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: Omar Jadallah-Karraa ‘20


Relevant Courses

  • POLS 062. Politics and Practice of Humanitarianism
  • PEAC 053. Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • PEAC 003. Crisis Resolution in the Middle East
  • POLS 004. International Politics
  • POLS 003. Intro to Comparative Political Systems
  • POLS 031. Borders and Migration
  • POLS 070B. Politics of Punishment
  • ECON 015. Economic Poverty and Inequality
  • RELG 005. World Religions