Category: Great reads

Pamela Karlan

Pamela Karlan on the legal implications of the Comey firing

by Sharon Driscoll on May 12, 2017 4:25 pm
In this Q&A with Stanford Lawyer, Law School Professor PAMELA KARLAN discusses the legal implications of the May 9 firing of FBI Director James Comey. President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey seems to have been a break with tradition. Can you talk about that – the structure of power – and why the… Read more Pamela Karlan on the legal implications of the Comey firing
Phil Pizzo

Phil Pizzo reflects on transitions and identity

by Kate Chesley on May 2, 2017 2:58 pm
Scope, the award-winning Stanford Medicine blog, recently wrote about an essay PHIL PIZZO, former dean of the School of Medicine, wrote for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about later-life career transitions. After stepping down as dean, Pizzo founded Stanford’s successful Distinguished Careers Institute, which helps accomplished individuals transform themselves for roles with… Read more Phil Pizzo reflects on transitions and identity
Book about George Sword

Delphine Red Shirt's George Sword's Warrior Narratives honored

by Alex Shashkevich on April 19, 2017 3:58 pm
DELPHINE RED SHIRT, lecturer of Native American Studies and Special Languages, was recently honored with two awards for her 2016 book about the writings of Native American George Sword. Her book, George Sword’s Warrior Narratives: Compositional Processes in Lakota Oral Tradition, examines the characteristics of the oral storytelling and literature of the Lakota people, who… Read more Delphine Red Shirt's George Sword's Warrior Narratives honored
Christine Parker

Teaching middle-school students to love the humanities

by Milenko Martinovich on March 30, 2017 4:33 pm
The Stanford Humanities Circle, an after-school academic enrichment program for middle-school and high school students, concluded its first session on March 15, instilling some 50 pre-collegiate students with an appreciation for the humanities. The students, chosen by lottery, attended weekly sessions on campus, where they received instruction from Stanford faculty and Bay Area humanities experts.… Read more Teaching middle-school students to love the humanities
Letters Home from Stanford

Stanford history written letter by letter

by Pamela Moreland on March 8, 2017 4:16 pm
It is often said that history is written by the victors. Stanford alumna ALISON CARPENTER DAVIS, ’79, takes a different view, at least when it comes to her alma mater. She believes Stanford’s history is written by students who send letters, and sometimes laundry, home to family. Letters Home from Stanford is a collection of… Read more Stanford history written letter by letter
Humanities Center book celebration

Humanities scholars honored at annual publications celebration

by Chris Kark on March 6, 2017 12:15 pm
On March 2, the Stanford Humanities Center hosted its 24th annual publications celebration to showcase publications in the humanities and arts at Stanford. Gathering in the center’s Levinthal Hall, guests perused books, music and radio shows produced by Stanford colleagues in the previous year. The published works reflect the depth and breadth of humanities scholarship… Read more Humanities scholars honored at annual publications celebration
Blue Box

First-year student pens stories of children in Syria

by Clifton B. Parker on February 6, 2017 2:53 pm
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… Read more First-year student pens stories of children in Syria
William Barnett

Want to be a better manager?

by Bill Snyder on February 2, 2017 2:05 pm
Do good managers look for consensus and strive to predict the future? Not according to WILLIAM BARNETT, professor of organizational behavior at the Graduate School of Business. “Humans fear being a fool much more than they hope to be a genius,” he says. Rather than risk looking foolish, employees may opt to support a consensus… Read more Want to be a better manager?
goal setting

Reassessing your New Year's resolutions

by Krysten Crawford on January 30, 2017 2:30 pm
More than 40 percent of Americans who made New Year’s resolutions abandon them in a matter of weeks — a number that will rise to 90 percent. If you are among them, listen to some good advice from scholars at the Graduate School of Education who study human development and behavior through learning. They say… Read more Reassessing your New Year's resolutions
Yaa Gyasi

Stanford alum's debut novel gets National Book Critics recognition

by Pamela Moreland on January 18, 2017 3:04 pm
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… Read more Stanford alum's debut novel gets National Book Critics recognition