Swarthmore College
Are you publishing a new book or other significant work? 

The Aydelotte Foundation and Swarthmore College Libraries can help you plan a launch event.

We’ve updated our process and are longer accepting rolling applications. Applications are currently closed, but please check back for the next application period in September 2023.

Those who submit proposals will be asked to attend an information session that will describe procedures for the use of the awarded funds, will connect you to other promotion opportunities on campus, and will provide advice and insight from previous participants in the program on how to garner an audience for your work.

Swarthmore faculty and staff who have authored a published or forthcoming signature scholarly or artistic work (e.g. a book, an important paper, an artwork, etc.) in the last three years can gain our assistance in developing ideas for a launch event that disseminates and further enriches the important work you have completed. Formats can vary, and could include a discussion between you and a crucial interlocutor; a round table of responses from colleagues at other institutions; or other creative possibilities, including the generation of a teaching guide, a limited run podcast, or a gallery exhibition.

Offering up to $2,000 per project, this program can also work with your press (or other supporters) on an advertising plan to help get the word out on campus and beyond about your significant accomplishment.

We hope to help you connect with your existing scholarly community as well as expand the audience for your work to an adjacent discipline, the campus community, and/or the public, while also celebrating your accomplishments. 

If you’d like to brainstorm before applying, please get in touch with Andy Hines (ahines1@swarthmore.edu) at the Aydelotte Foundation or with Maria Agahazarian (magahaza1@swarthmore.edu) at the Libraries.

Upcoming Scholarly Promotion Projects

Lara Cohen, Going Underground: Race, Space, and the Subterranean in the Nineteenth-Century United States, Duke University Press. Planned for Fall 2023.

Sunka Simon, German Crime Dramas: from Network TV to Netflix, Bloomsbury Publishing. Planned for Fall 2023.

Alejandra Azuero-Quijano. El paro como teoría: Historia del presente y estallido en Colombia, Herder Editorial, Planned for Fall 2023.

Itzue Caviedes Solis. Planned for Summer 2023.

Nicolette Bragg, The Ruins of Solitude: Maternity at the Limits of Academic Discourse, Punctum Books. Planned for Fall 2023/Spring 2024.

Lei Ouyang, Music as Mao’s Weapon: Remembering the Cultural Revolution, University of Illinois Press. Planned for Fall 2023.

Andrea Lee, Lincoln Went Down To The Nile. Planned for Fall 2023/Spring 2024.

Steve C. Wang, Are we in the sixth mass extinction? Planned for Spring 2024.

Past Scholarly Promotion Projects

Michael Wehar, AlgoArt Exhibition @ Swarthmore College, An exhibition of visual artworks generated using the AlgoArt platform, curated by Michael Wehar at the McCabe Library at Swarthmore College. The exhibition featured work by Xingyu Dong, Xinxin Li, Maya-Newman Toker, Alyssa Zhang with additional works by John Mancini and students from UMass Boston. AlgoArt is a digital platform that brings together Artists and Technologists to create algorithmically generated visual designs and artworks. Opening Reception, Thursday, April 27th, 6:30pm. Supported by the Aydelotte Foundation, Swarthmore College Libraries, Swarthmore College Research Fund, Academic Division Research Fund, and Frances Velay Fellowship.

James V. Fenelon, DeColonizing American Colonial/Environmental/Imperial Racisms and Racialized Capitalism, A launch and discussion of Indian, Black and Irish: Indigenous Nations, African Peoples and European Invasions, 1492 – 1790 (Routledge, 2023). The panel featured Manley Begay, Barbara Thelamour, Michael Wilson Becerrill, and Seth Jeter ’25. Friday, April 28th, 2023, 2:30pm.

Sibelan Forrester, Translation of Volodymyr Rafeyenko’s novel, The Length of DaysHarvard University Press.
Sibelan Forrester presented her new translation of a novel by Ukrainian writer and literature specialist Volodymyr Rafeyenko, THE LENGTH OF DAYS, opening with a subtitled video of Rafeyenko himself. Complimentary copies of the novel, published last month by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and on sale at the Swarthmore Campus and Community Store, were available and light refreshments were served. Saturday, April 8th, 2023, 2:00 pm.

Nia King, Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume Three Book Launch
A night of art and interviews that featured the following artists: Anthony James Williams, Joamette Gil, Kamal Al-Solaylee, Osa Atoe, Venus Kii Thomas, andQwo-Li Driskill. Nia King and Maliha Ahmed were the co-hosts of this event and the co-editors of Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 3. ASL Interpretation was provided by the Libraries at Swarthmore College. Thursday March 23rd, 6-8pm

Megan Brown, The Seventh Member State: Algeria, France, and the European Community, Harvard University Press.
“Transnational Solidarities, Diplomatic Endeavors, and International History: A Roundtable on Researching and Writing Histories that Cross Borders,” a r
oundtable discussion event with Kesewa John and Cindy Ewing, moderated by Angela Zimmerman. Thursday, February 9th, 2023.

Daniel Laurison, Producing Politics: Inside the Exclusive Campaign World Where the Privileged Few Shape Politics for All of Us, Beacon Press.
“Is Politics for Everyone? A Forum on Making our Democracy More Inclusive”
As Daniel Laurison suggests in Producing Politics, political campaigns in the United States are largely run by a set of professionals with virtually the same backgrounds and credentials. Beyond generating repetitive political strategies, how and why does that homogeneity limit political participation more broadly? Laurison discussed the impact of these matters on American democracy with the esteemed journalist Sasha Issenberg and Philadelphia City Councilmember At-Large Kendra Brooks on Thursday, September 8 at the Friends Center in Philadelphia. Professor Edwin Mayorga moderated the conversation.

Tia Newhall and Kevin Webb, Dive into Systems: A Gentle Introduction to Computer Systems, Computer Organization, and Parallel Computing, No Starch Press, By Suzanne Matthews, Tia Newhall, and Kevin Webb
“How do you write an open-access textbook and why should you do it?” was a panel discussion featuring Carmelo Galati, Tia Newhall, and Donald Wargo. It explored the benefits, challenges, and development practices of open-access textbooks across a range of disciplines. By bringing together experts from the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, the panel engaged wider issues surrounding institutional support for faculty developing these books, incorporating these works into courses, and examining how open-access works uniquely connect faculty working across institutions. Suzanne Matthews moderated the conversation.

Donna Jo Napoli, In a Flash, Wendy Lamb Books. Commissioned Education Guide for Teachers.

Katie Price, Pataphysics Unrolled, Penn State University Press, Edited by Katie Price and Michael R. Taylor. Book launch event hosted by co-editors Katie L. Price and Michael R. Taylor at Slought.

Edwin Mayorga, What’s Race Got to Do with It?: How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality, Second Edition, Peter Lang, Edited by Edwin Mayorga, Ujju Aggarwal, and Bree Picower. An interactive webinar conversation with Ujju Aggarwal, Wayne Au, Bill Ayers, Amy Brown, Brian Jones, Edwin Mayorga, Bree Picower, David Stovall, and Terrenda White.

Andy Hines, Outside Literary Studies: Black Criticism and the University, University of Chicago Press. Webinar conversation with Roderick Ferguson, Jared Loggins, and Andrew J. Douglas.

Chinelo Okparanta, Harry Sylvester Bird, HarperCollins Publishers. Reading and Q&A Event.