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.
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.
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.
Courses and the curriculum as a whole are at the heart of the Aydelotte Foundation’s mission.
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.
The Aydelotte Foundation was charged at its creation with encouraging faculty and administrators to enter more vigorously and creatively into public conversations about liberal arts education and its future.
We are exploring the creation of a consultancy practice that will draw upon the institutional knowledge and insight of experienced faculty across academia.
The Aydelotte Foundation’s Higher Ed Reading Group assembles faculty, staff, and students to read and discuss topics relevant to the liberal arts and higher education.
All faculty and staff are invited to come together for a light lunch and some learning. Talks are aimed at a general audience and include plenty of time for Q&A.
The Aydelotte Foundation seeks examples of Swarthmore faculty teaching courses that cross institutional boundaries. Our primary interest is in discovering what students and faculty learn from courses of this kind; we also hope to hear what you’ve found valuable about teaching across institutions, and what resources you need to continue to do it.
Read updates on our research interests, including open questions and difficult problems that we are grappling with.
At these dinners, a small group of faculty gather to discuss a short piece of published work by a colleague. This is a dinner party, Swarthmore-style.