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Magazine: The university in an era of populism

While popular attention often focuses on glaring factual inaccuracies, fake news or Trump’s tirades towards the media, I fear these are merely symptoms of a broader shift in attitude. Specifically, as others have already written, and as witnessed both through political rhetoric and polling, the populism that has fueled recent electoral victories centers on a marked distrust of “experts.”

A culture in flux

Some in the University’s administration have come to see Stanford’s cultural DNA as “high-risk.” To be fair, this comes in the context of a broader birth of the university incorporated, bringing changes to campuses across the country. But this raises special questions at Stanford – can the culture of a place simply be changed by fiat, and, if so, what happens to a University that loses the spirit that defined it through the course of its long ascendancy?

Q&A: Caroline Winterer discusses the digital humanities

The “digital humanities” is an increasingly popular field of research within humanities departments at Stanford and beyond. Yet what exactly is the digital humanities? To gain a better understanding of this approach to scholarship, The Stanford Daily sat down with Caroline Winterer, professor of history and director of The Stanford Humanities Center, whose recent research focuses on digital analysis of Benjamin Franklin’s correspondences.