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Sexualized Violence, Silence, and Crucifixion

The Scandal of the Cross: Sexualized Violence, Silence, and Crucifixion

CrucifixProf. David Tombs

Trinity College Dublin

4:15 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall, Swarthmore College

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St. Paul’s description of the cross as ‘a scandal’ (1 Cor. 1.23) is widely known. Christians around the world are familiar with it, and many recall it each year on Good Friday. But what exactly made the cross so scandalous and shameful?  The lecture examines sexualized violence and tortures in contemporary conflicts and in the Roman world. It explains why the cross was so offensive in the first century, it suggests that the real shame of the cross has been unspeakable for two millennia, and it asks how this might be appropriately addressed in a theology which affirms human dignity.

You can read some of David Tombs’ work on the topic in an article, ‘Crucifixion, State Terror and Sexual Abuse’, that appeared in a 1999 issue of Union Seminary Quarterly Review.

Prof. David Tombs
Prof. David Tombs

David Tombs works in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation for the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. His primary focus is public theology and the interface of religion, violence and conflict transformation.

When Swarthmore students study in Northern Ireland as part of the College’s Northern Ireland Semester program, they study with Dr. Tombs and his colleagues at the Irish School of Ecumenics. David Tombs has been a marvelous partner for the program and works closely with Swarthmore faculty, staff, and students. His visit will provide an excellent opportunity for students who might be interested in studying in Northern Ireland the opportunity to learn more about the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast.

Co-sponsored by Peace & Conflict Studies, Department of Religion, Provost’s Office, Off-campus Study, The Northern Ireland Semester, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Contact:  peacestudies@swarthmore.edu


125 Years of Peace and Conflict Studies in Higher Education at Swarthmore College

PCS 125 year logoIn recent months, a document was discovered in the Swarthmore College Archives revealing that the first known Peace and Conflict Studies course in higher education, “Elements of International Law with special attention to the important subjects of Peace and Arbitration” was offered by Professor William Penn Holcomb in 1888 at Swarthmore College. Thus, this year, we are celebrating 125 of the origins of peace and conflict studies in higher education!

The Swarthmore College Bulletin has published an article on this exciting finding.

Pioneering Peace Studies

By Sherri Kimmel

Swarthmore College Bulletin, July 2013

That Swarthmore College was an early proponent of peace and conflict studies should come as no surprise to those familiar with the College’s dedication to Quaker values. However, the recent discovery of an article published 125 years ago indicates the College was the first college or university to offer an actual peace-studies course.

Lee Smithey, associate professor of sociology and peace and conflict studies coordinator, announced the distinction at a gathering this spring, reading from an 1888 article that was republished from The Peacemaker (the organ of the Universal Peace Union) in The Friends Intelligencer. Christopher Densmore, curator of the Friends Historical Library, discovered the article and shared it with Smithey.

Parrish Hall after fire 1890
[Parrish Hall in 1890 (photo courtesy of Friends’ Historical Library)]
The article praised the College’s new course in peace and arbitration as “an eventful era in the peace movement of the 19th century. To thus drill, as it were, for peace is to hasten the abolition of war and the military system. All credit to Swarthmore! This example will go round the world.”

Though Swarthmore launched the first course, peace and conflict studies as a discipline “didn’t take off for another 60 years,” says Smithey. Manchester College, founded in Indiana by another historic peace church, the Church of the Brethren, formed the first program in 1948.

According to Smithey, peace and conflict studies programs have gained momentum in waves—after the World Wars and the Vietnam War, and in the 1980s and ’90s, when concern over the proliferation of nuclear arms grew. Now, there are peace and conflict studies programs at about 400 institutions. Swarthmore’s program began in 1991–92 and has 30 students enrolled as minors, honors, or special majors, Smithey says.

Parrish BeachThe program draws courses from a range of social science and humanities departments at Swarthmore and the other campuses of the Tri-College consortium and explores the causes, practice, and consequences of collective violence as well as peaceful or nonviolent methods of dealing with conflict.

