NIGHT OF SCENES from the Directing I Workshop (12/7 + 12/8)

Directing I Workshop (THEA 035) &nosforweb6
Lighting Design (THEA 004B)

Directed by
Wesley Han
Oliver Lipton

Yoshifumi Nomura
Emily Uhlmann
John Wojciehowski

with excerpts and one acts from
Annie Baker,
Maria Irene Fornes,
Tony Kushner,
Martin McDonagh,
and Sarah Ruhl

LPAC Frear Ensemble Theater
Wed 12/7 at 8PM
Thurs 12/ 8 at 8PM


Fall 2016 Dance Concert (12/2 + 12/3)

The Department of Music and Dance sends a warm invitation to all! This Fall concert will feature fall-dance-concert-posterdances and music from a variety of styles and from various cultural traditions including Ballet, Taiko, Modern, Tap and more!

Come celebrate our students and faculty with this joyous end of the semester showcase. Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

LPAC Pearson-Hall Theater

Friday 12/2 4:30PM
Saturday 12/3 8PM

There is a “Talk Back” Q & A panel immediately following the Saturday show. Please join Professor K. Elizabeth Stevens from the Department of Theater for a moderated discussion about dance.

Law as a Tool for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution

Law as a Tool for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution

Mark Schwartz ‘75

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall, Room 228
Swarthmore College (directions)

This talk and discussion will feature a Swarthmore alum who has run his own private law practice for decades in service of social justice.


Mark Schwartz will discuss how the law can also be used as a tool for conflict resolution. Whether supporting the gay community in responding to discrimination, women facing workplace harassment, racist policies that
marginalize people of color, or whistleblowers exposing corruption in the public and private sectors, Schwartz works tirelessly to ensure that justice is served and that conflict is resolved fairly.

Sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Office of the Swarthmore Pre-Law Advisor

Senior Company 2017 presents THE TOTALITARIANS (12/2-4)

A comic look at hypocrisy and a culture of politictotalitariansposterfinalforwebal infighting, and how we might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s play follows Penny, a former roller derby star and compulsively watchable candidate for state office, who enlists the help of silver tongued operative Francine to manage her political ambitions. Penny’s nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State are revealed via Francine’s doctor husband, Jeffrey, who it turns out, is lying to his dying patients.

The Totalitarians is a raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships, and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.

LPAC Frear Ensemble Theater
Dec 2 @ 8PM
Dec 3 @ 2PM and 8PM
Dec 4 @ 2PM

For more updated info, find us on Facebook:

THE TOTALITARIANS is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Giant Eyeballs and Media Design

If you walked through the Science Center Quad between 7:00 and 9:00pm over Halloween weekend, you may have felt a conspicuous presence. And if you looked skyward, you probably noticed that you were being observed from the water tower – or more accurately by the water tower, which had been transformed into a giant, animated eyeball by members of the Theater Department, LPAC Production Office, and ITS.

That idea, later entitled “Who’s Watching” by Scott Burgess, came about during a conversation between us  at the 2016 Media Architecture Summit (MAS). At MAS, we learned about digital placemaking through large-scale light installations and video projection. The lectures presented by the artists discussed engagement in public spaces, spectacle, ephemeral architecture, and the cross disciplinary aspects of media art. While our eyeball was merely an animation, spliced together with some video of dancing skeletons, ghosts, and a jack-o-lantern, many of the speakers at MAS presented on interactive artworks – pieces that people could influence through their own behavior, or control directly via mobile devices.

Among the works presented was Yong Ju Lee’s “Filament Mind,” a permanent installation in Wyoming’s Teton County Library. It utilizes a data stream from the library’s catalogue system, and a series of over forty projectors attached to a column in the building’s atrium. Aimed upward, with bundles of transparent fiber optic cable attached to their lenses, the array projects brilliant hues of electric blue, yellow and purple. The fiber optic bundles contain this light, twisting around the column as they climb to the ceiling, and then arcing outward to the walls, where each individual cable terminates on a different set of three dimensional words. As library-goers search the catalogue, their queries are illuminated in real time, thus visualizing the thoughts of the library as a whole, and its individual visitors, through fiber optic neurons.

Another talk addressed the issues of mass surveillance and big data. David Rokeby discussed “Taken,” a touring installation created in 2002 which simultaneously shoots and projects live video of people as they walk through a gallery, periodically zooming in on an individual, snapping a freeze frame, and arbitrarily applying an adjective to that person’s image. Visitors might be labeled “complicit,” “unsuspecting” or “hungry,” as the work asks them to consider the question “how does it feel to be judged by a computer?” and the idea that “when an algorithm is attached to a sensor, that algorithm projects behavior back into the space.”

Our own “Who’s Watching” did not seek to provide insight into important issues of the day, nor prompt any profound questions (though I’m sure we’d all like to know just how long the creature with giant blue eye stalks has been living under our parking lot). We simply set out to have a bit of Halloween fun on one of the larger unornamented surfaces on campus. In the process we experimented with projections of climate visualization, images created through electron microscopy and the Hubble telescope, and some interesting deep sea animals. If you have ideas for the future, if you’d like to experience an interactive work, if you want to add media design to your terms of study, or if you want to learn how we created the eyeball, we invite you to get in touch. Send us an email at the addresses below, drop by LPAC, or stop in at the Language and Media Centers. We’d be happy to hear from you. And stay tuned for more pop-up digital events around campus.

