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5 Comments on the Advantages of Faculty Research Travel

By Patricia Reilly
Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Provost

1. As a historian of Italian Renaissance art, I spend part of every sabbatical leave in Italy conducting research. This summer, I’m going to Florence and Rome in support of my research on the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
2. My research travel supports my teaching. Last spring, I delivered a paper in Venice [...]

Global Academic Interests

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Catching up with evolutionary developmental biologist Scott Gilbert this spring wasn’t easy, as he zipped back and forth between his two labs—one at Swarthmore, the other in Helsinki. “I spend two weeks every two months in Helsinki in the spring. The rest of the time, we Skype,” he says.
Gilbert, the Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of [...]

Alumni Worldwide

Say “Open Sesame” to China and the World
By Jeffrey Lott
Bringing sellers and buyers together in a marketplace is basic to business. The Chinese market is no longer the village square, but a nation of 1.3 billion people that is generating hundreds of thousands of new businesses every year. And the 12-year-old commercial exchange, with [...]

6 Reasons to Study Abroad

By Sharon Friedler
Professor of Dance, Director of the Dance Program, and Faculty Adviser for Off-Campus Study

1. In an increasingly global economy and mobile society, many graduates will live abroad at some point—or live and work in multinational and multicultural environments in the United States. Study abroad expands their horizons as they gather new perspectives on potential careers, lifestyles, and working cooperatively across cultural and national boundaries.
2. One of the biggest [...]

8 Things International Students Say About Swarthmore

1. Swarthmore is very socially accepting.
2. International students complicate the narrative, particularly when books want to tie things up in a neat bow.
3. I felt put into the deep end of the pool socially, culturally, and academically.
4. I wasn’t expecting to have opinions respected so much by faculty.
5. I would love a greater connection to [...]

U.S. Students Abroad

By Zachary Wiener ’12

My sophomore year was tough for me—both academically and emotionally. As the year went on, I found myself disconnected from the sense of adventure I’d developed in my childhood years. I wanted a more visceral learning experience—one where I could learn by doing. Investigating my options, I made a bet with myself: “Go as far [...]

International Students

By Carol Brévart-Demm

As a member of the European Youth Parliament and the Federation of Young European Greens while in high school in her native Romania, Adriana Popa ’12 traveled to meetings all over Europe, but she had never visited the United States.
Not that she didn’t want to.
“I had become fascinated with the American education system. It seemed [...]

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Lifelong Learning
Fall 2011 Courses

Offered at the College
The Great Recession
Mark Kuperberg, professor of economics
Meets Tuesdays, 7–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 to Nov. 8 (but not Oct. 11)
Living Lightly on the Earth
Carr Everbach, professor of engineering
Meets Mondays, 7–9:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 to Nov. 7 (but not Oct. 10)
Offered in New York City
Relativity, Spacetime, and Gravity
John Boccio, professor of physics
Meets Tuesdays, 6:45–9:15 [...]

The Students of Jonathan Franzen

Christopher Castellani ’94
“No good story could exist without conflict and desire, Jonathan used to say, and I still use that rubric when I examine my writing,” says Christopher Castellani, author of two novels, A Kiss from Maddalena (2003) and The Saint of Lost Things (2005).
“We sensed he was struggling, living fairly close to the bone. [...]