Says Smithey of the College’s new distinction, “Swarthmore College was ahead of its time, and 125 years later, we still hold these values as we seek to advance our knowledge about constructive conflict and just and peaceful relations.”

Report on Tri-college trip to PJSA 2012

Fifteen peace and conflict studies and environmental studies students and faculty from the Tri-Colleges (Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr) attended this year’s Peace and Justice Studies Association meetings at Tufts University October 4-6, 2012.

[Tri-College Trip to the 2012 Peace and Justice Studies Meeting at Tufts University from Swarthmore Peace Studies on Vimeo.]

This year’s theme was “Anticipating Climate Disruption: Sustaining Justice, Greening Peace”, offering a perfect opportunity to team up with the Environmental Studies Program and our Tri-college peace studies partners for a joint trip. The opportunity also aligned well with President Chopp’s leadership on climate issues and Swarthmore College’s long commitment to peace and social justice concerns. In fact, a write-up about our trip appeared in the conference program. You can also read more about the trip in a story by Taylor Hodges that appeared on October 11 in The Phoenix.

We would like to express our deep gratitude to our co-sponsors: The President’s Office at Swarthmore College, The Dean’s Office at Swarthmore College, The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College, The Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore, Peace and Social Justice Program at Bryn Mawr, Peace Conflict and Human Rights at Haverford, and the Tri-College Environmental Studies Program. Thanks also to George Lakey of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore and Chloe Tucker of the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford who also went on the trip.

The conference organizers were very helpful in organizing homestays for our students with Tufts students, many of whom take Swarthmore alum Sa’ed Atshan’s ’06 course at Tufts, “Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies”!

Students speak for themselves about their experience at the conference in a story that appeared in The Phoenix and in the video interviews above.

In order to bring some of the flavor of knowledge of the conference back, we have also curated tweets from the conference below (in reverse order).

Peace Studies and Action Course Spring 2013

Advising week is here, and we know you are planning your spring schedules. Our upper-level Peace and Conflict Studies course, “Peace Studies and Action”  PEAC 077, will be offered by Prof. Lee Smithey during the spring semester.

Peace Studies and Action aims to bridge the gaps between peace research, theory, and implementation by encouraging students to move between each as we study nonviolent ways of conducting conflict and the challenges of developing and sustaining peace work. Emphasis will be placed on getting close to the experience of peacemakers and activists by reading autobiographical writings, visiting local peace organizations, and dialogue with invited guests. As a class, we will seek an opportunity to contribute to the work of a local organization. Discussion about the readings and exploration of peace studies literature will also be emphasized. This course will encourage collaboration and active participation in delivering the content of the course.

Rev. Martin Luther King “Education without social action is a one-sided value because it has no true power potential. Social action without education is a weak expression of pure energy. Deeds uninformed by educated thought can take false directions. When we go into action and confront our adversaries, we must be as armed with knowledge as they. Our policies should have the strength of deep analysis beneath them to be able to challenge the clever sophistries of our opponents.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr. Where Do We Go from here: Chaos or Community? (p. 155)

The class will meet on Tuesdays 1:15-4:00 in the Lang Center Seminar Room (#106).

(“Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies” is a pre-requisite for this course.)

Peace and Conflict Studies in Northern Ireland

During the spring semester of 2008, Swarthmore College launched an innovative community-based study abroad program in Northern Ireland, and two Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS) students, Reina Chano ’09 and Maurice Weeks ’09, were the first to complete the inaugural semester. A third PCS student, Jessa Deutsch ’10, participated in a summer internship this past summer. Cecelia Osowski ’10 (also a PCS student) and Andrew VanBuren ’10 are currently participating in the program in Derry/Londonderry.

Lee Smithey recently sat down with Reina, Maurice, Jessa, and two of the program’s in-country facilitators, Dr. Denise Crossan and Ms. Adree Wallace at the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility.

