A new set of tracks for taking humanities classes, called Humanities Core, will be offered for the first time in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years.
The humanities have always stood at the center of a liberal education. To study the humanities is to acquire or hone valuable skills in thinking, researching, and writing, as well as to probe the mysteries and marvels of human experience and aspirations in their diverse forms. These are vital skills. Many of the world’s greatest problems — climate change, inequality, poverty, and conflict — involve questions of value and meaning that the humanities explore. What do we owe to future generations? Is there an obligation to remember the past and if so, how? What is a fair way of distributing benefits and burdens? What does it mean to be — or not to be — a citizen?
While most undergraduates wait to find out their Housing Draw results, some already know where they will be living next year, including the 118 students preassigned to the Humanities House, the new dorm currently under construction in Manzanita Park.
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.
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.
Although some may call social media unique to the 21st century, two researchers at Stanford say this predicament reveals nothing fundamentally new.
A project led by Stanford researchers made gains in documenting the extensive social networks, similar to today’s online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, that existed as long ago as 1500.
Six teams of Stanford professors will focus on creating innovative, team-taught curricula as part of the 2012 Faculty College, unveiled by Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam at the Faculty Senate’s June 9 meeting.