Established in 1974, Earlham’s Peace and Global Studies Program continues to empower students with the means not only to see the world differently, but also to change it. Over the past 40 years, we have graduated an average of 12 majors per year, all of whom have gone on to do amazing, life-transforming work. Furthering a strong and ongoing network of support, encouragement, and celebration, the PAGS 40th Reunion was held Friday and Saturday, September 19-20, 2014, on Earlham’s campus.
More than 50 alumnae/i, current students, faculty, and friends traveled from around the U.S., Panama, and Chile to attend. Alumnae/i and faculty presented on a variety of topics such as "Navigating the Federal Government" and "Intergenerational Organizing.” Student groups including the Real Food Challenge; the Miller Farm; the Student Coalition: the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement; The REInvestment Campaign; and Students for a Free Tibet presented their current work. Participants learned the status of the efforts of the Sodexo cafeteria workers on Earlham’s campus. Former Earlham professor and PAGS director Caroline Higgins interviewed Joanna Swanger, current Earlham professor and PAGS director, about her upcoming book on the particular challenges of social change movements in the specific setting of the early 21st century. And Dalia Al-Awqati '03 received the Howard Richards Ethical Construction Award for her work constructing peace in Egypt and other locations.
Above are many of the attendees to the reunion in a photograph taken by the bench on Earlham’s campus dedicated in loving memory of the life and work of PAGS graduate, Amy Van Meter, class of 1989.