Special Programs

Hope House Scholars

Since spring 2001, Stanford faculty, staff, and students have been engaged in a unique project in Redwood City, California called the Hope House Scholars Program.  Each quarter, two Stanford faculty members offer a liberal arts course to the residents of Hope House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for women.  Focusing on themes such as social justice, freedom and women’s rights, spirituality and social transformation, the women of Hope House complete college-level coursework as part of their rehabilitation and recovery.  This is a collaborative effort between the Center on Ethics in Society and the Stanford Continuing Studies Program.

The program was the winner of the 2008 Stanford University Community Partnership Award.

News stories about the program here, here, and here.  An article in Dissent Magazine about the program here.

Dewey Seminar at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey

In 2009-10 the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study will be exploring pressing issues of education in our time. The core goal of the Dewey seminar will be to refine our understanding of the relationship between democracy and education, as well as to advance analysis of current conceptual and practical obstacles to achieving a democratic ideal in education.

Summer Philosophy Discovery Institute

The Stanford Summer Philosophy Discovery Institute is a three-week, residential program that offers high schools students an intensive introduction to philosophy and college life.  It was active from 2001-2004 but has been on long-term hiatus.  If you have an interest in this program, please consider the Great Books Summer Program.  I participate in the Stanford campus version.

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