Atlas.ti orientation

You are welcome to attend an orientation to Atlas.ti data organization software on Monday, Sept. 24 at 3:00 p.m. in Kohlberg 228.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

Atlas.ti is software designed for organizing multiple forms of research data (e.g. text, video, audio, survey, and geo-spatial) to facilitate theorizing and smart retrieval of information. Atlas.ti is available in select computer labs on campus, and personal student copies (for PCs and Macs running Windows) can be purchased at 5% of the cost of a regular single user license. For more information, visit

If you hope to attend, it would be helpful if you would register your interest in attending via this simple form at

Contact: lsmithe1

THURSDAY Information Session: Northern Ireland Semester

Interested in conflict and peacebuilding? Social entrepreneurship and sustainable organizing?

Come learn about the Northern Ireland Semester, a study abroad program of Swarthmore College. We will hold an orientation session on Thursday, September 20th at 3:30 in SC145. Dr. Denise Crossan (Trinity College Dublin), our in-country supervisor and instructor, will join us via Skype.

The program provides students a unique opportunity to study conflict, ongoing peacebuilding efforts, and social entrepreneurship in local communities in Northern Ireland, a region in a critical transition after 30 years of violent political and ethnic struggle. Students work (for supervised credit) within local community organizations while studying conflict, peace, and reconciliation at the Irish School for Ecumenics of Trinity College at its Belfast campus. Community placements can be tailored to fit your particular academic interests (e.g. theatre as peacebuilding, culture and conflict, transitional politics, segregated education, cross-border economics, etc.)

The Northern Ireland Semester is based in two geographic locations, Derry / Londonderry or Belfast, but student involvement with community groups may take place elsewhere in Northern Ireland. Students may register for one semester or two, and further possibilities for summer research and /or service work may arise.

Visit the Northern Ireland Semester website where you can read more about the program, including student contributions to the program’s blog.

All students are welcome to participate in the program. For Peace and Conflict Studies students, all four credits may be applied toward the minor.

Download, print, and hang a flyer, and invite your friends!

Information for this and other programs is available in the Off-Campus Study Office Visit the OCSO web site.

Contact: Lee Smithey at lsmithe1 or Rosa Bernard at rbernar1


Culture and conflict in Northern Ireland. Photo credit: Lee Smithey
Bonfires and national flags, such as this Union Jack and the Tricolour on the hill, assert political claims and identities in Northern Ireland

International Day of Peace this week

Peace Day Philly

I just wanted to draw everyone’s attention to the fact that this Friday, Sept. 21 is International Peace Day.


The United Nations unanimously voted to establish the International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) in 1981. Peace Day was given the fixed calendar date of September 21 by a second unanimous UN resolution in 2001. Peace Day is now estimated to be observed by over 100 million people annually. The 2012 Peace Day global theme is “Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future.”

In recognition of this important annual day of commitment, Richard Unsworth (grandfather of Hannah Gotwals ’13) will be speaking on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Scheuer Room on “Magda and Andre Trocme and Nonviolent Resistance” See

Magda and Andre Trocme and Nonviolent Resistance

As part of our recognition of International Peace Day this year:

Andre and Magda TrocmeTwo Pacifists and Their Way of Life: Magda and Andre Trocme and Nonviolent Resistance

Thursday, September 20, 2012

7:30 p.m.

Scheuer Room

Richard Unsworth, author of A Portrait of Pacifists: Le Chambon, the Holocaust and the Lives of Andre and Magda Trocme (Syracuse University Press, 2012) will visit Swarthmore College on September 20, 2012, to talk about this new book.

Unsworth, grandfather of Hannah Gotwals ’13, and a senior fellow at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College, taught religion at both Smith and Dartmouth Colleges. He served as headmaster and president of Northfield Mount Hermon School. His years of involvement with the College Cevenol in France led to a friendship with Andre and Magda Trocme.

A Portrait of Pacifists tells the story of Andre and Magda Trocme, two individuals who made nonviolence a way of life. During World War II, the southern French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and its surrounding villages became a center where Jews and others in flight from Nazi roundups could be hidden or led abroad, and where children with parents in concentration camps could be nurtured and educated.

The courage pf Andre and Magda during World War II has been well documented in books and film, yet the full arc of their lives, the impulse that led them to devote themselves to nonviolence and their extensive work in the decades following the war, has never been compiled into a full-length biography.

Based on their papers in the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, including their unpublished memoirs, interviews, and the author’s research, the book details the couple’s role in the history of pacifism before, during, and after the war. Unsworth traces their mission of building peace by nonviolence throughout Europe to Morocco, Algeria, Japan, Vietnam, and the United States.

Jim MacMillan on WHYY’s Radio Times

In our last blog post, we announced that War News Radio’s pulitzer-prize-winning journalist-in-residence, Jim MacMillan, had launched an innovative online campaign to facilitate Philadelphia’s citizens collectively outsmarting the epidemic of shootings and homicide in the city, #guncrisis at

Jim recently appeared on WHYY’s program, Radio Times. You can listen to the recording of that broadcast right here.