Perseverance key to children's intellectual growth, Stanford scholar says
Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says that children are more motivated when they are told their intelligence or talents can grow and expand. "Grit" is also important for children and adults alike because, when facing challenges, setbacks are inevitable.
Online 'mindset' interventions help students do better in school, Stanford research shows
Stanford researchers found that brief Internet-based interventions that instill a "growth mindset" and a sense of purpose can improve learning, especially for struggling students. These interventions could potentially reach vast numbers of students at low cost.
Stanford Live expands its mission with 2015-16 season
Next year's Stanford Live season will feature three events with Anna Deavere Smith and a new work by Stanford composer Jonathan Berger for the Kronos Quartet. Other highlights include appearances by Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, Bernadette Peters, Arlo Guthrie and scratch DJ Kid Koala.
Stanford historian uncovers the dark roots of humanitarianism
Through a study of the history of the French colonial Congo-Océan Railway, Stanford historian JP Daughton has discovered how modern humanitarianism arose from the brutality of European colonialism.
Oprah Winfrey delivers 2015 "Harry's Last Lecture" at Stanford University
Oprah Winfrey shared her vision for a meaning life with the Stanford community as the Rathbun Visiting Fellow for 2015.
A spiritual practice is the foundation of a meaningful life, Oprah Winfrey tells Stanford audience
At the end of her daylong visit to Stanford, Oprah Winfrey delivered "Harry's Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life."
Stanford scholar reveals how fears of damnation undergird American history
Drawing on 18th-and 19th-century writings, religious studies scholar Kathryn Gin Lum shows how the concept of "hell" influenced religion, politics and social reform.
Stanford scholar unpacks the rhetoric behind extremist politician's mainstream success
A pioneering textual analysis of French political speeches led by Stanford Professor of French Cécile Alduy reveals how Marine Le Pen, leader of France's surging far-right National Front, has made extremism palatable in a land of republican values.
Stanford Dance Division brings documentary about dancing with Parkinson's to campus
Stanford faculty and students explore approaching Parkinson's disease with intentional movement. Screening of documentary Capturing Grace by a Stanford alumnus is the centerpiece of two days of events during Parkinson's Awareness Month.
Teachers more likely to label black students as troublemakers, Stanford research shows
Stanford psychologists Jennifer Eberhardt and Jason Okonofua experimentally examined the psychological processes involved when teachers discipline black students more harshly than white students.
Sense of youthful purpose driven by action, passion, says Stanford researcher
Stanford education Professor William Damon says that research shows that while young people can sometimes struggle with a sense of purpose, they are likely to find it in concrete and action-oriented goals.
Stanford art history scholar explores nature and culture in frost and forests
George Philip LeBourdais, a doctoral student in Stanford's Department of Art & Art History, applies his research on Arctic artistry and ecology to curate an exhibition on how trees inform human judgment and imagination. The exhibition opens April 15 at the Cantor Arts Center.
Political disruptions generated economic collapses in post-communist states, Stanford scholar says
New Stanford research on socialist countries' transitions to market systems in the 1990s found that the longer the decline of that country's communist system before regime change and the greater the uncertainty over state ownership of assets, the more likely the country fell into a long decline.
Stanford undergrads explore the power of storytelling with audio documentaries
From orphans in Ghana to drag queens in San Francisco – Stanford students in a storytelling program have learned about communities, events and traditions both foreign and familiar. In April the latest audio documentaries will be aired on campus radio station KZSU and released online on the Stanford Storytelling website.
Stanford scholar with an international voice
Russell Berman, a professor of German studies and of comparative literature, is the chair of the Faculty Senate. He is an international voice for foreign language study and for reforming PhD programs in the humanities. He also is an expert on cultural and political relations between Europe and the United States.