Recently, I attended a writing colloquium on Stanford campus. As I settled into a hard-backed chair and looked around at the fellow attendees, I was immediately intimidated. The room was full of writers who had come to the colloquium to learn and discuss. They looked like, well, writers. Many sported wide-framed glasses, some with edgy…
Last week, I was suddenly overwhelmed by quiet panic during a lecture; in trying to go over in my mind arguments encompassing Hamlet or Montaigne, I felt incapable of accepting or understanding their grandness.
How do I explain that it’s different for me, for other first-generation and/or low-income students? That maybe, socioeconomic class can influence which classes you take, what majors you lean toward?
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne spoke to the 49th Faculty Senate in its first meeting of the year yesterday.
Professor of medicine and writer Abraham Verghese was awarded the National Humanities Medal for the 2015 year at the White House on Sept. 22.
Students were critical of the depth, interdepartmental coordination, and organization of the CS+X joint degree program.
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?