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Swarthmore Scenes Then and Now

As we begin our sesquicentennial year, imagine what the campus looked like a century or so ago. How do specific settings look today? You’ll see a then-and-now, scene-by-scene comparison when you click on our multimedia feature below.

Marching on Washington, 50 years later …

By Maurice G. Eldridge ’61

The following is an opinion piece published Aug. 13, 2013 in The Swarthmorean newspaper.
The thrill of returning to Washington 50 years later for the anniversary of The March on Washington for Jobs and Peace triggered for me the memory of my first organized march on my hometown April 18, 1959. It was the spring of [...]

'Only at Taktse'

By Chris Stodolski ’89

When I decided to attend Swarthmore, I thought I would become a physicist. But taking Professor Lisa Smulyan’s introduction to education course set my career path in a new direction—the field of education. Other experiences also influenced my outlook on life in unexpected ways. Through my freshman roommate (and now lifelong friend) Ipek Ilkkaracan ’89, [...]

A New Opera Emerges from a Swarthmore Cottage Industry

By Carol Brévart-Demm

The modern-day meeting of a Polish Holocaust survivor with a son of German Nazi sympathizers can make for some tense conversation. Even when it’s being sung.
The opera Lost Childhood—based on the autobiography The Lost Childhood by Yehuda Nir—depicts such an encounter, interspersed with scenes from the life of the teenage survivor [...]