1958 Folk Festivals
Folk music legend Odetta headlined the student-organized Swarthmore Folk Festival in 1958. Past featured performers included Leadbelly in 1946, Woody Guthrie in 1949, and Pete Seeger in 1953. The festivals were held from 1945-1967 in the spring and equally featured folksinging and folk dancing.
In 1997, Odetta returned to the College as a visiting professor of music. Her class, Music as Social History, blended folk music and discussions on how the genre makes connections among diverse peoples and societies.