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.