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Adam Johnson wins National Book Award

Stanford English professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Adam Johnson earns a 2015 National Book Award for Fortune Smiles, a collection of short stories.

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Stanford historian uncovers the historical origins of the gay suicide stereotype

Stanford doctoral student Samuel Clowes Huneke's research traces the history of the gay suicide trope from its roots in 20th-century Germany to its insidious prevalence in modern American pop culture.

Colin Stinson and Lee Fatheree work on photographing Rodin sculptures for Cantor Arts Center's digitization project / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's Cantor Arts Center digitizes collection for online database

The 6-year project provides free access for scholars and art lovers alike to both the works on view and the 95 percent of the collection held in storage.  

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Artistic works influence our minds and nervous systems, Stanford scholar reveals

Stanford theater historian Matthew Wilson Smith's new research shows how 19th century brain science has nerved its way into the drama of our lives, both onstage and off.

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Stanford performances and symposium highlight architecture

Stanford continues to be the "it" place for architecture with upcoming dance performances on Nov. 7-8 and a symposium on Nov. 13 with international experts.

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Stanford scholars spy history of capitalist culture in Bond film songs

A musicologist and a literary scholar find a unique window into the evolution of capitalism and changing attitudes toward work in 50 years of James Bond movie theme songs.

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Stanford professor and eminent French theorist René Girard, member of the Académie Française, dies at 91

A member of the prestigious Académie Française, René Girard was called "the new Darwin of the human sciences." His many books offered a bold, sweeping vision of human nature, human history and human destiny. He died Nov. 4 at 91.

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Novelist Marilynne Robinson warns Stanford audience against utilitarian trends in higher education

In the 2015 Presidential Lecture in the Arts and Humanities, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson argued that if the American higher education system continues to shift priorities towards training instead of educating, students will be ill-equipped to participate as citizens of a democratic society.

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California's early release of prisoners proving effective so far, Stanford experts say

Stanford legal scholars say that California's early release of prisoners has not resulted in a rise in crime. To reduce the imprisonment rates, policymakers need to focus on rehabilitation, crime prevention and root causes of crime such as wealth inequality and poor public education.

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Stanford author explores the idiosyncratic process of writing

Stanford lecturer and author Hilton Obenzinger hosted a series of dialogues with writers at Stanford from 2002 to 2015, exploring the sometimes quirky ways in which writers approach their craft.

Christina Hodge examing a late 19th-century dip net for catching fish / L.A. Cicero

New Stanford exhibition highlights power of reinterpretation, consultation with Native American communities

The new Stanford exhibition, "From 'Curios' to Ambassadors: Changing Roles of the Daggett Collection from Tribes of the Lower Klamath River," highlights Native American tribal objects in a way that more precisely reflects their origins. It is on view through June 4, 2016.

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World faces catastrophic climate change unless it takes action, Susan Rice tells Stanford audience

U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice visited Stanford on Monday to advocate global and U.S. action on climate change.  

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Priests found spiritual satisfaction by serving nuns, Stanford medieval historian says

A study of medieval texts and imagery by Stanford history Professor Fiona Griffiths counters commonly held beliefs about misogynistic practices in medieval Europe. \

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Stanford's Another Look book club reborn with J.L. Carr's A Month in the Country

Another Look book club takes on J.L. Carr's 1980 masterpiece, 'A Month in the Country,' under the new leadership of author Robert Pogue Harrison.

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Stanford scholar casts new light on Hindu-Muslim relations

Stanford religious historian Audrey Truschke uncovers a surprising cultural alliance between Muslim and Hindu elites in early Sanskrit texts. Her findings could help ease current tensions between the two groups.