2017 Archives

SMU’s Maguire Ethics Center sends students on missions of charity, compassion across the world

Public Service Fellows

The 2017 Maguire Ethics and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellows and their service projects are:

Justin BarringerJustin Barringer
(PhD student studying Religion)

Volunteering with Open Table Nashville, housing and supporting low-income peoples.
Read his Adventure Blog.

Megan Latoya BartrumMegan Latoya Bartrum
(PhD student studying Medical Anthropology)

Zika prevention analysis and prevention in Recife, Brazil

Megan BrownMegan Brown
(PhD student studying Anthropology)

Environmental advocacy with the Trinity River Audobon Society
Read her Adventure Blog.

Jordan GoldsteinJordan Goldstein
(PhD student studying Medical Anthropology)

Volunteering with The Hive, a public mental health service group in Brattleboro, VT
Read his Adventure Blog.

Maggie InhofeMaggie Inhofe
(MA student studying Design and Innovation (Lyle))

Creating manufactured construction materials for rural communities, Irving, TX
Read her Adventure Blog.

Delanie LindenDelanie Linden
(MA student in Art History)

Eighteenth-century artistic ethics and morality in France
Read her Adventure Blog.

Antoine MellonAntoine Mellon
(BA student studying World Languages)

Working with animal trafficking victims in Bolivia

Angela WangAngela Wang
(BS student studying Biochemistry)

Ethics of graduated eye care costs in Chennai, India

July 19, 2017

By Kenny Ryan
SMU News

DALLAS (SMU) — Eight SMU students, under the tutelage of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, have embarked on an array of community service projects that are taking them from the Trinity River to Brazil, Bolivia and beyond.

“The Maguire Center Public Service Fellows are an exceptional group of undergraduate and graduate students who have chosen to dedicate their summers to serving others,” says Rita Kirk, distinguished professor of communications and Maguire Center director.

“These eight students rose to the top of a highly-selective application process based on their ability to demonstrate the need for their public service projects and how their projects tie into their own academic trajectory and professional careers,” Kirk adds. “These students are an inspiration to their peers as well as those who teach and support them.”

Each Fellow is responsible for finding agencies to sponsor their projects, which are selected for their ethical and social justice merits. SMU art history student Delanie Linden is studying the impact Rococo art had on French society in the 18th century.

“In a period when human rights, ethics and reason were flourishing, I am curious to know why Rococo art seems to turn against these social and political phenomenon, appearing, in many ways, to be void of morality,” Linden says. “In the field of art history, we write a lot about the human experience – how art impacts the soul and the mind – and we write about how it has the power to sway people politically and morally, ethically. I hope that my project will add to this story of the human experience.”

Megan Latoya, an SMU medical anthropology doctoral student, is spending her summer in Brazil – where it is currently winter – helping transnational health organizations prepare for the country’s next Zika outbreak, which is expected to arrive when the southern hemisphere warms later this year.

“When the Zika virus became an epidemic in Northeastern Brazil, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released guidelines for ethical prevention efforts and care; however, these guidelines are much more easily said than done in areas with large affected populations,” Latoya says. “I hope to be able to provide a clearer understanding of the experiences of the Zika virus for Brazil’s low-income communities and work with those communities so they have the ability to decide their most-pressing issues themselves and provide clearer goals for public healthcare workers to align community disease responses with ethical goals outlined by transnational health organizations such as PAHO.”

The remaining six Fellows are: Angela Wang, Antoine Mellon, Maggie Inhofe, Jordan Goldstein, Megan Brown and Justin Barringer.


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