Humanities

David Halliburton / Courtesy Jyllian Halliburton

David Halliburton, Stanford professor emeritus of English and founder of the Center for Teaching and Learning, has died

Halliburton will be remembered as a dedicated teacher, a sedulous scholar and a skilled administrator who forged new ways of thinking about interdisciplinary studies.


Michael Wigodsky portrait / Photo: Jeffrey Fish

An expert in late Greek philosophy, Stanford Professor Emeritus Michael Wigodsky has died

Michael Wigodsky dedicated his life to elucidating the writings of early Latin poets and later Greek philosophers and shedding new light on the past.


Museum of Applied Art, Cologne

Stanford art historian uncovers commodity culture in Mondrian's legacy

Through a study of the interplay between consumerism and the work of Piet Mondrian, Stanford art historian Nancy Troy uncovers how social forces shaped the artist's legacy.


Alvan Ikoku speaking in a classroom / L.A. Cicero

Stanford fellow investigates how literature shapes transnational fields of medicine

Literary academic and Stanford Humanities Center fellow Alvan Ikoku explores how fictionalized accounts of the tropics and malaria research simultaneously foster and examine the foundations for global health.


Student Giselle Tran interviewing retired physicist William Frye / Corrie Goldman

Language can help the elderly cope with the challenges of aging, says Stanford professor

By examining conversations of elderly Japanese women, linguist Yoshiko Matsumoto uncovers language techniques that help people move past traumatic events and regain a sense of normalcy.


Marine Le Pen

Stanford scholar views France's nationalistic politics with a historical eye

French literature professor Cécile Alduy investigates the rhetorical metamorphosis that is contributing to the meteoric rise of France's right-wing National Front political party.


Grigori Mints / Archives of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach

Stanford philosophy Professor Grigori Mints, a world-renowned logician, has died at 74

Mints' pioneering research created new connections between proof theory and computation – leaving an indelible mark on generations of students and colleagues in philosophy, mathematics and computer science.


Warsaw Ghetto

Stanford scholar investigates the mysterious force behind falsified Holocaust accounts

Literary academic and Stanford Humanities Center fellow Benjamin Paloff explores how fictionalized accounts of the Holocaust and other traumatic memoirs simultaneously undermine and support cultural memory.


Feldman and Garcia-Garcia

Stanford collaboration offers new perspectives on evolution of Brazilian language

Using a novel combination of data mining, literary analysis and evolutionary biology to study six centuries of Portuguese-language texts, Stanford scholars discover the literary roots of rapid language evolution in 19th-century Brazil.


Pictorial map

Stanford historian sees new perspectives on Chinese border disputes in declassified Qing dynasty maps

Through a study of late 19th-century Chinese maps, doctoral student Eric Vanden Bussche has discovered border development origins that offer a new historical perspective on China's territorial disputes today.  


Dancers

Stanford Dance Division breaks new ground with 'Construction Site'

Guides calling themselves the "construction crew" lead a traveling audience to site-specific dances built around five campus locations.


Iberian poetry

Stanford scholars view Iberia's multicultural history through poetry

Through the study and translation of over 100 late medieval and early modern lyric poems in Catalan, Portuguese and Spanish, Associate Professor Vincent Barletta and two of his students shed light on the interconnectedness of Iberian languages and cultures.


Daniel Conceicao, left, and CJ Tait

Stanford poetry competition inspires high school students

Today's Poetry Out Loud competition, created by Stanford graduate students, has prompted a nearby high school to give students the chance to experience the traditional communal performance roots of poetry.


James Campbell

Stanford historian describes teaching in the age of Google Glass

Speaking at the Award-Winning Teachers on Teaching lecture series, history Professor James Campbell underscores the value of historical knowledge in a tech-centric world.


Dispatch

Paper Void, Yeasayer open for veteran indie band Dispatch at Stanford's Frost Amphitheater

Art installations and some of the best Bay Area food trucks round out the music and arts festival on May 17.