The Peace and Conflict Studies program will be organizing another Israel/Palestine Film Series this semester. Screenings are open to the entire community, and we hope you will join us.
Israel/Palestine Film Series
Sponsored by Swarthmore Peace and Conflict Studies
All screenings are on Wednesdays at 4:15pm in the Lang Performing Arts Cinema
September 7: Promises
Israeli filmmaker documents a group of Israeli and Palestinian children meeting for the first time in and around Jerusalem.
September 14: Walk on Water
Israeli filmmaker produces this psychological thriller focusing on the life of one Israeli intelligence officer.
September 21: The Gatekeepers
Israeli filmmaker interviews all six living heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service.
September 28: The War Around Us
American filmmaker follows the only two international journalists who covered the 2009 Israel-Hamas War in Gaza.
October 5: Paradise Now
Palestinian filmmaker produces this Academy Award-nominated fiction film examining the final hours before two Palestinian friends prepare to commit acts of violence in Tel Aviv.
October 19: Eyes Wide Open
Israeli filmmaker produces this breathtaking fiction film examining a love affair between two Orthodox Jewish men in Jerusalem.
Advising is coming up, and Prof. George Lakey will be offering a new course in Peace and Conflict Studies for Fall 2013!
SECURITY AND DEFENSE: NONVIOLENT STRATEGIES
PEAC 040 / SOAN 040 H
Threats to security exist on many levels: environment, community, nation, human rights, and others. People naturally mobilize for defense, but often choose among a very narrow set of options. This course broadens the framework to focus on modes of nonviolent defense which have had concrete application sometimes involving millions of people, but which remain “off the radar” of most strategic analysis.
The course will learn from cases of successful nonviolent defense of nations, communities, environmental resources, and human rights under threat. Students will research and write “forgotten cases” for publication in the Global Nonviolent Action Database, giving them experience with the data of civilian resistance. They will also take an example of threat in today’s world and begin to explore how a nonviolent strategy could be devised given the circumstances. Through these activities students will gain research skills and broaden their view of the dynamics of struggle.
We have had a busy and engaging couple of weeks in Peace and Conflict Studies with events on nonviolent resistance in the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy, mountaintop removal, and women and violence in the Congo.
Here are some pictures and video offered as a brief recap:
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David Sanger addressed the college on October 27, 2011
Prof. Mubarak Awad addressed the college and local community on November 7, 2011. Stay tuned for the video of Prof. Awad’s talk, which we will post here on the blog.
Bahraini journalist, Nada Alwadi, spoke on November 8, 2011. She visited with John Meyer of Pendle Hill after the event and posed for a picture with (L to R) Lee Smithey, Jim MacMillan, and Brahim El Guabli. After her appearance at Swarthmore, she moved on to address the International House of Philadelphia on November 11, 2011.
If you missed Nada Alwadi’s talk, you can hear her online. You can see her webinar with the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
Ms. Alwadi was also interviewed by Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY’s Radio Times on the morning following her presentation at Swarthmore. You can listen to the interview here.