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Month: October 2011

  • Bahraini journalist, Nada Alwadi, to speak on nonviolent resistance and the media

    Bahrain: The Current Political and Communication Challenges, A View From the Inside Nada Alwadi Bahraini Journalist Tuesday, November 8, 2011 4:30 p.m. Science Center Room 101 Swarthmore College (maps and directions) (view or download a flyer) Nada Alwadi was a reporter for Alwasat, the most popular newspaper in Bahrain, a monarchy on a small island in…

  • David Sanger of the New York Times to speak on Obama, war, and tech

    Obama in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan: How a Decade of War and New Technology Have Changed American Strategy Come join us for a talk by David Sanger New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent Author of The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power Thursday, October 27, 2011 4:30 p.m. Science Center 183…

  • Goodbye, Memphis. Medford, here we come.

    The Peace and Justice Studies meetings in Memphis were a success, and Swarthmore was well represented. Ivan Boothe ’05 continues to serve on the organization’s board, and the Global Nonviolent Action database attracted considerable attention. Thanks to the PJSA organizers and Gandhi-King Conference for their hard work. Next year’s meeting will be held October 4-6,…

  • Follow the Peace and Justice Studies Association conference online

    The Peace and Justice Studies Association 2011 meeting is being held at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, October 20-23.  The PJSA has partnered with the Gandhi King Youth Conference to design a joint conference this year. You can follow the conference online. Follow and contribute to the #pjsa-gkc hashtag on Twitter, or watch the…

  • Atlas.ti training for student research in peace and conflict

    At a recent presentation on “Organizing your data” for senior sociology and anthropology students (including some Peace and Conflict Studies students) who are working on theses, a number of students expressed interest in a further information session / tutorial on using Atlas.ti Atlas.ti is software designed for organizing multiple forms of research data (text, video,…

  • Announcing a new book by Lee Smithey on conflict transformation in Northern Ireland

    The Peace and Conflict Studies program announces the release of a new book by Prof. Lee Smithey. Unionists, Loyalists, and Conflict Transformation in Northern Ireland is now available from Oxford University Press. Drawing on almost twenty years of studying and traveling to Northern Ireland, including sustained periods of intensive fieldwork, Smithey focuses on the importance…

  • Conflict in the Congo

    In the Democratic Republic of Congo, nearly 6 million people have died as a result of violent conflict since 1996, making it one of the deadliest and leastdiscussed humanitarian crises in human history. Come see Kambale Musavuli Spokesperson for “Friends of the Congo” Friday Oct. 21st, 4:15 pm Science Center 128 (maps and directions) Mr.…

  • Electronic Resources on Northern Ireland

    Information Technology Services has installed two interactive resources on the PC in the Sociology and Anthropology lab in Kohlberg Hall. Both pertain to Northern Ireland, but have broader relevance to political contention (violent, nonviolent, and institutional), material culture, ethnicity, nationalism, propaganda, etc. If you would like to access these resources, please contact Rose Maio in…

  • Women and peacebuilding prioritized in Nobel Peace Prize selection

    The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Tawakkul Karman (Yemen); President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberia); and Leymah Gbowee (Liberia). Leymah Gbowee spoke here in Philadelphia at Villanova University, and several Swarthmore Peace and Conflict Studies students went to hear her speak with Prof. George Lakey. The Nobel Peace Prize Committee praised the women “for…

  • New media technology brings nonviolent protest to our desktops

    Llivestreaming technology allows protest movements to broadcast live news, providing new opportunities for activists to frame their concerns and raise the costs of repression by authorities. The broad availability of such technology raises interesting questions about the conceptual boundaries of journalism and freedom of the press. Here are several lives streams from the October 2011…