To mark the International Day of Peace on September 21, Swarthmore students and faculty gathered in the Science Center to view the film, Peace One Day, that documents the journey of Jeremy Gilley as he lobbied world leaders and organized grassroots supporters to formalize an international day of peace under the auspices of the United Nations.
An introduction and a presentation by Gilley are available below.
Peace and Conflict Studies Professor Jennifer Magee and students appeared in the “This Week in Pictures” coverage of the event in The Phoenix.
On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as a decade of violence from New York City to Afghanistan came to a close, a group of Peace and Conflict studies students and teachers offered a new solution to the conflict: nonviolent action. read more…
Remembering the legacy of Alice Paul, women’s rights
Imagine a woman in her mid-thirties standing before a gold, white and purple banner, sewing a 36th star onto the double row of stars which runs down the middle. This woman was Swarthmore graduate Alice Paul ‘01, 91 years ago, preparing to celebrate the passing of the 19th Amendment, and that star represented the state of Tennessee — the final state necessary for the passing of the amendment. Paul was a leading activist in the fight for women’s suffrage and one of the critical players in the push for the 19th Amendment, which allowed women the right to vote. read more…
The WikiLeaks have raised valuable questions about foreign relations, human rights, security, and how each of these things operate in an increasingly digitized and interconnected world. Private First Class Bradley Manning, a 23-year old Army intelligence analyst, has been charged with leaking a number of these files, including the infamous “Collateral Murder” video, along with the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and numerous U.S. diplomatic cables. Since May 2010, Manning has been held in solitary confinement awaiting trial for charges ranging from fraud to aiding the enemy. His imprisonment has lead many to ask: Is unveiling the human cost of war and the inner-workings of the governments that wage them a crime or simply the right of an open and democratic society?
Courage to Resist staff member and Bradley Manning Support Network organizer Emma Cape will be presenting Courage to Resist’s new book on recent war resisters, About Face, which features the case of Bradley Manning. The discussion will focus on the contents of the leaked documents—mentioned in over a third of all New York Times editions of the past year—and the WikiLeaker’s motivations in publicizing the documents as well as attempted UN investigations into Manning’s alleged torture in Quantico, Virginia as well as ongoing international efforts to support him.
Cosponsored by Students for a Democratic Society, Peace and Conflict Studies program, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Political Science
Hannah Kurtz ’13 (a special major in Peace and Conflict Studies) and Josh Satre ’13 arrived in Northern Ireland today to begin their semester of study at the Irish School for Ecumenics (Trinity College Dublin at Belfast) and other community-based coursework. They met with Laura Couser at the Bytes Project.
They are pictured here in the Bytes HQ with Northern Ireland Semester adviser, Adree Wallace, and Laura Couser of the Bytes Project.
What will you do to make peace on September 21, 2011, the International Day of Peace?
Join the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility and the Peace and Conflict Studies Program for a screening of “Peace One Day” followed by a moderated discussion with Profs. Jennifer Magee and Lee Smithey about the documentary and an exploration of the impact of an International Day of Peace.
In 1999, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley had a simple but powerful idea – persuade the world to lay down its weapons for a day. Two years later, the member states of the United Nations declared an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September. Despite the humanitarian successes in Afghanistan and in other parts of the world, a global ceasefire still proves elusive. In this third film, Jeremy continues to record his extraordinary efforts to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Jim MacMillan, journalist-in-residence at War News Radio, will moderate a discussion about media coverage of the Sept. 11 events and their lasting impact on the nation in Science Center 199 at 7:30 p.m. Participants include Jennifer Lin and Alfred Lubrano of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Elisabeth Perez-Luna of WHYY News.