Two Stanford professors were selected for the inaugural cohort of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Ian Morris of the Classics Department and Shahzad Bashir of the Religious Studies Department will receive $200,000 as a part of the fellowship, which is designed to honor outstanding scholars in the humanities and social sciences.
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.
The world at the end of the 21st century will differ more from today than how present day is currently compared to the world of cavemen, said Ian Morris, an archaeologist and historian in the Department of Classics, Thursday evening during a lecture in the Sloan Mathematics Corner.
A square meter of any archaeological dig tends to unearth bones, stone tools, ceramics, textiles–a little of everything–and a lot of dirt. Some might call it playing in the dirt. Others just dig for expensive artifacts. For history and classics professor Ian Morris, it is an opportunity to unearth the past in a way that helps explain trends of the present.
At 7 p.m. on a Wednesday, the back of Kepler’s Books was packed. Most of the crowd was older – people who likely never had the good fortune to take a class with classics and history Prof. Ian Morris – but upon cracking his new book, “Why the West Rules – For Now,” one could see why they came.