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Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium

Since 2017, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility has sponsored an annual symposium on the topic of engaged scholarship. These symposia are designed to educate, support, and foster a community around engaged scholarship at Swarthmore College and beyond. 

REGISTER NOW: 8th Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium | April 16-18, 2024 


Engaged Scholarship Symposium Poster - Curriculum, Community, Campus


Session ONE: Where We Go From Here: A Conversation With Emerging Scholars
April 16, Noon - 1:30 PM EST | Collaboration with Campus Compact
Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholars’ Initiative is a one-year, cohort-based leadership and professional development program designed to create a community with an intentionally diverse set of early career faculty and staff while strengthening their community-engaged scholarship. Join us for a conversation with a panel of these scholars as they talk about their experiences as practitioner-scholars and how they plan to lead change within their institutions and communities.


Session TWO: Making Our Work Public
April 17, Noon - 1:30 PM EST | Collaboration with Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)

In collaboration with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), this session highlights approaches to 'Making Our Work Public,' bringing together the University of South Carolina Upstate, Indiana University, and Towson University. During the session, each institution will share its unique strategies for enhancing public engagement and scholarship accessibility, from storytelling and celebrating community partnerships to making scholarly work resonate with wider audiences and embedding public scholarship within academic initiatives. 

SESSION THREE: Innovations in Engaged Scholarship
April 18, Noon - 1:30 PM EST | Collaboration with Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC)

This session brings together institutions from the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) network to highlight diverse innovations and innovative practices in engaged scholarship, highlighting key insights and exemplary practices. The goal is to shed light on the various pathways through which institutions advance engaged scholarship, sharing transformative strategies, lessons learned, and effective models.

Past Symposia

  • 7th Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium (April 25 - 27, 2023, online) | Session Recordings 
    • April 25, Noon - 1:30 pm | Equity and Engaged Scholarship | Collaboration with Campus Compact, featuring Drexel University, Mohave Community College, University of Nebraska - Omaha, and Swarthmore College
    • April 26, Noon - 1:30 pm | The Role of Engaged Scholarship at Anchor Institutions in an Era of Uncertainty | Collaboration with Partners for Campus-Community Engagement, featuring SUNY Buffalo State, Gannon University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, University of Pittsburgh, and Swarthmore College
    • April 27, Noon - 1:30 pm | Innovations in Engaged Scholarship | Collaboration with Engagement Scholarship Consortium, featuring University of Alabama, Michigan State University, and Swarthmore College.
  • 6th Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium (April 11-13, 2022, online)   
    • April 11, Noon-1:30pm — Place-Based Community Engagement | Participating institutions: Pennsylvania College of Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Swarthmore College | Watch the video
    • April 12, Noon-1:30pm — Faculty-Led Innovations in Engaged Scholarship | Participating institutions: Cornell University, Penn State University, Swarthmore College | Watch the video
    • April 13, Noon-1:30pm— Decolonization and Indigenous Knowledges | Participating institutions: Blackfeet Community College, University of Kansas, Swarthmore College | Watch the video 
  • 5th Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium (March 16-18, 2021, online)
    • This virtual symposium created a space to share national examples of and approaches to Engaged Scholarship, particularly the innovations and adaptations that emerged as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Participating institutions included Brown University, Duke University, Miami Dade College, Portland State University, University of San Diego, and Tulane University. View the full program and recordings. 
  • Engaging Philadelphia through Scholarship & Teaching (February 7, 2020 @ Philadelphia City Hall) 

    • Featuring faculty from Swarthmore College and St. Joseph's University and community leaders from Serenity House and Face-to-Face. This event was co-sponsored by St. Joseph's University and made possible in part through the generosity of the Board of Campus Compact New York and Pennsylvania and the Mayor's Office of Philadelphia. 

  • 3rd Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium (February 20, 2019)
    • Keynote: Senior Editor at the University Chicago Press, Elizabeth Branch Dyson, "How Ideas Gain Traction: The Book as Engaged Scholarship" 
  • Engaged Scholarship for the Public Good: Building Diverse Constituencies (February 21, 2018) 
  • Envisioning Public/Engaged Scholarship at Swarthmore (February 3, 2017)