Jeremy Polk <>
Tara Webb <>
Scott Burgess <>

Diversity and Inclusion: Disabilities on Campus

From our friends in Global Neighbors:

Diversity and Inclusion: Considering the Role of Disabilities on Campus

Thursday, November 17, 4:30pm in the Scheuer Room

What is diversity and why have we been engaging with it predominantly through the lenses of race, gender, and class? Why is it that even though 25% of students on campus have a documented disability, disability is still left out of most conversations? What has Swarthmore done to accommodate for their needs? Are there still issues of accessibility and accommodation that students with disabilities face?

Join Global Neighbors and panelists Dean Shá Duncan Smith, Susan Smythe (ADA Coordinator), Leslie Hempling (Director of Student Disability Services), Donna Jo Napoli (Linguistics Department), Max Weinstein ‘19, and Lauren Knudson ‘19 as we engage in this discussion on how to broaden our ideas of diversity and inclusion.


Race, War, and Police Power in the American Century

Race, War, and Police Power

Nikhil Pal Singh
(New York University)
Tuesday, November 15th
4:15 pm Sci 101

Drawing on his forthcoming book Exceptional Empire: Race, War and Sovereignty in U.S. Globalism (Harvard University Press 2017), Nikhil Singh will speak on the topic of race, war and police power in the ‘American Century.’

Nikhil Pal Singh

Dr. Singh is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, where he also directs the NYU Prison Education Program. He is the author of Black is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy (Harvard UP, 2004), which won several prizes, including the Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for the best book in civil rights history from the Organization of American Historians in 2005.

He is the editor of Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder: the Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O’Dell (University of California Press, 2010). Author of numerous essays on race, empire and U.S. liberalism, he is a member of the editorial board of the American Crossroads Book Series at the University of California Press.

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Black Studies Program, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, English Literature, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Sociology and Anthropology

Contact: obalkan1

Considering and challenging the legacy of “diversity”

LPAC Cinema at 6:30 PM on November 10th

Join Peripeteia’s Prelude panel discussion on “Diversity“, together with Swarthmore College’s

  • President Val Smith, Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Professor Sa’ed Atshan
  • History Professor Allison Dorsey.

The Prelude discussion series hosts panelists from different disciplines to unpack and engage in
complex topics like “diversity.”

In an increasingly globalized world, how do we approach and reconcile the differences amidst the interaction of various backgrounds, identities, and

Take part in this conversation in LPAC Cinema at 6:30 PM on November 10th as we consider and challenge the legacy of “diversity”.

**there will be refreshments**


Spring 2017 course: Strategy and Nonviolent Struggle

PEAC 071B / SOCI 071B / POLS 081 Strategy and Nonviolent Struggle is a research seminar and writing course that contributes to the widely recognized Global Nonviolent Action Database, which is housed at Swarthmore College. See

Great news: The course will be offered during the spring semester of 2017!  Got questions?  Contact Prof. Lee Smithey at lsmithe1. More information is available below. Spaces are limited.

This one-credit research seminar involves working and updating the Global Nonviolent Action Database website which can be accessed by activists and scholars worldwide at The Global Nonviolent Action Database was built at Swarthmore College and includes more than 1,400 cases of “people power” drawn from dozens of countries.  The database contains crucial information on campaigns for human rights, democracy, environmental sustainability, economic justice, national/ethnic identity, and peace.

Students will research a series of cases and write them up in two ways: within a template of fields (the database proper) and also as a 2-3 page narrative that describes the unfolding struggle.  In addition to research/writing methods, students will also draw theories in the field.  Strategic implications for today will be drawn from theory and from what the group learns from the documented cases of wins and losses experienced by people’s struggles.

1 credit.  Writing course.  Enrollment limited to 12 students.

Lee Smithey
Thursday 1:15-4:00
Lang Center 106

Global Nonviolent Action Database


Urmi Basu

Fighting Gender-Based Violence: A Discussion With Urmi Basu


Learn about and meet one of the most inspiring woman in non-profit work today with a series of events!

Urmi Basu

Urmi Basu, founder of nonprofit New Light, is a fighter for social justice and the marginalized community of sex workers and women in prostitution. Based in Kolkata, India, New Light’s mission is to promote gender equality and fight violence and abuse of women and children. They have various women-empowerment programs, anti-trafficking programs and they also provide shelter and education to prevent second-generation prostitution.
She was elected as the NGO coordinator by the office of the Governor of West Bengal to present to former President of the United States Bill Clinton in 2001 and in 2012 she was part of a core team that met with Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. She was also chosen as a recipient of a blessing from His Holiness The Dalai Lama under the title Unsung Heroes of Compassion 2009 in San Francisco for her work promoting compassion and peace. An impassioned speaker with a unique global perspective, Urmi Basu continues her daily fight for what she believes in.

Nov. 18 7:00pm @ LPAC
“Half the Sky” film screening, a documentary based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. This documentary, in which she is featured, focuses on women’s control of their own body as well as microfinance and women’s education. There will be snacks.

Nov. 22 11:30- 1:00 pm @ Bond Hall 
Student lunch with Urmi Basu

Nov. 22 4:30 pm @ SCI101
Listen to Urmi Basu speak about her experiences and come talk to her about women’s rights, prostitution and sex slavery, non-profit work and more! There will be snacks.

Co-Sponsors- i20, Women’s Resource Center, Peace and Conflict Studies Department, Office of Student Engagement, Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

Contact Information:
Name: Anna Everetts
Phone: (610) 328-7750
Email: aeveret1