A week ago in Halle, Germany, a gunman killed two people outside of a synagogue after attempting and failing to gain access to the building, where the congregation inside was just beginning Yom Kippur services. I had left Germany 24 hours before this shooting.
So what connects much of our recent campus news? In my mind, at least, and in this moment, the connection between Chanel Miller’s rape and the correctness of campus street names is the difficult question of how and what Stanford chooses to remember.
The midnight purple walls were a stark contrast to the white marble hall leading up to “The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford,” creating an immediate and immersive change in mood. I was struck by the sheer scale of the black Victorian mourning cabinet before me, packed with hundreds of weathered artifacts from the Stanford Family Collections. This exhibition of over 700 objects was curated by Mark Dion to tell the story of the Stanford family and their museum.
A years-long research project works to recognize the contributions of 12,000 Chinese railroad workers who helped build the First Transcontinental Railroad. Leland Stanford was President of the Central Pacific line.
The book talk, sponsored by the comparative literature department and the symbolic systems program, summarized Franklin’s experiences and discoveries of national lies as detailed in “Crash Course.”
The fire at Notre Dame last Monday was a shock to the world. Not only did it seemingly come out of the blue, but there was simply nothing that could be done. Onlookers could only watch as the fire spread across the roof and eventually caused the church’s famed spire to fold in half and fall.
The city celebrates a history that is intertwined with Stanford.