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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, [...]

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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 [...]