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Liberal Arts in the Age of Austerity: A Conversation with Robert Meister

Liberal Arts in the Age of Austerity: A Conversation with Robert Meister

Tuesday, March 5th, 4:30-6pm Scheuer, Kohlberg Hall
Liberal Arts in the Age of Austerity: A Conversation with Robert Meister
Decentralizing online safety: The promises and perils of federated social media, featuring Yoel Roth ’11

Decentralizing online safety: The promises and perils of federated social media, featuring Yoel Roth ’11

Monday, March 4, 4:30-6pm Scheuer, Kohlberg Hall
Decentralizing online safety: The promises and perils of federated social media, featuring Yoel Roth ’11
Roderick Ferguson and Kandice Chuh in conversation on Gender & Sexuality Studies

Roderick Ferguson and Kandice Chuh in conversation on Gender & Sexuality Studies

Friday, March 1, 4:30-6pm, Scheuer, Kohlberg Hall
Roderick Ferguson and Kandice Chuh in conversation on Gender & Sexuality Studies
Spring 2024 Event Calendar

Spring 2024 Event Calendar

Upcoming Events from the Aydelotte Foundation
Spring 2024 Event Calendar
Media, Technology, and the Liberal Arts with Chris Gilliard, John Marx, and Shannon Mattern

Media, Technology, and the Liberal Arts with Chris Gilliard, John Marx, and Shannon Mattern

Thursday, February 1, 4:30-6pm, SC 199, Cuniff Hall
Media, Technology, and the Liberal Arts with Chris Gilliard, John Marx, and Shannon Mattern
Projects + Programs
Race, Racism, and the Liberal Arts

We are investigating and assembling work on underrepresented histories of how Black people, institutions, and ideas have existed outside of, pushed against, or reshaped from within the ideas and institutions of the liberal arts.

Race, Racism, and the Liberal Arts
Podalot – The Aydelotte Podcast

Podalot is the podcast of the Aydelotte Foundation at Swarthmore College, an interdisciplinary research center that supports the creation and dissemination of knowledge about liberal arts education as it exists across the broadest possible range of contexts and institutions.

Podalot – The Aydelotte Podcast
Scholarly Promotion

The Aydelotte Foundation and Swarthmore College Libraries can help you plan a launch event for the Swarthmore community, your extended disciplinary interlocutors, and/or the wider public. 

Scholarly Promotion
Interdisciplinary Initiatives Development Grant

This grant program offers funding for interdisciplinary programs and departments to research, develop, and strengthen interdisciplinary curricula within their unit and/or across the College.

Interdisciplinary Initiatives Development Grant
Courses

Courses and the curriculum as a whole are at the heart of the Aydelotte Foundation’s mission.

Courses
Curricular Grants

Curricular Grants support Swarthmore faculty developing assignments, projects, or entire courses that include research, writing, discussion, and reflection on topics related to the history, present, and future of liberal arts and/or higher education.

Curricular Grants
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Are you publishing a new book or other significant work?  Read how the Aydelotte Foundation and Swarthmore Libraries can support a launch event.

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Events
Friday, March 1, 2024, 4:30 – 6pm 

Roderick Ferguson and Kandice Chuh in conversation on Gender & Sexuality Studies

Kohlberg Hall Scheuer Room - Multi-Purpose Room

The Aydelotte Foundation at Swarthmore is pleased to invite you to a conversation with Kandice Chuh and Roderick Ferguson. They will discuss and contextualize the recent attacks on the discipline of Gender and Sexuality Studies by turning to the history of the field’s emergence within and beyond academia. Dahlia Li, Visiting Assistant Professor in Gender and Sexuality Studies, will moderate the conversation.

The event will be held on Friday, March 1 at 4:30pm ET in the Scheuer Room at Swarthmore. It is open to all in the Tri-Co community and to the public. This event may be attended in-person or on Zoom.

To register on Zoom: bit.ly/ferguson-chuh

The event is part of the Aydelotte Foundation’s project on “Race, Racism, and the Liberal Arts.” This project assembles work on underrepresented histories of how people, institutions, and ideas have existed outside of, pushed against, or reshaped from within the ideas and institutions of the liberal arts. It also investigates and recounts curricular, epistemological, and institutional genealogies that challenge how or whether the term liberal arts has silenced histories and ways of knowing developed by Black people, indigenous people, and people of color. 

More information about the featured speakers can be found below. Please visit our website for updates on this research initiative, including additional events and publications.

Kandice Chuh is professor in the Ph.D. program in English, a core member of the Mellon Committee on Globalization and Social Change, as well as a member of the faculties of Africana studies, American Studies, Liberal Studies, and Critical Social Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. The author of The Difference Aesthetics Makes: On the humanities ‘after Man,’ (2019), the winner of the 2021 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities and Cultural Studies: Multidisciplinary Approaches, Chuh is also author of Imagine Otherwise: On Asian Americanist Critique (2003), which won the ASA’s Lora Romero Book Award in 2004. Chuh is coeditor, with Karen Shimakawa, of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (2001), and has published in such venues as Public Culture, American Literary History, Social Text, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. 

