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 for the Swarthmore community, your extended disciplinary interlocutors, and/or the wider public. 

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; a conversation with another researcher whose project is forthcoming; or other creative possibilities. 

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. As we continue to operate under pandemic restrictions, these open to the public events may be in-person, virtual, or hybrid.

Offering up to $2,000 per project, in addition to providing a sounding board for your ideas, guest speaker funding, and event space, 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 promotional event.

To apply, fill out this form to tell us a bit about your forthcoming project and the ideas you have for a promotional event. If you’d like to brainstorm before applying, please get in touch with Andy Hines (ahines1@swarthmore.edu), Rachel Buurma (rbuurma1@swarthmore.edu), or Tim Burke (tburke1@swarthmore.edu) at the Aydelotte Foundation or with Maria Agahazarian (magahaza1@swarthmore.edu) at the Libraries.

Upcoming Scholarly Promotion Projects

Megan Brown, The Seventh Member State: Algeria, France, and the European Community, Harvard University Press. Roundtable discussion event with Kesewa John and Cindy Ewing, moderated by Angela Zimmerman. Planned for Spring 2023

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

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

Michael Wehar, Algorithmically Generated Visual Designs. An exhibition of artworks to take place at McCabe Library in the Spring of 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.

Past Scholarly Promotion Projects

Daniel Laurison, Producing Politics: Inside the Exclusive Campaign World Where the Privileged Few Shape Politics for All of Us, Beacon Press.
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.