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".

Periclean Scholars Newsletter

  Update from the Director-Tom Arcaro Hear from Elon’s Periclean Director Dr. Arcaro about all the initiatives Periclean is undertaking this fall. Interview and Visit with Amber Camp-Class of 2006 Periclean members Meg Griffin (class of 2016) and Chace Blackburn (class of 2017) had the opportunity to interview Periclean Alumnus Amber Camp King, who graduated in 2006, about her experience … Continue Reading

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Note from the director

Note from the director Welcome to this first edition of The Periclean Scholars e-newsletter.  Our plan is to send these out quarterly in November, February, May and August, serving as way way to inform our entire Periclean community about current Class activities and also about the Periclean Foundation and alumni updates.  Please let us know what you think about this … Continue Reading

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Lebanon, Burma, Paris and beyond.

Note:  This was sent to all current Pericleans and Mentors the Sunday after the Paris attacks. Pericleans, Again the media presents us with an array of profoundly disturbing images, this time from Paris. How should a Periclean Scholar respond to this?  That there is just one “right” way to react, feel or act is most certainly not the case, but are their … Continue Reading

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The world needs globally minded, civically engaged and socially responsible citizens. The world need YOU!

Take a look around this ‘ball of confusion‘ and what do you see? In Yemen right now over 80% of the total population is in need of humanitarian assistance, most severely food insecure.  The impact, as usual, is most dramatic on the very young and very old. Since 2011-back when you were in high school?- the crisis in Syria began … Continue Reading

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Welcome back to Periclean!

A note from the director All Pericleans, Welcome back to the new school year! I hope that you all had a good change of pace in the last couple months and that you are now ready to re-engage with your Class with a renewed sense of purpose, a sharp focus and an ever deepening level of devotion to the mission … Continue Reading

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Regarding Nepal and Balitmore

A Note from the Director: First, Nepal. In response to the humanitarian crisis in Nepal, *yes* we should all care and *yes* we should all act in a mindful and compassionate manner in reaction to this crisis. If you have the impulse to donate money please do so only after you are certain that the organization to which you divert … Continue Reading

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Periclean Scholars induct Class of 2018

Periclean Scholars induct Class of 2018 With a focus on Zambia, 32 freshmen will spend the next three years taking classes that culminate in a project of social change as part of a program aimed at developing in students a deep sense of global citizenship. Professor Tom Arcaro addresses the Periclean Scholars Class of 2018 at an induction ceremony on April 16, 2015. … Continue Reading

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“Don’t raise money for the future – do something for the now”

“Don’t raise money for the future – do something for the now” [Note:  This post is part of an ongoing discussion about what it means to be a humanitarian activist.  See here for another post by Morgan and here, here and here for posts by the director of the Periclean Scholars, Tom Arcaro.] By Morgan Abate, ’16 (from Ecuador) How … Continue Reading

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In the aftermath: Experiencing the effects of short-term international service trips

In the aftermath: Experiencing the effects of short-term international service trips   by Morgan Abate, ’16 As a Periclean Scholar abroad in South America, I felt I had a duty to contribute something to my class and the program as a whole. It’s always difficult to contribute to the program from so far, but I was committed. I decided that … Continue Reading

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Video featuring the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), partner of the Class of 2012

Video featuring the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP), partner of the Class of 2012 Take a look at this video and learn about how sustainable and culturally sensitive change can happen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX4p-7p765Y&sns=em The seed for the Periclean Scholars program was planted in 1990 when I first met Raj and Mabelle Arole, founders of CRHP in Jamkhed and saw first hand the products of their … Continue Reading

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