Humanities

Oscar Wilde

Rebellious French cross-dresser played an overlooked role in shaping Oscar Wilde's legacy, Stanford scholar says

An archival discovery by Stanford literary scholar Petra Dierkes-Thrun reveals how Wilde's close ties to a gender-bending Parisian publisher and her transnational network of queer artists helped ensure his posthumous fame.


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Sports talk can help students develop critical thinking skills, says Stanford scholar

Through research that blends cognitive science and the humanities, Stanford English professor Blakey Vermeule finds that an in-depth knowledge of athletics can be a tool to broaden the intellectual horizons of students.


Mexican flag and parched earth / iStock/mustafabilgesatkin

Stanford historian unearths greed-drenched origins of Mexico's groundwater crisis

Through a historical analysis of agrarian reform and hydraulic technology, Mikael Wolfe discovers how powerful business interests helped put Mexico's groundwater supply on a path toward unsustainability.


St. Lawrence String Quartet performs in student residence / L.A. Cicero

St. Lawrence String Quartet celebrates 25th anniversary season with three world premieres at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall

A silver anniversary and a trio of premieres kick off Oct. 19 with new work by Stanford composer Jonathan Berger.


pushup style player piano / Kurt Hickman

Stanford's new player piano collection brings sounds of history to life

The Denis Condon Collection of Reproducing Pianos and Rolls brings to life historic performances from major composers like George Gershwin, Igor Stravinsky and Camille Saint-Saëns.  Video


Author Dave Eggers / Rod Searcey

Author Dave Eggers calls for ethical parameters on tech at Stanford event

Drawing on the theme of privacy in the digital age in his novel The Circle, Dave Eggers and Stanford creative writing Professor Tobias Wolff question the ethical dilemmas of online sharing.


people waiting to enter the Supreme Court / AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Supreme Court urges states to take the lead grappling with same sex marriage, Stanford scholars say

Stanford faculty experts offer perspectives on the legal, historical and sociological aspects of same sex marriage.


Francis Fukuyama / Rod Searcey

Stanford scholar warns against corruption in democracy

Stanford's Francis Fukuyama argues in a new book that economic growth produces middle classes that in turn demand accountable institutions – the kind that make democracies healthy.


Memorial service and reception for Henry S. Breitrose scheduled Nov. 18

Colleagues described Breitrose, who taught the history of film and film aesthetics at Stanford for more than five decades, as a man "absolutely in love" with film.


Book cover

Another Look book club goes out of this world with Calvino's 'Cosmicomics'

No author did a better job of imagining the universe than Italo Calvino did – his "Cosmicomics" prove it. Stanford's "Another Look" book club discusses Calvino's science-inspired fantasies on Oct. 27.


Paul Robinson / L.A. Cicero

Stanford scholar tracks the changing world of gay sexuality

In the five decades he's been teaching and writing, Stanford intellectual historian Paul Robinson has witnessed the erosion of "the closet" and the blurring of sexual boundaries in America and Europe.


dancers in foreground with faculty members Michael St. Clair and Camille Utterback / L.A. Cicero

A molecular physics experience through movement at Stanford

Faculty members Michael St. Clair and Camille Utterback work with dancers on a project building on the technology of 'dance Spectroscopy.'


Memorial in Poland stained with anti-Semitic vandalism / Jendrzej Wojnar/AP

Anti-Semitism surge in Europe reflects loss of values, historical awareness, says Stanford scholar

A surge in anti-Semitism in Europe is a stark reminder that prejudice against Jewish people is still a reality there today, say scholars.


left: Margalit Fox/Ivan Farkas; right: Kiese Laymon/Emma Redden

Margalit Fox and Kiese Laymon win Stanford's 2014 Saroyan Prize for Writing

Every two years, Stanford awards the William Saroyan Prize for International Writing to encourage new or emerging writers in nonfiction and fiction.


Punk rock posters

Stanford library's punk poster art collection revives '80s musical history

The archive of posters for legendary 1980s San Francisco bands offers a colorful path of research for scholars from diverse fields. The size and comprehensiveness of the Tom Law Punk Poster collection is probably unmatched anywhere, library officials say.