Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Launch Event

Our friends in the Swarthmore College Library and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility invite you to join them on Sunday, Nov. 19th from 1:00-4:00 at the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to learn more about Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project.

At the event, you can meet the book artists working on the project, connect with potential collaborators, and celebrate the project’s launch with tea, snacks, and art-making.
Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary flyer

Swarthmore College’s Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary will bring together book artists and Syrian and Iraqi individuals who have resettled to Philadelphia. Driven by questions about displacement and refuge, history and experience, the project explores art’s capacity to build empathy and create a deeper sense of belonging.

Working in partnership with the immigrant and refugee service organization Nationalities Service Center, Swarthmore will invite a group of collaborators to work with renowned book artists and participate in multi-day workshops designed to provide access to new creative tools, and to explore various aspects of visual storytelling, artistic expression, and craft. Swarthmore’s library collections—including the Friends Historical Library and the “Peace Collection,” the largest archive of peace-related material in the U.S.—will be made available to book artists to inform their commissioned works, and to collaborators, with materials translated into Arabic.

Both the workshop collaborators and the book artists will create books that highlight the relationship between historical and contemporary stories of displacement. The project will culminate in a series of programs, exhibitions, and an exhibition catalogue that will focus on how archival, academic, and community knowledges can come together to address contemporary issues.

Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and is a collaboration between Swarthmore Libraries and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.

Environmental Justice

UPCOMING WORKSHOP — Weaving the Threads: Intersectionality, Sustainability & Environmental Justice

How do we identify and address intersectional concerns (e.g. from racism, to poverty, to militarism, to homelessness, and more) in our sustainability work and activism? How do we connect our various initiatives within a framework of environmental justice? How do we communicate these visions with others?
On Monday, November 20, join Peace and Conflict Studies and Environmental Studies for a workshop with Prof. Randall Amster, former Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association.Workshop Flyer

Weaving the Threads: Intersectionality, Sustainability & Environmental Justice

The confluence of contemporary crises represents a direct threat to human existence, yet also a remarkable opportunity to implement alternatives and cultivate visions for a more just and sustainable world. The framework of “climate justice” increasingly subsumes many of these issues and possibilities, providing a basis for transforming our thinking and acting in relation to essential resources including food, water, and energy production. Likewise, critical issues of equity, access, and distribution are brought to the fore, with the nexus of environmental justice and peacebuilding offering potential avenues for change. What theories and actions are informing current movements and responses? How can policymaking and the lived experiences of people and communities equally inform the discourse? How can we promote an ethos of responsibility in both senses of the word, as a form of accountability and a locus of empowerment? Drawing upon examples from local to global scales, this session will seek to spark a collaborative dialogue for cultivating resilient responses to today’s most pressing challenges.

Randall Amster

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., is Director and Teaching Professor in the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University. He serves as Editor-in- Chief of the Contemporary Justice Review. He teaches and publishes widely on subjects including peace and nonviolence, social and environmental justice, political theory and movements, and the impacts of emerging technologies. His recent books include Peace Ecology (Routledge, 2015), Anarchism Today (Praeger, 2012), Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness (LFB, 2008); and the co-edited volume Exploring the Power of Nonviolence: Peace, Politics, and Practice (Syracuse University Press, 2013). His current research interests include environmental peacebuilding, climate justice, intersectionality and ecology, community and sustainability, and the justice implications of contemporary technology.


Peace Ecology Book Cover

The workshop begins at 4:15 pm and will take place in Kohlberg Hall, Room 116.

This event is sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies, Environmental Studies, the Provost’s Office, the President’s Office, and the Office of Sustainability.

2018 Senior Company presents HIR by Taylor Mac (12/1-12/3)

HIR_paper_ver(updated)Isaac, an average, young, cis-het male, returns home from the war in Afghanistan to find his family exploring the uncharted frontiers of gender. Taylor Mac’s HIR is a hysterically queer spin on the classic American living-room drama that asks the age-old question – what makes or breaks a family? Come watch Isaac, his parents, Paige and Arnold, and his sibling, Max, as they crash through their run-down suburban house in an absurd and surprising shakeup of American family stereotypes.

Directed by Wesley Han ‘18 with Scenic Design by Yoshifumi Nomura ‘17, Costume Design by Tara Webb, Lighting Design by Robin Stamey, and Sound Design by Elizabeth Atkinson. Performed by Oliver Lipton ‘18, Alexandra Kingsley ‘20, Gerald “Jack” McManus ‘21, and Victoria Lee-A-Yong ‘21.

LPAC Frear Ensemble Theater
12/1 8PM
12/2 2PM, 8PM
12/3 2PM


Son and Bailey

From Enemies to Partners: Vietnam, the U.S. and Agent Orange – A Book Talk with the Authors

On Thursday, November 2, Peace and Conflict Studies will welcome the authors of From Enemies to Partners- Vietnam, the U.S. and Agent Orange. The lecture will take place at 4:15 PM in the Scheuer Room of Kohlberg Hall.

Flyer for Book TalkDownload and print a flyer.

Dr. Charles Bailey (Swarthmore ’67) is Director Emeritus of the the Aspen Institute Agent Orange in Vietnam program. Dr. Bailey was the Ford Foundation representative in Vietnam from 1997-2007.

Dr. Le Ke Son is the former Vice Director-General of the Vietnam Environmental Administration. He is also a medical doctor with a PhD in toxicology and served as a medic in the Peoples Army for 25 years.

