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.

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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.

The Mitzvah Project Performance and Lecture
September 15, 7:15 p.m.
Dallas Hall, Room 306
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.

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 George Takei
February 2, 7:15 p.m.
SMU Campus
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.