Academic Life

Academic Life

Don't let the weekend go by without experiencing at least a taste of the academic life at Swarthmore. Among your options are faculty lectures and the annual McCabe Lecture.

Note: When registering you will be asked to indicate which events you plan to attend so that we may plan appropriately.

Highlights:

  • McCABE LECTURE WITH SARA LAWRENCE-LIGHTFOOT

    Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot ’66, a MacArthur prize-winning sociologist and distinguished professor of education at Harvard University, will deliver this year’s McCabe Lecture “On Goodness in Education: Disrupting the Discourse.” Lawrence-Lightfoot is the author of 10 scholarly books, several of which have garnered prestigious awards. Her many accolades include 28 honorary degrees, an endowed professorship at Swarthmore College, and an endowed chair at Harvard. 

    Saturday, 1:30 p.m. in LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre

  • FACULTY LECTURE: JEREMY LEFKOWITZ, WHO WROTE AESOP'S FABLES?

    In addition to the question posed in his title, Lefkowitz explores ways in which ideas about fable writing and archiving surface in the ancient biographical novel, The Life of Aesop.

    Saturday, 3 p.m. in Science Center 101

  • FACULTY LECTURE: THE QUEEN IS NOT A SUBJECT

    Assistant Professor of English Literature Eric Song presents "The Queen Is Not a Subject: The Politics and Theology of Edmund Spenser’s Matrimonial Poetics." Song joined the Swarthmore faculty in 2009. A specialist in early modern English literature, he teaches courses on Shakespeare, Milton, texts of exploration and conquest from Marco Polo to Robinson Crusoe, and the history of Narcissus and narcissism. He is the author of Dominion Undeserved: Milton and the Perils of Creation and has started working on a book tentatively titled Love against Substitution: The Political Theology of Conjugal Narratives in Seventeenth-Century England.

    Saturday, 3 p.m. in Science Center 199

  • PRE-MED AND PRE-LAW ADVISING TALK

    Is your student planning a career in law or medicine? Health Sciences and Prelaw Adviser Gigi Simeone will talk about applying to medical, dental, and law schools.

    Friday, 2 p.m. in LPAC Cinema

  • REFLECTIONS: CONVERSATIONS WITH STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS

    1 to 2 p.m. Study Abroad Poster Session
    2 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a slide show of study-abroad student photos and a digital story as student panelists share their study-abroad experiences. The office of Off-Campus Study staff will answer your questions about the Swarthmore Semester/Year Abroad Program. Light refreshments will be served.

    Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. at the Scott Arboretum Wister Center