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Stanford Humanities Center 2020-2021 Fellows

Thirty-three fellows are named, including scholars of art history, the classics, comparative literature, dance and music.

The Humanities Center offers residential fellowships for the academic year to Stanford and non-Stanford scholars at different career stages, giving them the opportunity to pursue their work in a supportive intellectual community.

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Stanford professor sees Hagia Sophia as a “time tunnel” linking Ottomans to the Roman Empire

Stanford history professor says conquest narratives don’t fully explain Hagia Sophia’s lasting legacy.

With the conversion last month of the architecturally stunning Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a working mosque, Turkish President Recep Erdoğan fulfilled a long-held hope of many Turkish Muslims and of his own political party. Built as a cathedral, Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, has also been a mosque and a museum and is now…

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Stanford students create a virtual campus to recapture the university experience

More than a thousand Stanford students and other university affiliates have joined Club Cardinal, a new, virtual Stanford campus that’s connecting the community remotely.

A new virtual platform is helping the Stanford community recapture the campus experience. It’s called Club Cardinal, and it’s turned the university into an online, interactive space. Video by Club Cardinal Club Cardinal is a virtual reproduction of the Farm where community members can socialize and experience Stanford life while living, working and studying apart. “We…

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Theater in Stanford’s Roble Gym to be named the Harry J. Elam, Jr. Theater in honor of the former professor and arts and education leader

The theater is housed in the historic Roble Gym, home of the Department of Theater and Performance Studies where Elam taught and directed for 30 years.

The black box theater in Roble Gym, home of the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), has been named the Harry J. Elam, Jr. Theater. Earlier this year, after a distinguished three-decade tenure at Stanford, the university announced that Elam had been named the 16th president of Occidental College. His career at Stanford left…

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Stanford alums again nominated for Emmy awards

Four alums earned two producing and four acting Emmy nominations.

Once again, the remarkable screen stars and Stanford alums STERLING K. BROWN, ’98, and  ISSA RAE, ’07, have earned Emmy nominations for their roles in television series. ANDRE BRAUGHER, ’84, joins their ranks this year and AMY ANIOBI, ’06, shares a series nomination with Rae. The four alums have earned multiple awards and nominations before for their work on the…

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artsCatalyst Grants 2019-20

This past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts awarded 33 artsCatalyst Grants to faculty members from across the University. These grants foster arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. Activities included field trips to Bay Area cultural organizations, workshops with visiting artists, and attending performances. 2019-20 artsCatalyst Grant Recipients Why is Climate Change…

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Stanford Talisman helps the San Francisco Giants celebrate their home opening

Stanford Talisman helped the San Francisco Giants celebrate their home opener with an a cappella rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The song, which is commonly considered the Black national anthem, was played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the Giants baseball game at Oracle Park Tuesday. The group performed the song, which was…

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Stanford Medicine Stuck@Home Concerts: Emotional PPE for Unprecedented Times

As a nonclinician working in the Stanford School of Medicine, I felt helpless as I watched my boss, Dr. Audrey Shafer, a professor of anesthesiology and perioperative and pain medicine, and other colleagues and friends on the frontlines of COVID-19. Then I got a call from Dr. Bryant Lin, a clinical associate professor of primary…

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What makes a Rodin ‘a Rodin’? Stanford scholar explains the famed sculptor’s process

The Cantor Art Center’s extensive collection of the artist’s sculptures invoke contemporary questions across disciplines.

In recent days, an announcement by the Musée Rodin in Paris to use Auguste Rodin’s molds to produce additional sculptures of his work as a fundraising tool raised questions about multiplicity, authorship and how cultural institutions should weather financial challenges like those resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. When Rodin died in 1917, he bequeathed not only his…

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Student Arts Grants: A Year in Photos 2019-20

This year’s VPA Student Arts Grants supported a wide range of student-initiated collaborative projects across the Stanford campus. Projects ranged from photography, documentary and narrative film, zines, musical theater, dance, contemporary plays, and inviting renowned artists for exhibitions and artist talks serving the student community.  Students and their project teams represented a wide range of…

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Patrick Phillips appointed interim director of the Creative Writing Program

Professor Phillips is the author of "Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America" and three poetry collections.

Professor of English Patrick Phillips has been appointed interim director of the Creative Writing Program.    Professor Phillips is the author of Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, which was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and Smithsonian, and received an American Book Award from…

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Creative agency during a pandemic

Music professor and composer urges students to think of constraints as opportunities for creative growth.

Artists have faced constraints that affected their ability to practice their craft throughout history. The limitations artists currently face due to COVID-19—from a lack of access to concert halls and theaters to the inability to collaborate freely with others in person—are not necessarily new. Yet they also pose an opportunity for creative growth, according to…

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Humanities at home

From their kitchen tables and their living rooms, faculty in the School of Humanities and Sciences translate poems, compose music, share childhood memories, read meaningful texts, examine visual artworks, and more.

What has been on the minds of Stanford professors as they navigate this turbulent and anxious time? Where do they find comfort and solace, challenge and struggle, beauty and grace? While many aspects of campus life are now mediated through a computer screen, the extended time apart has offered us a rare chance to hear from faculty informally,…

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Stanford Repertory Theater commemorates Juneteenth with livestreamed reading of Vincent Terrell Durham play

Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT) is one of three dozen theater companies co-presenting a Juneteenth reading of Vincent Terrell Durham’s play Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids. The reading will be livestreamed via Zoom at 7 p.m. PT on June 19 in recognition of Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Polar Bears,…

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Eamon Ore-Giron Named to Presidential Residency at the Anderson Collection

Celebrated abstract painter explores the visual possibilities of cross-cultural aesthetics and expression through large-scale geometric works.

In the Stanford tradition of providing a home for art and artists who advance dialogue on contemporary issues, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University will welcome visual artist Eamon Ore-Giron to campus for the 2020-2021 Presidential Residency on the Future of the Arts. “The Anderson Collection seeks to be a destination for discourse around modern and contemporary…

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Paul V. Turner, art history professor emeritus, named 2020 Fellow by Society of Architectural Historians

A generous and inspiring teacher and scholar, Paul Venable Turner has contributed to the field of architectural history through award-winning scholarship, his influence on generations of students, and nearly fifty years of involvement with the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

The Board of Directors names as Fellows of the Society of Architectural Historians individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field. These contributions may include scholarship, service to the Society, teaching and stewardship of the built environment. The 2020 Class of Fellows include Paul V. Turner, Professor Emeritus of the…

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