News articles classified as Humanities

Stanford Graduate School of Education —

It’s Banned Books Week

Last year, the GSE’s Jennifer Wolf discussed the push to ban books from U.S. schools. “I’ve read many of these ... and I can attest – they do push us outside of our comfort area.”

The future of democracy rests on the civic bargain

Democracy is messy, says Josiah Ober in his new book. “Democratic citizens must live among and negotiate the terms of their common lives with others who hold diverging interests. That means deliberating with people with whom we disagree.”

Stanford Digital Education —

Balancing democracy and meritocracy

How a fierce debate in the 1940s between a scientist and a senator informs Stanford Digital Education’s efforts to bring challenging courses to Title I high schools.

Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences —

Post-Cinematic Bodies

Shane Denson’s new book considers how tech can co-opt our physical selves – and how art can save us.

Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences —

Crime story as bourgeois horror

Haiyan Lee, author of a new book that compares Chinese and American views of justice, on why spy thrillers are more popular in China than detective stories.

School of Humanities & Sciences —

What Even Is Gender?

“It is customary to speak of someone having a gender identity, but most of us have many gender feels, which need not pattern together in any particular way,” Stanford philosopher R.A. Briggs writes in a new co-authored book.

Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health —

Saving lives with food and medicine

Bert Patenaude’s new book, Bread + Medicine: American Famine Relief in Soviet Russia, 1921-1923, recounts the pivotal role U.S. doctors played in saving lives.