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David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar talk experiential learning and art at McMurtry

David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar want you to learn without knowing that you’re learning. If there’s one thing that they made clear over the course of their 1.5-hour discussion on Wednesday at the McMurtry Building with Stanford professors Anthony Wagner (psychology and neuroscience) and Charles Kronengold (music), it was that principle of subtle teaching. The discussion…

Stanford community shares tips on dealing with stress

Week Ten. Dead Week. Dead Day. Duck syndrome. Twenty units. RBA. Primal scream. All-nighter. P-sets. Coupa. Lathrop 24-hour room. All of these phrases are regularly exchanged among Stanford students, especially as the quarter draws to a close. This vocabulary may seem like a strange dialect to those outside of Stanford, but students and faculty have adopted these expressions, most of which serve to accurately represent stressful situations that go along with the unique environment of Stanford.

Stanford researchers reveal teachers more likely to label black students ‘troublemakers’

Graduate student of psychology, Jason Okonofua, recently conducted research on teachers’ tendencies to discipline black students more harshly than white students, concluding that not only are teachers more likely to view black students as being ‘troublemakers’, they are also more likely to see themselves suspending black students, rather than white students, in the future.

To Stanford, with love

By definition, labels allow us to sort people, and can’t help but dictate our assumptions of how we should interact based on our similarities and differences. These labels impose arbitrary boundaries on a world of spectrums, and with them come a series of divisions between “us” and “them” that are almost impossible to dissolve.

To obtain closure: Dealing with the aftermath of national trauma

Practically all we hear on the news consists of stories of pain and suffering, the infliction of trauma on nations and their peoples. When an event inflicts trauma on a collective, people must deal with the trauma together, as well as coming to terms with things on an individual level. We can use the events in France this past week as a case study: when events that inflict a trauma on an entire nation end violently, it can make overcoming the trauma much more difficult.