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Revisiting the goals of education

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…

Stanford Review’s Western Civilization proposal draws sharp reactions

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.

Humanities professors talk magic pills, Russian dolls and the point of the humanities

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?”.