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SwatTalks Recordings

SwatTalk sessions are recorded as permitted by the presenters. 

Watch: "How Swarthmore Realized Its Hoop Dreams"

with Head Men's Basketball Coach Landry Kosmalski

Watch: "Killers of the Flower Moon and the Importance of Strong Native Nation Governments"

with Miriam Jorgensen '87

Watch: "The Politics of Transgender Health"

with Kellan Baker '04

Watch: "What Wildflowers and Bees in a Rocky Mountain Valley Can Teach Us About Climate Change"

with Brian Inouye '91

Watch: "The Republican Party and the Authoritarian Threat"

with William Saletan '87

Watch: "Anti-Globalism, Then and Now"

with Tara Zahra '98

Watch: "Sunrise from the West: California and the Clean Energy Future"

with David Hochschild '93

Watch: "The Fight for Academic Freedom in Florida and Beyond"

with Miriam Wallace '84

Watch: "The Oscars and the Future of Film"

with Ben Fritz '99

Watch: "The Role of Juries in Social Change"

with Sonali Chakravarti '00

Watch: "Avatar: The Way of Water" A Conversation About Acting, Filmmaking, and Criticism

with Stephen Lang '73

Watch: "The 2022 Midterms and the State of American Democracy"

with Arlie Hochschild '62, H'93

Watch: "Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts"

with Rebecca Hall '85

Watch: "Seven Months of War in Ukraine: Reflecting on Race, Gender, and Sexuality" SwatTalk

with Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon '12 and Professor of Russian Sibelan Forrester

2021–22 SwatTalks

Watch: "Climate Outrage & Climate Optimism: Swarthmore and the World" SwatTalk

with Christiana Figueres '79

Watch: "A Conversation with Two Guggenheim Fellows" SwatTalk

"Laments, Loss, the Black West, and Reimagining a Father's Photographs"

with Professor Steven Hopkins and Associate Professor Ron Tarver

Watch: "Filmmaking and 'The Young Wife'" SwatTalk

with Tayarisha Poe '12

Watch: "The Natural Mother of the Child" SwatTalk

with Krys Malcolm Belc '09

Request: "Crossroads with Jonathan Franzen '81"

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Watch: "Storming Democracy: Two Journeys on Jan. 6" SwatTalk

featuring Alex Friedfeld '12 with Jamie Stiehm '82

Watch: "Two Poets and the Extended Elegy" SwatTalk

with Octavio González '97 and Julia Bouwsma '02

Watch: “Making a Home While Invisible: A Conversation about an Undocumented Childhood” SwatTalk

with Qian Julie Wang ’09, author of “Beautiful Country”

Watch: “A Human Affair: James Baldwin’s Philosophy of Optimism and Active Love” SwatTalk

with Paul Cato ’14, doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago

Watch: “From the Big Bang to 30 Trillion Networked Computers (That's You!!!)" SwatTalk

with John Mather ’68, H'94, NASA's senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope

2020-21 SwatTalks

Watch: “Pride Month: The 25-Year Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage” SwatTalk

with Sasha Issenberg ’02, journalist, author, and professor of political science

Watch: “Impact Investing for Social Change” SwatTalk

with Morgan Simon ’04, founding partner of Candide Group

Watch: “The Nation and Reflections on the Politics of U.S. Foreign Intervention” SwatTalk

with Roane Carey ’82, former managing editor of The Nation

Watch: “Will America See Another 'Upswing'?” SwatTalk

with Robert Putnam ’63, Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University

Watch: “Religion in America's Story of Racial Justice” 

with Shreena Gandhi ’01, professor of religious studies at Michigan State University, and Cheryl Sanders ’74, professor of Christian ethics at Howard University and senior pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C. This SwatTalk is part of the Racial Justice Series.

Watch: “Health Policy, Ethics, and Equity”

with Carolyn Rouse '87, professor and chair of the department of anthropology at Princeton University, and Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young '04, assistant professor of public health at the University of California, Merced. This SwatTalk is part of the Racial Justice Series.

