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UNWRAPPING THE HUMANITIES
High-profile visitors will discuss the future of the arts and sciences

By Diane Manuel

Acceptance letters have rolled in from around the world: Authors Isabel Allende, Svetlana Alpers and Umberto Eco, critics Harold Bloom and Henry Louis Gates Jr., artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, playwrights Hélène Cixous and Wole Soyinka, philosopher Jacques Derrida and architect Peter Eisenman all have agreed to participate in the new Stanford Presidential Lectures and Symposia in the Humanities and Arts.

Invited by President Gerhard Casper and supported by his office’s discretionary funds, the high-profile visitors each will spend two or three days on campus, giving lectures and participating in discussions with faculty and students. The campus conversations will ask ­ and attempt to answer ­ fundamental questions about the state of humanities today and how various disciplines can best be strengthened in a university setting.


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“This is the long-term payoff of a change of culture in the humanities at Stanford,” Hans Gumbrecht, the Albert Guérard Professor of Literature and

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