Ursula K. Le Guin’s short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas,” is about a utopian community whose happiness depends on the suffering of one child. Every year, the community is informed of the child — and every year, while the rest of the community is able to come to terms with the atrocity, some members leave the utopia.
Every Tuesday night leading up to the Nov. 6 presidential election, Cemex Auditorium was packed with a mixed student population of undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students.
A panel of Bay Area thinkers addressed interpretations of life, the role of technology in human existence and ethical quandaries Thursday evening at “Life,” the second stage of an “Interdisciplinary Tour of the Human Condition in Three Stages.” The panel of speakers, moderated by Piero Scaruffi of Stanford Continuing Studies, attracted an audience of around 250 to Cubberley Auditorium.
Standing in stark contrast to rising tuition costs, a growing number of American universities are providing free online courses to the general public and, by the numbers, Stanford appears to be at the forefront.