Sluiter to speak on theories of conflict resolution

From our friends in the Classics Department:

Please join us for the Annual Martin Ostwald Lecture

October 24th, 4:30 pm, Science Center 199, Swarthmore College

Ineke Sluiter, Leiden University

Sluiter will use theories of conflict resolution to examine ancient and modern debates on the right course of action and how they invoke arguments and rhetorical strategies derived from morality and self-interest. Examples will include Thucydides and the modern debate about the financial crisis in Greece.


Anti-conscription demonstration 1916

100th anniversary of the start of World War I

Recognition of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I-the Great War

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Anti-conscription demonstration 1916

Anti-conscription demonstration 1916

Wendy Chmielewski, Curator of the Peace Collection attended the “Resistance to War” conference at the University of Hull (UK), September 7-9, 2014 .  The conference included presentations historians and other scholars from the UK and other countries focused on resistance to war from the mid nineteenth century through World War I.  Chmielewski presented a paper on the role of women in fundraising efforts that financed the peace movement in Great Britain in the 1850s.

On September 30th, Anne Yoder, Peace Collection Archivist, spoke on World War I conscientious objection at the Kate Furness Public Library in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.  This presentation was part of the Furness Library’s program recognizing the centenary of the Great War.

Yoder and Chmielewski will both be attending the “World War I: Dissent, Activism, and Transformation” conference at Georgian Court University (NJ), and co-sponsored by the Peace History Society, in mid October.  Yoder will be speaking about WWI conscientious objectors, David and Julius Eichel.  Chmielewski will present on the war and anti-rhetoric in the suffrage speeches and writings of movement leaders Carrie Chapman Catt and Jane Addams.  Both papers will use resources housed in the Peace Collection.

Peace Collection staff have contributed articles on resistance to World War I as part of the new web site “Home Before the Leaves Fall, Digital Resources in the Delaware Valley on the Great War”. The web site <> contains information about resources in the Peace Collection and Friends Historical Library on peace congresses leading up to the war, women efforts for peace from 1914 onward, conscientious objectors, the varieties of opposition to the war, and the work of British and American Quaker relief organizations.


Opportunities Beyond Swarthmore: Mellon Seminar 2015


Applications from advanced graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty are invited for an intensive summer seminar on interdisciplinary research and teaching in dance studies. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the seminar will be held June 21-27, 2015 at Northwestern University. Participants will engage with each other’s work as well as with the work of invited senior scholars. Accepted applicants will have their costs covered for tuition, room and board and, in addition, receive up to $500 to cover travel expenses. International applicants are welcome, as are applicants from all fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences that border dance studies.

Please send a cover letter stating your research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to Dance Studies Seminar Committee, Northwestern University, University Hall 215, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60208-2240. Electronic applications (in Word or pdf) may be emailed to project assistant Jennifer Britton ( with the subject line “Dance Studies Seminar.” Deadline for applications is January 16, 2015.

The 2015 summer seminar is part of a multi-year initiative titled Dance Studies in/and the Humanities. A Mellon-funded partnership between three universities—Brown, Northwestern and Stanford—Dance Studies in/and the Humanities invests in emerging scholars in a growing field.

Racialized-Gendered Partition and Dissensus in Bahrain’s Pearl Revolution

Frances S. Hasso, Associate Professor in Women’s Studies and Sociology at Duke University, will give a talk entitled:

“Racialized-Gendered Partition and Dissensus in Bahrain’s Pearl Revolution”

October 20, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Science Center Room 199

This paper examines the co-production and “interarticulation” of racializing/sectarian and gendering dynamics in Bahrain as longstanding conflict between the majority of citizens and the ruling Al Khalifa regime intensified into the ongoing 14 February Revolution, also called the Pearl Revolution. These dynamics are stamped on and produced through the organization of bodies and space. Embodied and spatialized dynamics are highlighted by the small geographic area of Bahrain, its residential partitions based on sect, ethnicity, and citizenship status, and its post-1979 culture of gender segregation in street life inspired by the Iranian Revolution. Among the Pearl Revolution’s notable dimensions is a rise in women-led confrontational street politics that is not necessarily authorized by Bahraini opposition men and has produced sublimated tensions not captured by images of gender-segregated orderly marches. For their part, Bahraini state officials and their supporters strategically deploy conservative ideologies of sexual respectability and purity to discredit women and men activists. Sectarian discourse, racialized naturalization and policing policies, and gendered and sexual forms of violence and control intersect in marked ways. The Pearl Revolution is a point of historical rupture, I argue, for imaginaries, subjectivities, and how gendered bodies inhabit space.


