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The 2018 TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT AWARDS Celebration

Honoring:

Beate and Serge Klarsfeld

and

Docents of the Dallas Holocaust Museum

 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mack Ballroom, SMU Campus
Dallas, Texas

Dinner & Celebration 6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Attire

 

Thoughtfully produced to entertain and inspire, the TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT AWARDS honor the accomplishment, commitment and innovation of human rights leaders – Dallas-based and global. Granted by the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program (EHRP), these biennial awards are unique among institutions of higher education in the United States. Funding is provided by an anonymous donor, whose generosity challenges us all to participate in making the world a better place.

During the evening, we will honor Nazi Hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld as our global awardee of the Triumph of the Spirit Award. For more than five decades, this married couple has brought war criminals to justice across the globe and helped restore the names and faces of Nazi victims. We are also excited to announce that the Docents of the Dallas Holocaust Museum will be the Triumph of the Spirit local awardees. This elite team of North Texas educators is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.

This event promises to be an unforgettable experience, as well as a unique opportunity to support the EHRP. We invite you to consider a sponsorship opportunity, register for the dinner and become an essential part of this historic event. The funds raised directly benefit the students and initiatives of the Embrey Human Rights Program, which was established in 2006 and launched a Bachelors of Arts in Human Rights (one of only seven in the nation) in 2012. Since the program's inception, over 250 majors and minors have graduated and are making incredible changes throughout the world. From alumni like Shireen Tavakoli who now is a legal fellow for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington D.C. to current students like Greg Guggenmos who founded the Community Bail Fund of North Texas to provide grants to defendants awaiting trial in Dallas County, your participation supports students who are innovators, change agents, and the voice for those demanding dignity. Their education includes life-changing experiences such as learning trips to locations like Poland to see devastation caused by the Holocaust that inspires them to confront genocide, inequality and create solutions to the challenges facing us today. We encourage you to support this important celebration and initiative creating a long lasting ripple effect touching our region, the human rights leaders of the future and the lives of the vulnerable.

The celebration will gather educators, activists, philanthropists and leaders from Dallas and far beyond and showcase a variety of creative expressions in celebration of the diverse struggle for human rights occurring across the globe. We hope you will join us.

For more information on the TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT AWARDS, contact Mary Lynn Amoyo at mamoyo@smu.edu. 

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2018 Global Awardees:

 



2018 Global Awardees: "Nazi Hunters" Beate and Serge Klarsfeld

For more than five decades, this married couple has brought war criminals and to justice across the globe and helped restore the names and faces of victims. Click here to learn more.

 

 


2018 Local Awardees: The Docents of the Dallas Holocaust Museum

This elite team of North Texas educators is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Click here to learn more.

 


Relive the excitement and hope of the 2016 TRIUMPH OF THE SPIRIT AWARDS!

 

 

 

 

 

Previous Awardees

2016 GLOBAL AWARDEE

GEORGES BWELLE (Founder and President of ASCOVIME), a Cameroonian physician who goes the distance to offer free healthcare and education to impoverished peoples.

2016 LOCAL AWARDEE

CAROL BRADY HOUSTON (Director of Friday NITE Friends), a compassionate Plano-based supporter of special needs children and their families.

 

2014 GLOBAL AWARDEE 

ELIANA ELIAS VALDEAVILLANO (Co-Founder and Executive Director of Minga Peru), a South American champion of Indigenous women's rights and creator of the FICE strategic communications training program.

2014 LOCAL AWARDEE

BHAVANI PARPIA (Founder and President of ConnecTeach), a justice-minded education expert who connects teachers and students across the globe through a focus on gender equality.

 

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