Embrey Human Rights Program

Calendar of Events

The mission of EHRP proclaims the power of education and action to change lives. This proclamation is aimed universally, not simply toward those privileged enough to access higher education. Through its community outreach and public awareness efforts, the program has historically served as a potent catalyst for human rights efforts in Dallas. It has also represented a trusted sponsor for grassroots organizations in need of support.

The calendar below offers a partial listing of recent and upcoming EHRP events. For more information, contact EHRP Coordinator Sherry Aikman at saikman@smu.edu. If you would like to partner with EHRP for an event, please submit our Sponsorship Request Form.

For parking information, please see this SMU Parking Map or visit the SMU Parking and ID Services Office website. Parking enforcement runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Human Rights Dallas Summit
July 9, 10 a.m.
Umphrey Lee Center, Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom
As the first event of its kind to be held in Dallas, the Summit will gather over 300 invited leaders to publicly launch Human Rights Dallas, a new citywide effort seeking to encourage cooperation, envision strategies, enforce protections, and change culture around issues of human rights.

Women's Equality Day
August 24, 12 p.m.
Dallas City Hall, 6th Floor Flag Room
We are proud to be a Supporter of this event commemorating the passage of the 19th amendment, which is being organized by the Women's Issues Network in conjunction with many area partners (please wear white in honor of the suffragists).

Human Rights Trips Information Session
September 7, 5 p.m.
109 Clements Hall
Students, faculty and community members are invited to learn about our 2016-2017 schedule of global human rights trips (to Poland, Germany, Cuba, and Death Row Facilities across the US South), including information on getting financial assistance, traveling for academic credit, and much more.

SMU Human Rights Kickoff
September 14, 10 a.m.
SMU Campus Flagpole
SMU students, staff, and faculty are invited to come by the Flagpole between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to learn how they can become part of the SMU Human Rights family, including information on the human rights major and minor, human rights trips and trip scholarships, research grants, the Student Leadership Initiative, and much more (food will be provided)!

The Mitzvah Project Performance and Lecture
September 15, 7:15 p.m.
Collins Executive Education Center, Crum Auditorium
Co-creator and star Roger Grunwald will present The Mitzvah Project, a one person play and lecture that explores one of the most astonishing stories from World War II.

An Evening with Sam Mihara
October 6, 7:15 p.m.
Dallas Hall, Room 306
Educator and activist Sam Mihara will share his personal experience in a Wyoming prison camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, and discuss lessons from the experience for contemporary human rights struggles.

Common Reading Public Lecture with Bryan Stevenson
October 13, 4:30 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium
Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama and author of this year's Common Reading text, Just Mercy, will speak about this "powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice."

Panel Discussion on The Nuremberg Tribunals' Legacy
October 24, 12:20 p.m.
Florence Hall, Room 201
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the verdicts in the international military tribunals at Nuremberg following World War II, a moderated panel of experts in international criminal law (Becky BaileyRick HalperinLeila Sadat, and Jenia Turner) will discuss the importance and legacy of the trials, the unique SMU connection, and the University's ongoing efforts to promote human rights and accountability.

Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit
October 25, 10 a.m.
Owen Arts Center
Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit is a traveling multimedia experience designed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities through respect for others, comfort during interactions, and awareness of disability (free and open to the public between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Kristallnacht Remembrance Service
November 9, 11:30 a.m.
Perkins Chapel
This SMU Interfaith service remembers Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass," when a series of coordinated attacks targeted Jews in Nazi Germany and Austria during November 1938.

Triumph of the Spirit Awards Ceremony
November 16, 6 p.m.
The Kessler Theater
The Triumph of the Spirit Awards are premier global honors given by EHRP in recognition of individual accomplishment, innovation, and commitment in working for human rights - to learn more or puchase tickets, see www.smu.edu/triumph.

An Evening with Etai Pinkas
November 17, 7:30 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Promenades
Israeli LGBT leader Etai Pinkas will join students and community members for dinner and discussion during this event sponsored with SMU Hillel and the the SMU Women and LGBT Center.

Annual Death Row Holiday Card Signing
December 3, 10 a.m.
Clements Hall, Room 109
Join members of SMU Amnesty International, students, and community members to sign holiday cards for individuals currently incarcerated on death row in Texas.

An Evening with George Takei
February 2, 6:30 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium
In partnership with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, we will welcome to campus actor, social justice activist, and social media megapower George Takei, who will raise awareness about Japanese Internment Camps in the United States, discuss his advocacy for marriage equality and LGBT rights, and reminisce on his role in the Star Trek franchise (tickets are free with advance registration by January 26 at www.smu.edu/takei).

The 60s + 50 Panel Discussion 1
February 23, 7:15 p.m.
Dallas Hall, Room 306
SMU professors Rhonda Blair, Caroline Brettell, Kenneth Hamilton, Bonnie Jacobs, Louis Jacobs, and Cal Jillson will discuss their experiences as university students during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s, making connections to contemporary struggles and movements and offering advice to the current generation of university students.

The 60s + 50 Panel Discussion 2
March 23, 7:15 p.m.
Dallas Hall, Room 306
SMU professors Robert Hampson, Barbara Hill Moore, Steven Sverdlik, Tom Tunks, Tony Pederson, Kathleen Wellman will discuss their experiences as university students during the tumultuous decade of the 1960s, making connections to contemporary struggles and movements and offering advice to the current generation of university students.

Chimurenga Music: Concert and Conversation
March 30, 6:00 p.m. Lecture and 7:00 p.m. Concert
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Theater
Organized in partnership with the Scott Hawkins Lecture Fund and the William P. Clements Department of History, the event will include a lecture by Mhoze Chikowera, an expert on Southern Africa history at UC Berkeley, followed by a concert with Thomas Mapfumo and his Blacks Unlimited Band.