Swarthmore College

This is a bibliography drawn from a Zotero collection maintained by Timothy Burke and Rachel Sagner Buurma. It includes works used in the first-year seminar Why College? as well as works on the history of higher education, current policy debates on higher education, intellectual histories of the concept of “liberal arts”, and other materials of interest to the Aydelotte office in its research and ongoing conversation.

Oberlin, hotbed of abolitionism: college, community, and the fight for freedom and equality in antebellum America
Author – J. Brent Morris
For a Pragmatics of the Useless
Author – Erin Manning
The scholar and the struggle: Lawrence Reddick’s crusade for black history and black power
Author – David A. Varel
Survival schools: the American Indian Movement and community education in the Twin Cities
Author – Julie L. Davis
The Challenge of Blackness: the Institute of the Black World and Political Activism in the 1970s
Author – Derrick E White
Shelter in a time of storm: how black colleges fostered generations of leadership and activism
Fighting for Our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement 1960–1973
Author – Richard Benson
The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching in America
Author – Jonathan Zimmerman
The hidden curriculum: first generation students at legacy universities
Author – Rachel Gable