Author Archives: Tom Arcaro

Tom Arcaro is a professor of sociology at Elon University. He has been researching and studying the humanitarian aid and development ecosystem for nearly two decades and in 2016 published 'Aid Worker Voices'. He is currently working on a second book tentatively titled "Hearing Voices: Dispatches from the margins of the humanitarian sector".

Cost-benefit analysis of travel to your country of focus

What is the value of travel to your country of focus? I pose this question as we are about to welcome back to Elon two ’17’s that just spent about two weeks in Namibia and as the ’19’s are in the preliminary stages of sending part of their Class to Sri Lanka. First, what are the costs of this travel? … Continue Reading

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Periclean partners around the world remain very active

This is the first in a short series of posts providing updates about our partners around the world. Schools for Chiapas, Class of 2008 partner Working with the global indigenous rights community in support of Standing Rock Sue Beattie and Peter Brown partnered with the Class of 2008 as they worked in Chiapas, Mexico with the indigenous Mayans.  One product … Continue Reading

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Some homework as you begin Thanksgiving Break

Yes, I am suggesting that you do some ‘homework’ related to your responsibility as a Periclean Scholar.  Your time is very valuable, but I promise that what I am asking you to do will be useful to you. Your assignments I hope that this coming week will be filled with rest, relaxation and time for reflection for all Pericleans.  I can … Continue Reading

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Periclean statement in light of 11/8

Periclean statement in light of 11/8 As Periclean Scholars, we believe that our nation is both strong and beautiful because of our diversity. We believe in supporting individuals of all races, genders, nationalities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic classes, backgrounds, religions, and cultures. We, the Periclean Classes of Elon University, are striving to become civically engaged students who fight for justice and … Continue Reading

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Periclean Scholars Steering Committee Meeting: September 15, 2016

Periclean Scholars Steering Committee Meeting: September 15, 2016 In attendance:  Sam Lubliner (‘17), Will Wetter (‘18), Camille Kelly (’19), Dr. Mat Gendle, Associate Director and Mentor for Class of 2019, and Dr. Tom Arcaro, Director Class Updates Class of 2017 (Sam Lubliner) Morale Update: Morale of the class is high, despite setbacks. The class is currently divided into four committees … Continue Reading

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Welcome back Periclean Scholars

Welcome back Periclean Sholars Scholars, As I write this the world is celebrating World Humanitarian Day and many global citizens are (re) taking a pledge to do their part in making the world a safer place where health, hope and dignity are available to all.  Most of you know that right now we are facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War … Continue Reading

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Update from Voster Tembo on the Zambian Development Support Foundation

FROM THE ZAMBIAN DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT FOUNDATION BOARD        It is always inspiring to start the New Year with a deep sense of reflection on the achievements and challenges of the previous year and always looking forward to the new chapter of the 10 months ahead of us. Zambian Development Support Foundation would like to take this moment to … Continue Reading

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As we begin spring semester: updates from the director

As we begin spring semester:  updates from the director First, welcome back all of you who traveled during January term.  Snowpocalypse 2016 was a minor inconvenience back here at Elon but I know many of you had major delays in your return to the US, and I am glad to hear that everyone is home safely. Back on campus and … Continue Reading

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A conversation with one of my heroes UPDATED 8-12-15

UPDATED 8-12-15 See below for thoughts from Colby about her life.   A conversation with one of my heroes Earlier this morning [Friday] I received a phone call from Periclean alum Colby Halligan (’15).  I had texted her as soon as I found out about her recent misfortune.  She is safe, but last weekend her home in California and everything in … Continue Reading

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Update on the Periclean Foundation

As part of the release of the new newsletter to alumni, partners and current Periclean Scholars, we would like to announce that the Periclean Foundation (PF) website is up and running. This website is for alumni, parents and friends to stay informed at how Periclean Scholars’ projects have been progressing since the graduation of each Class. Will Lyle,  Class of 2011 and PF … Continue Reading

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