Economist Sir Richard Jolly to lecture on the U.N. and Economic Development at Swarthmore College

Economist Sir Richard Jolly to lecture on the U.N. and Economic Development at Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA – Economist Sir Richard Jolly will visit Swarthmore College to give two talks about various aspects of U.N. agencies’ involvement in economic development. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in Science Center 101, Jolly will give a talk titled United Nations Ideas That Changed the World. Too often, people think of the United Nations as little more than an endless and often ineffective talk shop on issues of conflict, peace, and security. In fact, 80 percent of the U.N.’s work is on economic and social development. Drawing on a ten year project documenting the U.N.’s contributions in this area and on his nearly 20 years of professional experience with UNICEF and UNDP, Sir Richard Jolly will reflect on a number of successes in this area and the work remaining to be done. He will also share his thoughts on the challenges the U.N. faces today if it is to retain relevance in the world.

On Thursday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in Science Center 101, Jolly will give a talk titled Human Development: Challenges to Neo-Liberal Economic Thinking. Since 1990, human development—putting people at the center of national and international policy making—has gained increasing interest and attention. Economist Sir Richard Jolly has employed this approach to his work on the U.N.’s Human Development Report. Issued annually, it ranks countries by the Human Development Index (HDI). In contrast to GNP and per capita income, HDI measures the ability of a country’s population to live long, knowledgeable and varied lives. At a time when many are questioning the dominance and inadequacy of orthodox economic thinking—especially of the neo-liberal variety—human development is part of the shift of emphasis to broader issues of well-being, happiness and freedom.

Sir Richard Jolly is a co-director of the U.N. Intellectual History Project; in that capacity he is currently overseeing and working on a 14 volume history of the U.N.’s contributions to economic and social development since its beginning in 1945. As recipient of a Carnegie Scholarship, he is also undertaking a study of the trends in global inequality since 1820 and what can be done to narrow global gaps over the next 50 years. Jolly is a trustee of OXFAM, a director of the Overseas Development Institute and chairman of the U.N. Association of the United Kingdom. He was made a Knight of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in the New Years Honours of 2001 for his contributions to international development. Earlier in his career Richard Jolly served an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, holding senior positions in UNICEF and UNDP.

Sponsored by Swarthmore College and The William J. Cooper Foundation.

Cooper Series events are free and open to the public; there is no reserved seating. Event details may be subject to change without notice.

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Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

A Back to Black Film Festival Presentation

Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

7:00 p.m.

Science Center 199

Swarthmore College

Taking Root tells the inspiring story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its unstoppable founder, Wangari Maathai, who, in 2004, became the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Taking Root illustrates the development of Maathai’s holistic worldview and model for sustainable development.  Maathai discovered the core of her life’s work when she turned her attention to the rural women with whom she had grown up in Kenya’s central highlands.  Daily life was intolerable: walking exhaustive distances for firewood, clean water was scarce, the soil was eroding, and their children suffered from malnutrition. One hundred years of colonialism and neocolonialism had devastated the forests they’d lived with for centuries.  “Why not plant trees?” Maathai thought and marked the beginning of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya.

Through chilling first person accounts and TV-news footage, Taking Root documents the Green Belt Movement’s dramatic political confrontations of the 1980s and ’90s, a time when Maathai and other Kenyan women endured violent suppression, hunger strike, and risked personal injury. Taking Root also chronicles the women?s successful political action in 2002 that helped to bring down Daniel Arap Moi, dictator of Kenya for 24 years.  Faculty Discussant:  Mark Wallace, Professor of Religion

Sponsored by: Black Studies, Environmental Studies, and the Swarthmore College Library

Eyes Wide Open: An exhibition of the human costs of the Iraq War

Eyes Wide Open Exhibit

Monday, March 22, 2010

10:00 am – 6:00 pm

McCabe Library – Second Floor Study Room

Followed by a talk with George Lakey on

the Military Industrial Complex and US Military Presence in Iraq & Afghanistan

Parrish Parlors at 7:00 pm

Eyes Wide Open, created by the American Friends Service Committee, is an exhibit and a memorial to inform the public and remember those lost in the Iraq war.  Combat boots and shoes represent individual soldiers and civilians killed, and act as a physical reminder of the immense human cost of war.

The Eyes Wide Open exhibit will visit Swarthmore College on Monday, March 22, 2010 to commemorate the March 20th anniversary of the start of the Iraq war in 2003.  The exhibit will be located in McCabe Library and is free and open to the public.

