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World Bank president Jim Yong Kim speaks at CEMEX

On Oct. 29, World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim spoke at CEMEX Auditorium about health and global development.

Eight faculty announced as Bass Fellows

Eight faculty members with diverse academic backgrounds have been announced as Bass Fellows, an honor awarding remarkable commitment and devotion to undergraduate students. Three recipients had previously been appointed fellows.

Q&A with Linda Darling-Hammond, founder of the Learning Policy Institute

Earlier this month, Linda Darling-Hammond, emeritus professor of education, announced the founding of the Learning Policy Institute, a new education think-tank that strives to facilitate education reforms needed in the 21st century. Darling-Hammond is a veteran educator, having served as school teacher, professor, director of President Obama's education policy transition team, and now, CEO of the think tank. Darling-Hammond elaborated on her ideas to cope with some of the most pressing issues in the field of education.

Bassem Youssef speaks at CEMEX as part of OpenXChange

On Monday night, Egyptian political satirist Bassem Youssef spoke at CEMEX auditorium as part of OpenXChange, a new year-long program designed to promote on-campus dialogue. The talk was moderated by Larry Diamond, former director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Francis Fukuyama: Policymaker or social scientist?

On May 8, Uppsala University announced the winner of the 2015 Johan Skytte Prize of Political Science. The prestigious award resembles a Nobel Prize in many regards, from its Swedish origin to the Prize Committee’s rigorous awarding criteria — it only commends the scholar who “has made the most valuable contribution” to the field.

Japanese Prime Minister speaks on strengthening connections to Silicon Valley

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke about his innovation initiatives and ideas of promoting exchanges between Japan and Silicon Valley in a speech at Bing Concert Hall on Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the Hall, protesting his revisionist historical views and nationalist sentiments regarding Japan’s role in World War II.

Secretary of Defense speaks, announces cybersecurity plans

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced the Pentagon’s new innovation initiatives and cybersecurity strategy at CEMEX today. Initiatives included building Cyber Mission Forces, enhancing security of Department of Defense (DOD) information, network and data and improving resiliency in the face of potential cyber attacks.

Faculty members send letter to APIRL opposing divestment

A combined 135 Stanford faculty members have submitted two different statements to the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility and Leasing (APIRL) opposing the recent call for Stanford to divest from certain companies identified as complicit in human rights violations in Israel and Palestine. The longer statement of the two, circulated by Avner Greif, Lawrence Marshall, Steve…

Q&A with Dan Banik, professor of online international development course

Dan Banik was a visiting associate professor at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute from July 2013 through July 2014. He is also currently an associate professor at the University of Oslo in Norway. Banik initiated “What Works: Promising Practices in International Development,” a free online course that explores issues concerning development and poverty reduction. The massive open online course (MOOC) began on Feb. 23 and features faculty members from five universities worldwide, including four Stanford professors. The Daily spoke to Banik about how he developed the course.

Thomas Friedman talks divestment at Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture

During a discussion with the Stanford community at CEMEX auditorium on Feb. 8, Thomas L. Friedman said he was “not for divestment” from companies allegedly aiding Israel. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for the New York Times covering international affairs, Friedman has written extensively on the Middle East.
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