January 29th, 2016
In this lecture, Cholbi, a philosophy professor at California State Polytechnic University, discusses the distinctive value of self-knowledge. Read More: Listen: Michael Cholbi '94 on Achieving Self-Knowledge
January 27th, 2016
Bioanalytical chemist Nelson makes the case for the accurate measurement of oxidatively induced DNA damage, which potentially will allow us to understand the biological consequences of these interactions. Read More: Listen: Chemist Bryant Nelson on NanoGenotoxicology
December 11th, 2015
In this talk, Karnad describes the process of historical research that informed his writing, as well as the events that led him to undertake his project. Read More: Listen: Raghu Karnad '05 on "The Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War"
November 5th, 2015
Rosen focuses on the comic drama of Classical Athens, a genre often described as "popular," and argues that the basic aesthetic and socio-cultural dynamics underlying our own theorizing of the "popular" were also operative in strikingly similar ways in Classical antiquity. Read More: Listen: Classicist Ralph Rosen '77 on Greek Comedy, Aesthetics, and 'Popular' Culture
October 27th, 2015
The economist, author, and public educator discusses climate protection. Read More: Listen: Economist Eban Goodstein on Climate Protection
October 23rd, 2015
Park returned to campus to read from Re Jane, a Korean-American retelling of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. Read More: Listen: Patricia Park '03 Reads from Her Acclaimed Debut Novel
Listen: Mathematician Jordan Ellenberg on "Uncertainty and Contradiction: Mathematics in the Liberal Arts"
July 6th, 2015
Ellenberg argues that thinking like a mathematician is especially useful in domains of uncertainty, ambiguity, and apparent paradox. Read More: Listen: Mathematician Jordan Ellenberg on "Uncertainty and Contradiction: Mathematics in the Liberal Arts"
June 4th, 2015
Schenwar is the editor-in-chief of truth-out.org and the author of a new book which depicts the shortcomings of America’s prison system through stories of prisoners and their families. Read More: Listen: Maya Schenwar ’05 on Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better
May 8th, 2015
Gardner, an international economist at the IMF, presents a narrative of the Euro Area crisis and its ongoing resolution for the 2015 Bernie Saffran Lecture. Read More: Listen: Edward Gardner '81 on "The Euro Area and the Perils of Monetary Union"
April 7th, 2015
Stiehm '82 discusses Paul, a member of the Class of 1905 and one of Swarthmore’s most influential alums. Read More: Listen: Author Jamie Stiehm '82 on "Alice Paul and the Woman's Suffrage Movement"
Engineer Francisco Valero-Cuevas '88 on "Neuromechanics: What Control Problem Does a Biological Brain Face When Controlling a Mechanical Body?"
April 3rd, 2015
Taking an approach based on mechanics, computational motor control, mathematics and pathology, Valero-Cuevas describes a perspective for the study of sensorimotor function that begins to resolve numerous paradoxes. Read More: Engineer Francisco Valero-Cuevas '88 on "Neuromechanics: What Control Problem Does a Biological Brain Face When Controlling a Mechanical Body?"
March 30th, 2015
Baum discusses the options available to institutions for promoting opportunity, the role of federal education policy, and the potential of higher education to mitigate the growing economic inequality plaguing the U.S. Read More: Listen: Economist Sandy Baum on Higher Education, Inequality, and Opportunity
Listen: Jesse Marshall '11 on "Meet Me on the Margins: Redefining Progress and Prosperity in America's Rust Belt"
March 6th, 2015
Marshall, a founding member of a nonprofit in Troy, N.Y., describes the conditions that make Troy and communities like it ripe for cooperative renaissance. Read More: Listen: Jesse Marshall '11 on "Meet Me on the Margins: Redefining Progress and Prosperity in America's Rust Belt"
March 5th, 2015
Petsko says has learned a lot about the way the world works, how science is used and misused, and what scientists need to do to become effective agents of change. Read More: Listen: Gregory Petsko on "Adventures of a Public Scientist"
February 23rd, 2015
Friedman discusses religion, secularism, and migration in a keynote address at an international conference for transnational literature and translation. Read More: Listen: Susan Stanford Friedman '65 on "Cosmopolitanism in Transnational Literary Studies"