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Celebrate Swarthmore with President Valerie Smith
Start Date: 10/12/2017Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Date: 10/12/2017End Time: 9:00 PM
Event Description:

Join President Valerie Smith at

The Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
6:30-9 p.m.
Program begins at 7:30

Enjoy a cocktail reception, the museum's galleries, and current exhibit Activist New York.

Watch a film about how Swarthmore shapes students' lives. 
Hear a faculty and alumni panel discussion on social impact featuring filmmaker David Gelber '63, H'17; Ben Berger, executive director of Swarthmore's Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility; journalist Nicole O'Dell Odim '88, P'17, '20; and Assistant Professor of Political Science Emily Paddon Rhoads.

Learn about the College's comprehensive campaign and the difference it will make for:
• Connecting the liberal arts • Building a more inclusive community • Enhancing our social impact • Creating vital campus spaces

David Gelber '63, H'17 (moderator) resides in Garrison, NY. He has been managing director at Roaring Fork Films since 2011, where he produced Years of Living Dangerously, and Emmy Award-winning documentary on climate change which aired on Showtime in spring 2014. Gelber spent 29 years at CBS News, mostly as Ed Bradley's producer at 60 Minutes. He was also executive producer of Peter Jennings Reporting at ABC News, where he won Emmy and DuPont Awards for his coverage of the war in Bosnia. His work at ​60 Minutes included award-winning stories on prison camps in China, sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, and AIDS in Africa. Gelber earned a B.A. in History from Swarthmore and has served on the Board since 2004. He is married to Kyoko Inouye Gelber. They have two daughters, Maya and Clara.

Ben Berger, executive director of the College's Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, is also associate professor of political science. As director of the Lang Center, he has focused on the Center's mission on connecting the curriculum with the community. Berger studies the intersection between normative political theory and empirical political science. His book, Attention Deficit Democracy: The Paradox of Civic Engagement won the North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award for the best social philosophy book published in 2011. It was also named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2011 by Zocalo Public Square, a public affairs think tank. Current research projects include a book on civic education, and is a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated NPR program "Radio Times." Berger received his A.B. from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Nicole O'Dell Odim '88, P'17, '20 is the sole proprietor of a news service who has produced stories for numerous national and international media outlets. Since beginning her career in journalism 12 years ago, she has worked as an assignment reporter, anchor, broadcast news producer, and contributed to the BBC's Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary Bad Medicine. In addition to her professional work, she has served as a member of the advisory committee of the Junior League of Brooklyn, the board of the Dodge YMCA, and recently completed three years of service to Swarthmore's Alumni Council. 

​Emily Paddon Rhoads​ is an assistant professor of political science who has taught on the politics of sub-Saharan Africa. Through this class, her students developed significant pieces of investigative journalism, focusing on activism and protest movements in sub-Saharan Africa with a particular emphasis on women and youth. Rhoads recently authored the book ​Taking Sides in Peacekeeping​ and is an expert on the politics and practices of United Nations peacekeeping, humanitarianism, and military intervention with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. 

Location Information:
Off Campus

Off Campus - New York, NY
Contact Information:
Phone: 610-957-6111
Email: events@swarthmore.edu
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