Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Ethics & Human Rights

In an increasingly globalized world, conventional ways of knowing and understanding global affairs is constantly shifting. The global realm is also facing issues such as the rise of nationalistic populism, existential threats to our climate, a global refugee crisis, and more. Conventional wisdom on issues of ethics and human rights is no longer sufficient nor enough. The Lang Center hopes to promote engaged, innovative, and ethical dialogue as well as action on these emerging global issues. The issue area of Ethics & Human Rights at the Lang Center encourages students to engage critically with emerging global issues such as human rights abuses, medical ethics, economic development, free speech, and more. If you are interested in learning more about Ethics & Human Rights, Swarthmore’s Global Affairs program and how the Lang Center can help students become global citizens through their engagement and work in the areas of ethics and human rights, please reach out to our Lang Associates: Ava Shafiei ‘19 and Coleman Powell ‘20


Key Faculty & Staff

Emily Paddon-Rhoads, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Sa'ed Atshan, Assistant Professor of Peace and Confict Studies
Krista Tomasson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Sangina Patnaik, Assistant Professor of English Literature
Keith Reeves, Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair

Student Groups

War News Radio | Leo Elliot '18, Katherine Kwok '18

PAX - Swarthmore Peace and Conflict Studies Society | Contact: Rose See '19

Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine | Contact: 


Relevant Courses



Ethics & Human Rights Lang Center Associates

Ava Shafiei '19

Lang Center Associate for Education & Access + Ethics & Human Rights

Coleman Powell '20

Lang Center Associate for Ethics and Human Rights