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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, [...]

Recent Events

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 [...]

Recent Events

Atlanta: The Swarthmore College Atlanta Connection participated in a Swarthmore Cares service event on Saturday, Nov. 24, packaging meals at Project Open Hand, an organization that delivers healthy meals to ill people in the local community.
New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.: The Swarthmore Business Network organized simultaneous events in November. Many thanks to [...]

Postelection Collection Draws Out Thoughtful Discussion

By Emily Aubrey ’89, Alumni Council Communications Chair

On the Friday evening after the election, alumni and students flocked to Science Center 199 for a Postelection Collection presented by the Swarthmore Alumni Council and organized by David Ko ’92. Moderator Sen. Josh Green ’92 opened the event with humorous stories about running for the Hawaiian legislature before yielding the floor to professors Mark [...]

Travel to Italy, Greece, and Israel

Classic Greek Isles
With Michael Cothren, professor of art history and Scheuer Family Professor of the Humanities
April 29–May 11
Under Michael Cothren’s guidance, learn about the great works of Byzantine art as part of our small-group adventure.
Cruise the azure waters of the Aegean to classic whitewashed islands where the sun shines, the sea provides, and tradition prevails. [...]

Inaugural Class Enters Athletics Hall of Fame

By Mark Anskis, athletics communications director

In recognition of its 134-year history of athletics, Swarthmore College inducted 12 outstanding members of its athletics community into its inaugural Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame class in late October.
The public unveiling of the Hall of Fame and the induction of its first class occurred during the College’s annual Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend on [...]

Alumni Pack Their Bags for Prague

Swarthmore alumni and their families traveled to Eastern Europe in June with the Alumni College Abroad program. One of the highlights of the trip was a reception in Prague at the home of Elizabeth Smith Kolowrat ’56. Participants were, back row, from left: Stephen Zimmermann ’74, Pieter Judson ’78 (faculty director), Caroline Hussman, Seth Armstrong ’63, [...]

Bay-Area Business Group Hosts Robotics Event

By Sohail Bengali ’79

The San Francisco Business Alumni Group hosted 36 alumni, parents, new students, and friends at a recent event at the headquarters of, a “research park” setting in Menlo Park, Calif. Gil Jones ’01 of WillowGarage and Nathaniel Fairfield ’01 of Google were the key presenters.
The day before the event, Gil had some especially good [...]