Join Reverend Billy’s Earthalujah! showon Saturday April 2 in LPAC . This is a show unlike any you’ve seen before, a hybrid sermon/song/carnivalesque extravaganza that you won’t soon forget. The show is family friendly but big bank deadly, especially the ones that finance CO-2 emissions through mountaintop removal, hydro-fracking, super malls and shipping sweatshop products long distances with fossil fuel-burning engines. In the Church of Earthalujah we escape the old fundamentalist god but find life itself funny, scary, and it makes the 35 voice Stop Shopping Gospel Choir want to sing and shout!
Reverend Billy is an internationally known anti-corporate and environmental activist. While he mimics the hyperventilating, white-suit, Elvis-hairdo televangelist persona, he preaches a message altogether different from your typical Reverend. Billy and his gospel choir perform street and traditional theater to communicate a positive message of community empowerment, environmental sustainability and social change. Reverend Billy crosses typical genre barriers and blurs the barriers between life, performance and activism in a way that has not been experienced on campus. The Church also stages spirited theatrical interventions to support creative campaigns for social justice, and has recently been pressuring banks to divest from Mountaintop Removal coal mining in Appalachia.
Presented by Mountain Justice with the generous support of the SBC Fun Fund, FFS, Drama Board, Cooper Serendipity Fund, Environmental Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Music, Political Science and the Lang Center.
The morning after President Obama’s prime-time speech about his decision to intervene militarily in Libya, we take stock of the emerging ‘Obama doctrine’ guiding U.S. foreign policy. Citing a controversial and new United Nations principle known as the “Responsibility to Protect,” advocates for military intervention on humanitarian grounds succeeded in reversing the Obama administration’s initial reluctance to get involved in a third military front in the Muslim world. Helping us make sense of the President’s speech, his foreign policy and its implications for the Middle East are Swarthmore political scientist DOMINIC TIERNEY, TOM MALINOWSKI of Human Rights Watch and AARON DAVID MILLER of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College is organizing a three-film series this semester based around the theme of Nonviolent Movements for Rights and Liberation. Our second film will be The Singing Revolution.
Music sustained the Estonian people during decades of Soviet and Nazi occupation and was a crucial part of their struggle for freedom The Singing Revolution is the first film to tell this historical tale.
When: March 30, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Science Center Room 199 at Swarthmore College
Swarthmore’s News and Information office recently posted a story on the emergence of mass nonviolent resistance in the Middle East.
Lee Smithey, associate professor of sociology and coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, recently published an article in The Atlanticregarding the revolutionary nonviolent resistance movement that toppled the long-established authoritarian regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. The article addresses “a shared set of ideas about nonviolent resistance” from “a new generation of scholars and advocates” such as Gene Sharp, whose inspirational role in the Arab peace movement was featured in a widely-read article in the New York Times.
According to Smithey, successful nonviolent resistance can be attributed to the large-scale impact of regular citizens who withdraw from their daily activities and responsibilities, thus applying a range of economic, political, and social pressures to coerce a regime into complying. Read the whole story.
Visit the display of Balch’s books, letters, and artifacts just inside the front door of McCabe Library.
Emily Greene Balch was the second U.S. woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded in 1946. Balch was a humanitarian, internationalist, and professor of economics and sociology at Wellesley College. She helped found the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom during World War I and served as president of the U.S. section of that organization in the 1930s. With the rise of militarism in Europe and Asia in the 1930s, Balch wrestled with her beliefs in peace, and she focused on the fate of refugees and displaced persons from Europe and combined her ideas on internationalism, global citizenship, and cultural diversity. Kristen Gwinn (visiting scholar at Northwestern University) has written the first scholarly biography of this fascinating woman. Her talk will contextualize Balch’s leadership, intellectual role, and philosophy in the development of American attitudes toward war and women in the twentieth century.
Jasper Goldberg ’12 has been commenting on his study abroad experience and his minor in peace and conflict studies on the college’s website.
Swarthmore has given me a solid background in peace and conflict studies, but I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of my minor and see the actual places that I read so much about. My semester away challenged many of the notions I had of the world and helped me to understand how incredibly nuanced this world is. read more …
WHAT IF activists around the world who want to be more effective could turn to a database of actual cases, to get ideas for creative nonviolent strategies and tactics?
WHAT IF scholars and writers who are researching alternatives to violence could turn to a global database with thousands of cases where people used nonviolent action to struggle for justice and democracy?
Created largely by student researchers at Swarthmore College, the Global Nonviolent Action Database aims to make available to organizers, researchers, and writers the thousands of cases of nonviolent action from around the world to learn from and be empowered by. With over 400 case studies and growing, the Database includes a diversity of countries, actors, historical periods, and range of nonviolent tactics. The Database will soon be released to the public via the Internet, but has yet to be introduced to the Swarthmore campus.
The Global Nonviolent Action Database Project
Featuring students in the Research Seminars on Nonviolent Strategy and Struggle
“Putting Egypt etc. in Context” A Fireside Chat organized by Research Seminar students
“Working on the database project is the most empowering single thing I did during my college years. It contradicted my cynicism about whether change is really possible, and showed me that people like myself can organize campaigns that matter.” – Shandra Bernath-Plaisted,’09.
Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College is organizing a three-film series this semester based around the theme of Nonviolent Movements for Rights and Liberation. Our first film will be Budrus.
Budrus follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.
Contact: Lee Smithey (LSmithe1) or Anna Everetts (AEveret1) 610-328-7750