Culture

Burning Man’s influence in Silicon Valley

Communication Professor Fred Turner has been studying the role of art and countercultural movements – including the communal, participatory lifestyle celebrated at the annual Burning Man festival – that have had far-reaching influence in the workplace of tech firms.

Diving into the medieval world

A group of Stanford humanities professors and their students have been analyzing medieval manuscripts and artifacts to better understand how current societies and cultures developed.

Stanford scholar discusses Buddhism and its origins

Stanford religious studies Professor Paul Harrison talks about the latest research on the origin of Buddhism and the rise of Mahayana Buddhism, which has influenced most of today’s Buddhist practices around the world.

Learning en plein air

At Stanford University, gardens beckon visitors to learn en plein air – about small-scale sustainable farming,  sun-loving desert plants and sculpture.

Understanding people’s obsession with crystals

Stanford medievalist Marisa Galvez is examining the origins of people’s fascination with crystals. She finds that crystals inspired the writing and poetry of some medieval authors in unexpected ways.

Exploring what an interruption is in conversation

Stanford doctoral candidate Katherine Hilton found that people perceive interruptions in conversation differently, and those perceptions differ depending on the listener’s own conversational style as well as gender.

Separating fact from myth of 1903 anti-Jewish riot

Stanford historian Steven Zipperstein analyzes the impactful aftermath of the Kishinev pogrom, an anti-Jewish massacre in imperial Russia. Using new evidence, he sheds light on how the riot took place, separating fact from myth.