smu.edu or call 214-768-8347.

Spring Upstanders Lecture Series presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum:
Thursday, May 15th, 6:30 p.m., Southern Methodist University, Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, 3140 Dyer Street, Dallas 75275

 Philip Gourevitch is a nationally known journalist and author whose book, We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families, reports on the Rwandan genocide.

Human Rights Graduation Ceremony - 2:00 p.m. May 17th in O'Donnell Hall, Owens Fine Arts Building.  You are invited to join us celebrate as our graduating human rights seniors walk in the EHRP's first stand-alone human rights graduation ceremony!