Seeking Justice and Digging Up Bones: The Plight of Mayan Survivors in Guatemala

Seeking Justice and Digging Up Bones: The Plight of Mayan Survivors in Guatemala

A Talk by Manuel Calel Morales

Monday, November 17, 2008

7:00 p.m.

Kohlberg 115

In Guatemala, anthropologists and villagers are uncovering the past. They unearth secret graves containing remains of victims of the mass murders carried out by Guatemala???? military and death squads (backed by the U.S. military). Manuel Calel Morales is a villager from El Quich?Î?. After serving against his will in the Guatemalan Army, Calel Morales became a human rights activist, a mass grave finder, and a community leader. He directs the K????malb???? Rech Tinamit Ixium Ulew, a group seeking justice for the survivors of the massacres.

The Guatemalan Human Rights Commission, based in Washington, DC, invited Calel Morales to conduct a speaking tour to inform the public about the plight of so many. Calel Morales has also spoken before the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.

Sponsored by: Forum for Free Speech, Latin American Studies, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Peace and Conflict Studies, and the Provost’s Office.

Challenges Faced by Peace Corps Volunteers and Other Americans Working in Today’s China

A Lecture by Dr. William M. Speidel, the first executive director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Program for Chinese and American Studies; the first US Peace Corps Country Director in China based on Chengdu, Sichuan.

November 13, 2008 4:15-6:00

Swarthmore College – Kohlberg

Room: Kohlberg 115

Contact Information:

Name: Haili Kong

Phone: 610-328-8457


Event Sponsors:

Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Teaching Rebellion

Presentation by Silvia Hernandez

Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, Mexico

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

4:30 p.m. in Kohlberg 115


A compilation of testimonies from longtime organizers, teachers, students, housewives, religious leaders, union members, school children, community activists, artists, journalists, and others who participated in the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca.

“In 2006, Oaxaca, Mexico came alive with a broad and diverse movement that captivated the nation and inspired communities organizing for social justice around the world. Fueled by long ignored social contradictions, what began as a teachers’ strike quickly turned into a massive movement that demanded direct, participatory democracy. Hundreds of thousands of Oaxacans raised their voices against the abuses of the state and participated in marches, occupied government buildings, took over radio stations, and held sit-ins, while hundreds were arbitrarily detained, tortured, murdered by government forces or death squads, or forced into hiding.”

Silvia Hernandez, a sociology student active in the barricades and in the defense of Radio Universidad when it was under attack by state police, continues to actively organize for autonomous space and alternative to the state’s neo-liberal development plans. Silvia was arrested in July 2007 and spent nearly a month as a political prisoner. She belongs to VOCAL – Voces Oaxaquenas Construyendo Autonomia y Libertad (Oaxacan Voices Constructing Autonomy and Liberty) and gives workshops in recycled art and urban agriculture.

Sponsored by:

Forum for Free Speech, Latin American Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, The Intercultural Center, The President??s Office, and The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

RAISE Hope for Congo

RAISE Hope for Congo

Protect & Empower Congo’s Women

In September 2008, ENOUGH will launch the RAISE Hope for Congo campaign. With the ultimate goal of protecting and empowering Congolese women and girls, the campaign will work to: raise awareness about the conflict and the resulting widespread sexual violence against women and girls; cultivate and educate activists about the root causes of and solutions to the conflict; increase news coverage of the conflict in DR Congo, and; influence and change policy on DR Congo through promotion of the 3 Ps ? Peace, Protection, and Punishment ? plus Prevention.

The event will be October 28th at 4:30 in Sci Center 101.

Co-sponsored with Peace and Conflict Studies.

After Liberation Theology: Latin American Christianity and the Future

After Liberation Theology: Latin American Christianity and the Future

Ivan Petrella, University of Miami

One of the freshest voices in liberationist thought, Petrella is the author of The Future of Liberation Theology, and Beyond Liberation Theology. Utilizing legal theory, economics, and medical anthropology, Petrella has reinvigorated debates about culture, politics and religion.

In this talk, Petrella will map out liberation theology’s rise and fall after the end of the Cold War, and consider the prospects for a renewed role for radical Christianity in Latin America.

This Thursday, October 23rd, 4:30 Kohlberg Hall, Room 226.

Co-sponsored with Peace and Conflict Studies.

The Colombian Free Trade Agreement

Freddy CaicedoThe Colombian Free Trade Agreement

Freddy Caicedo

Monday, October 20th, 2008

7:00 pm

Scheuer Room at Kohlberg

Swarthmore College

With elections just around the corner, free trade has become one of the foremost concerns of the US public and the candidates hoping to represent us. Meanwhile, Congress is still considering a NAFTA-style

agreement with war-torn Colombia. Come hear Freddy Caicedo, a compelling Colombian human rights organizer, give an insider???? perspective on the trade deal.

Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan 1948-1953

Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan 1948-1953

Sandra Schulberg

Tues. Oct. 7, 4:15 PM

LPAC Cinema, Swarthmore College

Independent producer and project director Sandra Schulberg presents a program of recovered and restored films, a sampling of the 250 titles made under the aegis of the post-World War II European Recovery Program (ERP), known as “the Marshall Plan,” as part of its public information program. A chance to see rare archival films and to hear about this postwar use of film as a medium for social change, a project with relevance for our own moment. For more information see:

Sandra Schulberg is a graduate of Swarthmore College. Her father Stuart Schulberg headed the Marshall Plan Motion Picture Section.

Presented by the Office of the President, The Program in Film and Media Studies and the Department of History with support from Department of Sociology/Anthropology and the Program in Peace and Conflict Studies. Followed by reception.

Human Rights in War and Peace: The Role and Process of Asylum

Professor James von Geldern

will speak on “Human Rights in War and Peace: The Role and Process of Asylum”

Wednesday, September 24

7:30 p.m.

Science Center 101

Swarthmore College

The Constitution of the Russian Federation includes powerful human rights protection – why has it failed in the case of Chechnya? What is the role of asylum, the last resort after other protections fail, in the general scheme of human rights protection? ?How do the individual stories that lie behind it fit into the strict standards lawyers strive to uphold in the asylum process?

Professor James von Geldern has taught since 1988 in the Department of German and Russian Studies at Macalaster College. Besides a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Dr. von Geldern holds a J.D. [or should I write this out?] from the University of Minnesota Law School and is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association. ?He is engaged in pro bono work as a volunteer attorney for the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and the Volunteer Lawyers Network, representing some of the same ?people served by the Center for Victims of Torture. ?His work suggests powerful ways to combine scholarship with activism and turn specific knowledge to the service of social change.

For more information, please contact Professor Sibelan Forrester <>, 610-328-8162.

Co-sponsored with Peace and Conflict Studies.

Students Prepare for Annual Clothesline Project

Every year along the front sidewalk of Parrish Hall, a line of shirts are pinned up along a clothesline. They will appear there again when the Clothesline Project returns next week in conjunction with a poetry and prose reading by students, faculty, and staff on Mon., Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Upper Tarble. The reading is open to the College community and the clothesline will remain until Sept. 25. … more.

Peace and Conflict Studies co-sponsored the Clothesline Project in 2008.