Talks and Tours
Faculty Talk: Philip Weinstein, Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English, will speak on Becoming Jonathan Franzen: A Writer's Odyssey.
The award-winning novels of Jonathan Franzen '81 have made him a household name in American letters, the epitome of literary and intellectual excellence, the face on the cover of Time. His novels are The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, The Corrections, and Freedom. Professor Weinstein will discuss Franzen's life and his works, which are brilliantly satiric and deeply moving, both challenging and compelling.
Saturday, 11 a.m.–noon, Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
Claire Sawyers, director of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, will lead a walk through arboretum gardens discussing artistic garden creation and future plans for the campus. Meet at the Scott Arboretum office entrance garden. Enjoy the unfolding of spring as you stroll through campus.
Saturday, 1–2:30 p.m., depart from the Scott Arboretum Office entrance
Take a backstage tour with Jim Murphy, managing director of the Eugene M. and Theresa Lang Performing Arts Center, for an insider's look at the technology and facilities that support Swarthmore arts events. Meet in Lang Performing Arts Center lobby. Tickets (reserved in advance) are required.
Saturday 10–11 a.m., depart from the Lang Performing Arts Center Lobby
Professor of English Literature and Crum Woods Stewardship Committee member Elizabeth Bolton will lead a tour for the Crum Woods and give a talk about her teaching and student projects there as well as the plants, wildlife, and ecology of the area. The Crum Woods encompass 220 acres of mostly forested land straddling the Crum Creek. Note: Sections of this tour will cover rough, uneven, wooded terrain. Sturdy shoes and long pants are recommended.
Saturday, 9:30–11 a.m., depart from the Scott Arboretum office entrance