Reading Their Way Into History: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jane Addams (Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1931), historian and Swat alum. Barbara Sicherman ’55 will talk about her recently published book, Well Read Lives: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women. The generation of women who grew up in America’s first Gilded Age left an extraordinary record of public achievement-as physicians and scientists, educators and social scientists. Inspired by their reading (not only what they ready, but how and with whom), often lost-and found- themselves in treasured books and worked out a life purpose around them.

Date: Monday, April 19, 2010

Place: McCabe Popular Reading Room

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Reception and book signing to follow the talk

Accompanying exhibit of books which inspired Jane Addams

Co-sponsored by the Swarthmore College Peace Collection and McCabe Library

Contact: Wendy E. Chmielewski

“The mission of the Swarthmore College Peace Collection is to gather, preserve, and make accessible material that documents non-governmental efforts for nonviolent social change, disarmament, and conflict resolution between peoples and nations.”

Swarthmore Peace Week Spring 2010


Theirs NOT to do and die, theirs to REASON WHY.

— Monday, April 19 —

“Healing Justice: A Journey into Shadow America”

Flim Viewing & Talk ((w/snacks!)) by Judith Trustone

@ 6:30p in Kohlberg 116

Award winning author, activist and filmmaker, Judith Trustone is the founder and director of Sagewriters, which, in addition to advocating for human rights, has published a dozen books of literary and social merit about America’s justice system. Sagewriters grew out of her creative writing classes in prisons. Her documentaries have been shown on public television and at universities nationally. Judith is leading Community Kindness Circles every month in Swarthmore, PA town hall in addition to in shelters, organizations and corporations. For those in prison or in other locations, she created the Virtual Kindness Circle where every Saturday at 4:00 pm eastern, where participants sit in quiet and visualize their interconnectedness with each other. Her film and talk will center on art, music, profiles, interviews with families and advocates as well as music by those who once were in prison and have now become successful. The talk will be followed by a short (snack) break, after which there will be a Community Kindness Circle to enable participants to ‘soothe their souls’.

— Tuesday, April 20 —

“The War in Iraq: Politics and Personal Experiences”

Talk by Raed Jarrar

@ 7:30 pm, Science Center 199

Raed Jarrar is an Iraqi political analyst and consultant to AFSC’s Iraq Program currently based in Washington, D.C. After the U.S.-led invasion, Jarrar became the country director for CIVIC Worldwide, the only door-to-door casualty survey group in post-war Iraq. He then established Emaar, (meaning “reconstruction” in Arabic), a grassroots organization that provided humanitarian and political aid to Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs). Emaar delivered medicine and food as well as helped initiate micro-enterprise projects for IDPs. Additionally, Emaar engaged in political advocacy on behalf of displaced populations. Raed Jarrar will be speaking about his personal experiences during the war in Iraq and his thoughts on the Iraqi elections.

— Wednesday, April 21 —

“A Conversation on Taxes, Peace Making & Conscientious Objection to War”

Talk by Robin Harper

@ 7:30 pm, Science Center 199

Robin Harper is a recently retired carpenter and home repair specialist. He performed civilian alternative service as a Conscientious Objector during the Korean War, has been active in the peace movement during his adult years, and was the head of maintenance on the staff of Pendle Hill for a decade. As a pioneer of the war-tax redirection movement during the 1960s, Robin Harper has twice prevailed in civil cases against the IRS in U.S. district court in Philadelphia and successfully re-directed the portion of his income tax that goes to pay for war to charitable organizations around the world. Why and how has he been successful in his tussle with the fearsome IRS? How can we resist the conscription of our tax money to pay for war? Join us to find out.

— Thursday, April 22 —

“The Iraqi Refugee Crisis in Syria”

Talk by Dr. Mazhar Rishi

@ 7:30 pm, Kohlberg Scheuer Room

Dr. Mazhar Rishi was born in Karachi, Pakistan and emigrated to the U.S. in 1984. After completing his medical education at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Rishi has served the U.S. Air Force both on active duty and active reserves. Dr. Rishi has taught both civilian and military medical students and physicians at various academic institutions. In addition, he has written several research articles and has received faculty teaching awards. He is currently on the faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland and also practices pathology in Delaware Valley. Dr. Mazhar Rishi is dedicated to humanitarian work, interfaith dialogue and peace activism. He will be speaking about the Iraqi Refugee Crisis in Syria.

— Friday, April 23 —


“Marathon Beirut: For the Love of Lebannon”

@ 7:00 pm, Sci Center 199

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— Saturday, April 24 —

<<TENTATIVE: Star-lit Peace Walk>>

— Sunday, April 25 —


“Bringing Down a Dictator”

@ 7:00 pm, Sci Center 101

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CANCELED: Religious Conflicts and Toleration in Todays Europe

Lorenzo Zucca, Ph.D.

