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Swarthmore College
The Swarthmore College website includes links to academic programs at the College, admissions information, the Scott Arboreteum, and the Human Resources office.

Swarthmore College Library
McCabe Library, besides its holdings geared toward supporting the college academic programs, also includes the Bathe Collection on the history of technology (1,000 volumes); and materials on James Thomson (400 volumes); William Wordsworth (200 volumes); W. H. Auden (500 volumes); British Americana, including accounts of British travelers in the United States (1,500 volumes); Private Presses, reflecting the output of the private press in Great Britain and the United States (5,000 volumes); Swarthmoreana (7,000 volumes); and other smaller groups of miscellaneous rare, illustrated, and decorated books (5,000 volumes).

Friends Historical Library
The Friends Historical Library is one of the outstanding research facilities for the study of Quaker History. Its collections, housed at Swarthore College in the McCabe Library, provide information on the history and doctrine of the Society of Friends, Quaker activity in literature, science, business, education, and government, plus reform efforts in peace, Native American rights, women's rights, and the abolition of slavery. Holdings include more than 39,000 books, 1,800 serial volumes, 2,500 microfilm reels, 4,000 volumes of Quaker meeting records, 275 manuscript collections, and numerous pictures and artifacts.

Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration
The program in Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College provides students with the opportunity to examine conflict and cooperation within and between nations. The multidisciplinary curriculum explores the causes, practices and consequences of collective violence and terrorism, as well as peaceful or nonviolent methods of conflict management and resolution. The program offers courses in the following areas: 1) alternatives to fighting as a way of settling disputes, including conflict resolution, rituals, nonviolence, mediation, peace-keeping forces, private peace-fostering organizations, arms control, economic sanctions, international law, and international organizations; 2) the causes of collective violence, including aggression and human nature, the state system and international anarchy, systemic injustice, competition for scarce resources, diplomacy, ethnocentrism, ideological and religious differences, insecure boundaries, minorities within states, and arms races; 3) the nature of war and conflict, including civilian and military objectives, the political economy of war, strategy and tactics, deterrence theory, low-intensity conflict, psychology of battle, prisoners of war, neutral rights, draft and conscientious objectors, the experience of war by soldiers and civilians, conventional, nuclear, and guerrilla wars, how to end a war, and the aftereffects of war; and, 4) the evaluation of war and violence, including the morality of war and violence, just war theory, pacifism, war mentality, the utility of war, war novels, and the responsibilities of citizens directly or indirectly involved in war and violence.

Global Nonviolent Action Database
The Global Nonviolent Action Database provides free access to information about hundreds of cases of nonviolent action for learning and for citizen action. Cases are drawn from all continents and most countries. People are shown struggling for human rights, economic justice, democracy, national and ethnic identity, environmental sustainability, and peace. This project was developed by George Lakey, visiting professor at Swarthmore College, and Swarthmore College students.



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This page was last updated on October 12, 2011.