Making Moral Arguments About Divestment
Hans Oberdiek, Professor Emeritus
Krista Thomason, Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
Monday, April 6, 2015
Science Center 199
In conversations about divestment, economic arguments often take center stage. What about the moral arguments? Is divesting the right thing to do? Could there be moral arguments against divestment? Moral philosophers have been making moral arguments since the earliest days of philosophy, so the tools and skills they use can be helpful in thinking about the moral issues surrounding divestment. Join us for a conversation about the moral arguments for and against divestment.
This event is presented by the Philosophy Department and the Peace & Conflict Studies Program
Strategic, Successful, and Spiritually Grounded Activism
Speaker: Eileen Flanagan
Wednesday, April 1, 2015; 5:00 PM
Bond Hall at Swarthmore College (directions)
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA
After five years of campaigning, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) has pushed the seventh largest bank in the US into issuing a policy that effectively ends its investment in mountaintop removal coal mining. Eileen Flanagan will share her own story of feeling led to join EQAT’s campaign and what she is learning about nonviolent direct action.
Eileen Flanagan is the clerk of the board of Earth Quaker Action Team, a teacher in Pendle Hill’s new Answering the Call to Radical Faithfulness program, and a member of Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting. Her newest book, Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope , is about the spiritual crisis that led her to climate justice activism.
This event is open to the public.
“Political Homophobia in Africa”
A Talk by Professor Kim Yi Dionne
Thursday, March 26th, 7:30 PM
Kohlberg Hall 116
Swarthmore College (directions)
Sponsored by STAND, Forum for Free Speech, and the Political Science Department
The last few years have seen significant state-led homophobic actions in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and a number of other African countries, with Uganda even introducing a bill that would make homosexuality punishable by death.
STAND is bringing Smith College Professor of Government Kim Yi Dionne to discuss the recent homophobic trends in African politics. She will discuss its modern and colonial roots, the political benefits homophobia offers to governments, and the effects of state-sponsored homophobia on LGBT communities.
Kim Yi Dionne’s work focuses on politics, development, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT rights. She has written for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, appeared on the BBC, and is a regular contributor to the Washington Post.
The event is sponsored by STAND, Forum for Free Speech, and the Political Science Department.
We would like to share this loving memorial to Charlotte Lacey by her partner, Michael Panella:
Charlotte Lacey, the only Delaware County native and the youngest member of the the peace group, The East Coast Conspiracy to Save Lives, passed away on January 5th in Vancouver, Canada.
Charlotte was 18 years old when on one night in 1970 she along with 10 nuns, priests and young people simultaneously burglarized three of the four Philadelphia draft boards destroying the files of those young men about to be involuntarily sent to Vietnam to kill and be killed. The group also burglarized the lobbying offices of GE in Washington. The GE documents taken exposed the collusion between Congress and GE, the second largest war contractor at the time.
Charlotte, at that young age, had not only the strong moral compass to see that the Vietnam war was wrong but she had the courage to put her liberty and maybe her life on the line in her effort to stop that war. The 11 members of the Conspiracy to Save Lives published their names with a photo taking responsibility for this non-violent resistance to the war, the draft and the military-industrial complex.
Charlotte was a very special loving person who lived the rest of her life in Canada. Delaware County and all peace loving Americans should be very proud to have had her as their courageous daughter.
Charlotte Lacey and the The East Coast Conspiracy to Save Lives
Come learn about the intersection of Judaism and civil rights activism! This 2-day event series features Jewish activists Dorothy Zellner, Ira Grupper, Larry Rubin, and Mark Levy, all of whom participated in the Civil Rights movement as part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Come to one or all of the three events! There will be light food and drink!
Hosted by SASS, Race to Action, and formerly-known-as Hillel at Swarthmore College (directions)
Racial Justice Action Now and Past: Learning from SNCC
Too often the civil rights movement is considered a thing of the past. In this panel discussion, we will hear from our panelists how strategies from the Civil Rights movement can be used to effectively advocate for justice today.
Practical Organizing Workshop
Location TBD – possibly Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come learn important skills from experienced organizers! We will discuss topics ranging from self-care to dealing with the press.
From Selma to Jerusalem
Our panelists will discuss the relationship between the Civil Rights movement and the current situation in Israel-Palestine.
Facebook invitation for this event.