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Bob Barr

In Honor of Dean Emeritus of Admissions Bob Barr ’56

October 14th, 2021

"Bob devoted more than 30 years of his professional life to the College, in leadership positions in both admissions and student life," says President Valerie Smith. "He is remembered for his compassion, quiet encouragement, and support of students throughout and often after their journeys at Swarthmore."

Rebecca Castillo

Rebecca Castillo ’20 Named Lang Social Impact Fellow

October 1st, 2021

Rebecca Castillo ’20 was recently named a Lang Social Impact Fellow, a position designed to “empower scholars with their partners to engage in systems-change activities designed to close the gap between social challenges and solutions.”


Swarthmore Board of Managers Welcomes Five New Members

July 29th, 2021

The Swarthmore College Board of Managers will welcome five new members at its September meeting. The accomplished group includes Lauren Glant ’83, Edgar Lee ’98, Asahi Pompey ’94, Brian Wong ’96, and Winston Zee P’07.

Zaina Dana

Alumni Collaboration Deepens Pig Iron’s Ties to Swarthmore, Reflects Spirit of Theater Department

September 16th, 2021

Zaina Dana ’21’s Why Are You Killing Yourself? became a companion piece for the Pig Iron performance Love Unpunished due to the shared explorations of life after 9/11.

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Cooper Series Announces 2021-22 Slate of Events

September 2nd, 2021

The Cooper Series returns for the 2021-22 academic year with eight artistic events, including dance, activism, and the homecoming of a beloved theater company.

Steven Maurer

In Honor of Emeritus Mathematics Professor Steve Maurer '67

August 27th, 2021

Stephen B. Maurer ’67, the Neil R. Grabois ’57 Professor Emeritus in the Natural Sciences and Engineering, died Wednesday at age 75. With his passing, Swarthmore has lost one of its most admired and influential community members, whose impact on math education ran deep both on and off campus.

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Sorelle Friedler ’04 Joins White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

August 16th, 2021

Friedler focuses her work on the fairness and interpretability of machine learning algorithms, with applications from criminal justice to materials discovery. She will be the first person in the organization’s history with a job title focused specifically on data and democracy.

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Swarthmore and the Summer Olympics

July 23rd, 2021

Rolf Valtin ’48 is among a handful of former Swarthmore student-athletes who have competed in the Summer Games.

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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.

Brendan Nyhan

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.