Co-sponsors: Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, Modern Languages and Literature (Arabic Section) and Political Science and programs in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Islamic Studies, and Peace and Conflict Studies.

AUDITION for Night of Scenes (10/5, 7-9PM)

AUDITION for Directing I Night of Scenes!

Please spread the word: Auditions will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 7-9 pm, in the Frear Ensemble Theater (Room 1 LPAC, Lower Lobby Level).

NO PREPARED MONOLOGUE IS REQUIRED (but you are welcome to bring one). No sign up sheet, just drop in!

Students directors who will be casting from the auditions include Anita Castillo-Halvorssen, Cooper Harrington-Fei, Eileen Hou, Michelle Johnson, Aaron Matis, and Michaela Shuchman.

Questions? Please feel free to contact Allen Kuharski (x7794 or email or any of the directors in the class. More info is available in the RSD

Interested in working backstage?

We still have on-call opportunities in the LPAC for backstage crew! Training provided, no experience necessary.

Please contact Allie Emmerich (in LPAC 5 or or Tara Webb  (in LPAC 4 or for more information.

Opportunities Beyond Swarthmore: Dance Studies Position

Dance Studies Job Posting, Swarthmore College

The Swarthmore College Department of Music and Dance invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Dance Studies at the assistant professor level, with a specialization in ballet and/or modern dance, beginning in Fall 2015 . We are looking for an exceptional scholar/practitioner who can demonstrate a visible national and international profile, a strong record of publication and creative work, excellence in undergraduate teaching, and knowledge of curriculum development and design.

The successful candidate will teach five courses per year, including courses on dance history, theory, and technique courses, integrating theory and practice whenever possible. As a small collaborative department, members of the faculty also contribute to supervision of undergraduate theses, student productions, and events with visiting artists. Other responsibilities include administrative work and service to the College. The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D in Dance or Performance Studies, although exceptional candidates with M.F.As will be considered. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2014. Review of applications will begin in January and continue until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should submit an online application at

Please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three reference letters, one or more samples of scholarship/creative work, and a sample syllabus.

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college, located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices. The College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.
Application Materials Required: Submit the following items online at this website:

* Cover Letter
* Curriculum Vitae
* Scholarship/Creative Work Sample
* Sample Syllabus
* Three Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at this site)

Opportunities Beyond Swarthmore: Asst. Professor wanted

Assistant Professor (Dance) Tenure Track – Hobart and William Smith

The Department of Dance invites applications for a tenure-track position in Dance (Africanist/African diaspora) at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning fall 2015; terminal degree MFA or Ph.D. required. We seek an artist/scholar whose work stems from an Afro-centric perspective to join a vibrant Dance department in an interdisciplinary liberal arts environment. We seek a colleague who can offer studio- based courses and dance theory courses in fairly equal proportions; an artist/scholar whose expertise is based in/informed by a form whose movement roots are Africanist, whether traditional or contemporary, i.e.: African, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean or other African diaspora forms.


  • Terminal degree required
  • Terminal degree in discipline other than Dance with professional experience in dance a possibility
  • Teaching experience in the field
  • Evidence of artist/scholar activity
  • Demonstrated interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment

Application Instructions:Application deadline is October 1, 2014, but we will continue to review applications until the position is filled. Expected start date: July 1, 2015. Please send the following documents to Inter-folio’s ByCommittee, which is free to applicants at this link

  • Letter of application which addresses your qualifications for this position and summarizes your artistic/scholarly identity
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy statement
  • Teaching Interests statement
  • Names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) for three current referencesCandidates of interest will be asked to submit graduate transcripts, videotapes/dvds of choreographic work, and/or further documentation of artistic/scholarly work through Inter-folio. Please do not submit additional materials unless requested.The preferred method of application is through Interfolio’s ByCommittee ( Questions may be directed to Professor Cynthia J Williams, Search Committee Chair, Dance Department, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456. Contact email:; Contact telephone (315) 781-3495.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applicants from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women, Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective liberal arts institution with a single administration, faculty and curriculum but separate dean’s offices, student governments, athletic programs and traditions. The Colleges are located in a small diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. With an enrollment of approximately 2,000, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program. Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.