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The sounds of silence

“When was the last time you turned your phone off for 24 hours?” asked Tiffany Teng during her LOWKeynotes Presentation at the Graduate School of Business. “We pick up our phones, on average, 52 times a day. That may not sound like much, but if you add up all the eating, sleeping, driving and sex,…

Smiling, nodding, engaging

Sometimes it would be great if we could all just shut up and listen in class. Hopefully I have your attention now, so I’m going to add some addenda to that click-baity opening line. Now, I don’t mean that we should worsen the already excruciating silence that sometimes follows an amazing lecture or guest speaker…

Respecting silence

Philosophy comes too late. The point at which an aesthetic idea or concept is formalized and widely accepted enough to persuade a publisher, receive a book deal, meet a deadline and enrapture an audience is the point at which it becomes embalmed. Like a motionless monument, the Academy transmutes the living and breathing into deadened…

On the Margins, Between the Lines: The silent voices of Stanford

’m sure a lot of you can relate to the feeling of staying quiet even when you have things to say. I want to use this column to explore this — not as an artifact of my individual personality (which in many cases it is), but as part of a larger process that happens on this campus. The process of silencing others is subtle and often not apparent to those who do not experience it or who are perpetrating it. I want to talk about how this has happened to me to try to raise awareness of how it happens and to encourage students to think about how they may be minimizing the voices of others.