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 magazines 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
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
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 magazines
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. Well 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, well make supplementary
available, providing Web-site locations and addresses. Wed like the
of Stanford Today to mark the beginning of a conversation with you.
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