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Sociologist Daniel Laurison ’99 Named 2021-22 Andrew Carnegie Fellow

April 28th, 2021

Assistant Professor of Sociology Daniel Laurison ’99 is among the 26 humanities and social science scholars awarded the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to study the most enduring issues in American society. Nominated by President Valerie Smith, the $200,000 award will allow Laurison to continue his work examining class inequality in political participation.

K David Harrison

Linguists K. David Harrison and Robbie Hart ’04 Named to Explorers Club 50

March 11th, 2021

Now colleagues, Harrison and Hart are both included on the inaugural list of the Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World the World Needs to Know About.

Rachel Sagner Buurma '99

Uncovering the History of Innovative Teaching of Literature in Higher Ed

February 15th, 2021

In their book, The Teaching Archive: A New History For Literary Study, Associate Professor of English Literature, Rachel Sagner Buurma ‘99 and her co-author tell a new story about how literature was taught at colleges and universities in the 20th century.

Marcella Nunez-Smith '96

Marcella Nunez-Smith ’96 Named Co-Chair Of COVID-19 Task Force

November 9th, 2020

Marcella Nunez-Smith ’96 is one of three co-chairs on President-elect Joe Biden’s Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, which will advise the incoming administration as it develops a federal response to the pandemic.

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Two Swarthmore Alumni Celebrated as Part of 2020 Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Food Program

October 16th, 2020

Two Swarthmore alumni, Allison Oman Lawi ’91 and Andrea Stoutland '83, shared in the recognition of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) last week as the world’s largest hunger-fighting organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020.

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Watch: Political Scientist Brendan Nyhan '00 Ponders the State of American Democracy

October 9th, 2020

Drawing from expert surveys , Nyhan presents research on the state of American democracy and assesses the extent to which the protections in the Constitution are preventing erosion in performance on key democratic principles and norms.

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An "Equal Suffrage College": How Swarthmore Alumni Fought for the 19th Amendment

August 17th, 2020

This year marks a century since the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was adopted in August 1920. It passed in no small part due to one of Swarthmore’s most famous alumni, Alice Paul, Class of 1905, but she didn’t do it alone.

Rebecca Castillo '20, Ariana Hoshino '20, and Isabelle Titcomb '22

The Front Lines of Change: Helping Low-Income Students Translate Their Experiences

July 21st, 2020

Rebecca Castillo ’20, Ariana Hoshino ’20, and Isabelle Titcomb ’22 are using Storyboard to help 30 seventh-graders in underserved areas of New York and Los Angeles turn their life experiences into film and photo essays.

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Sa’ed Atshan ’06 Explores Communities, Conflict, and Responsibility

July 21st, 2020

Atshan’s book The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians was co-authored by German-Israeli scholar Katharina Galor and focuses on the moral responsibility that the German state and society have toward Israelis and Palestinians in Germany today.

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Lieutenant Governor Josh Green '92 Helps Hawaii Contain Coronavirus

June 30th, 2020

Lieutenant Governor Josh Green '92 has been an instrumental part of Hawaii's successful efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus through aggressive testing and contact tracing.

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Economist Jennifer Peck ’06 Examines How COVID-19 Will Affect Colleges and Universities this Fall

June 26th, 2020

"If people are social distancing, mask-wearing, and not meeting in large groups, all these things together can keep the reproduction of the disease pretty low," Peck says.

Sonny Rollins by Leandre Jackson '75

Four Points of View: Alumni Making Art

June 25th, 2020

The new and virtual List Gallery exhibit, part of the College's year of Celebrating Black Excellence, features the work of Shameika Black '11, Harold Buchanan '69, Leandre Jackson '75, and May Thomas '76.

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Emma Ferguson '10 and Colin Schimmelfing '10 Collaborate to Bring PPE to Frontline Workers

June 10th, 2020

As part of the leadership team for Mask Match, a website that pairs donors with frontline workers in need of PPE, Ferguson and Schimmelfing have helped nearly 6,000 donors to send more than 666,000 masks to nearly 7,000 recipients.

Connie Hungerford

College Community Bids Farewell to Six Retiring Faculty Members

May 21st, 2020

These teacher-scholars, including art historian Connie Hungerford, represent the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, and have a combined 213 years of service to the College.

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NASA Names Space Telescope for Nancy Grace Roman ’46, H’76

June 10th, 2020

“It is because of Nancy Grace Roman’s leadership and vision that NASA became a pioneer in astrophysics and launched Hubble, the world’s most powerful and productive space telescope,” says Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator. The newly christened telescope will investigate the mysterious dark energy speeding up the expansion of the universe.