Initiatives for 2016-2017

Barry Schwartz

Psychologist Barry Schwartz joined the Aydelotte Foundation's Book Club discussion of his book Why We Work.

Faculty Dinner Discussions

“I just wanted to thank you for organizing this really fantastic event. I deeply appreciated the opportunity to get to know my colleagues outside of the natural sciences and to discuss such a substantive and fascinating topic.” — 2016 Dinner Guest

The Aydelotte Foundation is excited to bring back an initiative that helps faculty get to know their colleagues’ scholarly work more deeply. Convened by Associate Professor Grace Ledbetter (Classics and Philosophy), Aydelotte Foundation Faculty Dinner Discussions occur several times over the course of each semester. At these dinners, a small group of faculty gather to discuss a short piece of published work by a colleague. Dinner conversation encompasses a brief presentation of the work by the featured author and also questions posed by the group. This is a dinner-party, Swarthmore-style.

Faculty Pedagogy Seminar

Like the inaugural 2014-15 pedagogy seminar, these upcoming sessions will bring together 12 faculty members from different disciplines to work in pairs to observe, discuss and refine one another’s teaching strategies. Co-convened by Professors Betsy Bolton (English Literature) and Sara Hiebert Burch (Biology), the pedagogy seminar will once again focus on learning through observation, peer coaching and reflective practice. Members of the seminar will form a small intentional community, dedicated to helping one another flourish as teachers and learners. Part of the communal quest for meaning will involve describing together some of the ways critical thinking and knowledge design can be nurtured and learned.

Higher Ed Coffee Hour

The Aydelotte Foundation invites faculty and staff to join us several times over the course of the year for coffee, donuts and a discussion of current issues in higher education. We want to know — What are you reading and thinking about? Which higher ed issues are you finding interesting? The series is co-convened by Professor Eric Jensen (Director, Aydelotte Foundation) and Peggy Seiden (College Librarian).

Second Tuesday Cafes: 2016 Presidential Election & Its Significance

“An excellent job has been done with taking subject matter and making it interesting and understandable to a diverse audience. This recognition of the diverse makeup of our community makes it a welcoming atmosphere.” — Second Tuesday Cafe Attendee

Faculty and staff are invited to come together for a light lunch and some learning. The Foundation’s popular monthly cafe series returns — this time with a focus on the 2016 presidential election. Co-convened by Carol Nackenoff (Professor, Political Science) and Sa’ed Atshan (Visiting Assistant Professor, Peace & Conflict Studies), 2016-17 cafes will provide interdisciplinary perspectives on critical issues underlying the campaign, and the likely consequences of the election on domestic and foreign affairs. Topics may include prospects for Supreme Court appointments and decisions; the debate over climate change and movements for climate justice; economic insecurity, growing inequality, political frustration and the Trump phenomenon; American conservatism today; issues of race, gender and LGBT rights; the meaning of the election in and for the Middle East; and the relationship between religion and politics. Listen to past cafe podcasts.