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College Program for Adult Learners Continues This Fall

Gil Rose
Gil Rose, founder of the program

Swarthmore College is again offering courses for adult learners this fall. The College's program - Lifelong Learning at Swarthmore - is designed for alumni and other adults who are interested in an intensive liberal arts experience.

The courses offered for the Fall 2012 semester will be taught by Swarthmore professors beginning in September. They are:

  • Chaos, Fractals, and Complexity , taught by John Boccio, professor of physics  
  • The Strange Career of the Right to Vote in the U.S., taught by Rick Valelly '75, Claude C. Smith '14 Professor of Political Science
  • Unruly Passion: Eros in Classical Literature, taught in New York City by Gil Rose, Susan Lippincott Professor Emeritus of Modern and Classical Languages.


Each course meets once a week on a weekday evening and runs for eight weeks. Students do not receive grades or academic credit. The courses in NYC are open to Swarthmore alumni, adult members of their family, and friends.

Rose, 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," he says. "Classes are limited in size and taught by senior Swarthmore faculty. The students have an intensive discussion-oriented experience in the true Swarthmore liberal arts tradition."

To register or for more information, please call 610-328-8696 or visit Lifelong Learning.

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