Celebrating 100 Years of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-2015

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is sponsoring three exhibits this summer. The first opens this week.

Celebrating 100 Years of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-2015


McCabe Library Atrium, June 10, 2015 through June 30, 2015

Opening Event:
June 11, 2015, McCabe Library Atrium, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with reception
“Our Grandmother’s Voices” with WILPF member Robin Lloyd, whose grandmother attended the first WILPF meeting at The Hague in 1915.

Co-sponsored by the Swarthmore College Peace Collection and the Greater Philadelphia branch of WILPF

contact Wendy Chmielewski at wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu for further information

Glasgow rent strike 1915 BBC CC

New cases added to the Global Nonviolent Action Database

Seventy-six new cases have been added to the Global Nonviolent Action Database by students in the spring semester Strategy and Nonviolent Struggle course at Swarthmore College.

The Global Nonviolent Action Database presents cases of nonviolent civil resistance from around the world, spanning decades and even hundreds of years. Data is provided in a narrative format, and each case is classified across a number of criteria to allow for comparisons and advanced searches.

A selection of the new cases include:

Glasgow rent strike 1915 BBC CC

Glasgow Rent Strike during World War I (BBC)

To view more than one thousand cases of nonviolent civil resistance in the database, visit http://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu and follow on Twitter and Facebook.


Congratulations to the class of 2015!

As we begin commencement celebrations, we want to extend our warmest congratulations to our graduating seniors and their family and friends!

  • Amanda Beebe
  • Brian Kaissi
  • Lauren Mirzakhalili
  • Osazenoriuwa Ebose
  • Averill Obee
  • Michael Herbert
  • Sarah Gonzales

It has been a pleasure to work with you, and we look forward to remaining in touch as you begin new chapters and new work!

We know that you go forward prepared to think about how to conduct conflict in constructive ways, how to advance justice, and how to cultivate more peaceful human relations.  Let’s support each other in our efforts, and we hope the Peace and Conflict Studies Program will remain a base for collaboration and mutual education.

Again, congratulations!!

Swarthmore Commencement


Call for Writers from thINKingDANCE (Deadline June 1, 2015)


thINKingDANCE is a online journal that seeks to catalyze conversation about dance and develop the skills of dance writers in the Philadelphia area. It presents reviews, features, interviews, and ‘think pieces,’ and embraces new modes of thINKing about dance (http://thinkingdance.net/)

We are looking for NEW WRITERS and encourage the following people to consider joining us:

  • those who want to develop their writing skill and are interested in the practice of constructive critique
  • individuals new to writing who connect strongly to dance (artists, audience members, presenters)
  • people new to dance who connect strongly to writing (poets, journalists, scholars, students)
  • anyone interested in experimenting with new journalistic forms
  • advocates committed to covering diverse styles and genres of dance

What do we expect of thINKingDANCE WRITERS?

  • writers will attend a meeting on the first Tuesday (7-9pm) of each month
  • writers are invited to about four workshops/retreats per year (typically on a weekend day)
  • writers are expected to contribute 6-10 articles per year

How do thINKingDANCE WRITERS benefit from being involved?

  • access to free workshops by leading dance writers and scholars
  • mentorship by experienced dance writers, with two rounds of editing on each article then published on the website (which is read internationally)
  • stimulating networking opportunities with the other TD writers
  • a small honorarium for participation
  • a wonderful outlet for creative thINKing
  • privileged access to a diversity of performances in Philadelphia

How to apply?


Please send by email:


  • a Letter of Interest indicating any relevant experience and motivation for participating (1page maximum)
  • a short writing sample—it need not be dance-related (1200 words maximum)


Send to Kirsten Kaschock (TD Editor): editor@thinkingdance.net

Deadline for application materials: June 1st, 2015

Criteria for Selection:

  • potential for committed engagement and willingness to make full use of this professional development opportunity
  • diversity that represents the broad dance constituency in Philadelphia
  • a writing sample that demonstrates some of the following: creative expression, English language fluency, curiosity, a distinctive voice, and provocative ideas



thINKingDANCE is a consortium of dance artists and writers who work together to comment widely on the myriad forms dance can take. Based in Philadelphia, thINKingDANCE works to increase visibility for local dance, encourage new forms of dance writing, broaden the scope of our coverage, and increase audience receptivity to dance. We do this through live events as well as on-line at www.thinkingdance.net. Our director and editor-in-chief were founding members, and our other positions (in communications, editorial, and education) are culled from within. All members are encouraged to participate in the areas of our organization where they have interest and expertise.

thINKingDANCE has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Philadelphia Cultural Fund and Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Partners include the LAB (Live Arts Brewery), DanceUP, and Philadelphia Dance Projects. 




Experiments in Dance (Mon 5/4 @ 5PM)

Dance Showing poster imagePlease join the Dance Program for Experiments in Dance in the Lang Performing Arts Center.  Experiments in Dance is an end-of-semester showing of works (at various stages of completion) that students and faculty have been developing throughout the semester.  Works are generated from a variety of technical approaches to dance, and present various questions of how to be in the theatrical space.

Performances will begin outside of the entrance to LPAC (in the alley between Kohlberg and LPAC), and continue in the Troy Studio.  The showing will run for approximately 1.5 hours.

May 4, 2015

5PM – LPAC (entrance) and Troy Lab (LPAC 002)

THE ROYAL SINGER: A New Children’s Opera (5/3 @ 7PM in Lang Concert Hall)

The Swarthmore College Sesquicentennial Committee is proud to presentROYAL SINGER poster
The Royal Singer: A New Children’s Opera

Join our dancers and musicians for a production of The Royal Singer, a new opera for children, made possible by Maurice Eldridge and the Sesquicentennial committee. With score by Professor Thomas Whitman, libretto by Professor Nathalie Anderson, and direction by Professor K. Elizabeth Stevens, this original opera transports the audience to a magical kingdom in search of a new Royal Singer. As animals and dolls gear up for a musical competition, they learn that the best harmonies come from working (and playing) together. Bring the family and witness the world-premiere of this very special new opera. This production is the result of a collaborative effort by five different academic departments at Swarthmore College and features performances by Swarthmore students and by children from Stetser Elementary School in Chester.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
7:00 PM
Swarthmore College
Lang Music Building
Lang Concert Hall

Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required.
For more information contact Andrew Hauze at
610-690-3489 or ahauze1@swarthmore.edu

Spring 2015 Dance Concert (5/1 + 5/2 @ 8PM)

Dance Concert Poster Spring 2015It’s that time again!  Please join the Dance Program for a celebration of dance featuring African, Ballet, Modern, Kathak, Tap and more! This show is appropriate for all ages. We will be celebrating our graduating seniors and new faculty and all the hard work of the dance performance technique classes.  We look forward to seeing you there!