You can listen in on the conversation and learn more about the Northern Ireland semester via this podcast:


from left to right: Jessa Deutsch ’10, Maurice Weeks ’09,

Lee Smithey, Reina Chano ’09, Denise Crossan,

Adree Wallace


For more information on Peace and Conflict Studies and the Northern Ireland semester, please contact Lee Smithey or the Office for Foreign Study.

2006-2007 PCS News

 2006-2007 Academic Year

Amy Kapit ’06 writes for Israel Policy Forum

Amy Kapit ’06, a recent Honors Peace and Conflict Studies graduate is completing an internship at the Israel Policy Forum where she has contributed to the organization’s weekly analysis with a piece on the tenuous ceasefire in Lebanon .

Camillus joins Peace and Justice Studies Association BoardKatie Camillus ’08, a new student in the PCS program, will be joining the board of the Peace and Justice Studies Association as its student liaison. Lang Opportunity Grant winner Katie Camillus ’08 and Swarthmore’s tradition of student activism are featured on a recent broadcast of Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Here on Earth.” Listen here. Find Swarthmore references at min. 15, 21, and 47 (Katie’s interview).

George Lakey
George Lakey

George Lakey named 2006-2007 Eugene M. Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change During the 2006-2007 academic year, George Lakey, author, activist, and, founder of Training for Change will join the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Swarthmore.Read the College’s press release. Professor Lakey will teach a course on “Humanitarian Intervention: Nonviolent Options” during the Fall 2006 semester, and he will teach “Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism” during the Spring 2007 semester. The Lang Center is pleased to announce the appointment of George Lakey as the Eugene M. Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change in 2006-2007.? George Lakey is the founder and Executive Director of Training for Change , a Philadelphia-based organization that is nationally and internationally known for its leadership in creating and teaching strategies for nonviolent social change.? Lakey has been a leader in the field of nonviolent social change since the 1960s and has published extensively for both activist and academic readers.?? He has worked with US mineworkers, steelworkers,? civil rights leaders,? South African anti-apartheid activists, Cambodian human rights organizers, and many others.George also contributes to our knowledge of nonviolent social change through his writing.? He has contributed many book chapters, pamphlets, and articles, and his work has been translated into at least six languages.? His books include A Manual for Direct Action, Powerful Peacemaking:? a Strategy for a Living Revolution, and Grassroots and Nonprofit Leadership:? a Guide for Organizations in Changing Times.George has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, Temple University, and at Swarthmore.? During his term as Lang Professor, his academic home will be in the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and his teaching will include the development, with Lee Smithey, of a new course entitled “Peace Studies and Action.”George brings a depth of experience and expertise in peace studies and social change activism that will benefit the Peace and Conflict Studies program, the Lang Center, and the College.?? We hope you will join us in welcoming him when he arrives on campus next fall.Ellen Magenheim

Professor, Economics

Director for Academic Relations,

Lang Center for Civic and

Social Responsibility

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Nonviolent Response to Terrorism

marking the fifth anniversary of 9-11 and one hundred years of nonviolent action

Swarthmore College

Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall

September 11, 2006; 4:15 – 5:30

Five years after the horrific attacks by Al Qaeda on the World Trade Center in New York, we will take time to reflect on how the United States as a nation has chosen to respond. The government has adopted a foreign policy of ‘war on terror’ that emphasizes invasive intelligence gathering and military action. At the initial cost of over three-thousand civilian lives, Operation Enduring Freedom continues to struggle with Pushtun and Tajik Resistance in Afghanistan, while Operation Iraqi Freedom has failed to bring stability to Iraq, which may be sliding toward a sectarian civil war. We are left to ask whether violent responses such as these have successfully undermined non-state terrorist organizations.? George Lakey , nonviolent action trainer and 2006-07 Lang Professor for Issues of Social Change, will join Tom Hastings , author of Nonviolent Response to Terrorism, to consider feasible nonviolent alternatives and their historical precedents and to discuss whether nonviolent direct action can challenge non-state terrorism as effectively as it has challenged state terror. This event has added significance as September 11 also marks the centenary of Gandhi’s first major, public nonviolent campaign against race prejudice in South Africa.

