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Fareed Zakaria discusses challenges facing U.S. in technology, foreign policy

CNN host, Washington Post columnist and author Fareed Zakaria spoke at an OpenXChange event entitled “America in a New World” on Tuesday night to a packed CEMEX Auditorium and overflow room. Zakaria focused on concerns about the Middle East and technology’s future economic impact. Zakaria started the night off with a joking tone, thanking the audience for attending. “You could be at home watching the greatest reality show in American history, which is the presidential election,” Zakaria said.

Crothers portal connects students worldwide

The Stanford Portal, a long-distance video-chatting booth which facilitates conversation between Stanford students and individuals in portals in Kigali, Rwanda, Heart, Afghanistan, and Mexico City, has been operating outside of Crothers Memorial since May 2. So far, student experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. Caroline Neel, Stanford’s Portal Curator, explained the appeal.

WTU demands reforms in SLE, Engaging Diversity requirement

On March 27, student group Who’s Teaching Us (WTU) posted a list of 25 demands for reform at Stanford. Among these are two demands to change the meaning of Engaging Diversity (ED) and to reform its Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program, in order to increase the diversity of authors read and examine diversity through the lens of power, privilege and oppression. Additionally, WTU argues that although SLE currently fulfills the ED requirement, it does not do enough to engage power structures as an Engaging Diversity class should.
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