If a Stanford humanist is majoring in Computer science or in Human Biology, this surely represents not a loss to the University’s educational mission but a fresh opportunity. This is especially so because Stanford has shown flexibility in taking on these challenges: There are structures, courses and collaborations right across the University – some of them of recent origin – which now recognize the humanist potential of science majors and the scientific interests of majors in English, History and other humanities.
The Daily sat down with several prominent professors and administrators to discuss their summer reading lists and their near-unanimous interest in one Stanford-affiliated work in particular.
Even as massive open online courses (MOOCs) continue to assume an increasingly prominent role in education, regularly enrolling thousands of students from around the world in classes taught by professors from dozens of universities, their rapid growth has sparked a backlash focused on the potential loss of diversity and interaction in education.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stanford’s Creative Writing Program and the 67th anniversary of the Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the second-oldest fellowship of its kind in the country.
The Levinthal Tutorial program is one of the only opportunities for Stanford undergrads to work closely with the Stegner Fellows, a selective group of working writers based at Stanford.
Despite its reputation as a tech-oriented campus filled with students who would rather program computers than study the arts, Stanford has found ways to incorporate the humanities into its wider vision of a well-rounded education. From the Three Books program to required courses in the Introduction to the Humanities and the Program in Writing and…
Despite the rain, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, invited by the Creative Writing department through the Jean and Bill Lane Lecture Series, drew an audience larger than Cemex Auditorium’s capacity of 600.
Before becoming the 16th United States Poet Laureate in 2008, Kay Ryan had never even taken a creative writing class. But this winter, she was teaching one at Stanford.