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Released: 13-Feb-2019 10:20 AM EST
New Book from Sociologist Daniel Laurison Explores the ‘Class Ceiling’
Swarthmore College

In his new book, The Class Ceiling: Why it Pays to Be Privileged, Assistant Professor of Sociology Daniel Laurison '99 investigates the ambiguities of meritocracy in white-collar workers’ salaries in the United Kingdom.

Released: 13-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST
Microbiologist Amy Cheng Vollmer on Similarities Between Bacteria and Teenagers
Swarthmore College

Isaac H. Clothier Jr. Professor of Biology Amy Cheng Vollmer was recently a guest on Key Conversations, a podcast from the Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society that features dialogues with PBK Visiting Scholars.

Released: 8-Oct-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Political Scientist Carol Nackenoff on Fraught Consequences of Kavanaugh Confirmation
Swarthmore College

On Saturday afternoon, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 50-48 vote in the Senate, almost strictly along party lines. Marked by allegations of sexual assault and sustained partisan acrimony

Released: 2-Oct-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Economist Philip Jefferson Says to Dismantle Poverty, First Understand its Abounding Causes
Swarthmore College

Centennial Professor of Economics Philip Jefferson offers a systematic examination of the layers and roots of poverty and argues for the need to understand poverty.

Released: 15-Aug-2018 1:20 PM EDT
Physicist Tristan Smith to Explore Dark Universe with NASA Grant
Swarthmore College

Assistant Professor of Physics Tristan Smith has received a NASA grant to support his work in developing new ways to identify and measure the physics of the dark universe.

Released: 19-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Swarthmore College's Enhanced Campus Navigation System for Blind Among Most Sophisticated at U.S. Schools
Swarthmore College

Swarthmore has enhanced its campus navigation system for the blind, among the most sophisticated at colleges and universities in the country.

Released: 23-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT
Art Historian Brian Goldstein Shines Light on Overlooked Architect
Swarthmore College

A new grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago will help Assistant Professor of Art History Brian Goldstein continue his research on architecture through the lens of social and racial justice, and more specifically into the life and work of African-American architect and civil rights activist J. Max Bond, Jr.

Released: 3-May-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Decoding Extinction
Swarthmore College

A new National Science Foundation grant awarded to Professor of Statistics Steve Wang will help him, his students, and a recent alumna decode why the Earth may be entering a modern extinction.

Released: 20-Mar-2018 9:30 AM EDT
Philosopher Krista Thomason Examines the Reality of Shame in New Book
Swarthmore College

Moral philosophers are in agreement that shame is a natural and valuable emotion that occurs most often when someone does not live up to their ideals or standards.

Released: 14-Feb-2018 1:05 PM EST
Students Help Organize Event to Support Persons with Disabilities
Swarthmore College

During the first week of spring semester, a group of Swarthmore students used putt-putt golf and animal fun to help raise close to $11,000 for local persons with disabilities.

Released: 7-Dec-2017 4:20 PM EST
Watch: MAD Magazine Donation Honors Alum's Love of Laughs
Swarthmore College

As a part-time librarian while at Swarthmore, David Peele ’50 saw volumes of dusty old books — and mischievous opportunity.

Released: 1-Sep-2017 11:35 AM EDT
Political Scientist Rick Valelly '75 on Honoring Reconstruction
Swarthmore College

Given the sheer number of Confederate memorials, there is bound to be another shocking flashpoint of the kind that rocked Charlottesville and the nation. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee have vanished from Baltimore and New Orleans. Chief Justice Roger Taney, who authored the truly infamous part of the Dred Scott decision, is gone from Annapolis. So many have come down—or are up for possible removal—that The New York Times posted an interactive map to chart them all.

Released: 11-Jul-2017 9:00 AM EDT
Everything Old (English) Is New Again
Swarthmore College

When Craig Williamson made the decision to tackle something no one else had ever done before—translate every known Old English poem into modern alliterative, strong-stress verse—he faced two fears. The first was that someone else would beat him to it.

Released: 11-Jul-2017 8:50 AM EDT
Urban Land Institute Honors College Inn, Restaurant Project
Swarthmore College

This month, the Philadelphia chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) honored Swarthmore for its Town Center West project.

Released: 25-May-2017 9:20 AM EDT
More Than 40 Years After First Arriving at Swarthmore, Charles "Kip" Davis '75 to Graduate
Swarthmore College

Charles “Kip” Davis, who left Swarthmore in 1975 just shy of a degree, has had a mantra throughout the past year. “If not now, when?”

Released: 18-Apr-2017 10:30 AM EDT
Why Swarthmore Supports Putting a Price on Carbon Pollution
Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College is leading the effort among colleges and universities to support carbon pricing as a matter of policy.

Released: 11-Apr-2017 11:20 AM EDT
Miriam Pierson '18 and Nathaniel Urban '18 Win National Debate Tournament
Swarthmore College

When Miriam Pierson ’18 and Nathaniel Urban ’18 heard their topic — the filibustering of Supreme Court nominees — for the finals of the Stanford Debate Tournament, they smiled. Some of their friends burst out laughing.

Released: 27-Feb-2017 11:05 AM EST
Swarthmore Among Top Producers of Fulbright Winners
Swarthmore College

Swarthmore is once again among top producers of Fulbright winners in the U.S. this year, with three graduating seniors and an alumna receiving the honor last year through the College and another alumnus receiving the grant independently as an at-large candidate.

Released: 6-Feb-2017 8:30 AM EST
Swarthmore College Names 2017 Honorary Degree Recipients
Swarthmore College

President Valerie Smith will award honorary degrees to film producer and journalist David Gelber ’63, philanthropist John Goldman '71, and actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith at the 145th commencement on May 21, 2017. In addition, approximately 350 undergraduates will receive degrees at the ceremony in Scott Amphitheater.