School of Law

King’s College, London

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

5:00 p.m.

Trotter 303

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Sponsored by the departments of Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology & Anthropology

/Religious Conflicts and Toleration in Today's Europe


Lorenzo Zucca, Ph.D.

School of Law

King's College, London

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

5:00 p.m.

Trotter 303

Swathmore College

Sponsored by the departments of Philosophy, Political Science,

Religion and Sociology & Anthropology

Religious Conflicts and Toleration in Today's Europe


Lorenzo Zucca, Ph.D.

School of Law

King's College, London


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

5:00 p.m.

Trotter 303

Swathmore College


Sponsored by the departments of Philosophy, Political Science,

Religion and Sociology & Anthropology


Everyone is welcome!

Everyone is welcome!

Social Psychology and Peace and Conflict Studies

Prof. Andrew Ward serves on the Peace and Conflict Studies committee, in an upcoming lecture, he will address important issues related to our program including aggression and intergroup conflict, prejudice and stereotyping, and prosocial action

Five Big Ideas: Insights from Social Pscyhology

Andrew Ward

Associate Professor of Psychology

4:30 p.m., Wednesday April 21 , 2010

Scheuer Room

The talk will explore five enduring insights of social psychology – foundational lessons relevant to a broad array of human behaviors – both “negative” (aggression and intergroup conflict, overeating and smoking, prejudice and stereotyping) and “positive” (prosocial action, educational achievement, successful impression management). Implications for a host of fields, including those in the humanities and natural sciences, will be discussed.

Taxes Peacemaking and Conscientious Objection to War

IRRESISTIBLE FORCE (THE I. R. S.) MEETS IMMOVABLE OBJECT (CONSCIENTIOUS WAR TAX REFUSER): A Conversation on Taxes, Peace Making and Conscientious Objection to War

A Talk by Mr. Robin Harper

April 21st, 2010 (Wednesday)

7:30pm – 9pm

Science Center 199

Come hear from a man who has chosen not to pay the portion of income tax that goes to pay for war for the last 50 years and has instead directed these funds to charitable organizations around the world. Join us as Robin Harper shares his spiritual and legal journey as an engaged war tax refuser. Having twice prevailed in civil cases against the IRS in U. S. district court in Philadelphia, Mr. Harper will address among other things the following questions:

  • Why and how has he been successful in his tussle with the IRS?
  • What can we do to resist the conscription of our tax money to pay for weapons and war?


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Three Days in Palestine

Simulation aims to spark dialogue

Olivia Natan | Phoenix Staff

Sarah Brajtbord ’11 said her visit to Palestine after her freshman year made a dramatic impact on her.

“Going through the checkpoints [of the West Bank] as a privileged American, especially as a privileged Jewish American, was one of the most profound and emotional experiences of my life, and it’s really something that brought me to the level of activism and the commitment to [Israeli-Palestine relations] that I have today,” she said.

A leader of Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine, Brajtbord was instrumental in the planning and execution of this week’s “Three Days in Palestine,” which featured a screening of “Divine Intervention” on Tuesday, a discussion forum facilitated by Assistant Dean and Director of the Intercultural Center Rafael Zapata last night, and, most notably, a simulation of an Israeli checkpoint within the West Bank which divides Israel and Palestine.  Read the rest of the story at The Phoenix.

Photo Credit: Olivia Natan | Phoenix Staff

Cambodia Week

SwatCambodia was founded two years ago by Jennifer Trinh ’11 (minor in Peace and Conflict Studies).  Read more about SwatCambodia.

Cambodia Week Schedule

-Friday, April 9th, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM:

Fruit Smoothies and Goodies on sale near Parrish Porch!

Fruit Smoothies will be $3 each, and we’ll have various different types (and you can choose vanilla ice cream or just ice to mix with them)! There will also be various silks, purses, dresses, and various other souvenirs from Cambodia on sale, so be sure to bring enough money!

-Tuesday, April 13th, 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM:

Sparklers and Sparkling Cider on Parrish Beach!

Happy Cambodian New Year! Pick up a sparkler and brighten up the night! Listen to traditional Cambodian music and enjoy some (non-Cambodian) sparkling juices.

George Lakey

-Wednesday, April 14th, 4:15 PM to 5:00 PM:

Cultivating Peace: George Lakey talks about his experiences in war-ravaged Cambodia in Sci 101.

Ever hear George Lakey speak? He’s quite the storyteller. This time, his stories will be about the work that he did in Cambodia during the 90s, when Cambodia was still reeling from the genocide. Snacks and drinks will be available.