This event is co-sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society and the Swarthmore Peace and Conflict Studies.

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RESCHEDULED Dorothy Marder: An exhibit of photographs and memorabilia

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR: Friday, April 2, 2010, 5 to 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday April 3-4, 4 to 6pm


Dorothy Marder was a peace activist, feminist, and gay rights advocate. Her freelance photography offers a glimpse into activism during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

At the Kitao Gallery

Friday, April 2, 2010, 5 to 7 pm, and Saturday and Sunday April 3-4, 4 to 6pm

The Kitao Gallery is a student gallery located on the Swarthmore College campus between Sharples dining hall and Olde Club.

(see campus map) (pdf map) (Google map) (directions)

Hosted by Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Peace and Conflict Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Kitao Gallery

contact: Elizabeth Matlock

Swarthmore College 500 College Avenue Swarthmore, PA 19081

Humanitarian Law and the Tribunal System at Guantanamo

Upcoming events of interest at Haverford College:

From the Laws of War to Humanitarian Law

March 31 at 4:30PM in KINSC Hilles 109

Siba Grovogui, Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University and author of Beyond Eurocentrism and Anarchy: Memories International Order and Institutions (Palgrave 2006), and Mark Antaki, Assistant Professor of Law at McGill University School of Law, will discuss human rights and humanitarian law as viewed from the African and the European perspectives.

This event is sponsored by the Distinguished Visitors Program and the CPGC.

Talk by Adam Thurschwell on the Tribunal System at Guantanamo

March 3 at 4:30pm in Chase Auditorium

Adam Thurschwell, Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and author of Capital Punishment and Political Sovereignty (Routledge 2008), currently working as defense lawyer for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Thurschwell will give a public talk about the workings of the tribunal system at Guantanamo. He will also visit my Levinas/ethics seminar.

This event is sponsored by the Distinguished Visitors Program.

Dialogue key to Israeli-Palestinian cooperation

Dialogue key to Israeli-Palestinian cooperation

Published February 4, 2010

The deeper I sank into the morass of literature on the Israeli-Arab conflict, the more I realized it is impossible to truly know anything about it.

After a while, I developed the only kind of “balanced opinion” one can have on such a contentious subject: an amalgamation of polarizing tidbits. It became an assortment of equally-weighted opposing blurbs, dictated by two different national narratives. My conversations became quite ambivalent, often starting with “Well, it’s clear that…” soon to be followed by “But, on the other hand…”

The truth is, there are enough facts, figures and well thought-out arguments on all sides that you can believe whatever you want to believe. There is no “getting to the bottom of it.” Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is selling something. Sage advice for the real world, Swatties: Beware the zealots who pass out leaflets on the sidewalk. There will be many. … [read the full article in The Phoenix]

Jessa is a senior. She can be reached at

Peace in the Middle East: A Just Peace or Just Any Peace?

An upcoming event of interest:

Diplomat in Residence Program at Lasalle University


Peace in the Middle East: A Just Peace or Just Any Peace?

Featuring Hanan Ashrawi, Ph.D.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

12:30–2 p.m., Dan Rodden Theatre

AshrawiHanan Ashrawi, Ph.D., will discuss her distinguished work for Palestinian national rights. Ashrawi is the Diana Tamari Sabbagh Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Ashrawi was official spokeswoman for the Palestinian delegation to the Middle East peace process during the 1991 Madrid peace conference. She was appointed the Palestinian Authority Minister of Higher Education and Research in 1996, and she was elected in 2006 to the Palestinian Legislative Council and in 2009 to the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). She founded and serves on the executive committees of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy and the National Coalition for Accountability and Integrity. Ashrawi is the recipient of the 2005 Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation, the 2003 Sydney Peace Prize, and the 2002 Olof Palme Prize. Her book, This Side of Peace (Simon & Schuster, 1995), earned worldwide recognition.

The lecture is supported by the Theodore E. Morrow Memorial Fund, the Fulbright Association of Philadelphia/Delaware Valley, and the Office of the Provost. Theodore Eggleston Morrow (1928–2004) was a linguist, translator, and biblical scholar. The Theodore E. Morrow Memorial Fund is dedicated to promoting intercultural and interreligious dialogue and advancing belief in the inherent dignity and common purpose of all human life.

Event is free and open to the public.

For details, please contact Cornelia Tsakiridou

at 215.951.1558, 215.951.1015, or

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