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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. [...]

American Gothic meets Swarthmore College

By Jeffrey Lott

Grant Wood’s American Gothic may be the most widely recognized, reproduced—and parodied—work of American art. A search of Google Images reveals thousands of takeoffs on the 1930 painting, many hilariously funny. So when Mike Kappeler, Web content coordinator for Information Technology Services, was asked to make a poster for November’s Academic Technology Fair, he turned [...]

Weinstein’s Faulkner study receives “Best Book” award

By Jeffrey Lott

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature (SSSL) has chosen Becoming Faulkner by Philip Weinstein, the Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Literature, as the best book on Southern literature written in 2010. He will receive the Hugh Holman Award from SSSL in March. “It was shockingly good news,” [...]

New Face at the Bulletin

By Carol Brévart-Demm

After a national search and selection process lasting several months, the College appointed Sherri Kimmel, former director of editorial services at Dickinson College, to the position of director of editorial and creative services and editor of the Swarthmore College Bulletin. Kimmel assumed the position this month, succeeding Jeffrey Lott, former director of College publications and [...]

Theater Department stages Fefu and Her Friends

By Carol Brévart-Demm

The Department of Theater and Senior Company 2012 chose an unusual yet appropriate mise-en-scène for their production of playwright Maria Irene Forbes’ Obie Award–winning Fefu and Her Friends about a group of eight old college friends who get together to rehearse a theater education project but simultaneously reveal their various fears, unhappiness, idealism as well [...]