Frederick P. Rehmus Family Professor of the Humanities Gavin Jones is reviving the works of novelist and former Stanford student John Steinbeck in his spring course, “American Studies 146A: Steinbeck.”
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.
For Elaine Treharne, the Stanford English Department’s newest addition, it’s all about the past — or in Treharne’s case, medieval studies, her discipline of choice. “For me, [medieval studies] is about connecting with people from the past, and also recognizing that people from the past are affected the same as us, even if the…
Techie or fuzzy? It’s a deceptively innocent question, but on a campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, the voices of the humanities can easily be lost in the technical buzz and clamor of industry.