“The Progress Paradox: Critical Perspectives on Development”

April 8th-April 16th, 2012

Swarthmore College, PA


Sunday, 8 April (7:00-8:30pm)

Keynote: Crisis and Upsurge in Movements

Location: Science Center 101

Immanuel Wallerstein


Monday, 9 April (4:30-6:00pm)

Introduction to Development and its Discontents

Location: Science Center 199

Prof. Schuetze, Prof. Burke, Prof. O’Connell, Emma Waitzman ’14, Maria Thomson ’14


Tuesday, 10 April (4:30-6:00pm)

Economics in Crisis: Outlining the dimensions of the New Economy

Location: Science Center 101

Noel Ortega

Brian Czech


Wednesday, 11 April (7:00-8:30pm)

“Groundwater Up” documentary screening and discussion

Location: Kohlberg 115

Filmmaker (Katie Gillett)


Thursday, 12 April (4:30-6:00pm)

Is “Sustainable Development” a myth?

Location: Science Center 101

Jennifer Jones

GEAR (Lindsey Gillies, Keith Brunner)


Monday, 16 April (4:30-6:00pm)

End-note: Community Alternatives and Looking Forward, Exploring the Solidarity Economy in Philadelphia

Location: Science Center 101

Craig Borowiak


All events free and open to the Tri-College community and the general public.


It was our pleasure to welcome Gustavo Esteva to speak on:

Beyond Development & Globalization: Anarchy & Buen Vivir

March 13th, 7pm-8:30pm

Swarthmore College (Science Center 101)

We are experiencing the end of a historical cycle, not just another crisis. All over the world, people are taking initiatives reclaiming control of their lives and challenging the political system and dominant paradigms.

What is the nature of these initiatives?

Why is anarchy used both to disqualify them and as a sign of identity?

How does “buen vivir” (living well) grasp people’s motives as a new paradigm, centered on a foundation of radical pluralism?


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