Humanities

New outbreak, familiar anxieties

Stanford historian Kathryn Olivarius discusses her research into antebellum New Orleans and how the yellow fever epidemic shaped the region economically and socially – at a devastating and deadly cost.

What is love?

From the fields of science to sociology, politics and philosophy, here is what Stanford research says about love and romance, in the past and present day.  

Musicologist Albert Cohen has died

An internationally distinguished musicologist, Cohen was also known on campus for his decades of service to the Department of Music.

Helping asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border

In a new Spanish immersion class, senior Lily Foulkes and other Stanford students applied their language skills to helping detained Spanish-speaking asylum seekers in Texas prepare for credible fear interviews.

Stalin did not want an Iron Curtain to descend

In the immediate years after World War II, Josef Stalin sought a more flexible, geostrategic approach to advancing Soviet interests abroad, according to Stanford historian Norman Naimark.

Makerspaces at Stanford

Dozens of spaces at Stanford help students and faculty – and, in some cases, staff and community members – explore their inner maker while also supporting those who are experienced creators.