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Future of learning to take center stage at newly renovated Wallenberg Hall

HRH Princess Christina of Sweden and former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz will be among the dignitaries speaking at the reopening of Building 160 as Wallenberg Hall on Oct. 24. Wallenberg Hall, located in a 19th-century sandstone building at the front of Stanford's Main Quad, has been transformed into a state-of-the-art facility designed to help researchers push the boundaries of education.

The event, which is not open to the public, will include a special building tour for journalists.

"We are not only interested in watching and studying the evolution of the university of the future; we want to play an active role in the creation of it," said Peter Wallenberg, chairman of two foundations that have funded the building's renovation and mission.

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4:30 p.m. Guests arrive at Wallenberg Hall, Building 160, located in the Main Quad at the end of Palm Drive on campus.

5:00 p.m. Screening of 12-minute video "From Sandstone to Silicon," which details how and why Building 160 was renovated and what role it is expected to play regarding the future of learning.

5:15 p.m. Remarks by dignitaries.

6:00 p.m. Building tours.


In 1999, Sweden's Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation donated $15 million to Stanford toward the renovation of Building 160, now renamed as Wallenberg Hall, to house international research projects that use Internet-based technology to promote interdisciplinary learning. The building also will house the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning, the Stanford Humanities Lab and Media-X, a new initiative that focuses on interdisciplinary research about interactive technology.



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