George Lakey
George Lakey

George Lakey

Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change 2006-07, Founder and Executive Director of Training for Change . Author of A Strategy for a Living Revolution and A Manual for Direct ActionTom Hastings Tom Hastings

Director of Peace & Nonviolence Studies at Portland State University. Author of Nonviolent Response to Terrorism and Meek Ain??t Weak: Nonviolent Power and People of Color Special Guests: Our Voices Together , represented by Co-founder Lynne Steuerle Schofield ??99Refreshments will be provided. Directions to Swarthmore College Sponsors: The President??s Office, Peace and Conflict Studies; Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, War News Radio, Our Voices Together, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology

Foreign Service Veteran, Kiesling ’79, to Speak Here Sept. 12
John Brady Kiesling ??79, foreign service veteran and author of the recently released Diplomacy Lessons: Realism for an Unloved SuperpowerA 20-year veteran of the State Department, serving in Israel, Morocco, Armenia, Washington, and Greece, Kiesling publicly resigned his position as political counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Athens in February 2003 to protest the Bush administration??s impending invasion of Iraq.Kiesling will discuss his book, in which he reminds readers that U.S. power does not rest on military might alone and that anger at America has real consequences for U.S. national interests. Kiesling calls for a return to realist policy-making that recognized the limits of U.S. power and uses thoughtful diplomacy to legitimize our security requirements in the eyes of our international partners.This book is, at heart, an argument for how to best achieve America’s goals abroad. ?Kiesling’s passionate critique of current U.S. foreign policy and his prescription for restoring American influence and legitimacy will interest anyone concerned about the future of U.S. and world affairs.Sponsored by the Department of Political Science. (Potomac Books, 2006), will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Lang Performing Arts Center.
Date: Tue, Sep 12, 2006 ?7:00 p.m. Location: Lang Performing Arts Center
Email: kkerns1@swarthmore.edu


But What Can I Do?

Non Violent Responses to Terrorism

Thursday, Sept. 14, 12:15-1:30 PM

Lunch and discussion

Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall

RSVP to drobins2Lynne Steurle, Swarthmore ’99, lost her mother on September 11, 2001, on the plane that was crashed into the Pentagon. As co-founder of Our Voices Together she seeks to re-engage the spirit of goodwill and widespread solidarity against terrorist tactics that prevailed across the globe in the early days after September 11, 2001.

National Foreign Affairs and Counterterrorism Advisers to Discuss ??National Security and the Way Forward??Monday, Sep 18, 2006? 3:00 p.m.

Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, Swarthmore College

Directions to Swarthmore CollegeA distinguished group of foreign affairs and counterterrorism advisers will speak on Monday, Sept. 18, at 3 p.m. about U.S. foreign and defense policy in a panel discussion titled ??National Security and the Way Forward.??The panelists are former National Security Council members Rand Beers and Richard Clarke, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Anthony Lake, and former Director for Defense Policy and Congressional candidate (D. Pa.) Joe Sestak. Assistant professor of Political Science Dominic Tierney will moderate the discussion. The panel, in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, is free and open to the public.Rand Beers is a former American counterterrorism adviser who served on the National Security Council (N.S.C.) under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush. He also served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs under both Clinton and George W. Bush. Beers resigned in protest from the N.S.C. in March 2003, five days before commencement of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.After leaving his N.S.C. position, Beers joined the presidential campaign of John Kerry, serving as the National Security Advisor to the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign. He teaches a seminar in collaboration with Richard Clarke on national security issues at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and serves as president of the National Security Network. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan.Richard Clarke provided national security advice to four U.S. presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, consulting on issues of intelligence and terrorism from 1973 to 2003. Until his retirement in 2003, Clarke was a member of the Senior Executive Service. Clarke??s specialties are computer security, counterterrorism, and homeland security. He was the counterterrorism adviser on the U.S. National Security Council when the September 11, 2001, attacks occurred.He resigned in January 2003 to work on his book, Against All Enemies: Inside America??s War on Terror?What Really Happened (Free Press, 2004). He was a member of the National Security Council from 1992 to 2003 and the Department of State from 1985 to 1992 as Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence.Anthony Lake is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Lake most recently served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs during the Clinton administration. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1962 and his State Department career included assignments as U.S. Vice Consul in Saigon and Hue, Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor, and Director of Policy Planning. He is the author of several books, including Somoza Falling and The ??Tar Baby?? Option: American Policy Toward Southern Rhodesia, and co-author of Our Own Worst Enemy: The Unmasking of American Foreign Policy. Lake received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.Joseph ??Joe?? Sestak Jr. of Springfield, a retired U. S. Navy vice admiral, is running for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat in Pennsylvania??s 7th congressional district. Most recently in his Naval career, (November 1994 to March 1997) Sestak was the Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council staff at the White House, where he was responsible for national security and defense strategy, policies, programs, inter-agency and congressional coordination, and regional political-military advice. Sestak then directed the Chief of Naval Operation??s Strategy and Policy Division. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, he became the first director of the Navy Operations Group, which sought to redefine strategic, operational, and budgetary policies in the Global War on Terrorism. Sestak??s decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit awards, two Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and the Navy Achievement Medal.Sestak graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in American Political Systems. Between tours at sea, Sestak earned a master??s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.

George Lakey
George Lakey

SALT (Social Action Leadership Training)

Working for Social Change: Some hard and Easy Lessons

Thursday, October 5,


Kohlberg Coffee BarStories and Discussion with George Lakey. This is the second of a series of bi-weekly leadership workshops. The theme of this evening is Story Telling, where George Lakey, the Lang Visiting Professor for Issues of Social Change, will share stories and discussion on the hard and easy lessons from working for social change. Professor Lakey has led social change campaigns on local, regional, and national and international levels. First arrested for a civil rights sit-in in Chester, he??s fought for LGBT rights, environment, peace self determination. He??s led 1500 activist workshops on five continents. Light dinner fare will be served.To register, email Delores Robinson at drobins2

Recent Trends in the American Environmental Movement

Thursday, November 2, 2006

Hicks Lecture Hall, Room 312, at 4:30

Mr. Weir, author of Star of Hope: The Life and Times of John McConnell Founder of Earth Day , will also address McConnell’s vision of “peace, justice and the care of Earth.”

Speak for Peace Panel on Arab-Israeli ConflictThursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m.

Scheuer Room, Swarthmore CollegeThree Swarthmore College professors and a rabbi of different perspectives and backgrounds will discuss what they see as the way forward in the Arab-Israeli conflict.The panelists:

  • Professor of Philosophy Richard Schuldenfrei
  • Visiting Political Science Professor Amel Ahmed, Professor of Arabic Language and Literature Walid Hamarneh
  • Rabbi Howard Alpert, executive director of the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia.

Moderator: Visiting Lang Professor George Lakey.

The panel is sponsored by the Political Science, Philosophy, and Peac and Conflict Studies Departments and the student organization Speak for Peace.

Breaking the SilenceFriday, November 17, 2:00 PM

Scheuer RoomIsraeli Soldiers, Yehuda Shaul and Dotan Greenvald, of Breaking the Silence , share their experiences of serving in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Hebron

Betsy Leondar-Wright

Monday, November 29th, 2006

  • “Building Stronger Cross-Class Alliances” 2-5 p.m., Kohlberg Hall 228
  • “Bridging the Red-Blue Divide: Untangling Class in the Midterm Election” 7 p.m. in Science Center 199

BUILDING CROSS-CLASS ALLIANCESClass is the elephant under the carpet in many groups working for

progressive social change.When we walk into a group, we can immediately make pretty good guesses about people?s gender and race, and we share common vocabulary to discuss dynamics between men and women or between white people and people of color. But our lack of shared vocabulary about class may leave a blank spot in our political analysis.We may have the best intentions of creating class-diverse groups, but if we

live a class-segregated life and recruit from our social networks, we?ll end

up with members at roughly the education and income level as our own.