-Thursday, April 15th, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM:

New Year Baby Screening in Sci 199.

Join us in learning about the story of Socheata Poeuv, a woman who discovers that her family isn’t really all she thought it was, and who goes back to Cambodia to discover their true roots. Compelling and informative, this documentary will help you understand the horrors that the Cambodian people went through, from an emotional perspective rather than through seeing the raw brutality (as in The Killing Fields). Also, if you missed your chance to buy goodies on Friday with the smoothies, you can purchase goods at this movie screening as well!

-Saturday, April 17th, 9:00 PM:

Tropical Fruits Parlor Party in Shane Lounge.

Remember the lychee, the longan, the mango, the whole coconuts? We’re doing it again! Free tropical fruit available to give you a taste of Southeast Asia. Come early; the fruits ran out fast last year. And, you’ll have your last chance to buy goods from us before we “close shop” for the year.


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Water, Violence, and Peacebuilding lecture by Ken Conca

“Water, Violence, and Peacebuilding”

A lecture by Ken Conca

April 12, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

Science Center Room 199

Ken Conca from the University of Maryland is coming to campus on Monday, April 12th to give a talk entitled “Water, Violence, and Peacebuilding.” The talk provides a critical look at all the media “water wars” talk, looks at the potential role of water in civil conflict, stresses the real violence around water (structural violence of development projects, human rights issues, privatization controversies), and then looks at water and peacebuilding. Ken is the author of Governing Water (winner of two International Studies Association Awards), The Crisis of Global Environmental Governance, and a co-editor of Green Planet Blues. This talk is an Environmental Studies talk with co-sponsorship from the Department of Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies.


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Mark Hanis (class of 05) to speak at the 29th Annual Governors Holocaust Remembrance Program

Genocide seems to be the topic of the week.

ADL Announces 2010 Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program

Date: March 5, 2010

The Mountain States Office of the Anti-Defamation League announced that the 29th Annual Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program will take place on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, when Mark Hanis, the grandson of four Holocaust survivors, will tell his story of fighting genocide worldwide, and Gov. Bill Ritter, Jr., and the Colorado community will honor all those whose lives reflect the legacy of the Holocaust.  Read the full story …

General Romeo A. Dallaire on Humanitarian Intervention and films at Haverford this week

Talk by Lieutenant General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret’d), and Canadian Senator

April 8, 4:30PM; KINSC Sharpless Auditorium

Dallaire’s talk will address genocide prevention in terms of “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P)” and a new initiative, “The Will To Intervene” (W2i).

Lieutenant General The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret’d), and Canadian Senator, has had a distinguished career in the Canadian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant General and becoming Assistant Deputy Minister (Human Resources) in the Department of National Defence in 1998. In 1994, General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). His book on his experiences in Rwanda, entitled Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, met with international acclaim as a statement on the need for enhanced powers for the UN and the international community in dealing with cases of genocide. … read more …

Sunday April 4, 7:30pm Sharpless Auditorium: Ghosts of Rwanda (2004)

A PBS Frontline/BBC documentary to mark the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide — a state-sponsored massacre in which some 800,000 Rwandans were methodically hunted down and murdered by Hutu extremists as the U.S. and international community refused to intervene – examine the social, political and diplomatic failures that converged to enable the genocide to occur.

Wednesday, April 7, 7pm Chase Auditorium: Icyizere: Hope

Kenyan filmmaker Patrick Mureithi spent three years filming this documentary on the process of community reconciliation in Rwanda. The film focuses on a “Healing and Rebuilding our Communities” workshop (a Quaker initiated program run by the African Great Lakes Initiative), and was an official selection of the 2009 Rwanda Film Festival. This event brings Patrick Mureithi to Haverford’s campus to screen the film and hold a discussion on the themes of forgiveness, peacebuilding, justice and war.  View film trailer.

Friday, April 9, 7:30 Stokes Multicultural Center: Hotel Rwanda

(2004, dir. Terry George, starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte – runtime 2hrs)

Some of the worst atrocities in the history of mankind took place in Rwanda and in an era of high-speed communication and round the clock news, the events went almost unnoticed by the rest of the world. In only three months, 800,000 people were brutally murdered. In the face of these unspeakable actions, inspired by his love for his family, an ordinary man summons extraordinary courage to save the lives of over a thousand helpless refugees, by granting them shelter in the hotel he manages. Please alert your students to this series of events that will enable them to learn and to reflect on one of the worst instances of genocide in recent history, and one that is prompting a reconsideration of the ways the international community reacts to conflicts across the globe.