Swarthmore Discussion Group Sets 2016-17 Speakers

New Thinking in a New Venue

The Swarthmore Discussion Group recently announced its slate of speakers for the 2016-2017 series, which convenes members of the Swarthmore community each month for dinner and discussion of vital issues.

The series has historically attracted great interest, with applications exceeding the number of series memberships available. This year, the series moves to the new Inn at Swarthmore, which will provide a larger room than the series’ former home in Bond Hall of Swarthmore College.

Speakers and subjects include:

• Tim Burke, Swarthmore College History Professor: “Academic Freedom: The Whole World Is Watching.”

• Valerie Smith, Swarthmore College President: “Dealing With Difference: Lessons from the Liberal Arts.”

• Carol Nackenoff, Swarthmore College Professor of Political Science: “What’s Different About the 2016 Elections?”

• Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center President and CEO: “The Curse of Bigness: What Louis Brandeis Means Today.”

• William Reno, Northwestern University Professor of Political Science: “Failing States and the Delusions of U.S. Policies.”

• Aurora Winslade, Swarthmore College Director of Sustainability: “Sustainability: How to Be a Catalyst for Change.”

• David Swanson, Philadelphia Inquirer photographer: “Capturing Moments That Last a Lifetime.”

• Michael Brown, Swarthmore College Professor of Physics & Chair, Physics & Astronomy: “ Fusion Energy: How to Make a Star on Earth.”

Applications for series membership ($300) are due by August 25. Space for individual dinner talks ($45) may be available following that date. More information on the series is available at swatdiscussiongroup.wordpress.com; you can also contact Mary Carr at (610) 957-6132 or mcarr1@swarthmore.edu.

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