Humanities

Steinbeck’s experimentalism explored

English Professor Gavin Jones’ new book examines John Steinbeck’s experimentalism, contending that the author’s portrayals of climate change and wealth inequality make him an important literary voice for today.

What’s next for Afghanistan?

Stanford historian Robert Crews discusses the political challenges and precarities that remain in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdraws its troops following two decades of conflict.

Justice across ages

A new book by Juliana Bidadanure highlights the need to distribute jobs, income and other essential resources in a way that treats people who are young and old as equals.

Finding fortitude from the diaries of a man who escaped slavery

As Juneteenth approaches, Stanford law Professor William Gould IV shares how the journals of his great-grandfather, who escaped slavery and fought against the Confederacy in the American Civil War, inspired him throughout his career and personal life.

Celebrating 25 years of research and teaching for race and ethnic studies

As the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (CCSRE) celebrates its 25-year anniversary, founding director Al Camarillo and current director Jennifer DeVere Brody reflect on how race and ethnic studies has transformed at Stanford thanks to interdisciplinary collaboration and connection.

Oceans examined through historical and literary lenses

With a publication date coinciding with Earth Day, a new, six-volume set edited by Stanford English Professor Margaret Cohen explores the cultural history of Earth’s oceans from antiquity to the modern era.