Humanities

Statue of ancient philosopher holding a scroll. / Photo: Shutterstock

After 20 years, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy thrives on the web

The Stanford scholars who founded the groundbreaking online encyclopedia say that the project owes its success to the unique way it organizes its community of contributors, editors and users.

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Stanford students create apps to tackle learning challenges

Students in the Learning, Design, and Technology program at the Graduate School of Education analyze learning problems and then design solutions in yearlong master's projects.  

St. Lawrence String Quartet

The art of music: String quartet captivates visitors to the Anderson Collection

As part of an effort to engage visitors in fresh and unique gallery experiences, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University treated museum visitors to a special performance by the St. Lawrence String Quartet.  

Sculptures in the Rodin Sculpture Garden/Photo: L.A. Cicero

Visitor Center debuts campus tour showcasing Stanford's excellence in the humanities and arts

Led by Stanford students, the tours include stops at the new arts district and at key locations for the study of the human experience.

Noel Coward play

Stanford Repertory Theater presents the wide range of Noël Coward

Summer is the season for SRT's annual festival devoted to a single artist, but Coward may very well count as several.

Martin Heidegger

Stanford scholar upends interpretation of philosopher Martin Heidegger

After a lifetime of studying the German philosopher's groundbreaking works, Stanford Religious Studies Professor Thomas Sheehan concludes that Heideggerians' obsession with Being misses the point.

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Poor economic planning and political confusion at root of Greece's woes, Stanford economist says

Professor John B. Taylor says that Greece's best approach to its damaged economy is to radically change its economic policy in a pro-growth direction. He suggests making it easier to start up new businesses, while holding the line on tax increases and reducing governmental influence in the economy.

elementary students using hinged tool to study symmetry between positive and negative numbers / Courtesy AAALab@Stanford

Stanford neuroscience research identifies more effective way to teach abstract math concepts to children

A new study shows that students who use symmetry to learn about numbers tap into critical brain circuits.

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Stanford art and art history faculty, staff making plans for the McMurtry Building

Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the new interdisciplinary arts hub is expected to house a hive of activity.

Phil Klay, Natasha Tredewey / Courtesy Stanford Live

Award-winning authors to discuss writing about war at Stanford Live event

Poet Natasha Trethewey and fiction writer Phil Klay will read selections from their works and join Stanford political scientist Scott Sagan in conversation on June 30 at Bing Concert Hall.

Chinese railroad laborer

Stanford scholars give voice to the Chinese workers who helped build Transcontinental Railroad

A century and a half after Chinese migrants toiled on the Transcontinental Railroad, an interdisciplinary team of Stanford professors is shedding light on a key chapter of the intertwined relationship between China and the United States.

ancient Greek coins /Courtesy American Numismatic Association

Stanford scholar debunks long-held beliefs about economic growth in ancient Greece

Using a pioneering digitization project that maps out details of life in the ancient world, classics Professor Josiah Ober links the democratic politics and surprisingly robust economy of classical Greek society.

Edward Hopper painting

Stanford's Cantor Arts Center acquires an early Edward Hopper painting

"New York Corner," 1913, finds a new home at Stanford University.

Hector Hoyos

Latin American authors reshaping world literature, Stanford literary scholar says

Stanford scholar Héctor Hoyos' research goes beyond famed writers to uncover a whole generation of Latin American authors who are contributing novel perspectives on the evolving landscape of global culture.

Graduate student Alli McKee speaking at TEDxStanford / Photo: L.A. Cicero

TEDxStanford presenters tell tales of past 'turning points' and future opportunities

The fourth annual TEDxStanford conference was a rich experience for everyone.