Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Global Affairs

The Global Affairs program at the Lang Center takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining our most pressing global challenges. It projects disciplines such as Economics, Environmental Studies, History, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Political Science onto the global stage, asking how these disciplines can work together to help us understand our complex, global world. Swarthmore’s increasingly international composition and outlook coincide with rising uncertainty about the future of global order, making Global Affairs a timely Engaged Scholarship initiative. This initiative is directed by Associate Professor of Political Science Dominic Tierney and Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Paddon Rhoads.


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Spring 2017

Fall 2017


  • War News Radio—Founded in 2005, War News Radio aims to rediscover the voices of real people. “Our show fills the gaps in the media’s coverage by airing new perspectives, both personal and historical, in a balanced and in-depth manner. We hope our broadcasts will engage our listeners and inspire them to engage critically with the rest of the world.”
    Contacts: Leo Elliot ’18, Sabrina Merold ’17, and Amber Sheth ’18
  • Swarthmore International Relations Journal (SIRJ)—SIRJ is a new publication that seeks to give undergraduate students a chance to polish their work into independently publishable international relations articles and get their work printed in an academic journal. The SIRJ team considers for publication material written for a class or independent work in a variety of formats. Research papers, review essays, and response papers could all be adapted for our journal. SIRJ is accepting submissions for its flagship issue, which will be released in Spring 2017. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
    Contacts: Elizabeth Tolley ’17 or Joseph Millman ’17