Elizabeth Lindqwister discusses ways that the Thinking matters requirement fails to provide an introduction to academic thinking and how it might be improved.
At the end of this quarter, many other freshmen and I will have completed the first-year THINK and PWR requirements that constitute Stanford’s closest analogue to a core curriculum. Unlike the WAYS requirements, which can each be satisfied in thousands of ways, THINK and PWR are relatively streamlined, all following a set of predetermined learning…
Weiner, a historian whose current work focuses on state surveillance in the Soviet Union, said that he hopes his Thinking Matters course provides just the kind of space where students can think critically about issues that interest them – including the structure and content of the class.
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.
The latest proposal to overhaul Stanford’s introductory exposure to humanities is part of a long series of previous reform efforts.
The university community should still feel it imperative to provide our artists with more space, and then act on that imperative. We need to build performance halls and studios to better serve this part of the Stanford community that is largely ignored in terms of the resources we give them.
Serving as a student representative on a University committee is perhaps the most critical role in our campus community that Stanford has to offer. Nowhere else can you make decisions not only on behalf of students but also — in conjunction with administrators and faculty — on behalf of the University community as a whole.
A broad array of departments are collaborating to bring “Imagining the Universe,” an eclectic program that explores cosmology in art and science, to the Stanford community this year.