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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Remembering Refugees Keynote Lecture with David Haines
January 28, 5:00 p.m.
Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, Room 144
Renowned forced migration scholar David Haines will deliver a keynote lecture titled “Remembering Refugees” as part of the SMU Anthropology Graduate Student Symposium, offering an historical overview of refugee reception in the United States as well as a contemporary analysis of global connections.

Difret Screening and Panel on Children's Rights
February 11, 7 p.m.
Angelika Film Center
Presented in partnership with the Gendercide Awareness Project, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation, Chetna, and South Asia Democracy Watch, this screening of the film Difret (click here to purchase tickets) will explore topics of child marriage and bride abduction and be followed by an expert panel on children's rights including Karisa Cloward, Rick Halperin, George Holden, Ghada Mukdad.

Human Rights Careers Forum
February 18, 7:15 p.m.
Dallas Hall, Room 306
We will welcome several human rights professionals and SMU human rights alumni to campus to discuss the many different work paths available to students studying human rights, and to offer recommendations on strategies, skills, and contacts for career development.

"Putin's War in Ukraine" featuring Sergei Loiko
March 2, 11:30 a.m.
J. Lindsay Embrey Engineering Building, Huitt-Zollars Conference Room
Renowned journalist Sergei Loiko of the Los Angeles Times will speak on his experience covering wars, crises, and daily life in Russia and the former Soviet states, with a special focus on recent context and combat surrounding the Donetsk International Airport in Ukraine.

A Conversation on Sports and Human Rights featuring Dale Hansen
April 7, 7:15 p.m.
Dallas Hall, Room 306
WFAA sportscaster Dale Hansen, NFL star (and SMU alum) Kelvin Beachum, and SMU Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Monique Holland will draw attention to historical moments in which sports sparked progress for human rights, and expose current issues where change is still needed, including the paying of college athletes, women's and LGBT rights, race relations, mascots, disabilities, and drug use.

An Evening with Arn Chorn-Pond
April 14, 7:15 p.m.
Dallas Hall, Room 306
In partnership with the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worthwe will welcome Arn Chorn-Pond, subject of the documentary film The Flute Player, to discuss his history as a child survivor of the Khmer Rouge genocide and his work as a Cambodian human rights activist, community organizer, and musician (a private reception for SMU students will precede the event at 5:30 p.m. in the basement rotunda of Dallas Hall).

The 2nd International Conference on Education as a Human Right
April 16, 8:30 a.m.
San Juan College
Organized in partnership with Navajo Preparatory School, the Navajo Human Rights Commission, and ConnecTeach, this conference will be held at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico, and will incorporate a special focus on Indigenous rights with participation from major scholars and activists.

International Symposium on History of Violence Along US-Mexico Border
April 16, 2:30 p.m.
Latino Cultural Center of Dallas
The SMU Clements Center for Southwest Studies, in partnership with the Instituto Mora of Mexico City, will bring together a variety of experts to present a free public forum (register here) on the history of violence along the US-Mexico border at the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas.

An Evening with Kang Il-Chul and Lee Ok-Seon
April 22, 7:15 p.m.
Dallas Hall, Room 306
In partnership with the House of Sharing in Seoul, Korea, we will be honored to welcome Kang Il-Chul and Lee Ok-Seon, two Korean women who will share their stories as "Comfort Women" survivors of sexual slavery during World War II, in order to draw attention to the past and present exploitation and courage of women across the globe (reception with Korean food begins at 6:30 p.m.).

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
September 15, 7:15 p.m.
Location TBD
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 2016
Location TBD
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 - for more information, see www.smu.edu/triumph.