Highlights of Past Initiatives

Against the Grain: Liberal Arts in the 21st Century

Reflections from Swarthmore College President Rebecca Chopp. More

The Future of the Liberal Arts, Two Panel Discussions

Twelve Swarthmore College faculty shared their thoughts on the value of the Liberal Arts and the future of the tradition Swarthmore proudly upholds.  

The Humanistic Condition, a talk by Louis Menand

Reflections on the present, recent history, and possible futures of the humanities disciplines.

Second Tuesday Science Cafe

Organized for all faculty and staff, these events are geared for individuals who have no formal science background. The only requirements are curiosity about science and a willingness to learn about new concepts. Talks will last about 35 minutes, allowing plenty of time for Q&A. More

Symposia on The Righteous Mind

Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind challenges readers to consider human nature, the origins of difference, and the potential for us to come together--across our various divides--to learn from one another. In the liberal arts tradition, his case draws from a range of academic disciplines, including biology, economics, history, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology, to answer the question, "Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion?" Four symposia, engaging faculty from across the currculum were arranged, and the final event in the series was a talk by the author. More

Thinking Fast and Slow Reading Group

A three part hosted-discussion of Daniel Kahneman's popular work. 

Visualizing Media Futures

Visualizing Media Futures explored digital media at the intersection of science and technology, art and design, humanities and the public sphere. This symposium brought together faculty, students, and alumni with innovators, educators, artists, and media professionals. More