Michael Cholbi '94

Listen: Michael Cholbi '94 on Achieving Self-Knowledge

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

Dr. Bryant Nelson

Listen: Chemist Bryant Nelson on NanoGenotoxicology

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

Raghu Karnad '05

Listen: Raghu Karnad '05 on "The Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War"

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"

Ralph Rosen

Listen: Classicist Ralph Rosen '77 on Greek Comedy, Aesthetics, and 'Popular' Culture

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

Eban Goodstein

Listen: Economist Eban Goodstein on Climate Protection

October 27th, 2015

The economist, author, and public educator discusses climate protection. Read More: Listen: Economist Eban Goodstein on Climate Protection

Patricia Park '03

Listen: Patricia Park '03 Reads from Her Acclaimed Debut Novel

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

Jordan Ellenberg

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"

Maya Schenwar '05

Listen: Maya Schenwar ’05 on Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better

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

Edward Gardner '81

Listen: Edward Gardner '81 on "The Euro Area and the Perils of Monetary Union"

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"

Jamie Stiehm '82

Listen: Author Jamie Stiehm '82 on "Alice Paul and the Woman's Suffrage Movement"

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"

Francisco Valero-Cuevas

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?"

Sandy Baum

Listen: Economist Sandy Baum on Higher Education, Inequality, and Opportunity

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

Jesse Marshall

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"

Gregory Petsko

Listen: Gregory Petsko on "Adventures of a Public Scientist"

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"

Listen: Susan Stanford Friedman '65 on "Cosmopolitanism in Transnational Literary Studies"

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"