Humanities

Why Confederate monuments are coming down now

As Confederate monuments and memorials are toppled across the United States, Stanford historian James T. Campbell says it is important to think historically not only about the past but also about our own time and what future generations might say about us.

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Stanford humanities at home

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?

Online courses about inequality, social justice

Social justice, inequality and poverty, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and anti-discrimination law are just some of the class topics Stanford Online is offering to the general public for free or at low cost this summer.

How the meaning of the Declaration of Independence changed over time

When the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, it was a call for the right to statehood rather than individual liberties, says Stanford historian Jack Rakove. Only after the American Revolution did people interpret it as a promise for individual equality.