Humanities

Joseph Conrad seated on deck of a ship. / Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale

Another Look book club spotlights Joseph Conrad's Shadow-Line novella

On May 10, the Another Look book club will weigh in on Conrad's "The Shadow-Line," written by one of the darkest and most prophetic voices in English fiction.

Black, blue and red panel from Hellboy comic strip/ Courtesy of Scott Bukatman

Comics like Hellboy produce a heightened adventure of reading, Stanford scholar says

Using the Hellboy series as a touchstone, Professor Scott Bukatman has discovered new ways to talk about comics while offering a heightened "adventure of reading."  

Man and a woman standing in front of an wall-size map. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford's map center devoted to the 'joyful exploration of all things cartographic'

The David Rumsey Map Center, with more than 150,000 rare maps, atlases, globes and pocket maps, will celebrate its grand opening.

Nate Parker

Nate Parker to deliver annual lecture hosted by Stanford's African & African American Studies program

April 20 event is free and open to the public.

ballot box on an American flag / hafakot/Shutterstock

National popular vote far better than Electoral College system for choosing presidents, Stanford professors say

The Electoral College distorts presidential campaigns, disenfranchises voters and drives partisanship, Stanford scholars say. They suggest constitutional reforms to adopt a single national popular vote where the one-person, one-vote concept applies.

Students cooking

Stanford humanities students cook up Julia Child's recipes, study history

Kristen Haring takes her American studies class into a "teaching kitchen" to study the famed chef's impact on American culture.

SLAC buildings at dusk / Brad Plummer

Partners in discovery: SLAC + Stanford collaborations

Working together, researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford expand our knowledge of materials, molecules and the universe.

some student cast members of Rent / L.A. Cicero

Ram's Head Theatrical Society at Stanford presents Rent – still relevant, still rocking

The student-run company utilizes new staging strategies in Memorial Auditorium.  

Jessica Riskin portrait / Photo: Jim Block

Stanford historian examines age-old inquiry about what it means to be 'living'

In research covering four centuries of scientific debate, Stanford historian Jessica Riskin investigates different views of man and machine, and how this debate laid the groundwork for later theories of evolution and science.

Maria Stepanova

Moscow journalist Maria Stepanova to speak about Russia's future

Publisher and poet Maria Stepanova, one of the most visible figures in post-Soviet Russia, will visit Stanford on April 6-7 to speak about her country's search for identity.

Musician Onyx Ashanti in his workshop creating wearable appendages with which he makes music / Vanessa Chang

Stanford scholar explores the changing gestures of the digital age

Vanessa Chang's research shows how interactions with objects are evolving amid technological change, revealing new gestures that are becoming a way of life in the contemporary world.

man viewing student art on exhibit / Kurt Hickman

Art studio doors open to showcase Stanford student work

After putting in long hours all quarter, students taking courses in the Department of Art and Art History throw open the studio doors and invite the Stanford community to see what they've been working on.  

architect's rendering of theater in Roble Gym / Courtesy Cody Anderson Wasney Architects

Stanford's historic Roble Gym to open in the fall after arts-oriented renovation

Harry Elam, vice provost for undergraduate education and a drama professor, will direct the first theater production in the newly renovated building.

Robert Huw Morgan

Stanford organist draws lofty sounds from Memorial Church's thousands of pipes

Under the skillful hands – and feet – of university organist Robert Huw Morgan, Stanford's Memorial Church fills with remarkable music from the Fisk-Nanney organ, a Baroque-type instrument that is one of five organs in the church.  

Stanford Literary Lab

Stanford Literary Lab uses digital humanities to study why we feel suspense

Mark Algee-Hewitt and a team of grad students combine tools of textual analysis with the emotional experience of reading to uncover what creates suspense in stories.