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Swarthmore Offers Education Program for Adult Learners

For Immediate Release: December 11, 2006
Contact:  Alisa Giardinelli    

Swarthmore Offers Education Program
for Adult Learners

Swarthmore is again offering courses for adult learners this spring.  The College's program — Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore — is designed for alumni and other adults who are interested in a serious liberal arts experience.

The courses offered for the Spring 2007 semester will be taught by some of Swarthmore's most distinguished professors beginning in February.  They are:

  • Behavioral Economics 
  • The Russian Short Story 

Each course meets on campus once a week on a weekday evening and runs for eight weeks. Students do not receive grades or academic credit.

Gil Rose, the Susan Lippincott Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages at Swarthmore and the founder and director of Lifelong Learning, says Swarthmore's program is significantly different from other adult and distance-education programs offered by numerous other schools.

"Adult students in Lifelong Learning will have an experience that closely resembles that of Swarthmore undergraduates," says Rose, a classics scholar.  "Classes will be limited in size and taught by senior Swarthmore faculty.  The students will have an intensive discussion-oriented experience in the true Swarthmore liberal arts tradition."

For more information, call 610-328-8696 or visit the Swarthmore web site at




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