history

Stanford celebrates a life and legacy of inspiration

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute offers tools of peace, justice to a new generation. On Jan. 18, the King Institute will hold its annual open house to celebrate the Nobel laureate’s legacy of peace and justice.

Historian Harold Kahn dies at 88

Harold L. Kahn, a professor emeritus who helped create a generation of leading U.S. scholars in Chinese and Japanese history, died on Dec. 11.

Benjamin Franklin, social genius of the 18th century?

Stanford American historian Caroline Winterer examined thousands of Benjamin Franklin’s letters as part of her research on the 18th century, which she argues was the first age of extensive social networks.

Stanford Historical Society plans railroad sesquicentennial events

One hundred and fifty years ago this coming spring, Leland Stanford drove the last spike that completed the First Transcontinental Railroad, transforming the West and laying the foundation for Stanford University. The Stanford Historical Society plans to mark the event.

New Stanford project gets inside Voltaire’s mind

Stanford undergraduate Lena Zlock is developing a first-ever digital humanities study of Voltaire’s personal library, which contains over 6,700 books. She aims to make the library’s contents easily accessible and searchable online.