First-year student pens stories of children in Syria

Syria’s civil war has taken a devastating toll on children. Stanford freshman EMMA ABDULLAH puts a young, human face on that tragedy with her book, The Blue Box, which details the plight of Syrian children during the country’s six-year civil war. Published in 2014, the work is a collection of short stories and poems, and…

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Stanford alum returns to campus as visiting artist to explore connections between his art and other disciplines

When artist Will Clift, BS ’02, MS ’03, was at Stanford, his course load included classes on nearly everything but making art. As an undergraduate he majored in integrative design, an individually designed program that combined engineering, philosophy and psychology. He then earned a master’s degree in management science and engineering. With the exception of…

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Exhibit explores the intersection of art and engineering and its impact on California’s water history

The archive of HELEN and NEWTON HARRISON is featured in an interdisciplinary exhibit now on display at the Green Library. Terraforming: Art and Engineering in the Sacramento Watershed is on view in the Peterson Gallery, Green Library Bing Wing, through April 30. Curated by PhD candidates LAURA CASSIDY ROGERS (Modern Thought and Literature) and EMILY…

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Commitment to reforms paves way for Stanford Band resumption

Stanford Provost John Etchemendy has accepted proposals from the Stanford Band to address concerns about its organizational conduct. Convinced by the strength of those proposals, the provost is replacing a previously announced Band suspension with a pathway for the Band to resume activities as a student-run organization. In a Thursday letter to Band leadership, the…

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Camille Utterback: “Sustaining Presence” at the Stanford Art Gallery

The Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University presents Sustaining Presence, on view from January 24 to March 26, 2017 with a reception on Thursday, January 26, from 5-7 PM, at the Stanford Art Gallery. This solo exhibition by Camille Utterback, Assistant Professor in Art & Art History, highlights computationally generated and interactive…

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Stanford arts leadership capitalizes on Arts Initiative momentum

When Harry J. Elam Jr. began his career at Stanford 26 years ago in the Department of Drama, as it was known then, the Dance Division had not yet joined the department, Roble Gymnasium was still an athletics facility and the arts district was years away from conception. His office in Memorial Auditorium was literally…

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Stanford alum’s debut novel gets National Book Critics recognition

The reaction on YAA GYASI‘s Facebook page to the news that her debut novel Homegoing  was the 2016 recipient of the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard Prize was swift: 379 likes; 22 comments; and 19 shares. And that was before dawn. The John Leonard Prize was established to recognize outstanding first books in any…

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Harry Elam appointed vice president for the arts and senior vice provost for education

Harry Elam, vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford since 2010, has been appointed to two additional key leadership roles in the Office of the President and Provost. He will now oversee the non-departmental arts programs as well as direct and coordinate critical efforts in education, President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost-designate Persis Drell announced Monday.…

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Stanford Symphony Orchestra tours Catalina Island

In an annual tradition, 18 members of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra traveled down the California coast and then 26 miles across the sea to arrive at Catalina Island last month. This is the fourth year that the ensemble has made the trip to perform at the Catalina Island Museum’s Annual Holiday Symphony Concert at the…

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Stanford is shedding light on career paths in the arts

“Show me the way.” That is what Stanford offers students interested in pursuing careers in the arts. Because arts organizations, by the nature of their work, recruit in non-traditional formats, the university is bringing art paths into the light in other ways. Among them are arts internships, hands-on arts courses, grants and a program called…

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60 Years of Abstraction: Frank Stella at the Anderson and the de Young

During his visit to the Anderson Collection at Stanford, the celebrated artist Frank Stella led a small group of students around the galleries while reflecting on his career, his art, and the works on display at the Anderson. In 1959, Stella stunned a New York art world dominated by Abstract Expressionism with his Black Paintings,…

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Green Library exhibition highlights 125 years of student life at Stanford

Stanford’s first major student demonstration occurred during the so-called “Liquor Rebellion.” In 1908, 300 students marched to rebel against a new alcohol ban on campus. A suspension letter, addressed to a student who partook in the Liquor Rebellion, is one of thousands of archival treasures on display at a new exhibition at Green Library celebrating…

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Gaieties marks its 105th year

As Stanford celebrates the year that it turns 125, Ram’s Head Theatrical Society is celebrating a Stanford tradition almost as old: Big Game Gaieties is turning 105. Gaieties is an original, student-written, student-produced musical parody thatPoster for Gaieties is performed in Memorial Auditorium the week before Stanford’s Big Game against Cal. This year, Gaieties is…

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Hoover Institution acquires a collection of Joseph Brodsky’s works

When the Soviet Union exiled the Russian poet JOSEPH BRODSKY in 1972, he already had a few friends waiting for him in the West. One of them, DIANA MYERS, would remain a confidante until the Nobel poet’s death in 1996. The London home she shared with her husband, the translator ALAN MYERS, became his English…

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