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Swarthmore Storytellers Swap Publishing Tips

By Sherri Kimmel

Among the highlights of the spring Alumni Council meeting was a lively panel discussion on writing for children and young adults. Donna Jo Napoli, professor of linguistics and author of more than 70 children’s books, shared thoughts on storytelling with co-panelists Josh Green ’92, an Alumni Council member, and Alumni Council President Susan Morrison ’81.
Green, [...]

Distinctive Candidates Sought

If you know a classmate or other alum who you believe should be nominated for an honorary degree, the Honorary Degree Committee encourages you to submit nominations to Honorary Degree Committee, Office of the Secretary, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081-1390 or contact Nancy Nicely, secretary of the College, Please enclose complete [...]

Alumni Council welcomes new members

Alison Campbell ’87, Sarah Bryan Fask ’05, Bryan Gobin ’97, Brian Sean Heaney ’83, David Kidder ’62, Ethan Landis ’84, Lucy Jane Lang ’03, Robert Mueller ’68, Antoinette Sayeh ’79, Thomas Stoddard ’87, Ila Deshmukh Towery ’99, Susan Morrison Walcott ’71, William Wanjohi ’05.

Gain Free Access to e-Journals

By Peggy Seiden, College Librarian

In September, the Swarthmore College libraries joined nearly 50 other institutions in offering JSTOR archival content access to alumni. Alumni now have access to an ever-expanding group of online journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences through the College’s Online Community. In February, the College extended alumni access to materials from Project Muse, including [...]

Lifelong Learning—for Alumni in the Philly and NYC metro areas

Would you like to resume or expand your liberal arts education? Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore offers that opportunity:
Fall 2013

Offered at Swarthmore, Thursdays, Sept. 19–Nov. 7, 7–9:30 p.m.: “The American City,” John Caskey, professor of economics
Offered in New York City, Thursdays, Sept. 12–Oct. 3 and Oct. 24–Nov. 14, 6:45–9:15 p.m.: “The Magic Mountain and The Tin Drum,” Hansjakob [...]

WEB EXCLUSIVE: SwatTank Debuts with a Flourish

By Elizabeth Vogdes

SwatTank, the College’s first business-plan competition, culminated in a lively finish at the 14th annual Jonathan R. Lax ’71 Conference for Entrepreneurship, Saturday, March 23 in the Science Center. Three teams of finalists were shepherded through the fast-paced judging process.

Coordinated by the Career Services Office, SwatTank began in the fall with 11 [...]

Pedagogical approaches outlined at Philadelphia event

By Sherri Kimmel

Active—not passive—learning. That’s what Swarthmore students can expect today. Graduates from the 1950s to the late 2000s heard examples of today’s inventive pedagogy from four faculty members Jan. 31 at a Future Directions of the College event in Philadelphia.
About 50 Philadelphia-area alumni listened raptly as Rachel Buurma ’99, assistant professor of English literature; Philip Jefferson, [...]

Lax Conference Unveils First ‘SwatTank’

The 14th Annual Jonathan R. Lax Conference on Entrepreneurship, held March 23, featured the usual sharing of alumni expertise and robust discussion but also contained exciting new features. An enthusiastic group of students (Aldo Frosinini ’15, Marisa Lopez ’15, Antony Kaguara ’15, Kwame Koram ’15, and Dionne Wilson ’15), in collaboration with Erin Massey and [...]

Alumni College Abroad

Travel with Professor of Religion Mark Wallace, alumni, and friends on a tour of timeless Israel Oct. 15–26. Discover a land steeped in history, from ancient biblical times to the creation of the modern-day state of Israel. Journey from the coastal plain to the mountain region and Jordan Rift Valley, and experience the myriad cultures, customs, [...]

Recent Events

Faculty on the Road
December and January brought many opportunities for alumni to engage with Swarthmore faculty members. In London, Michael Cothren (art history) discussed teaching art history in an age of globalism, Ken Sharpe (political science) spoke with alumni in Tucson and Denver about practical wisdom; and, in San Francisco, Carol Nackenoff (political science) interpreted [...]