Humanities

Hector Hoyos

Latin American authors reshaping world literature, Stanford literary scholar says

Stanford scholar Héctor Hoyos' research goes beyond famed writers to uncover a whole generation of Latin American authors who are contributing novel perspectives on the evolving landscape of global culture.

Graduate student Alli McKee speaking at TEDxStanford / Photo: L.A. Cicero

TEDxStanford presenters tell tales of past 'turning points' and future opportunities

The fourth annual TEDxStanford conference was a rich experience for everyone.  

programs and sheet music from the Cotton Club / L.A. Cicero

Stanford music scholar redefines the jazz and cabaret culture of 1920s Harlem

Musicologist Nate Sloan's investigation of Harlem Renaissance jazz portrays a diverse, multisensory experience where music, place and race influenced each other in profound and lasting ways.  

Actors reading Bertolt Brecht

Stanford Repertory Theater explores the ethics of science with Brecht's Life of Galileo

Do scientists have an ethical responsibility to serve the greater good? In two free performances on May 15 and 16, Stanford students, professors and professional actors will present Bertolt Brecht's masterful exploration of the roles of commerce, politics and religion in shaping the future of scientific research.

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Stanford students celebrate release of graphic novel American Heathen

Students researched, wrote and illustrated the work about Wong Chin Foo, an advocate for Chinese immigrants in 19th-century America.    

Albert Camus in 1957

More honored than read? Stanford's Another Look book club reconsiders Camus' 'The Stranger'

Albert Camus' 1942 classic, "The Stranger," raises tough questions about culture clash and how we find meaning in our lives – and the narratives we create to absolve ourselves. The final event in the three-year Another Look series will take place on June 1.

Scene from Jake Heggie's opera Moby-Dick; digital effects recreate whaling boats / Karen Almond

Stanford literary scholar: White whales and the 'Melville Effect'

With a resurgence of Melville-themed art across the multimedia landscape, Stanford Humanities Center Fellow Joseph Boone says the legendary writer has become a 21st-century muse for artists – including Boone himself.

The Rev. Jane Shaw / L.A. Cicero

Jane Shaw officially welcomed into the Stanford community

During a service that featured the official investiture by President John Hennessy and a sermon by actor and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, the Rev. Professor Jane Shaw was formally installed as dean for religious life. 

classroom scene

Perseverance key to children's intellectual growth, Stanford scholar says

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says that children are more motivated when they are told their intelligence or talents can grow and expand. "Grit" is also important for children and adults alike because, when facing challenges, setbacks are inevitable.

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Online 'mindset' interventions help students do better in school, Stanford research shows

Stanford researchers found that brief Internet-based interventions that instill a "growth mindset" and a sense of purpose can improve learning, especially for struggling students. These interventions could potentially reach vast numbers of students at low cost.

actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith / Courtesy Stanford Live

Stanford Live expands its mission with 2015-16 season

Next year's Stanford Live season will feature three events with Anna Deavere Smith and a new work by Stanford composer Jonathan Berger for the Kronos Quartet. Other highlights include appearances by Chick Corea and Béla Fleck, Bernadette Peters, Arlo Guthrie and scratch DJ Kid Koala.

bridge on the Congo-Ocean Railway / Archives nationales d'outre mer

Stanford historian uncovers the dark roots of humanitarianism

Through a study of the history of the French colonial Congo-Océan Railway, Stanford historian JP Daughton has discovered how modern humanitarianism arose from the brutality of European colonialism.

Oprah Winfrey with the Rev. Jane Shaw in background / L.A. Cicero

Oprah Winfrey delivers 2015 "Harry's Last Lecture" at Stanford University

Oprah Winfrey shared her vision for a meaning life with the Stanford community as the Rathbun Visiting Fellow for 2015.  

Oprah Winfrey and Jane Shaw

A spiritual practice is the foundation of a meaningful life, Oprah Winfrey tells Stanford audience

At the end of her daylong visit to Stanford, Oprah Winfrey delivered "Harry's Last Lecture on a Meaningful Life."  

religious camp meeting ca. 1829 / H. Bridport/Wikimedia

Stanford scholar reveals how fears of damnation undergird American history

Drawing on 18th-and 19th-century writings, religious studies scholar Kathryn Gin Lum shows how the concept of "hell" influenced religion, politics and social reform.