Swarthmore College

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. For the 2021-22 academic year, rather than an overarching theme, the reading group will organize around “micro-topics,” that is, one or two meetings on a specific area of inquiry. Readings will be brief and engaging to encourage participation. Meetings, for now, will be on Zoom.

If there is a topic or a particular text you’d like to read with the group, please contact Andy Hines, Associate Director (ahines1@swarthmore.edu).


Upcoming Meetings:

“Bioethics, Urban Development, and Institutional Responsibility”
with Dawn Carone (Biology) and Andy Hines (Aydelotte)
Monday, October 4 at 12:30pm on Zoom
Registration required

This session will explore how the story of Henrietta Lacks underlines the complex entanglement of bioethics and the racialized urban geography, which hospitals and universities play a key role in shaping.

The discussion will connect to several upcoming events on campus:

  1. the Cooper Series events with Rebecca Skloot and the Lacks Family scheduled for the week of October 19.
  2. a conversation in the Aydelotte Foundation’s Race, Racism, and Liberal Arts series with Krystal Tsosie and Tao Leigh Goffe on developing projects and programs that address historic and present violence with respect to race, indigeneity, and science and technology on October 28.

To receive the readings and the Zoom link for this session, please register here.