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SwatTalks is an Alumni Council initiative to engage the broader Swarthmore community in free, virtual seminars featuring professors, students, and alumni excelling in their fields and sharing their knowledge and experience. Each seminar lasts one hour and is available to Swarthmore alumni and current parents around the world through Zoom webinar technology. SwatTalks sessions will be recorded as permitted by the presenters.


Upcoming SwatTalks

  • Thursday, November 5th, at 8pm eastern time -- a tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This talk features Jed Rakoff '64, Phil Weiser '90, and Andrea Young '76. Register here.

  • Wednesday, November 18th, at 8pm eastern time. The Racial Justice Series continues with "The Power Behind the Count: The Census & Representation" featuring Hansi Lo Wang '09. Register here.

  • Planning for additional SwatTalks is underway. In the meantime, watch recordings of past SwatTalks or check out the new SwatTalk Shorts series.

Each SwatTalk will have a unique registration (see above) and reminders about upcoming talks will be sent the day of. After registering for a SwatTalk, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Questions & Speaker Recommendations

If you have a disability and would like to request specific accommodations or other assistance to participate SwatTalks, please contact us in advance at or 610-328-8009. If webinars are permitted to be recorded, they will be made available on the SwatTalks recordings page at a later time.

For questions, please email Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Engagement Lisa Shafer: To suggest a future panelist, please use our recommendation form. If you have any technical difficulties with Zoom, please contact