THE NEW STANFORD TODAY
Reclaiming an Old Title, We Launch a Joint Venture
INAUGURAL EDITION OF Stanford Today, we reclaim
an old title for
new purposes. Its publication is a recognition of the need for a journalism of
ideas, to communicate news about current scholarship to more than 100,000 diverse
and far-flung graduates of the university.
For nearly 30 years, until the late 1960s, the university produced a quarterly by
the same name. In its earliest incarnation, it was little more than a bulletin of
news briefs and official pronouncements, but by 1961, its editors had added an
impressive array of essays by prominent scholars.
Wallace Stegner on Robert Frost, Wolfgang Panofsky on high-energy physics, Robert
McAfee Brown and Abraham Heschel on religion, Paul Ehrlich on population, Roy
Cohn on organ transplantation, Bernard DeVoto on the United States, Ernest
Hilgard on teaching, Gerald Gunther on the Supreme Court, Leonard Ratner on
Mozart - these were the sorts of authors and kinds of subjects regularly
addressed in its pages.
The magazine filled a need for letting the outside world, especially
know what our faculty were doing and what they were thinking, remembers
Allen, an economics graduate from the Class of 1936, who served as editor during
the publications final decade.