Roderick Ferguson is William Robertson Coe professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and professor of American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of One-Dimensional Queer (Polity, 2019), We Demand: The University and Student Protests (University of California, 2017), The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference (University of Minnesota, 2012), and Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (University of Minnesota, 2004). He is the co-editor with Grace Hong of the anthology Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University, 2011). He is also co-editor with Erica Edwards and Jeffrey Ogbar of Keywords of African American Studies (NYU, 2018). He is currently working on two monographs—The Arts of Black Studies and The Bookshop of Black Queer Diaspora.

Dahlia Li Dahlia Li (she/her) is an artist and scholar of performance, cinema, diaspora, and gender. She is currently at work on a book project entitled Caress Without Body: Queer Diasporic Movements and Questions Concerning Technology that explores how the staging of the queer diasporic body in 20th and 21st-century across screen, stage, and stanza challenge the representational economies of race and aesthetic form. Through a range of moving image art works, archival material, and performance ethnographies, this scholarly monograph analyzes the dancing body of color as it mediates colonial logics of space, pace, and scale.  

Monday, March 4, 2024, 4:30 – 6pm 

Decentralizing Online Safety: The Promises and Perils of Federated Social Media

Kohlberg Hall Scheuer Room - Multi-Purpose Room

Aydelotte Foundation
Decentralizing online safety: The promises and perils of federated social media
with Yoel Roth ‘11, Knight Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
Monday, March 4, 4:30-6pm, Scheuer Room, Kohlberg Hall, Swarthmore College

Years of sustained research, activism, regulatory intervention, and investment by civil society and technology platforms has helped bring about awareness of and some degree of control over the harmful externalities generated by social media platforms. As the social media landscape undergoes broad transformation for the first time in over a decade, with alternative platforms like Mastodon, Bluesky, and Threads emerging where Twitter has receded, the temptation has been to celebrate the promise of these new services and their visions of alternative governance structures that empower consumers. Unfortunately, they also have many of the same affordances and propensities for harmful misuse as mainstream, while possessing few if any of the hard-won detection and moderation capabilities necessary to stop them. More troublingly, substantial technological, governance, and financial obstacles exist to developing these necessary functions. Drawing on empirical research into platform moderation capabilities, this talk discusses the ambivalent consequences of social media’s transformation, and proposes specific interventions to head off the possibility that these services merely recreate the harmful patterns of Web 2.0.

Yoel Roth ’11 is a Knight Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, a Technology Policy Fellow at UC Berkeley, and a Non-Resident Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research and writing focus on trustworthy governance approaches for social media, AI, and other emerging technologies.

Previously, he was the Head of Trust & Safety at Twitter. For more than 7 years, he helped build and lead the teams responsible for Twitter’s content moderation, integrity, and security efforts. He wrote about the circumstances surrounding his resignation in the New York Times: “Trump Attacked Me, Then Musk Did. It Wasn’t an Accident”

Yoel graduated from Swarthmore with highest honors in Political Science and Film and Media Studies and received his PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching examined the technical, policy, business, and cultural dynamics of social networking and dating apps at the dawn of the “App Store” age. 

Presented with support from the Center for Innovation and Leadership as part of their Leadership in Practice series. Cosponsored by the Departments of Computer Science, Film and Media Studies, and Political Science.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 12 – 1pm 

Aydelotte Foundation Tuesday Cafe with Alejandra Azuero-Quijano

Kohlberg Hall Scheuer Room - Multi-Purpose Room

RESCHEDULED!

We hope you can join us!

Our first cafe of the spring semester will feature Alejandra Azuero-Quijano, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and will take place from noon to 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 5th in the Scheuer Room.

The Aydelotte Foundation's Tuesday Cafes are a chance for faculty and staff to come together and enjoy a lunch while learning about other faculty and staff's varied roles on campus. 


Tuesday Cafe's format is a cross between Vogue’s 73 questions and a Reddit “Ask Me Anything,” hosted by former Aydelotte Co-Director, Timothy Burke. Each informal interview session features a faculty or staff member answering questions about what they do (and don’t do) every day. We hope it's a fun and interesting way to learn about the profound and mundane dimensions of the different kinds of work done at Swarthmore. 

Boxed lunches are provided and vegetarian/vegan options will be available. Tuesday Cafes are open to all faculty and staff so please spread the word!

RSVP’s are encouraged but not required.
If you plan on attending, please let us know here.

See you there!
- The Aydelotte Foundation

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 4:30 – 6pm 

Liberal Arts in the Age of Austerity: A Conversation with Robert Meister

Kohlberg Hall Scheuer Room - Multi-Purpose Room

How are austerity and financialization shaping liberal arts education? How are these phenomena experienced and challenged in small liberal arts colleges? This public conversation hopes to enrich ongoing discussions about labor, capitalism, and political struggle at U.S. universities today.

Robert Meister is Professor of Social and Political Thought in the Department of the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs the Bruce Initiative on Rethinking Capitalism. He is the author of Justice is an Option: A Democratic Theory of Finance for the Twenty-First Century (Chicago, 2023), After Evil: A Politics of Human Rights (Columbia 2011), and Political Identity: Thinking Through Marx (Blackwell, 1991). 

This event is sponsored by the Aydelotte Foundation and a TriCo Mellon Seed Grant. 

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