Humanities

The Nile Project in concert in Cairo

Stanford's 'Live Context' series explores art and its ideas

Leveraging the university’s deep intellectual and artistic resources, "Live Context" is inspired by the conviction that the more you know about a work of art's historical and contemporary resonance the richer your experience.


illustration of scholars from 13th-century Arabic manuscript / Wikimedia Commons

Stanford scholar explores Arabic obsession with language

Comparative literature professor Alexander Key finds that the Arab world had a head start on the West when it comes to understanding how language works.


Richard Pryor

Developed at Stanford, a website about comedian Richard Pryor's early years reveals the complex history of race in an American sin city

With maps, photos, news clippings and written artifacts, "Richard Pryor's Peoria" offers an online tool to learn about segregation, urban renewal and the roots of Pryor's comedy.


student Emma Steinkellner works on illustration for Adventures in Writing course / Megan O'Connor

Stanford students illustrate public online 'Adventures in Writing' class

Veteran writing instructors and undergraduate student artists teamed up to create a new public online course focused on teaching key strategies for effective writing.


Children of varying ethnicities and world map

Stanford political scientist says natives are worried more about identity than jobs

Political science Professor Jens Hainmueller focuses on how societies integrate immigrants, what policies could prevent violence, and why people see immigrants as a threat.


Two students looking at a computer. / Photo: Corrie Goldman

New Stanford course brings Silicon Valley to the humanities classroom

Students from computer science and the humanities join forces to create literary websites and mobile apps, combining their strengths to launch literature into the 21st century.


Spanish journalist Josep Pla

Stanford scholar spotlights Catalan journalist

A ban on the Catalan language left the voluminous works of Spanish writer and journalist Josep Pla unrecognized for decades, but Stanford Professor Joan Ramon Resina is resurrecting Pla's reputation.


Students working on their calligraphy /Photo: Veronica Marian

Stanford freshmen create medieval-inspired artifacts for the 21st century

Students put handmade ink to handmade paper to recreate the ancient manuscript process.


Reclining Buddha

Spirituality shaped through cultural understandings, Stanford anthropologist says

Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann compared the religious experiences of Buddhists in Thailand and evangelical Christians in the United States.


Architect David Adjaye at Stanford lecture / Steve Castillo

Architect David Adjaye tells Stanford audience how he designs civic spaces to create community

Designer of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, David Adjaye described how he sees civic buildings as fulcrums of emotion and memory that engage with people.


four hand piano playing / L.A. Cicero

Stanford scholar reveals the surprising cultural history of four-hand piano playing

German studies professor Adrian Daub examines the social mores of 19th-century Europe through a study of "four-handed monsters."


Statue of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa

Stanford scholar questions whether traditional statues are an appropriate way to commemorate Mandela

In a study of recently erected Nelson Mandela memorials, Stanford Professor Grant Parker argues that traditional larger-than-life statues are ineffective acts of remembrance.


kirtankar performs a devotional song in the Marathi language

Stanford music scholar explores how Indian traditional folk music fuses the devotional with the political

In the first-ever ethnography of Hindu nationalism and music, Stanford music Professor Anna Schultz examines an Indian performance medium embedded with nationalist political messages.


Marchers support Trayvon Martin at LA City Hall

Stanford linguist says prejudice toward African American dialect can result in unfair rulings

Linguistics professor John R. Rickford contends justice was not served in the Trayvon Martin shooting, in part because testimony in the African American vernacular was discredited.


Educators and child talk in Rwanda, Africa

Reading in Rwanda: Stanford researchers map the state of literacy in rural Africa

A new Stanford study delves into the reading climate in Rwanda and examines what methods work to foster literacy in rural Africa.