Swatties Respond to the Mumbai Attacks

On November 26 in Mumbai, India, terrorists attacked several prominent Mumbai landmarks. Over the course of a three-day siege, over 170 people lost their lives. On December 2 and 3, vigils were held for the victims of these attacks and on December 12, an open Shabbat service will honor the memory of those lost. In a series of interviews with the Daily Gazette, several members of the Swarthmore community reflect on the attacks and the implications of moving forward. … more from the Daily Gazette.

STAND urges abstention from luxuries in anti-genocide campaign

This week, SwatSTAND, the Swarthmore chapter of STAND, A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, has been encouraging the Swarthmore community to participate in a nation-wide STAND fast to raise money for and awareness about genocide. ??We are asking that for a period of time, be it for one day or for the entire week, students give up one luxury item and donate the money they would have spent toward that item,?? Neena Cherayil ??11, an officer of SwatSTAND, said. Also, in an initiative unique to Swarthmore, SwatSTAND is collaborating with the local co-op in a further effort to raise funds. For the next three weeks, students have the option of donating their ten percent co-op student discount to the cause. … more from The Phoenix

Controversial activist promotes vegetarianism, peace

Can vegetarianism reduce the likelihood of war? Since 1980, Food Not Bombs has been arguing that it can. One of the organization’s co-founders, Keith McHenry, gave a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 25, focusing on the history of Food Not Bombs and its major goals: supporting vegetarianism and redirecting military expenses to providing food. … more from The Phoenix

Co-sponsored by Peace and Conflct Studies

Peace and Conflict Studies in Northern Ireland

During the spring semester of 2008, Swarthmore College launched an innovative community-based study abroad program in Northern Ireland, and two Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) students, Reina Chano ’09 and Maurice Weeks ’09, were the first to complete the inaugural semester. A third PCS student, Jessa Deutsch ’10, participated in a summer internship this past summer. Cecelia Osowski ’10 (also a PCS student) and Andrew VanBuren ’10 are currently participating in the program in Derry/Londonderry.

Lee Smithey recently sat down with Reina, Maurice, Jessa, and two of the program’s in-country facilitators, Dr. Denise Crossan and Ms. Adree Wallace at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.

You can listen in on the conversation and learn more about the Northern Ireland semester via this podcast:


from left to right: Jessa Deutsch ’10, Maurice Weeks ’09,

Lee Smithey, Reina Chano ’09, Denise Crossan,

Adree Wallace


For more information on Peace and Conflict Studies and the Northern Ireland semester, please contact Lee Smithey or the Office for Foreign Study.