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On the Right Track

I thoroughly enjoyed the railroad pieces in the January Bulletin, and I’m delighted that Sara Morrell’s campaign to save the Media/Elwyn Line was successful, since that’s my preferred mode of transportation to campus for reunions. My daughter lives in Lawrenceville, N.J., and there’s a nearby commuter rail station so that I can visit her family [...]

Anti-Slavery Leader Was Omitted

Interesting and informative as I found the article about the Underground Railroad [in the January Bulletin] I was surprised that no reference was made to John Woolman (1710-1772), the Quaker whose leadership on the evils of slavery had considerable influence on 18th-century Quakers.

As was noted in The Journal and Essays of John Woolman, he “was [...]

‘Bulletin’ builds bonds

My daughter is a graduate of the Class of 2012, and her education at Swarthmore was the greatest gift I could have given her. We retain our connection and bond with Swarthmore through her and, importantly, through the Bulletin.
While I was not selected for the survey that you mentioned in your October editor’s column, I’d [...]

No more ‘encores,’ please

The alumni mentioned in the October Bulletin had “encore careers” that were more meaningful to them than their original careers. But, what about those of us who worked beyond retirement age because we couldn’t afford a life of leisure? During a 50-year working life as editor, teacher, and translator, some of the jobs I had [...]

Depiction of Israel challenged

I graduated from Swarthmore in 1949. In 1950–51 I moved to Baghdad, Iraq, to teach at the Queen Aliyah College for Moslem Women. That was a long time ago, as was the formation of the state of Israel.
I was surprised to see the Bulletin publish a letter opposing a proposed Swarthmore trip to Israel that [...]


I was quite delighted to read the interview with Prof. Aurora Camacho de Schmidt in the July issue of the Bulletin. Aurora has been an inspirational figure to me. If it were not for her encouragement, her teachings, and her presence in my life at Swarthmore, I would not have been where I am: teaching [...]

Tour promo strikes a sour note

The April 2013 issue of the Bulletin featured an advertisement for “a tour of timeless Israel” [Oct. 15–26] from the Alumni College Abroad office. This tour violates the growing international boycott/divestment/sanctions (BDS) movement to bring the Israeli government into compliance with international law. The movement—recently supported by British physicist Stephen Hawking—is for a comprehensive economic, [...]

Leave room for alternate view

Kudos to Danielle Charette ’14 for her courageous piece in May 16’s Wall Street Journal in which, sadly, she makes clear that not much has changed since I graduated in 2000. Swarthmore’s “liberalism” remains strictly intolerant of opposing views, and its particular kind of “diversity” leaves no room for any divergent voices, especially not any [...]

‘Small Craft’ floats his boat

It’s good to know that Small Craft is flourishing, as noted in the April Bulletin. However, the magazine that gave rise to it was actually titled The Nulset Review (not The Null Set Review). While Jonathan Franzen ’81 may have jettisoned the name for its “antic nihilism,” the void it referenced was real.
A few years [...]

Sustainability Issue evokes ’40s-era role models

Having recently removed my self-imposed estrangement from the College, I once again enjoy reading the Bulletin (with the aid of my video magnifier!). It continues its high quality of content and production.
I was especially interested in the January articles on sustainability (my dictionary doesn’t define this, but I assume it’s related to “conservation,” a subject [...]