A Love Letter to Swarthmore’s Peripeteia

I first heard about the group Peripeteia soon after I arrived at Swarthmore. An email about it appeared in my freshly activated Zimbra inbox, whose announcement noted their first open office hours — I believe — ever, located in Shane Lounge. I

Faculty Teach Classes at Peripeteia Weekend*

In one of the most beloved and intensely “Swarthmorean” traditions on campus, this coming weekend will feature the eagerly anticipated “Peripeteia,” three days of classes in unorthodox disciplines taught by students and faculty who would not otherwise be teaching them. This fourth

Playing with sestinas

Around Again: Playing with Sestinas, a Peripeteia workshop led by Tristan Beiter ’19, served as an hour-long introduction to the sestina, Beiter’s self-proclaimed favorite verse form. The event began with a collective reading aloud of three sestinas: Elizabeth Bishop’s “Sestina,” Agha Shahid


A new way to draw

One of Peripeteia’s many workshops this weekend was a two-day drawing workshop in Kitao Gallery called Drawing the Movements, taught by Maisie Luo ’19. Jake Mundo ’18, a member of the Peripeteia planning committee, explains that the goal of Peripeteia workshops is

Mushrooms, Mushrooms, Mushrooms!

On Saturday, January 28th, one of my more strange – yet important – dreams came true!  I taught a class called MUSHROOMS, MUSHROOMS, MUSHROOMS! at Peripeteia Weekend.  My opening slide quoted well-known Mycologist Paul Stamets. It read: “Fungi are the grand molecular

Swatties build worlds

“What is Ash Ketchum eating?” asked Rachel Davis ’19 during her Peripeteia workshop devoted to examining worldbuilding in fiction. “I suppose the writers thought no one would think about implications of casually eating meat in a world of non-sentient animals? But people


Peripeteia: Data Driven

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG. Notes: 1.


Weekend marks first annual Peripeteia

The past weekend marks the first official Peripeteia, a campus-wide festival designed to share knowledge across disciplines. It consists of a series of lectures taught mostly by students. The topics ranged from “Fractals and Chaos,” taught by Aaron Wagener ’17, to “Hip

“What is Ballet?” enlightens students about Swan Lake

Students entering the Matchbox last Saturday afternoon could faintly hear the beautiful orchestration of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet upstairs in Tarble Commons. The Peripeteia workshop, “What is Ballet?”, taught by Gabriela Brown ‘18, garnered an audience walking in with varying

“Everyone Doodles” makes art approachable

Last Saturday afternoon, students and community members ventured into SCI 145 in anticipation of one of the many courses offered during the Peripeteia weekend. This particular workshop, “Everyone Doodles”, was developed and taught by David Holmgren ‘18. With the understanding that the