Humanities

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Stanford historian looks to the U.S. Postal Service to map the boom and bust of 19th-century American West

The history of the settlement of the American West comes to life with Geography of the Post, a digital mapping platform that creates visualizations of where and when post offices operated.

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History of the human-animal relationship is key to nature preservation, Stanford scholar says

In an exhibition of rare books and in her research, Stanford history scholar Mackenzie Cooley reveals how studying the animals in Western culture can improve stewardship of the natural world today.

architectural rendering of Manzanita Park Residence Hall, east elevation / Courtesy LBRE

Manzanita residence hall aims at humanities

The new Humanities House in Manzanita Park is designed to serve as a residential, cultural and intellectual hub for humanities programs and activities at Stanford. It opens to 125 undergraduates this fall.

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Trust erodes over time in the online world, Stanford experts say

New Stanford research shows that technology facilitated interpersonal trust among users of an online travel site, but establishing deeper ties became harder as users acquired more and more reviews.

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Stanford research shows how people emotionally turn against their groups in cases of injustice

New Stanford research shows that people may be willing to turn against their group's emotions when they believe the group should, but does not, feel the same emotions they feel.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey to deliver annual Stanford lecture on a meaningful life

Oprah Winfrey will serve as the Rathbun Visiting Fellow and speak Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Church. Free student, faculty and staff tickets will be available by lottery.

Portrait of James Baldwin

Stanford English professor shines new light on pioneering writer and activist James Baldwin

From jazz to theater to children's books, Stanford Professor Michele Elam's forthcoming edited volume explores the panoramic career of one of America's most influential voices in matters of race and art.

Anna Wittstruck

Music scholarship and dance performance come together in Stanford scholar's study of interwar music

Through a study of the relationship between music and dance in ballets produced between the two world wars, Stanford graduate student and conductor Anna Wittstruck illustrates how composers sought to bring audiences together.  

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Stanford performance reimagines Doug Engelbart's historic computer demonstration in a new multimedia work

The Demo, which will be performed at Bing Concert Hall in April, examines the life and work of tech visionary Douglas Engelbart. Several free events in March and April will complement the performance.

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Students and professionals join forces in the recording studio at Stanford's Bing Concert Hall

The St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Stanford Chamber Chorale prepare for the release of their performance of Joseph Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass.  

Stanford Professor Ian Morris

Humanity is turning into a 'different kind of animal,' Stanford historian says

Stanford classics Professor Ian Morris says that in the 21st century our cultural evolution is feeding back into our biological evolution. The result may be technologically enhanced "post-humans" as far removed from us as we are from Neanderthals.  

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Stanford fellow delves into archival materials that shed new light on the early days of Islam

Humanities Center fellow and historian of Islam Fred Donner builds on his theories about the diverse religious origins of Islam through an intensive study and translation of previously neglected or unknown documents from the seventh century.

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Renowned Stanford poet Eavan Boland interrogates identity and nationhood in new collection

In A Woman Without a Country, English Professor Eavan Boland helps give voice to those who have been silenced in the official record of history.

Stanford music lecturer Marie-Louise Catsalis and students.

Stanford students discover an 18th-century music treasure in Green Library

Music lecturer and students edit and finish an incomplete manuscript by Francesco Durante for a modern-day première in Memorial Church.

Asexual marchers at World Pride Parade Toronto 2014 / Naomi Lir

Stanford scholar blazes pathway for academic study of asexuality

Drawing from her research into the growth of asexual communities and queer studies, Stanford lecturer Karli Cerankowski is shedding light on an under-studied and misunderstood facet of human sexuality: asexuality.