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Making Art

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Early December visitors to the Old Tarble art studio were startled to find a looming three-dimensional rendering of the Thomas Eakins painting The Gross Clinic—created by students in Assistant Professor of Studio Arts Logan Grider’s first-year seminar Making Art. [watch: time-lapse video] The students reclaimed a week’s worth of cast-off cardboard from campus Dumpsters, then [...]

Starting from strength

By Jeffrey Lott

At its December meeting, the Board of Managers approved a comprehensive set of strategic directions that builds on the College’s acknowledged strengths and emphasizes its core values.
The strategic plan’s six major recommendations encourage curricular innovation while preserving intellectual rigor; envision Swarthmore as a model residential community for the 21st century; support faculty excellence in teaching, [...]

150 Years Ago: Martha Ellicott Tyson proposes a new school

By Christopher Densmore
Curator, Friends Historical Library

Martha Ellicott Tyson (1795–1893) had a long-standing concern for Quaker education. It was at her home in Baltimore, Md., in 1860, that a group of Quakers decided it was time to begin the campaign that would lead to the creation of Swarthmore College. Tyson was a remarkable woman. As a young girl, she came to [...]

Farewell to an advocate for women’s athletics—"Pete" Hess

By Mark Anskis

Professor Emerita of Physical Education Eleanor Kay “Pete” Hess, died on Dec. 14 at age 87. A fierce advocate for women’s athletics at a time when women were not provided the same opportunities as men in collegiate sports, Hess changed the lives of countless female student-athletes at Swarthmore during her 33 years as a coach [...]

You’re Invited—to TEDxSwarthmore

Only those individuals recognized as the world’s greatest thinkers receive an invitation to speak at the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, Calif. The four-day gathering, whose name is an acronym for technology, entertainment, and design, draws intellectuals, CEOs, entrepreneurs, designers, and scientists from around the world to present ideas they believe can change the [...]

“Give Your Parents Gray Hairs”—Kristof

“In some past life I’m pretty sure I was a Swattie,” said Nicholas Kristof, the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist, who says he is a huge fan of Swarthmore.
Referencing Swarthmore student initiatives, including those sponsored by the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, Kristof stressed that traveling abroad—daring to step [...]

Should the College Revive its Quaker Roots? Yes, Students Say, but Via Grassroots

By Carol Brévart-Demm

In a shining example of civil discourse on campus, two students engaged last fall  in a four-week exchange of op-eds in The Phoenix, producing a series of reflective articles on Quakerism that began in disagreement and ended in consensus—or close to it.
Junior Ben Goossen enrolled at Swarthmore in large part because of the College’s Quaker [...]

Students find voice in occupy-style General Assembly

By Jeffrey Lott

In the early hours of Thursday, Nov. 17, New York City police cleared Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, suspending, at least for a time, the first phase of a movement that by November, had launched dozens of Occupy protests and encampments around the country. Some had been dispersed, sometimes violently, by [...]

Celebrate the Arts!
April 13–15, 2012

Arts Weekend offers the entire College community—alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends—the chance to enjoy an exciting, three-day program of arts offerings including music, dance, studio and visual arts, and more.
Please mark your calendar for Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, 2012 and look for upcoming announcements about Arts Weekend events. More information [...]

Love of Learning Reaffirmed for Mid-Career Teachers

By Elizabeth Vogdes

Long after the usual start of their workday, 15 teachers drawn from schools in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District gathered last October in Bond Memorial Hall. Fortified by coffee and pastries, they settled into a space that was illuminated by soft light through leaded-glass windows and furnished with a grandfather clock, cushioned armchairs, and round tables. [...]