Stanford’s faculty and Silicon Valley are inseparably intertwined. Some have criticized this sort of revolving door between Stanford faculty and technology industry leaders as being detrimental to the purity of academia at Stanford.
After appointing their executive cabinet towards the end of spring quarter, ASSU Executives Billy Gallagher ’14 and Dan Ashton ’14 have outlined several projects – from reinvigorating the humanities to addressing alleged flaws in the University’s judicial process – that they plan to address over the rest of their term.
Networking, in its modern form, may be no stranger to Stanford faculty and students. A groundbreaking new digital humanities project, however, aims to explore the networking of the 18th century, delving into the routes, people and places that made up the Grand Tour of Europe.
Caroline Winterer, professor of history, was recently named the new director of the Stanford Humanities Center, a post she will assume on Sept. 1.
A video produced by Code.org—a nonprofit foundation dedicated to increasing computer literacy—lamenting a lack of high school programming courses has sparked interest and controversy among students and professors, with some expressing concern that computer science (CS) has attained too prominent a role at Stanford.
As of this fall, the yearlong Introduction to the Humanities sequence will no longer be a requirement for freshmen. Instead, the Class of 2016 will choose from over 35 different quarter-long Thinking Matters courses.
Organizers are hopeful that it can help address a perceived “pipeline problem” in humanities at Stanford: the declining number of incoming undergraduates that have an interest in humanities majors.