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Meadows to Host "Media and Human Rights in America" Symposium

April 6-7 Event Features Tribute to Academy Award Winner Rob Epstein

SMU and the Division of Cinema-Television at the Meadows School of the Arts are hosting a symposium entitled “Media and Human Rights in America,” April 6 – 7, 2010.

The symposium begins with Tribute! A Conversation with Rob Epstein on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at the Angelika Film Center. Tribute! will screen clips from the life's work of director/producer and two-time Academy Award winner Rob Epstein, including his current 2010 Sundance Film Festival hit, HOWL. Epstein is also known for directing the Oscar-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk. The Angelika Film Center is located at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75206. The screenings will begin at 7:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 7, 2010, the symposium will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Meadows Museum and will include four top-notch panels, focusing discussion on how the media impacts human rights in America. The symposium will feature themed sessions concerning justice in journalism; new media and human rights; media and the death penalty; and media, race, ethics and justice.

Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Human Rights Education Program, will serve as the keynote speaker during the luncheon. Halperin is a former chair of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA. Regional and national leaders participating in the symposium include:

  • Joe Domanick, John Jay Center and USC centers on Media, Crime, and Justice
  • Lee Harrington, Miami University of Ohio
  • David Harris, Harvard Law School’s Center on Race and Justice
  • Charles Nesson, Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Andrea Lyon, DePaul University’s School of Law, and author of Angel of Death Row
  • Craig Watkins, Dallas County’s first African American district attorney, who has participated in exonerations based on DNA
  • Danny Schecter, founder of

SMU participants and moderators include José Antonio Bowen, Craig Flournoy, Sean Griffin, Derek Kompare, Rachel Lyon, Tom Mayo and Mark McPhail.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Reservations are required for all events and can be made through the SMU Cinema-Television Division at (214) 768-2129 or

“Media and Human Rights in America” is a presentation of the SMU Division of Cinema-Television, with support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, SMU Division of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Special assistance was provided by The Race to Execution Outreach Fund and the Vincentian Fund, DePaul University, The Paul Robeson Fund and The Ford Foundation.

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