Middle-class activists in particular may overlook the contributions that

working-class and poor people could make to our organizations, and may repel

interested people with our unaware classist attitudes.When we do manage to create a diverse coalition, misunderstandings,

different ways of doing things, and different amounts of money and clout

often tear the group apart. Tackling classism in movements for social change

should be on the agenda of every progressive person and organization.Betsy Leondar-Wright, author of the new book Class Matters: Cross-Class

Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists and Communications Director at

United for a Fair Economy, will open up this unspoken issue to talk about

class differences and how we can cross them to build stronger movements for

social change. Using interactive exercises, this workshop lets participants

practice the skills of cross-class collaboration. BRIDGING THE BLUE-RED DIVIDE

Many college-educated liberals and progressives find it inexplicable when

people put yellow ribbons on their cars, base their politics on their

religion, or vote against their economic self-interests. It?s no coincidence

that some of these ?inexplicable? people are working class.How did our country become polarized into red and blue camps? One ingredient is middle-class ignorance of how our society looks from the bottom of the economic ladder. The right has understood working-class culture and values far better than the left, and has manipulated them for its own ends.Stereotypes of working-class people as more conservative ? and of

conservatives as lower income ? hamper liberal political strategizing. Some

college-educated progressives belittle views on religion and culture

different than their own, writing off as hopelessly conservative or even as

stupid millions of people who in fact share their views on many economic

issues. Some liberals huddle with those of their same privileged class

background, not developing their ability to communicate with working-class

people.To bridge this gap, college-educated progressives need to become more ?class

multicultural.? That is, they need to learn to see through differences to

find their blue-collar allies, to bond through humor and respectful talk,

and to build strong coalitions that include organizations from all classes.Betsy Leondar-Wright, author of the new book Class Matters: Cross-Class

Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists and Communications Director at

United for a Fair Economy, will clear away the fog around political opinions

and class, and lay the groundwork for a political strategy that reaches

across class and red/blue lines

Conference on Genocide in Darfur

This weekend, take an hour to learn about the genocide in Darfur from some

of the world leaders who will be converging on campus.

Highlights include: Mohamed Yahya is a refugee from Darfur and the Executive Director and founder of the Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy.? Yahya has been one of the world??s leading advocates working to publicize the human rights abuses occurring in Darfur.? He will offer a rare opportunity to hear an? African-based perspective on the conflict and the path needed for peace.

Friday, 8pm, Sci 199Actress Mia Farrow has, just days ago, returned from her 3rd trip to Darfur as the as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.? She has toured refugee camps and met with representatives from the Sudanese government and the Sudanese Liberation Movement.? She will discuss the situation on the group in the camps and tell her many personal stories from Darfur.

Saturday, 7:30pm, Upper TarbleEric Reeves, a professor at Smith College, is the leading academic advocate for Darfur.? He has spent the past seven years working full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the US and internationally. He has testified several times before the Congress, has lectured widely in academic settings, and has served as a consultant

to a number of human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Sudan.

Saturday, 9am, LPAC CinemaFor full information about the conference, check out


Bob Fitch and Nonviolent Peaceforce December 5, 2006

5:30 p.m supper;

6:00-7:30 p.m. presentationat the Lang Center at Swarthmore College

(in the Swarthmore train station, see campus mapIn 2005 Nonviolent Peaceforce sent Bob to Sri Lanka to visually document the on going struggles this country faces due to a continuing history of war. Through photography, Bob? illustrates how the unarmed Nonviolent Peaceforce Field Team members apply proven strategies to protect human rights, deter violence, and help create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work. Please RSVP with Delores Robins at 610-690-5742 or drobins2 at swarthmore.edu Sponsors: Peace and Conflict Studies; Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

Lee SmitheyEthnopolitical Conflict Transformation: Cultural Innovation and Loyalist Identity in Northern IrelandLee Smithey addressed the Swarthmore Economic Discussion Group on January 18, 2007 in Bond Hall.Initiatives to modify public cultural expressions, such as parades, murals, and commemorations provide a window into the challenges loyalist and unionist communities in Northern Ireland face in adapting to new political circumstances, looking after their interests, and maintaining community cohesion and tradition.

