In response to The Stanford Review’s recent petition to implement a two-quarter required course on Western Civilization instead of the current Thinking Matters requirement, I feel compelled to open up discussion on the importance of diversity in perspective. Before we can talk about Stanford’s educational system, we should first define its goals. Following the University’s…
On Sunday, The Stanford Review proposed and emailed a petition and manifesto for a new “Western Civilization” humanities requirement to the student body. Intended to be placed on the undergraduate Spring Ballot, the petition has sparked a flurry of reactions ranging from reflection on the state of the humanities at Stanford to outrage at the Review’s perceived exclusivity.
Immersed in the heart of Silicon Valley, our university is especially centered around technological innovation as our world becomes increasingly driven by data. As the tech industry grows, people are flocking toward technical majors, and it seems that the humanities are being left in the dust. When brainstorming Daily pieces, I tend to come up…
At least 50 students crowded into the home of Nadeem Hussein, the dean of FroSoCo and professor of Philosophy, last Friday night for a lively discussion between Hussein and fellow acclaimed professors in the humanities Joshua Landy, Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French and director of Structured Liberal Education (SLE) and Dan Edelstein, chair of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages (DLCL) and Resident Fellow of the Humanities House. The discussion centered around the question of “What is the point of the humanities?”.
With famous alumni scattered as founders of companies like Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Yahoo and Palantir, Stanford’s proclivity for computer science and tech ventures is well known and widely discussed. While Stanford’s impact on Silicon Valley has been widely acknowledged, tech culture has a strong influence on undergraduates at the University as well.
This year, for the first time, Cantor Arts Center has paired with the class, “Imaginng the Oceans,” to create a special exhibit featuring artistic depictions of the sea.
Philosophy Talk, a Stanford-based radio talk show featuring professors of philosophy, John Perry and Kenneth Taylor, is facing a funding crisis that may threaten its continuation.
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.