Watch: Symposium on the Future of the Liberal Arts

This thought-provoking symposium featured alumni in higher education leadership roles, including keynote speaker Mary Schmidt Campbell '69. More

$5 Million Gift to Endow Frank Aydelotte Foundation for the Advancement of the Liberal Arts

The commitment from James '79 (center) and Anahita Naficy Lovelace will boost Swarthmore's capacity to advance liberal arts education both in the U.S. and worldwide. More

Watch: John Jackson Jr. on Practicing Impolite Conversations

The four-part series Critical Examinations of Community concluded with a public lecture, Practicing Impolite Conversations: Talking About Race, Religion, Politics, and Everything Else, featuring cultural anthropologist and documentary filmmaker John Jackson, Jr.  More

Our Mission

The mission of the Frank Aydelotte Foundation for the Advancement of the Liberal Arts (formerly known as the Institute for the Liberal Arts) is to inspire the quality and inventiveness of Swarthmore College’s liberal arts practices and to promote the understanding of the Liberal Arts in higher education, throughout society and around the world.

What We Do

Established in 2012, the Aydelotte Foundation draws on Swarthmore College’s reputation for innovation and tradition. The Foundation is designed to support the investigation of the perennial questions and great issues that form the heart of a liberal arts education through fostering rigorous and creative conversation, experimentation and scholarly work. The Foundation also works to advance liberal arts education by bringing together resources from across Swarthmore College with those from around the world.

We do this through programs for faculty, staff, students and the public at large that celebrate the spirit of free inquiry and expand the conversation. Programs such as our seminars for faculty members, public symposia on issues of importance to the higher education sector, innovation grants, and reading-discussion groups for the College community all contribute toward the raising of the liberal arts flag.