The Foreign Study Office and the Peace and Conflict Studies program are pleased to announce a new foreign study program.

The Northern Ireland Semester

Come join us for an informational session with speakers, visuals, and refreshments. Wednesday, March 28, 2007

7:00 p.m., Kohlberg 228The Northern Ireland Semester will focus on ongoing and productive efforts to foster peace in Northern Ireland. For students who attend the program, the

centerpiece of the semester will entail participating with local community groups dedicated to and heavily involved with creating civil society organizations pursuing peace.The semester is based in Derry/Londonderry, but student involvement with community groups may take place elsewhere in Northern Ireland. Swarthmore students will complete the program under the College’s Semester/Year Abroad Program. They may do so for one semester or two. Possibilities for summer research and/or service work in Northern Ireland may arise from participation in the program.Contact Steve Piker (x7826), Professor of Anthropology and the Foreign Study Adviser with questions or expressions of interest.

George Lakey
Photo: m.gifford via flickr

Making Nonviolent Struggle More Powerful: Framing Strategies

A lecture by George Lakey, Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor Thursday, March 29, 2007

Scheuer Room in Kohlberg Hall

Swarthmore CollegeReception 4:15

Lecture 4:30-5:45The use of nonviolent struggle to overthrow dictators, fight racism and

defend whales does not exhaust its potential, according to George Lakey.

In this lecture he proposes several? distinct ways nonviolence can be used

as a social intervention. Policy-makers and activists alike need to

understand the differences among these uses of nonviolence in order to

create more powerful strategies to address a wide range of social issues.Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor George Lakey has authored seven books

and led 1500 workshops on five continents. He has led nonviolent campaigns

on local, national and international levels, and taught sociology at

Haverford and the University of Pennsylvania. For more information, see http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/peace/news.htm#LakeyTHIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Directions and mapsSponsors:? The President’s Office, The Provost’s Office, The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Peace and Conflict Studies

A symposium on “Anti-Americanism, Failing States and American Foreign Policy: Challenges in Contemporary International Politics” will be held at Swarthmore College on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31.Ray Hopkins Some of the nation’s leading scholars in international politics will convene to discuss this topic and to honor their colleague, Richter Professor of Political Science Raymond Hopkins, who will retire from Swarthmore this spring. All panels will be held in the Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall. The symposium is free and open to the public. Dominic Tierney, a moderator, and Ray Hopkins both serve on the Peace and Conflict Studies committee.Many thanks to Ray Hopkins for his steadfast support of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore! And best wishes in all of his future endeavors!? more information.

Tri-co Peace Week

Annual Tri-College Peace Week events, organized by Save R Us will be held March 30-April 7 ? … ? Stay tuned for a final schedule…

The Peace and Conflict Studies program is co-sponsoring the following events:Bosnia Pictures Without Borders : Bosnia Revisited

4:30, Sunday, April 1, 2007 , Science Center 101A slide talk by photographer and author Steve Horn. This is a poignant story about war, peace, and the sustaining nature of the human spirit. In 2003, Steve Horn retraced his 1970 route through Bosnia, revisiting towns and tracking down people from thirty years earlier to learn their stories.?

Hardy Merriman of the International Center for Nonviolent ConflictMonday, April 2, 2007 , 7:30 p.m., Scheuer RoomThe International Center on Nonviolent Conflict is an independent, non-profit, educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies to establish and defend human rights, democracy and justice worldwide.

