Humanities

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 in SIMILE, an intensive year-long humanities program with a focus on the history of science, 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.


Young and old faces

Stanford literary scholar traces cultural history of our obsession with youth

With philosophy, history and literature as his guides, Stanford Professor Robert Harrison investigates how Western ideas of youthfulness have evolved from classical antiquity to the present.


Anne Austin holding an ancient bone. / Photo: Courtesy of Anne Austin

Stanford archaeologist leads the first detailed study of human remains at the ancient Egyptian site of Deir el-Medina

By combining an analysis of written artifacts with a study of skeletal remains, Stanford postdoctoral scholar Anne Austin is creating a detailed picture of medical care at the ancient Egyptian site of Deir el-Medina.


teacher reading to preschoolers / L.A. Cicero

Stanford 'tips-by-text' program helps boost literacy in preschoolers, study finds

Researchers found that the texts, which prompted parents to engage in literacy activities with their children, had a positive impact on learning.


members of Stanford Symphony Orchestra rehearsing / Kurt Hickman

Stanford Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler's Symphony No. 6

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra of 120 musicians recently came together at Bing Concert Hall to rehearse for a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 6.  Video


music class and technology class  / Jay LeBoeuf

Stanford and Warner make music – leaders

A new collaboration between Stanford and the music industry will cultivate the next generation of leaders in the music world.


Michael McFaul

Former ambassador, political scientist McFaul to lead Stanford's FSI

Michael McFaul, who recently served as U.S. ambassador to Russia, has been selected as the next director of the university’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.