The authors will cover a range of topics, most notably the great power of technology and military hubris to alter the environment and impact humans even decades later. 

Book cover

Download Information on the Book Release

This event is cosponsored by Asian Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement, Environmental Studies, and the Global Affairs Program at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. 




spelling-bee-poster-FINALFINALNovember 10th at 8PM
November 11th at 2PM & 8PM
November 12th at 2PM

“Can I have a definition please?”

The swirl of vocabulary words. The thumping of the heart. The glare of the audience. And at stake…the chance of a lifetime. A group of adolescent kids vie for the title of spelling bee Champion in a hilarious, heart-warming snapshot of the terrors and pleasures of growing up. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves. At least the losers get a juice box.

In this exciting new collaboration, Swarthmore Departments of Theatre and Music & Dance come together to produce the Broadway musical hit THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, with Music & Lyrics by William Finn and Book by Rachel Sheinkin.

Directed by Alex Torra with Set Design by Matt Saunders, Costume Design by Laila Swanson, Lighting Design by James P. Murphy, and Sound Design by Liz Atkinson. Musical Direction by Shira Samuels-Shragg, Choreography by Dan Dunn, and Vocal Coaching by Rachel Camp.

Originally conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss and originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Originally produced on Broadway by David Stone, James L. Nederlander, Barbara Whitman, Patrick Catullo at Barrington Stage Company, Second Stage Theatre. Licensing courtesy of Music Theatre International.


Provost of Brown University, Dr. Richard Locke, Will Visit Swarthmore on November 3, 2017

Rick Locke Flyer

Richard M. Locke is provost of Brown University and professor of political science and public and international affairs. At the time of his appointment as provost in July 2015, Locke served as the Howard R. Swearer Director of the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown.

Locke is an internationally respected scholar and authority on international labor relations and worker rights, comparative political economy, and corporate responsibility. He has published five books and numerous articles on economic development, labor relations, and corporate responsibility. For his ongoing research on fair and safe working conditions in global supply chains, Locke was named the 2005 Faculty Pioneer in Academic Leadership by The Aspen Institute. He is a member of the ILO-IFC Better Work Program Advisory Committee, and from 2013-2016, he served as chair of the Apple Academic Advisory Board, a group of independent academics who worked with Apple to improve labor conditions among the company’s suppliers.

This lecture, titled Making Globalization Work For All, is sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies, the President’s Office, and the Provost’s Office.

Peace and Conflict Studies logo

Faculty Votes Unanimously to Approve Regular Major in Peace and Conflict Studies

Following the unanimous vote of the faculty, the College has now formally approved a Regular Major in Peace and Conflict Studies here at Swarthmore. Toward the end of the 19th century (1888 to be exact), the first course in peace studies anywhere in the world was taught here at Swarthmore, and our program was established in 1991. The Peace Collection and Friends Historical Library have been supporting peace research since 1930 and 1871 respectively. Now, the study of peace and conflict has been formally incorporated into the College’s curriculum!


Who’s Watching 2.0? (Or I C U 2)

The Eyeball Beacons present

Who’s Watching 2.0?  (or I C U 2)

A video projection on the water tower behind the Science Center

Friday 10/27- Tuesday 10/31


Best viewing from the Science Center Quad!

Fair weather only (the eye doesn’t like rain or snow).

Tune into WSRN on 10/31 for a LIVE sound accompaniment!

With support from the Language and Media Centers, the Department of Theater, the LPAC office, & Film and Media Studies and content inspired by horror visions of the past and future.



Film and Media Studies and the Department of Theater are excited to announce Building Genre: A Collaborative Design Workshop. Part workshop, part design challenge, Building Genre invites students from both FMST and Theater to explore the art of production design and mise-en-scene in real time. In their respective industries, theater, film, television, and new media all converge on the process of production design.This workpostershop provides students with an entry point into that process.

Presented with a genre scene on the day of, students will have four consecutive one-hour sessions to research and determine a design plan for their genre scene, assemble design-appropriate props and costumes, and finally stage the scene for the other groups and audience. True to professional life, participants will work as part of a team, emphasizing the importance of collaboration in production design. One student in each group will document the design process as it happens.

Final presentations will be juried and critiqued by participating faculty from both FMST and Theater.

We invite all interested students to participate! Workshop size limited to 30 total. Please register at this link. Lunch and snacks will be provided!

If you can’t participate but you’re interested in student work, come by for a visit! The workshop will be open to visitors and curious campus members who want to walk through and witness the process of building mise-en-scene.

Friday, November 3, 2017
12 PM – 5PM
LPAC Frear Ensemble Theat

Acting and Martial Dance in Peking Opera with M’me Li Shuyuan (10/24 at 4PM)

Workshop: Acting and Martial Dance in Peking Opera

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 4-6pm
Location: LPAC Frear Ensemble Theater (Lower lobby black box theater)

Let us know if you are coming! Please fill in the information below by
Thursday, October 13. Follow the link below to register.
Are you interested in participating in a master class on acting and martial
dance in Peking opera with Madame Li Shuyuan? This class is open to all
students and faculty members with or without Chinese language but has a
limit of twelve participants.
Meet the Master:
Born in a family with a long tradition of acting in martial roles, Madame
Li had been China’s top-ranked martial female role and enjoyed over forty
years of stage life before coming to America. Since 1999, she has been the
artistic director of the Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society and has
performed in Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Mann Center for the
Performing Arts, Lang Performing Arts Center and Wilma Theater.