Torture and Democracy: What Americans Learned and Then Forgot During the War on Terror Darius Rejali ’81

Professor of Political Science, Reed CollegeMonday, April 2, 2007, 4:00 p.m. Science Center, Room 101.Rejali is the author of a forthcoming book, Torture and Democracy.The Charles E. Gilbert Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and is also part of Peace Week at Swarthmore.

Celebrating Jennie Keith

Scholarship, Teaching, and Civic Engagement

Jennie Keith (center) has played an important role in the development of Project Pericles .

Professor Jennie Keith , a founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program and Centennial Professor of Anthropology, has announced her retirement. Prof. Keith is a former Provost and Director of the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility , We are immensely grateful for her participation in the program and especially for her gentle wisdom.Colleagues will celebrate her career and important contributions to anthropology, the college, and civic engagment.Friday, May 11, 2007

Science Center, Room 199

4:30 – 5:15 p.m.Presentations by

  • Miguel Diaz-Barriga, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of Sociology/Anthropology
  • Marc Freedman, Class of ’80, Founder and CEO of Civic Ventures
  • Cynthia Jetter, Class of ’74, Director of Community Partnerships and Planning, Eugene M. Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

A reception will follow: 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. in the Science Center Lobby

Jennifer Magee
Prof. Jennifer Magee

Dr. Jennifer Dougherty joins the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Swarthmore

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Doughertywill be joining the program next year to teach “Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies” and two more courses.Dr. Dougherty comes to us with her Ph.D. from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at? George Mason University. She also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland.During the fall semester, Professor Dougherty will teach Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies, and in the spring , she will teach “Conflict Resolution: Mediation Theory and Practice” and “Comparative Peace Processes .”

Prof. George LakeyGeorge Lakey to return to Lang Center in 2007-2008 During the 2006-2007 academic year, George Lakey, author, activist, and, founder of Training for Change joined the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Swarthmore and taught three courses.He will return to Swarthmore and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility during the 2007-2008 academic year to offer workshops for the college community.

Other Peace Events

The Camden 287PM, Wednesday, September 20, 2006

(Eve of International Peace Day and start of Declaration of Peace

Week)International House, 3701 Chestnut St, Phila., PAAdmission: $10. $8 for Students and Seniors Winner of both the Philadelphia Film Festival’s Audience and Jury

Awards for “Best Documentary”.? THE CAMDEN 28 is a riveting

story of resistance, friendship and community, betrayal and

vindication played out against the backdrop of one of the most

turbulent periods in U.S. history.On August 22, 1971, twenty-eight men and women carried out a

powerful act of civil disobedience against the U.S. war in Vietnam by

attempting to break into a draft board and destroy draft files in the

Camden, NJ Federal Building.? The activists were part of? a

nonviolent anti-war movement popularly known as the “Catholic

Left.” Apprehended “in the act”, the activists stated that their actions

were meant to show their belief that killing and war was morally

indefensible and must be stopped even at the risk of one’s liberty.

By conducting their action in Camden, NJ (then and now, one of the

poorest cities in the? nation), the activists wanted to demonstrate the

war’s damaging effect on an impoverished people.How far would you go to stop a war?

After the film, join filmmaker Anthony Giaccino, members of the

Camden 28, the Brandywine Peace Community, and some of

today’s generation of peace activists for a discussion about how the

events portrayed in the film resonate in today’s climate and how we

can move from opposition to resistance.Contact: Brandywine Peace Community , 610-544-1818

Sponsors:Scribe Video Center Producers’ Forum & Brandywine Peace Community Presents

Class Matters ? In Community and in CoalitionA weekend with George Lakey and Nancy Diaz

October 27-29, 2006

Both the New York Times and Washington Post recently gave major attention to trends in the class structure of the United States. We’ll explore how class patterns show up ? and get in the way ? when people try to deepen their sense of community with each other, in religious or secular groups. We’ll also explore the dynamics of class relations in coalitions for social change. Our goal? To make unity possible! Not the superficial unity which denies class difference, but the authentic unity that comes from working through our differences. Contact:

(610) 566-4507 or (800) 742-3150

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