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  • Schwartz, Barry, 1946- (Swarthmore College, 2004-03-03)
    Americans value freedom of choice perhaps above all else, but as choices increase, they can be transformed from instruments of freedom into instruments of tyranny, threatening happiness, well-being, self-esteem, and optimism. ...
  • Wallace, Mark I., 1956- (Swarthmore College, 2005-10-05)
    The thesis for this talk is borrowed from Mark Wallace's recent book, Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit, Nature (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005). His case is that the environmental crisis today is a ...
  • Eldridge, Richard Thomas, 1953- (Swarthmore College, 2006-01-25)
    Serious literary fictional narratives seem important; they have a significant place in university curricula. But why are they important? And what makes them serious and literary, as opposed to or in addition to just fictional ...
  • Lakey, George (Swarthmore College, 2007-03-29)
    "We live in a breakthrough period for 'nonviolent struggle,' when pro-democracy movements are using it to overthrow dictators and human rights advocates are using it to save lives during civil unrest," Lakey says. "My ...
  • Durgin, Frank H. (Swarthmore College, 2007-04-10)
    What is perception for? Here Frank Durgin argues that perceptual systems work very hard to improve the precision of perceptual discrimination -- to the point that the metric accuracy of perception is often sacrificed in ...
  • Baker, Alan Richard, 1969- (Swarthmore College, 2007-11)
    "Philosophers have traditionally classified mathematical knowledge as 'a priori' and scientific knowledge as 'a posteriori,'" Baler says. "In other words, mathematics can be done without leaving one's armchair, while physics ...
  • Ghannam, Farha, 1963- (Swarthmore College, 2008-04-08)
    What defines a "good death?" What happens when a young person dies suddenly? How do mothers, fathers, and siblings make sense of the unexpected passing away of a son or a brother? What discourses do people draw on to explain ...
  • Lakey, George (Swarthmore College, 2008-11-17)
    Now that the next U.S. President is known, what are some options for people who want major change in national policies both domestic and foreign, in the direction of justice, peace, and environmental sustainability? Visiting ...
  • Schwartz, Barry, 1946- (Swarthmore College, 2009-04)
    For a generation, the United States, along with most of the West, was in the thrall of an ideology that asserted that the magic of market competition held the solution to every problem. But even the father of modern ...
  • Zentella, Ana Celia (Swarthmore College, 2009-10-07)
    Ana Celia Zentella, Lang Visiting Professor of Social Change, is a recognized leader in building appreciation for language diversity and respect for language rights. Her research shows that fluency in Spanish and English ...
  • Sakomura, Tomoko (Swarthmore College, 2010-09-29)
    Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Tomoko Sakomura examines a pair of 17th-century Japanese folding screens and the imaginary portraits of 36 "immortal poets." These portraits have long had a place within the visual ...
  • Seneviratne, Sudharshan (Swarthmore College, 2010-12-08)
    Visiting Cornell Professor Sudharshan Seneviratne draws on his scholarly work and work as Director General of the UNESCO Central Cultural Fund to present a visual history of Sri Lanka. His work examines how the island ...
  • Eldridge, Richard Thomas, 1953- (Swarthmore College, 2011-02-03)
    Professor of Philosophy Richard Eldridge takes up the following questions in this talk: 1) How do historical narratives explain events and provide understanding? 2) What is the role of political ideals in the framing of ...
  • Al-Jamil, Tariq (Swarthmore College, 2011-04-07)
    In this talk, Assistant Professor of Religion Tariq al-Jamil explores the bodily practices and social behaviors associated with religious dissimulation - known as "taqiyya,” a practice in which a Shi’ite can lie about their ...
  • Anderson, Nathalie, 1948- (Swarthmore College, 2011-09-05)
    "I think every book of poems tells a story," says Professor of English Literature Nathalie Anderson. Here, she reads (5:10) from Quiver, her latest collection. "I think of this one as balanced between loss and consolation," ...
  • Blanchard, Jean-Vincent, 1967- (Swarthmore College, 2011-10-20)
    Associate Professor of French Jean-Vincent Blanchard examines one of the arguably most important figures of modern France. For his talk, Blanchard draws on his research for Éminence: Cardinal Richelieu and the Rise of ...
  • Reeves, Keith (Swarthmore College, 2011-10-21)
    The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and other civil rights activists were imprisoned countless times as part of a deliberate strategy to harass and intimidate them. In 1954, there were just 98,000 Blacks incarcerated in ...
  • Rehak, Bob (Robert John) (Swarthmore College, 2012-01-26)
  • Bronchetti, Erin Todd (Swarthmore College, 2012-09-06)
    Children in immigrant families are one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population and are disproportionately represented among the poor and uninsured. Rules regarding their eligibility for public health insurance ...
  • Schofield, Lynne Steuerle (Swarthmore College, 2012-10-09)
    Prof. Lynne Schofield's talk examines public reaction to the proposed changes to Pennsylvania's K-12 high-stakes assessment policy. She and her students examine the characteristics of different school districts, individuals' ...

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