Watch: “Unlearning our Learning: Challenges, Change, & Future Directions for Equity and Justice in Education” 

with Chris Edley ’73, president of The Opportunity Institute, and Jonathan Glater ’93, professor of law at UCLA School of Law. This SwatTalk is part of the Racial Justice Series.

Watch: “Interrupting the Impact of Racism on Health”

with Miriam Zoila Pérez ’06, writer, speaker, and activist. This SwatTalk is part of the Racial Justice Series.

Watch: "The Power Behind the Count: The Census & Representation"

with reporter Hansi Lo Wang ’09. This SwatTalk is part of the Racial Justice Series.

Watch: "Remembering RBG: Her Life & Legacy" SwatTalk

with Jed Rakoff ’64, Andrea Young ’76, and Phil Weiser ’90

Watch: "Racial Justice: Activism & Art" SwatTalk

with Audrey Chan ’04. This SwatTalk is part of the Racial Justice Series.

Watch: "Motherhood, Caregiving, and Storytelling" SwatTalk

with author Maya Shanbhag Lang '00

Watch: “The Arc of Suffrage: from Lucretia Mott to Alice Paul” SwatTalk

with Jamie Stiehm ’82, columnist

Watch: “Mass Incarceration and the Pandemic: A Perfect Storm” SwatTalk

with Judge Jed Rakoff ’64, H'03

Watch: "Documenting a Champion of Social Justice" SwatTalk

with Dawn Porter '88, filmmaker and producer

Watch: "Being a Black Police Officer" SwatTalk

with Sanjay Richards '04, New York police officer

Watch: "Louis Armstrong Made America Great...But We Still Can't Breathe" SwatTalk

with John Alston H'15, executive and artistic director of the Chester Children's Chorus

2019–20 SwatTalks 

Watch "Learning with Pride: Cultivating a Culture of Equity and Success in Schools" SwatTalk

with Sable Mensah '11, Founder and CEO of Equitable Outcomes, LLC

Watch "Recruiting the Class of 2024 in the Time of COVID and the Future of Admissions" SwatTalk

with Jim Bock '90, Vice President and Dean of Admissions

Watch "US Politics in 2020" SwatTalk

with Michael Dukakis '55, Carl Levin '56, and Chris Van Hollen '83. Moderated by Richter Professor of Political Science Carol Nackenoff.

Watch "The Gut Microbiome: How the Host and Microbial Communities Influence Each Other"

with Amy Vollmer, Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor of Biology

Watch "The Response to COVID-19: A Global Health Perspective"

with David Kaufman ’94, head of Translational Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute

Watch "Disaster Economics — Getting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic"

with Dean Baker '81, senior economist for Center for Economic and Policy Research

Watch "Biomedical Research and the NIH in the Age of COVID-19"

with Jon Lorsch '90, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Watch "Economic Espionage: A New National Security Threat?"

with Mara Hvistendahl '02, writer

Watch "Crisis Management 101"

with Davia Temin '74, president & CEO of Temin & Company, Inc.

Watch "Housing Is Healthcare, Homeless Solutions"

with Josh Green ’92, Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii

Watch "The Importance of a Learning Mindset"

with Phil Weiser '90, Colorado Attorney General

Watch "Budget Essentials"

with Greg Brown, Vice President for Finance and Administration


2018–19 SwatTalks

"Getting Green Done: President's Sustainability Research Fellowship Program"

with Professor of Sociology Joy Charlton and Director of Sustainability Aurora Winslade. A video recording and transcript of this SwatTalk is not available, but you may view the presentation slides here.

Watch "Environmental Justice and Education" SwatTalk

with Assistant Professor of Educational Studies Edwin Mayorga and Sustainability Program Manager Melissa Tier ’14

Watch "Energy, Decarbonization, and the Carbon Charge" SwatTalk

with Professor of English Literature Betsy Bolton and Climate Action Senior Fellow Nathan Graf ’16 

Watch "Denying Refuge: Refugee and Asylum Policies Under the Trump Administration"

with Alex Aleinikoff '74

Watch "On Nonviolent Civil Resistance"

with Associate Professor of Sociology Lee Smithey and Thomas McGovern ’17