The Stanford griffins return to public view

Two majestic griffins have been sitting in storage since 2005, when they last guarded the entrance to a now-demolished men’s gymnasium. After a few nips and tucks, they are being returned to campus to help oversee the pathway leading to the Stanford Mausoleum.

A pair of statues of majestic griffins are coming out of storage to oversee the entrance to the path that leads to the mausoleum where the university’s founding family is interred. “We think this will be a fun and whimsical surprise for people,” said Laura Jones, director of heritage services and university archaeologist. “These are…

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Stanford’s 2018 Commencement Wacky Walk

Stanford begins its Commencement ceremony every year with a fun, very nontraditional procession into the stadium known as the Wacky Walk. Videographer Kurt Hickman captured some of the highlights from the 2018 event.

Student Arts Grants: A Year in Photos 2017-18

This year’s Student Arts Grants supported a wide range of projects across the Stanford campus. The projects covered many genres including contemporary plays, documentary and fiction film shorts, musical theater, painting, photography, drag performance, and more. Many of this year’s grantees utilized Roble Arts Gym as a rehearsal/work space as well as a venue for their exhibits…

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Sterling K. Brown, award-winning actor, tells Stanford graduates not to be afraid to let their lights shine

Calling upon philosophical muses and his own experiences, Brown delivers the 127th Stanford University Commencement address.

At Stanford’s 127th Commencement, Stanford alum and multi-award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown told graduating students of the Class of 2018 that if they find that purpose in life that gives them access to maximum enthusiasm, trust it. Video by Kurt Hickman Before launching into his Commencement address, Brown confessed to the graduates that he must…

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Stand and fight for justice, urges poet Elizabeth Alexander to graduating Stanford students

Baccalaureate speaker Elizabeth Alexander encourages graduating students to lead lives that are fair, just and kind.

In a world filled with beauty and possibility but also violence and injustice, poet and scholar Elizabeth Alexander calls for actions that are fair, just and kind. Video by Kurt Hickman Baccalaureate, a multifaith celebration for graduating students, featured poet Elizabeth Alexander, a student reflection and spiritual music. Alexander delivered the call for action as…

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Community building by way of ballet and bhangra

Leaders from student dance groups are invited to co-teach a course on dance forms from around the globe.

Stanford students who took Inter-Style Choreography Workshop this spring explored a variety of dance styles as part of an effort to build a stronger community of dancers on campus. Video by Kurt Hickman Student dancers and choreographers came together in a course that merged collaboration and culture into dance practice. When School of Humanities and Sciences dance…

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Poet Eavan Boland elected to the Royal Irish Academy

The Royal Irish Academy elected English professor and acclaimed poet EAVAN BOLAND as an honorary member. Boland, the Bella Mabury and Eloise Mabury Knapp Professor in Humanities and director of the Creative Writing Program, was among 28 new members admitted for “their exceptional contribution to the sciences, humanities and social sciences as well as to public service,”…

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Science library installs artwork giving new life to vintage book covers

Karen Kinney is a Los Angeles based artist whose work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Her artwork was purchased for the Lionsgate film “The Lincoln Lawyer” and resides in private collections across country. “Points of Departure” was previously exhibited at the Thomas Bradley terminal of Los Angeles International Airport. In addition…

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Science students make art to reflect on their time at Stanford

Projects in The Senior Reflection mix science with art. They have included documentaries, sculptures and performances and expressed students’ views on nature, health and personal experiences.

Nibbling on petite samplings of quail, students in The Senior Reflection excitedly consider the acorn porridge and debate about the level of detail the chef – their classmate Alex Nguyen-Phuc, ’18 – should include in a printed menu to accompany the final meal. Although the class has taken on a temporary air of fine dining, it is…

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Nebulate: an installation by students of Stanford’s Architectural Design Program

Installed in front of the Anderson Collection, Nebulate‘s structure is comprised of plastic bubbles of varying sizes, assembled to form a translucent, cloud-like mass. Architectural Design Program students explored how surface deformation, through dimpling and curvature, increased the strength of the panel. The final form embodies a viral mass upon its environment as it ebbs and…

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Stanford senior and university VR club co-founder creates pioneering augmented reality film with fellow undergraduate

Max Korman believes that new augmented reality platforms represent a paradigm shift in how people will tell stories and create art in the future.

Stanford undergraduates Max Korman, ’18, and Khoi Le, ’20, launched what may be the world’s first augmented reality narrative film. And they did it using their mobile phones. Snowbird is a 3D-animated short movie about porcelain creatures that come to life in a snow globe. (Image credit: Courtesy of Max Korman) Augmented reality (AR) is a…

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2018 Stanford Global Studies photo contest

Undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the Stanford Global Studies programs and centers pulled out their cameras and phones to document moments in their lives at home and abroad. Winning photographs from the 2018 Stanford Global Studies Student Photo Contest were shot in six countries from very different vantage points: on top of Highlands Bowl…

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Stanford Concert Network staff on organizing the Frost Music & Arts Festival

Student organizers talk about what it takes to pull off the biggest show on campus, scheduled for May 19 at Stanford Stadium and headlined by English indie rock band Glass Animals.

Spring quarter is half past, which means it’s almost time for the seventh annual Frost Music & Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, May 19. The festival, which will include performances by Ravyn Lenae, Monte Booker and headliner Glass Animals, will be held at Stanford Stadium due to renovations at Frost Amphitheater. More than a concert,…

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Ram’s Head presents ‘Chicago’

Set in the mid-1920s, Broadway favorite Chicago follows the story of budding star Roxie Hart and veteran performer Velma Kelly as they vie for the spotlight in search of the American Dream: fame, fortune and acquittal from their death row convictions. According to Gabe Wieder, director and co-choreographer of the Ram’s Head production of the musical, “Chicago’s…

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Stanford student’s investigation reveals images in Diebenkorn painting

Richard Diebenkorn's 'Window' is the centerpiece of a new interactive exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center. The exhibit reveals hidden images beneath the painting found by Stanford student Katherine Van Kirk.

Stanford student Katherine Van Kirk, ’19, has paired modern technology with old-fashioned detective work to reveal images hidden beneath the surface of artist Richard Diebenkorn’s painting Window (1967). Van Kirk discovered multiple compositions hidden below Window’s surface that date to the mid-1950s and ‘60s, when Diebenkorn was a leader of the Bay Area Figurative movement. These earlier compositions…

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