We are happy to announce that Reina Chano ’09, an honors minor in Peace and Conflict Studies (History major), has been awarded the Elise M. Boulding Undergraduate Student Paper Award by the Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for a paper, “Youth in Northern Ireland: The Role of Narratives in Promoting Reconciliation,” adapted from her interdisciplinary honors Peace and Conflict Studies thesis: Historical Education as Reconciliation: Teaching History in Northern Ireland.
This is a huge accomplishment for Reina and duly recognizes the effort she put into writing a strong thesis. Much of the work was based on research Reina conducted in Northern Ireland while she studied abroad as part of the college’s Northern Ireland Semester and as she worked with the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry. (Read more about Reina’s experiences.) Reina is the first Swarthmore student to have won this award, and a formal presentation of the award will be made when the section meets during the annual meeting of the ASA in Atlanta in August.
Dr. Elise Boulding is a central figure in Peace and Conflict Studies, a sociologist, a Quaker, a founding member of the ASA Peace, War, and Social Conflict Section, and a co-founder of the International Peace Research Association. Dr. Boulding was awarded an honorary degree in Humane Letters by Swarthmore in 1977, and she spent time at the college while her husband, the noted economist and Peace Studies scholar, Kenneth Boulding, served as the first Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change in 1982-1983.
Jerry Frost, a former coordinator of the PCS program, has written of Dr. Boulding “Modern peace theorists, including Quaker Elise Boulding, remind us that peace is the condition of most of humanity most of the time. Even belligerent powers, and there is a strong correlation with being a great power and the frequency of war, remain at peace most of the time. That is, if peace is defined solely as the absence of war. So it may be that not peace, but war needs to be seen as the abnormality and explained.” Students regularly read Boulding’s work in Peace and Conflict Studies courses at the college.
Please join us in congratulating Reina on her accomplishment and thanking her for representing Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore in such a strong interdisciplinary fashion!