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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Refugee Support Vigil
January 30, 5:30 p.m.
Thanks-Giving Square, 1627 Pacific Avenue
This candlelight vigil will represent a peaceful show of support for Muslims, refugees, and immigrants, with the conviction that the Dallas community stands together across all faiths and traditions in support of the vulnerable newcomer seeking a safe and welcoming home (see the Facebook event page here).

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).

Gender Revolution Film Screening
February 6, 5 p.m.
Cary M. Maguire Building, Room 353
Join the Women & LGBT Center, along with the Cox School of Business and Spectrum, for a free screening of the film Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric.

The Vagina Monologues
February 10 and 11, 7:00 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Theater
The SMU Women's Interest Network will present a production of The Vagina Monologues, including performances by Embrey Human Rights Program majors and minors, with proceeds benefitting the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center ($5 for students with ID, $10 for others).

100+ Million Missing Art Exhibit
February 10 to 15, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Avenue
The Gendercide Awareness Project presents a 2,000 square foot installation of baby booties and art pieces made by at-risk women from sewing cooperatives in 30 developing countries, as well as Dallas area high school students sewing cooperatives, and artists, in calling attention to the world’s missing women and girls ($5 Admission; free for SMU students with ID).

The Russian Revolution of 1917: A Centennial View
February 22 and 23, Times Vary
Collins Executive Education Center, Crum Auditorium
The William P. Clements Department of History will feature a series of lectures, including: Lauren Engelstein of Yale University speaking on "A Century after 1917: Arguing Over the Russian Revolution" (February 22, 6:30 p.m.); Tsuyoshi Hasegawa of UC Santa Barbara speaking on "The Duma Committee, the Provisional Government, and the Birth of 'Triple Power' in the February Revolution" (February 23, 3:00 p.m.); and Boris Kolonitsky of the European University at St. Petersburg and the Russian Academy of Sciences speaking on "The Kerensky Cult" (February 23, 4:00 p.m. followed by a panel discussion at 4:45 p.m.).

The 60s + 50 Panel Discussion 1
February 23, 6:30 p.m.
Fondren Science Building, Room 133
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.

Progression of the Black Woman
February 24, 6:45 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Theater
Hosted by SMU Sisters Supporting Sisters, this annual production will feature monologues expressing the cultures, identities, and histories of black women from different time periods as well as original spoken word; soul food from Sweet Georgia Brown will be served after the production (free for students).

Humanity in Faith: A Conference on the Role of Faith in a Politicized America
March 2, 6:00 p.m.
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, Great Hall
Part of the SMU Muslim Student Association's Islam Awareness Week, this event will gather Professor Rick Halperin, Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer, Father Arthur Unachukwu, and Rabbi Heidi Coretz to discuss interfaith challenges and opportunities in the modern US political context.

Postcards For Dignity
March 3, 1:00pm
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Forum
Organized by the EHRP Student Leadership Initiative, the event will begin with a training on how to communicate effectively with government representatives, and conclude with a postcard-making activity through which attendees can advocate for legislation related to human rights.

The Refugee Crisis: Global Challenges and Local Solutions
March 21, 4:00 p.m.
Miller Event Center, Champions Club
Organized in partnership with the International Rescue Committee, this event will bring together David Miliband, President & CEO of the International Rescue Committee, Ryan Crocker, former United States Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon, and Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge and community leader to discuss the ongoing global refugee crisis with a special focus on challenges and opportunities for the North Texas region (RSVP required - click here to register at Eventbrite).

The 60s + 50 Panel Discussion 2
March 23, 6:30 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Varsity
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, 7:00 p.m. Lecture and 8:00 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.

"Who do you think you are?" with Jennifer Stollman
April 6, 4:00 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Portico BCD
The Student Leadership Initiative of the Embrey Human Rights Program is proud to welcome Jennifer Stollman, Academic Director at the Winter Institute, who will speak on diversity, inclusion, implicit bias, and community engagement in this free and open event (SMU students are especially encouraged to attend).

"City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965" with Kelly Lytle Hernandez
April 17, 5:30 Reception and 6:00 Lecture
Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium (Room 306)
Co-sponsored by the Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the Tower Center for Political Studies, and the Embrey Human Rights Program, this event will welcome Kelly Lytle Hernandez from UCLA to discuss why Los Angeles incarcerates more people than any other city in the United States (which imprisons more people than any other nation on Earth), and how histories of native elimination, immigrant exclusion, and black disappearance drove the rise of incarceration in the City of Angels (please RSVP by clicking here).

Dialogue, Not Debate: Pro-Life / Pro-Choice
April 20, 6:00 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Theater
Join the SMU Feminist Equality Movement and several other student organizations for a civil discussion of women's rights, healthcare, abortion, and more at this free event.

Art for Human Rights
April 22, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Reception at 5:00 p.m. 
Owen Arts Center, Doolin Gallery
Organized by SMU Amnesty International and Liberty in North Korea, this exhibition will feature human rights-related artwork by local artists, a silent auction, and prints for sale, with all proceeds will going to The Aleppo Project's efforts to match refugees to education and job opportunities and Liberty in North Korea's efforts to help resettle North Korean refugees.

Social Media. Social Justice. Social Activism.: An SMU and Dallas Community Panel Event
April 26, 6 p.m.
Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium (Room 306)
Planned and hosted by student representatives of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute and the Graduate Liberal Studies Program, this event will gather Lee Merritt, KC Fox, Emmanuel Obi, and Mark and Corey Hughes to discuss the effects of social media on conversations about justice in Dallas.

FEM Professionals Panel
April 27, 6:30 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Forum
The SMU Feminist Equality Movement (FEM) will welcome women professionals from several fields to speak on gender disparities in the workplace and career advancement (anyone is welcome; food will be served).

Human Rights and the Postcolonial World
May 2, 6:00 p.m.
Dallas Hall, Room 306 (McCord Auditorium)
A panel including SMU professors Jill Kelly (History), LaiYee Leong (Political Science), Herve Tchumkam (World Languages and Literatures), and Kacy Hollenbeck (Anthropology), and moderated by Rachel Ball-Phillips (History) and Neil Foley (History) will explore shared questions of human rights and post-colonialism across diverse geographic areas.