Category: Great reads

Yaa Gyasi

The story behind alumna Yaa Gyasi's "Homegoing"

by University Communications on August 7, 2017 2:57 pm
In the July/August issue of Stanford magazine, writer SAM SCOTT tells the story of alumna YAA GYASI, whose remarkable book Homegoing will be featured as part of Stanford’s Three Books program during New Student Orientation. Homegoing follows the lineage of two half-sisters born in different villages in Ghana and their descendants through eight generations. It… Read more The story behind alumna Yaa Gyasi's "Homegoing"
Allyson Hobbs

Allyson Hobbs' A Chosen Exile makes summer reading lists

by Alex Shashkevich on July 14, 2017 5:44 pm
A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, written by historian ALLYSON HOBBS, made it to the 2017 summer reading lists of Harvard University Press and The Paris Review. The 2014 book examines the phenomenon of racial passing, which is an intentional attempt by a person to assume a different racial identity,… Read more Allyson Hobbs' A Chosen Exile makes summer reading lists
Doomed to Cooperate

Siegfried Hecker's book on nuclear dangers recognized

by Clifton B. Parker on June 20, 2017 1:15 pm
SIEGFRIED HECKER has won a national award from the American Association for State and Local History for his book, Doomed to Cooperate. Subtitled “How American and Russian Scientists Joined Forces to Avert Some of the Great Post–Cold War Nuclear Dangers,” the work tells the story of nuclear scientists from two former enemy nations who reached across political,… Read more Siegfried Hecker's book on nuclear dangers recognized
Homecoming

Need a good book for summer reading?

by Stanford Alumni Association on June 8, 2017 12:55 pm
Whatever your summer plans, you’ll need some good reads. The Stanford Alumni Association offers these recommendations, chosen by STANFORD BOOK SALON faculty hosts. JOHN EVANS, Jones Lecturer of Creative Writing, hosted The Book of Hulga for the Book Salon. He recommends: Late in the Empire of Men, by Christopher Kempf In These Girls, Hope Is… Read more Need a good book for summer reading?
Ecosystems of California

Harold Mooney’s Ecosystems of California wins California Book Award

by Devon Ryan on June 1, 2017 2:17 pm
Ecosystems of California has received the Gold Medal for Contribution to Publishing in the 86th Annual California Book Awards. The comprehensive reference guide, which includes contributions from more than 150 authors, is a deep dive into the functions, management and diversity of each ecosystem in the Golden State. This adds to the PROSE Award for… Read more Harold Mooney’s Ecosystems of California wins California Book Award
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