Faculty Lectures: Recent submissions

  • Berger, Ben, 1968- (Swarthmore College, 2015-03-03)
    Professors, pundits, politicians, and (college) presidents often insist that schools, including colleges, should produce better citizens. But that well-meaning insistence may be led by fuzzy thinking. Too often, proponents ...
  • Burke, Timothy, 1964- (Swarthmore College, 2015-02-10)
    Counterfactuals are studies of might-have-beens, events that could have happened. Counterfactual thinking has an important place in human cognition and behavior and is accordingly studied by some psychologists. There are ...
  • Kuperberg, Mark, 1950- (Swarthmore College, 2014-11-11)
    While economists are not that good at forecasting, it is, nevertheless, useful to think about what economics has to say about our future. Are elite colleges pricing themselves out of the market? Will for profit colleges ...
  • Song, Eric B., 1979- (Swarthmore College, 2014-11-01)
    In Paradise Lost, John Milton transforms the stuff of epic poetry: conjugal love is described as more heroic than valor or conquest. Influential literary histories have cited Milton's poem as a cultural innovation that ...
  • Schwartz, Barry, 1946- (Swarthmore College, 2014-10-07)
    "Why?" Some Puzzles of Motivation -- It is only logical that if people already have one reason to do something, and you give them a second reason to do that thing, their commitment will be greater, their effort will be ...
  • Tierney, Dominic, 1977- (Swarthmore College, 2014-09-09)
    This year, a wave of violence has struck Ukraine, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere. Meanwhile, critics on the right have assailed Barack Obama for an overly passive and cautious response. Recently, Hillary Clinton argued ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Kuperberg, Mark, 1950- (Swarthmore College, 2014-06-07)
  • Jensen, Eric L. N. (Swarthmore College, 2014-03-04)
    Eric's talk explains what role a small telescope can play in big science, and what these new planets may help us learn about other solar systems.
  • Holliday, Alison E. (Swarthmore College, 2014-04-08)
    In this talk, Alison discusses the properties and uses of pesticides, exploring the controversies of their use. She also discusses her research on measuring the accumulation and break-down of pesticides in the environment.

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