Humanities

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Quality of schools is critical for economic growth in developing countries, Stanford expert says

Stanford economist Eric Hanushek said that a country's economic growth is directly based on the cognitive skills of the population, or the "knowledge capital" of a nation.

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Stanford's interdisciplinary approach fuels critical advances in research

A culture of collaboration drives innovative discoveries in areas vital to our world, our health and our intellectual life.

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Stanford experts reveal latest Doomsday Clock estimate

The world remains perilously close to a nuclear disaster or catastrophic climate change that could devastate humanity.

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Stanford scholar unearths conflicted human history of South America's great natural wonder

Joo-Mee Lee

Stanford New Ensemble presents new classical music in new ways to new audiences

The Stanford New Ensemble offers music that is experimental and performed in untraditional venues around campus.

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Stanford celebrates a life and legacy of inspiration

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute offers an extensive archive of the civil rights leader's work.

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Film director Werner Herzog visits Stanford to talk about literary classic on peregrine falcons

Legendary film director Werner Herzog will discuss J.A. Baker's book The Peregrine with Robert Harrison, a Stanford professor of Italian literature, at the Feb. 2 Another Look book club event.

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Fad diets shape societal trends about health, Stanford scholar reveals in dissertation

Stanford doctoral candidate Adrienne Rose Johnson says diet books idealize lifestyles of the past in ways that contribute to global health problems.

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Stanford study suggests academic benefits to ethnic studies courses

New research shows gains in attendance, GPA of at-risk high school students from incorporating culturally relevant pedagogy.

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Stanford scholar uses digital tools to track grave relocation in China

A digital humanities project led by Stanford historian Tom Mullaney is creating a map that illustrates the ongoing and multifaceted impact of funeral reform and grave relocation in China.  

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Stanford students take listeners on a voyage of discovery

Stanford students are producing audio documentaries based on interviews they recorded last summer with funding from Braden Storytelling Grants, which were designed to introduce students to the art of spoken storytelling.

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Cantor Arts Center at Stanford spotlights Richard Diebenkorn's sketchbooks

The exhibition, Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed, has been extended through Aug. 22, 2016, and all of the artist's sketchbooks are online via a new website. An extensive catalog has been published by Stanford University Press.  

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Stanford researchers study how to reduce deadly police force in Rio de Janeiro

Stanford researchers seek better strategies to control the lethal use of police force in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their findings offer implications for police and communities elsewhere, as the researchers are studying how social and psychological factors affect police and how body-worn cameras can be used most efficiently.

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Stanford launches digital humanities minor, combining tech skills with critical thinking

A new interdisciplinary minor gives students the opportunity to blend traditional humanistic research with technology tools.

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Award-winning Stanford author Adam Johnson discusses the renaissance of the short story

Stanford English Professor Adam Johnson, recently the recipient of the National Book Award in fiction, weighs in on the power of the short story, the need for humor and the next generation of writers.