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New Theater, New Main Street

By Paul Wachter ’97

Columbia’s Main Street corridor should be the hub of the city: It runs directly north from the South Carolina state capital grounds and abuts the city’s business district. Yet for several decades it has languished, a victim of suburban flight and related economic trends afflicting many American downtowns.
But now a serious effort to revitalize Main [...]

1 Plus 1 Makes Engaging Book

By Dana Mackenzie ’79

One was a math major at Swarthmore, the other was an English major. One of them is detail-oriented, the other likes to look at the big picture first. One teaches at an urban university in the middle of Detroit, the other at a tree-filled campus in suburban Tacoma, Wash.
But what Elizabeth Sherr Sklar ’63 and [...]

Doctor on the Ship, on the Beach, and in the Trenches

By Carol Brévart-Demm

Just before Labor Day 1939, David Goldsmith was out in a rowboat with his parents on Maxinkuckee Lake in northern Indiana. The family idyll was interrupted when their portable radio broadcast the news that Hitler had invaded Poland, sparking the start of World War II. At the time, Goldsmith was a student at Northwestern University [...]

Combating Exploitation

By H.J. Hormel

Civil rights and bioethics may seem like different fields but they started to gel for a Swarthmore alumnus when his copy of Anna Karenina was confiscated as obscene material during an arrest his sophomore year.
Alex Capron ’66, P’15, now a globally recognized legal expert in health policy and medical ethics, was detained during a civil-rights [...]

From the ER to State Senate and Back

By Carol Brévart-Demm

It was on a train somewhere between Madras and Delhi that Josh Green ’92 decided he wanted to become a doctor. After a tough first year at Swarthmore, Green applied for a grant to spend a semester abroad and ended up being recruited to spend a semester at sea as a research assistant to bird-migration [...]

A Caribbean Bench Mark

By Carrie Compton

One of the most distinctive professional attributes of recently appointed federal judge Wilma Lewis ’78 is her fervor for her profession—a quality she found in rich supply at the College.
“[Swarthmore professors] had a passion for developing students to their full potential,” says Lewis. “I think it was way back then that it dawned on me [...]

eCounts and Recounts

By Michael Agresta

Like so many Americans, Robert Brownstone ’82 developed an interest in election security and voters’ rights in the aftermath of the flawed 2000 presidential election. Brownstone, however, came to the issue as a specialist in law and IT. Fenwick & West LLP, where he’s practiced for more than 12 years, is a dominant law firm [...]

A Passion for Politics

By Carol Brévart-Demm

As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, Anne Kolker ’08, an international climate change negotiator with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Change, developed an early and lasting passion for politics and public service. When the time came, she sought a college where she believed she’d find herself among like-minded peers. She wasn’t [...]

Monitoring Misinformation

By H.J. Hormel

With the general election just around the corner, political scientist and blogger Brendan Nyhan ’00 is trying to address media misinformation by helping journalists do a more accurate job of reporting.

The presidential-campaign season is a particularly important time for journalists to have the tools and understanding to provide their own reality checks, says the assistant [...]

Re-election is her Ambition

By Carrie Compton

Desiree Peterkin Bell ’00 has a critical delivery to make—whether or not she’s able to pull it off may ultimately affect the entire nation, perhaps the world. She has until Nov. 6 to help deliver the battleground state of Pennsylvania into the hands of President Barack Obama.
In June, Peterkin Bell was named Pennsylvania’s senior adviser [...]