Editor’s Note

Special sections of the magazine raised provocative questions bedeviling universities: Why was support for the humanities lagging? Would the sources of funding for research - private and public - skew academic scholarship? As befits a research university with a diverse faculty, the magazine’s contents reflected a range of views, including those of contrarians. President Wallace Sterling wrote for it; so did Professor H. Bruce Franklin, who was later fired by the university.

After budget cutbacks in 1969, the university stopped publishing the magazine. Since then, sister publications - Stanford Observer, published by the News Service, and Stanford magazine, put out by the Alumni Association - took up the task of keeping alumni informed. But no other publication could completely make up for what was lost as a consequence of Stanford Today’s demise.

The revival of Stanford Today, as part of a new joint venture publication by the university and the Alumni Association, signals a deepening commitment to communication with graduates. By joining forces with Stanford magazine’s new editor, Bob Cohn, and his staff at the Alumni Association, we&*#146;ll marshal the resources to produce a substantial bimonthly magazine.

This section will combine news reporting in the Stanford Observer tradition with intellectually challenging articles of the kind that once filled Stanford Today. We’ll explore controversies, explain key developments, and open our pages to a range of views about key issues in research, scholarship, teaching and learning.

Through the World Wide Web, and by mail, we’ll make supplementary information available, providing Web-site locations and addresses. We’d like the publication of Stanford Today to mark the beginning of a conversation with you.

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