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Bubbling questions

As such, the classical technical education focuses on teaching techniques that can be used to study the world, without digging into not only how they manifest in real life (a common complaint), but why we should care to study the world in the first place. While a liberal arts education professes to equip students with an appreciation of the humanistic world around them, there is little focus on building an appreciation (not just an “understanding”, whatever that may mean!) of the physical one. So why should we, college educated youth by and large with the privilege and energy to be curious, be curious?

Not your ordinary gala, part 2

On June 2, the first-ever MINT gala took place in Paul Brest Hall. The MINT gala, cosponsored by the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts, Stanford Arts, Cardinal Nights, the Stanford Concert Network and Stanford Women in Design, and supported by VFILES, Bloomingdale’s, Norma Kamali and Lancôme, was themed “Metamorphosis: Fashion Change.” Guests began arriving…

Film review: Terence Davies’ ‘Sunset Song’ is lilting, lyrical, life-affirming poetry

“Sunset Song” — the latest quiet work from cinemaster Terence Davies (“Distant Voices, Still Lives,” “The Long Day Closes”) — is the humanist film to beat this year. Like a less portentous “Gone with the Wind,” his film is centered around a young Scottish girl named Chris (played with gusto by Agyness Deyn), raised on…

Oscars 2016: Carlos’s picks

Here are film desk editor Carlos Valladares’ picks for the Oscars 2016. Best Picture —“The Revenant” Unless some miracle happens where “Max Max: Fury Road” absconds with the Top Prize, we’re stuck with Inarritu’s pseudo-profound, cliché-ridden “The Revenant.” “Bridge of Spies” is one of Spielberg’s least challenging, pat films to date, salvaged by good acting…